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Kyle Busch turns fastest lap at Pocono for 2nd straight pole

Kyle Busch walked off a podium and noted he was glad the press conference microphones were affixed to stands.

No chance of a mic drop.

Busch poked fun at his terse response-and-drop to a question a couple of weeks ago that was scrutinized around NASCAR. Busch could have made the boastful move with another outstanding qualifying effort.

With his crew chief suspended, Busch turned a lap of 179.151 mph on Friday to win the pole at Pocono Raceway.

Busch has suddenly mastered the art of starting first. He won the pole last week at Dover International Speedway in a race that became derailed when a tire came off the No. 18 Toyota during a pit stop.

That's a big...