Kyle Busch was fast all day long on Friday, leading the only Sprint Cup practice of the day as well as the final practice session for Saturday’s 200-lap Nationwide Series race. And despite almost slapping the wall on his qualifying lap, Busch topped the charts there, too. Busch will start from the pole on Sunday at New Hampshire, where track position is a huge advantage. It’s Busch’s ninth career pole and his first at New Hampshire His 28.548-second lap bested second-place Kasey Kahne by just three one-thousandths of a second, but that was enough to get the job done. Kahne will start outside row 1 on Sunday, with Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex, Jr. and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top 5.
Ryan Newman, who won this race a year ago and has three wins at New Hampshire, will start sixth, with another three-time Loudon winner, Jimmie Johnson starts seventh. Hendrick Motorsports equipment fills the rest of the top ten for Sunday’s race with Jeff Gordon eighth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ninth and Tony Stewart 10th.
The race is scheduled for 1:00 PM Eastern on Sunday.
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