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Cup: New Hampshire - Qualifying times

Jeff Gordon claimed pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with Kyle Busch also starting the Sylvania 300 from the front row of the grid.
Jeff Gordon claimed his 72nd NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in 681 starts, with his time of 28.232s (134.911mph) giving him his second pole of 2012 by a margin of just 0.033s.

Kyle Busch will start alongside Gordon on the front row for the Sylvania 300 at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with Tony Stewart sharing the second row with Brian Vickers.

Chase contender Denny Hamlin qualified a disappointing 32nd place, apparently after his Joe Gibbs Racing team gave him tyres inflated to the wrong pressure.

Scott Riggs, Jason Leffler and Jeff Green all failed to make the 43-car starting grid, while Josh Wise initially qualified but then had his time disallowed because of a technical infringement relating to a rear shock absorber.

Qualifying times

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.232s (Leader) 134.911mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.265s (-0.033) 134.753mph
3. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.304s (-0.072) 134.568mph
4. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.322s (-0.090) 134.482mph
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.349s (-0.117) 134.354mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.386s (-0.154) 134.179mph
7. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.403s (-0.171) 134.098mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.438s (-0.206) 133.934mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.451s (-0.219) 133.872mph
10. #22 Dave Blaney Dodge 28.453s (-0.221) 133.863mph
11. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.455s (-0.223) 133.854mph
12. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.461s (-0.229) 133.825mph
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.499s (-0.267) 133.647mph
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.501s (-0.269) 133.637mph
15. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.506s (-0.274) 133.614mph
16. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.509s (-0.277) 133.600mph
17. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.516s (-0.284) 133.567mph
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.521s (-0.289) 133.544mph
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.573s (-0.341) 133.301mph
20. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.610s (-0.378) 133.128mph
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.614s (-0.382) 133.110mph
22. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.633s (-0.401) 133.021mph
23. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.645s (-0.413) 132.966mph
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.670s (-0.438) 132.850mph
25. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.681s (-0.449) 132.799mph
26. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.698s (-0.466) 132.720mph
27. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.725s (-0.493) 132.595mph
28. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.733s (-0.501) 132.558mph
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.777s (-0.545) 132.356mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.812s (-0.580) 132.195mph
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.870s (-0.638) 131.929mph
32. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.935s (-0.703) 131.633mph
33. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.977s (-0.745) 131.442mph
34. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.035s (-0.803) 131.180mph
35. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.083s (-0.851) 130.963mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.111s (-0.879) 130.837mph
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.121s (-0.889) 130.792mph
38. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.155s (-0.923) 130.640mph
39. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.216s (-0.984) 130.367mph
40. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.247s (-1.015) 130.229mph
41. #36 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet 29.673s (-1.441) 128.359mph
42. #32 Mike Olsen+ Ford 30.192s (-1.960) 126.153mph
43. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.325s (-1.093) 129.882mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.363s (-1.131) 129.714mph
45. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 29.366s (-1.134) 129.701mph
46. #119 Jeff Green Toyota 29.469s (-1.237) 129.248mph
47. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.007s (-0.775) 131.306mph

Practice 1 times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.251s (Leader) 134.820 mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.387s (-0.136) 134.174 mph
3. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.422s (-0.171) 134.009 mph
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.447s (-0.196) 133.891 mph
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.451s (-0.200) 133.872 mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.452s (-0.201) 133.868 mph
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.478s (-0.227) 133.745 mph
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.480s (-0.229) 133.736 mph
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.497s (-0.246) 133.656 mph
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.531s (-0.280) 133.497 mph
11. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.539s (-0.288) 133.460 mph
12. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.540s (-0.289) 133.455 mph
13. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.577s (-0.326) 133.282 mph
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.579s (-0.328) 133.273 mph
15. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.588s (-0.337) 133.231 mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.593s (-0.342) 133.207 mph
17. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.613s (-0.362) 133.114 mph
18. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.615s (-0.364) 133.105 mph
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.621s (-0.370) 133.077 mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.629s (-0.378) 133.040 mph
21. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.632s (-0.381) 133.026 mph
22. #22 Dave Blaney Dodge 28.638s (-0.387) 132.998 mph
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.691s (-0.440) 132.752 mph
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.703s (-0.452) 132.697 mph
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.746s (-0.495) 132.498 mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.749s (-0.498) 132.485 mph
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.753s (-0.502) 132.466 mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.821s (-0.570) 132.154 mph
29. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.898s (-0.647) 131.801 mph
30. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.908s (-0.657) 131.756 mph
31. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.909s (-0.658) 131.751 mph
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.960s (-0.709) 131.519 mph
33. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.994s (-0.743) 131.365 mph
34. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.026s (-0.775) 131.220 mph
35. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.061s (-0.810) 131.062 mph
36. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 29.091s (-0.840) 130.927 mph
37. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.092s (-0.841) 130.923 mph
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.178s (-0.927) 130.537 mph
39. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.205s (-0.954) 130.416 mph
40. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.210s (-0.959) 130.394 mph
41. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.214s (-0.963) 130.376 mph
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.221s (-0.970) 130.345 mph
43. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.365s (-1.114) 129.705 mph
44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.408s (-1.157) 129.516 mph
45. #119 Jeff Green Toyota 29.443s (-1.192) 129.362 mph
46. #32 Mike Olsen Ford 29.469s (-1.218) 129.248 mph
47. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 29.710s (-1.459) 128.199 mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie



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