Kyle Busch On Cup Pole In Loudon
Kyle Busch on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Busch claimed the pole with a track qualifying record lap of 27.574 seconds, 138.130 mph. Ryan Newman held the previous track qualifying record (136.497 mph/27.904 seconds), set in September 2013.
“This was really good for us. We were good off the truck,” said Busch, whose only Sprint Cup win at NHMS came in 2006. “This has been a good place for us. We had two seconds (last year), so I’d love to be able to continue that on and hopefully make it one spot better this weekend.”
Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports qualified second fastest, posting his 10th top-10 start of 2014 and his 15th in 25 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin, Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing treammate, was third.
Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray round out the top-five qualifiers for the 22nd annual Camping World RV Sales 301.
“The good thing was that when we left the test we felt good about things, but there was still room to improve,” said Johnson of the Hendrick Motorsports test at New Hampshire on June 3-4 – with teammates Kasey Kahne (10th), Jeff Gordon (11th), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (28th). “These new no ride height rules are leaving opportunity to really make improvements and develop speed.”
The pole was Busch’s 15th of his career, the second of the 2014 season and the second in his career at New Hampshire.
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