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Kyle Busch grabs New Hampshire pole with new track record

Loudon, NH (SportsNetwork.com) – Kyle Busch will start on the pole for the
Camping World RV Sales 301 after setting a new track record and beating Jimmie
Johnson in Friday’s qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Johnson held the provisional pole with a lap at 137.790 mph until Busch made a
lap at 138.130 mph to earn the top starting position for Sunday’s 301-lap race
at this flat 1.058-mile track.

Busch claimed his second pole of the season and the 15th of his Sprint Cup
Series career. It was also his second pole at New Hampshire. Busch finished
second in both Sprint Cup race here last year.

“I gave it everything I had,” Busch said. “I thought I was a little too tight,
but I guess I was driving through it enough that I still got some good speed
and got the throttle down on both ends. Lap felt good, and I thought it was
going to be a solid top-four.”

The top-11 finishers in qualifying surpassed the previous track record of
136.497 mph, set by Ryan Newman last September. It’s the 13th time a new track
qualifying record has been set in the series in 2014.

Johnson will lineup with Busch on the front row.

“It’s so tough to get a good lap around here,” Johnson said. “We want to get
the pole, want to be faster, but Kyle found a little bit more out there than
us.”

Denny Hamlin qualified third, followed by Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray and
Joey Logano.

Finishing seventh through 12th were: Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Martin
Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, the current points leader, and Kevin
Harvick.

Among those drivers who did not advance into the second and final round in
qualifying were: rookie Kyle Larson (qualified 13th), Carl Edwards (14th),
Matt Kenseth (15th), Paul Menard (16th), Brian Vickers (17th), Kurt Busch
(18th), Aric Almirola (19th), rookie Austin Dillon (23rd), Newman (24th), Greg
Biffle (27th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (28th) and Danica Patrick (29th).

Last year at New Hampshire, Vickers won the July race and Kenseth took the
checkered flag for the September event. Almirola scored his first victory in
the series in last Sunday’s rain-shortened race at Daytona.

All 43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field.