Last season, it didn’t take Kyle Busch long to lead a lap, after starting from the pole, en route to leading 190 of 200 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In Saturday’s XFINITY Series race, he will once again led the field to green.
Busch laid down a lap at 129.353 mph, scoring his third consecutive pole of the season, dating back to Michigan International Speedway. New Hampshire is his sixth race of the season for the 2009 champion, winning five pole awards.
Cup Series regulars Brad Keselowski (129.068 mph) and Kyle Larson (128.815 mph) fill the next two positions. Matt Tifft was the highest XFINITY Series driver in fourth (128.815 mph), making his debut at the track. Daniel Hemric rounds out the top five (128.528 mph), marking his eighth top-five start of the season.
The only incident of the session came in the opening round, when Dylan Lupton spun his car into the tire barriers off Turn 2. Crashing four minutes into the first round, the No. 24 team will have to go to a backup car. In five previous races this season for JGL Racing, he has a best result of 12th at Richmond, his first event of the season.
The green flag is scheduled to wave shortly after 4 p.m. ET this afternoon. Last year, the race saw seven cautions for 37 laps, though Busch went onto victory in dominating victory. He is trying to go back-to-back for the first time this season after winning last week at Kentucky Speedway.