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Six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had a good Friday in New Hampshire. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Andrew Coppley)

Six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had a good Friday in New Hampshire. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Andrew Coppley)

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After a quick start which saw him win two of the first five races of the season, Jimmie Johnson fell into a major 2016 funk. On Friday, Johnson showed signs of renewed life as he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We have had a lot of tough races,” the six-time Cup champion who has wrecked three times and not finished better than 13th in his last five races, said. “Qualifying has been so/so.  I’m not the best at qualifying.  I think the majority of that emotion was the fact that we actually got a pole.  We don’t have many.  It’s not our strong suit. Just a good day all-in-all and certainly something this Lowe’s team needed after the tough couple of months.”

The pole was the first of the season for Johnson and the 35th of his career. It was his first in New Hampshire.

Second fastest in qualifying was Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing. He had a lap at 133.830 mph.

“Overall,” Busch, the 2015 series champion said, “I messed up a couple times on that lap that we had and a little bit off of four and definitely checked up and had to get out of the gas just to save the car and come down and have a good lap. Still surprising that we were second. The car wasn’t driving as well as I would have liked it to drive for qualifying there and stuck quite as good as I would have expected it to, but good speed and that’s what matters right now and being able to put up a good lap like that.”

Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin.

“It’s been a hectic day. It seems like we’ve been thrashing all day long,” Furniture Row Racing’s Truex said. “Everything is last minute, last second and just throwing stuff at it, but when it counts we keep hitting it. We were first in practice and third here. We barely made it through the second round and then went on to finish third. All in all, it was a good day. Just a lot of quick decisions by everyone.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, New Hampshire

Friday, July 15, 2016

  1. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 133.971 mph.
  2. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 133.830 mph.
  3. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 133.371 mph.
  4. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 133.059 mph.
  5. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 133.059 mph.
  6. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 132.915 mph.
  7. (24)  Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 132.720 mph.
  8. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 132.697 mph.
  9. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 132.692 mph.
  10. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 132.618 mph.
  11. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 132.126 mph.
  12. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 131.989 mph.
  13. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 132.822 mph.
  14. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 132.799 mph.
  15. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 132.780 mph.
  16. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 132.683 mph.
  17. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 132.471 mph.
  18. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 132.278 mph.
  19. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 132.241 mph.
  20. (88)  Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 132.057 mph.
  21. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 131.724 mph.
  22. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 131.678 mph.
  23. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 131.665 mph.
  24. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 131.180 mph.
  25. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 131.501 mph.
  26. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 131.401 mph.
  27. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 130.954 mph.
  28. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 130.711 mph.
  29. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 130.568 mph.
  30. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 130.568 mph.
  31. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 130.559 mph.
  32. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 130.367 mph.
  33. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 130.224 mph.
  34. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 129.812 mph.
  35. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 128.680 mph.
  36. (55)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 128.070 mph.
  37. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 126.774 mph.
  38. (32)  Eddie MacDonald, Ford, 126.690 mph.
  39. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 126.534 mph.
  40. (98)  Ryan Ellis(i), Chevrolet, 124.871 mph.
| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 15 2016
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