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New Hampshire: Cup qualifying

Brad Keselowski will start from pole position in the Camping World RV Sales 301 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire after setting a new track record in qualifying.
Penske's Brad Keselowski will start this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday from pole position, only the third time that the 29-year-old reigning champion has claimed a pole in Cup competition in 144 races - the first time being at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2010.

For this weekend's pole in Loudon, Keselowski set a new track record of 28.022s (135.922mph) on the one-mile superspeedway ahead of Sunday afternoon's Camping World RV Sales 301 race. It's Keselowski's first pole position since he took point at the start of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2011, 78 races ago.

In total, nine drivers exceeded the previous previous track qualifying record of 28.165s (135.232mph). Keselowski will be joined on the front row of the grid by Kurt Busch who put in a late flying run from in the #78 Furniture Row Racing car to displace longtime provisional pole holder Dale Earnhardt Jr. down to third on the grid, where he will start the race on the second row alongside Kyle Busch.

Jimmie Johnson had originally been credited with second spot despite almost missing his qualifying slot after being held up in technical inspection by minor irregularities involving the size of the right hand sideskirt and a slight weight impropriety. However, post-qualifying inspection revealed that the #48 was actually below the permitted ride height on both sides and as a result Johnson's time was disallowed forcing him to start from the back.

With 43 cars entered, all made it into the race despite David Stremme being unable to set a time in qualifying. Morgan Shepherd will start from 41st place as he bids to become the oldest driver in a Sprint Cup event at the age of 71.

Qualifying times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.022s (+ 0.000s) 135.922mph
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.040s (+ 0.018s) 135.835mph
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.050s (+ 0.028s) 135.786mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.056s (+ 0.034s) 135.757mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.104s (+ 0.082s) 135.525mph
6. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.112s (+ 0.090s) 135.487mph
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.113s (+ 0.091s) 135.482mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.144s (+ 0.122s) 135.333mph
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.162s (+ 0.140s) 135.246mph
10. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.191s (+ 0.169s) 135.107mph
11. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.198s (+ 0.176s) 135.073mph
12. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.212s (+ 0.190s) 135.006mph
13. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.218s (+ 0.196s) 134.978mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.241s (+ 0.219s) 134.868mph
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.245s (+ 0.223s) 134.849mph
16. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.265s (+ 0.243s) 134.753mph
17. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.274s (+ 0.252s) 134.710mph
18. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.320s (+ 0.298s) 134.492mph
19. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.337s (+ 0.315s) 134.411mph
20. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.405s (+ 0.383s) 134.089mph
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.418s (+ 0.396s) 134.028mph
22. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.458s (+ 0.436s) 133.839mph
23. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.459s (+ 0.437s) 133.835mph
24. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.462s (+ 0.440s) 133.821mph
25. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.471s (+ 0.449s) 133.778mph
26. #51 A J Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.471s (+ 0.449s) 133.778mph
27. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 28.501s (+ 0.479s) 133.637mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.545s (+ 0.523s) 133.431mph
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.579s (+ 0.557s) 133.273mph
30. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.639s (+ 0.617s) 132.993mph
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.655s (+ 0.633s) 132.919mph
32. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.658s (+ 0.636s) 132.905mph
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.698s (+ 0.676s) 132.720mph
34. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.749s (+ 0.727s) 132.485mph
35. #35 Josh Wise Ford 28.854s (+ 0.832s) 132.002mph
36. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.881s (+ 0.859s) 131.879mph
37. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 28.953s (+ 0.931s) 131.551mph
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.048s (+ 1.026s) 131.121mph
39. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.053s (+ 1.031s) 131.098mph
40. #36 J J Yeley Chevrolet 29.120s (+ 1.098s) 130.797mph
41. #52 Morgan Shepherd Toyota 29.689s (+ 1.667s) 128.290mph
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota No time
43. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Time disallowed/b>

Practice 1 times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.111s (Leader) 135.491mph (17 laps)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.331s (-0.220s) 134.439mph (22 laps)
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.331s (-0.220s) 134.439mph (23 laps)
4. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.342s (-0.231s) 134.387mph (18 laps)
5. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.369s (-0.258s) 134.259mph (26 laps)
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.377s (-0.266s) 134.221mph (14 laps)
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.383s (-0.272s) 134.193mph (14 laps)
8. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.386s (-0.275s) 134.179mph (29 laps)
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.398s (-0.287s) 134.122mph (21 laps)
10. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.420s (-0.309s) 134.018mph (15 laps)
11. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.443s (-0.332s) 133.910mph (27 laps)
12. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.451s (-0.340s) 133.872mph (24 laps)
13. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.453s (-0.342s) 133.863mph (22 laps)
14. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.472s (-0.361s) 133.774mph (22 laps)
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.481s (-0.370s) 133.731mph (22 laps)
16. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.530s (-0.419s) 133.502mph (26 laps)
17. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.538s (-0.427s) 133.464mph (16 laps)
18. #51 A J Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.548s (-0.437s) 133.417mph (24 laps)
19. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.557s (-0.446s) 133.375mph (19 laps)
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.607s (-0.496s) 133.142mph (24 laps)
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.614s (-0.503s) 133.110mph (27 laps)
22. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.666s (-0.555s) 132.868mph (16 laps)
23. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.668s (-0.557s) 132.859mph (14 laps)
24. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.710s (-0.599s) 132.665mph (24 laps)
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.762s (-0.651s) 132.425mph (21 laps)
26. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.768s (-0.657s) 132.397mph (11 laps)
27. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.777s (-0.666s) 132.356mph (20 laps)
28. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.781s (-0.670s) 132.337mph (16 laps)
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.792s (-0.681s) 132.287mph (24 laps)
30. #30 David Stremme Toyota 28.835s (-0.724s) 132.089mph (17 laps)
31. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 28.843s (-0.732s) 132.053mph (24 laps)
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.850s (-0.739s) 132.021mph (25 laps)
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.884s (-0.773s) 131.865mph (12 laps)
34. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.886s (-0.775s) 131.856mph (21 laps)
35. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.018s (-0.907s) 131.256mph (14 laps)
36. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.026s (-0.915s) 131.220mph (12 laps)
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.159s (-1.048s) 130.622mph (8 laps)
38. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.245s (-1.134s) 130.238mph (9 laps)
39. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.279s (-1.168s) 130.086mph (23 laps)
40. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.417s (-1.306s) 129.476mph (18 laps)
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 29.483s (-1.372s) 129.186mph (10 laps)
42. #36 J J Yeley Chevrolet 29.723s (-1.612s) 128.143mph (24 laps)
43. #52 Morgan Shepherd Toyota 30.521s (-2.410s) 124.793mph (14 laps)



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