Busch Soars To New Hampshire Pole
LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Busch rolled to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of the season Friday, setting fast time during qualifying for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Busch, driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, was the final driver to take time during qualifying and circled the one-mile asphalt oval in 28.55 seconds at 133.417 mph. Kasey Kahne will start second in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
“These guys did such a great job today. We unloaded with a really, really good race car,” Busch said after his ninth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. “We just had to back up our practice time from earlier today. We were able to do that and better it just a little bit, enough to put us back on the pole.”
Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin qualified third, followed by Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex, Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart completed the top 10.
The go-or-go-homers that qualified for Sunday’s race were Josh Wise, Joe Nemechek, Michael McDowell, J.J. Yeley, David Stremme, Scott Riggs, Kelly Bires and Stephen Leicht.
Mike Bliss was the only driver who failed to qualify.
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