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Edwards On Pole In New Hampshire

| , RacinToday.com Friday, September 23 2016
Carl Edwards drove to the pole in Loudon on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

Carl Edwards drove to the pole in Loudon on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

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Carl Edwards won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.

The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won the pole for the race – which is the second of the 10-race Chase playoffs – with a lap at 28.119 seconds around the NHMS mile.

The pole was the sixth of the season for Edwards and the 22nd of his career.

“This is a really fun place to drive when your car is that good,” said Edwards, who will look to rebound from a 15th-place finish last week in the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship last week at Chicagoland Speedway. “This is what we needed. We didn’t run well at Chicago, so hopefully we can turn this into a good race. The car is built for speed and we’ve had the speed in qualifying, but we have to turn it into a great race here.”

Edwards took the pole in both races at NHMS in 2015, but finished seventh in July and fifth in September.

Martin Truex Jr. qualified second and non-Chaser Ryan Newman third.

Truex won last weekend’s Chase-opener and has secured a berth in the next round of the playoffs.

“Our goals are the same as they were last week,” said Truex Jr. “We have a shot at winning. I have a lot of motivation here at New Hampshire because we have never won here.  But we have been close before. I feel good now and I really want to win it.”

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Bad Boy Off Road 300

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, New Hampshire

Friday, September 23, 2016

  1. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 135.453 mph.
  2. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 135.212 mph.
  3. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 134.896 mph.
  4. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 134.858 mph.
  5. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 134.796 mph.
  6. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 134.682 mph.
  7. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 134.477 mph.
  8. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 134.363 mph.
  9. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 134.221 mph.
  10. (24)  Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 133.901 mph.
  11. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 133.694 mph.
  12. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 133.445 mph.
  13. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 134.359 mph.
  14. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 134.354 mph.
  15. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 134.184 mph.
  16. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 134.108 mph.
  17. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 134.032 mph.
  18. (88)  Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 133.750 mph.
  19. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 133.717 mph.
  20. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 133.133 mph.
  21. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 133.031 mph.
  22. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 132.980 mph.
  23. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 132.776 mph.
  24. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 131.815 mph.
  25. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 132.966 mph.
  26. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 132.887 mph.
  27. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 132.688 mph.
  28. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 132.618 mph.
  29. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 132.595 mph.
  30. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 132.586 mph.
  31. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 132.485 mph.
  32. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 132.177 mph.
  33. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 131.952 mph.
  34. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 131.624 mph.
  35. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 131.528 mph.
  36. (98)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 131.510 mph.
  37. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 131.031 mph.
  38. (55)  Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 130.693 mph.
  39. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 129.503 mph.
  40. (32)  Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 127.701 mph.

 

| , RacinToday.com Friday, September 23 2016
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