Kyle Busch managed his second pole position of the season by getting the top qualifying time at New Hampshire Speedway in Loudon for the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
His time was a track record at 27.574 seconds which was over 138 mph. The previous record was set in September by Ryan Newman. This means that in the nineteen races that have taken place this year, thirteen of them have set track records in qualifying.
Afterwards Busch admitted that although the lap felt good, he had not felt that it was fast enough to win. He said that he had given everything he had though.
It was in the second round of qualifying when the time was set and it was just 0.068 seconds less than Jimmie Johnsons time which means that he will be next to Busch at the start of the race. Johnson admitted that it is hard to get a good lap on the track but said that he was pleased to have done it on the second round when the tyres were older but he pushed to go faster anyway. He said that he was hoping to be faster and get pole but they could not quite do it, despite being very happy with the car. He went on to say that being at the front will make the race easier and if the car is tuned well it should help towards getting a good place in the main race.
Denny Hamlin came in third place having won the first round in qualifying and he will be next to Tony Stewart. Behind them will be Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano. Logano had a crash in a practice session so did well to get this position. He said afterwards that he was not happy with what he did and is annoyed that he will now be using the teams back up car for the race which he said he hopes will be just as good as his team makes good cars.
Next in the line up comes Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer then Martin Truex Jr, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Hardwick. All 43 cars qualified to start the main race.