Busch wins pole, Keselowski out qualifies Johnson and Bowyer

Kyle Busch set a track in winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski got a jump on Jimmie Johnson in their tight championship race.
  
Busch ran a lap of 138.766 mph in Friday's qualifying session to win the pole in his Toyota. It broke the track record of 137.279 set by Carl Edwards in 2011.
  
Martin Truex Jr. qualified second and Denny Hamlin was third to give Toyota the top three starting spots for Sunday's race.
  
But all eyes are on title contenders Johnson and Keselowski, who are separated by seven points in the standings with two races remaining heading into one of Johnson's best tracks.
  
Only it was Keselowski who had the better qualifying effort. He'll start 14th on Sunday, Clint Bowyer 15th and Johnson 24th.

"We had a good practice today in the 5-hour ENERGY Toyota," said Bowyer, "I thought that we were going to be pretty good for qualifying, but we were just a little too loose when it counts. We'll be fine. We have plenty of time to work on it and the crew chief, engineers and crew will get it ready to roll for Sunday."

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