Keselowski claims Loudon pole

Keselowski claims Loudon pole

Cup Series

Keselowski claims Loudon pole


NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski beat his 2012 title rival Jimmie Johnson to pole position for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Johnson, who holds a commanding lead in the current standings, was only on provisional pole for moments before next man out Keselowski’s Penske Ford produced a 28.022-second lap to beat the Hendrick Chevrolet by 0.004 second.

Kurt Busch slipped his Furniture Row Chevy in between Hendrick pair Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to take third, while his brother Kyle was fifth for Joe Gibbs after holding pole for a spell.

Juan Pablo Montoya was 11th but will fall to the rear of the field for the Loudon race as he had to switch to a back-up car following a practice crash.

On the day that it was announced he would be losing his Stewart-Haas seat to Kevin Harvick in 2014, Ryan Newman outqualified team boss Tony Stewart by 0.02sec in 16th, with Harvick another two places back.

Morgan Shepherd is poised to break the record for the oldest driver to start a Cup race. The 71-year-old put Brian Keselowski’s Toyota 42nd ahead of David Stremme, who crashed on his qualifying run.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  28.022s 2.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           28.026s  +0.004s 3.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      28.040s  +0.018s 4.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           28.050s  +0.028s 5.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.056s  +0.034s 6.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           28.104s  +0.082s 7.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            28.112s  +0.090s 8.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.113s  +0.091s 9.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           28.144s  +0.122s10.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          28.162s  +0.140s11.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  28.191s  +0.169s12.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  28.198s  +0.176s13.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.212s  +0.190s14.  Brian Vickers       Waltrip Toyota               28.218s  +0.196s15.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          28.241s  +0.219s16.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.245s  +0.223s17.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.265s  +0.243s18.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   28.274s  +0.252s19.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          28.320s  +0.298s20.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               28.337s  +0.315s21.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               28.405s  +0.383s22.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   28.418s  +0.396s23.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            28.458s  +0.436s24.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            28.459s  +0.437s25.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               28.462s  +0.440s26.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  28.471s  +0.449s27.  AJ Allmendinger     Phoenix Chevrolet            28.471s  +0.449s28.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    28.501s  +0.479s29.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 28.545s  +0.523s30.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               28.579s  +0.557s31.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                 28.639s  +0.617s32.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    28.655s  +0.633s33.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.658s  +0.636s34.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota         28.698s  +0.676s35.  Mike Bliss          Humphrey Smith Toyota        28.749s  +0.727s36.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               28.854s  +0.832s37.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet       28.881s  +0.859s38.  Ken Schrader        FAS Lane Ford                28.953s  +0.931s39.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 29.048s  +1.026s40.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            29.053s  +1.031s41.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            29.120s  +1.098s42.  Morgan Shepherd     Keselowski Toyota            29.689s  +1.667s43.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota

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