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Bubba Pollard sets fast time for MITB 150, Kyle Busch on pole

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Bubba Pollard posted the quickest time in qualifying for the Money in the Bank 150 but will not lead the field to green on Monday night at Berlin Raceway.

That’s because Pollard ‘rolled a six’ for the invert, placing a familiar name on pole for the $20,000-to-win Super Late Model showdown in south Michigan.

Kyle Busch.

The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was sixth-quick in time trials but inherited the top spot when Pollard drew for his invert. Busch is looking for three-straight Super Late Model victories after breaking a three-year winless drought with winter victories in the Snowball Derby and Winter Showdown.

But Pollard is looking to do something equally impressive in winning three times over the course of four nights. He opened the weekend with a Pro Late Model win in the Masters of the Pros 200 at Birch Run Speedway in Michigan on Friday, won with a Super Late Model at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina in the Southern Super Series – CARS Tour Border War 150 on Saturday night and now looks to close out the week $41,000 richer if he can complete the sweep.

“It’s been a tough weekend, but I got excited when this whole thing came about,” Pollard told Short Track Scene after his ‘pole’ run. “I’ve been looking forward to this. We had a month off before this to prepare and it’s been good.

“We’ve been carrying some momentum into today, but there’s some tough competition so we’ll see how it shakes out.”

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Even though Busch is on the technical pole and has won twice here, Pollard expects both of the national stars to have to deal with regulars like Terry Senneker, Johnny VanDoorn, Brian Campbell and Carson Hocevar.

Because Berlin is covered in dirt for the autumn and winter, the track changes from year-to-year, meaning weekly experience this season is something the 2014 Southern Super Series champion will not discount on Monday night.

“This place is so friendly to regulars the way it races,” Pollard said. “The locals do well because it’s a tricky place, the ins and out, and the things that change.

“So, it makes it tough on us for sure.”

Meanwhile, Busch says his goal is to stay up front.

“We brought a brand new Rowdy Manufacturing car to the track and it seems fast,” Busch said. “It helps to have good stuff. But Bubba is fast too. I’ve never seen that paint scheme before so that must be a new car too. We’re both bringing out the new sheet metal it seems. It’s going to be fun, but the goal is to stay up front.”

The race can be watched live on Speed51.com’s PPV service for $19.99.

The starting lineup for the Money in the Bank 150 can be found below.

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Terry Senneker
  3. Harrison Burton
  4. John VanDoorn
  5. Brian Campbell
  6. Bubba Pollard
  7. Lee VanDyk
  8. Tim DeVos
  9. Michael Simko
  10. Carson Hocevar
  11. Preston Peltier
  12. Jeff Choquette
  13. Nate Walton
  14. Chris Koslek
  15. Dave Lake
  16. Casey Roderick
  17. Boris Jurkovic
  18. Stewart Friesen
  19. Stephen Nasse
  20. Jordan Dahlke
  21. Hunter Jack
  22. Kyle Jones
  23. Evan Shotko
  24. Matt Crafton
  25. Lauren Bush
  26. Ben Welsh
  27. Steve Dorer
  28. Tristan VanWieringen
  29. Nick Murgic
  30. Aaron Hulings
  31. Logan Bearden

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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