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Kyle Busch on New Hampshire Cup Pole

Kyle Busch will take the NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as he sits on the pole for Sunday’s (July 18) race.

Busch took the position after finishing second to his brother Kurt Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week.

Kyle Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. starts second on the front row, while the No. 9 of Chase Elliott and the No. 1 of Kurt Busch make up the second row. Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports cohort Alex Bowman rounds out the top five.

Denny Hamlin begins sixth, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney is seventh and Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick rolls off eighth. Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson complete the top 10 starters.

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Since there’s no practice or qualifying sessions held this weekend, the lineup was set by an equation that weighs a driver’s performance from the last race. The driver’s and car owner’s finishing position (weighted 25%), fastest lap from previous race (15%) and rank in team owner’s points (25%) were combined to form the lineup.

Cup New Hampshire Lineup

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 airs July 18 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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