For the second time this season Kyle Busch will have the best seat in the house to start a NASCAR race. After a record setting lap of 138.130 mph, Busch will lead the field to the green from the pole at Sunday’s race in New Hampshire.
“I gave it everything I had,” said Busch who initially didn’t think the lap was good enough for the pole. “ I thought I was a little too tight, but I guess I was driving through it enough that I still got some good speed and got the throttle down on both ends. Lap felt good and I thought it was going to be a solid top-four.”
Obviously it was better than that. Busch will be joined on the front row by Jimmie Johnson. Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray round out the top five.
Kansas native and two-time New Hampshire winner Clint Bowyer had a solid qualifying effort. The number 15 will start Sunday’s race eighth.
“We did what we needed to do,” said Bowyer. “Obviously, we need to find a little bit, but we spent today in qualifying trim. We came here last year and had a really, really fast car and just missed the boat bad in qualifying trim because we didn’t spend enough time with it -- it cost us dearly and ended up behind track position all day long. Top-10 starting spot will be just fine for us.”