Brad Keselowski and the Brew Crew set another track record.
LOUDON, N.H. – Brad Keselowski continued making statement runs in practice and qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
Not only was he at the top of the chart for all three sessions, he set a new track record of 140.598 mph, 27.090-seconds in time trials.
“Thank you everybody, great effort,” Keselowski said. “Let’s keep it rolling.”
It’s the eighth career Sprint Cup pole for Keselowski, his fifth pole in 2014 and the 12th race that the No. 2 will start on the front row this season. Keselowksi has won from his last two poles at Kentucky Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Jamie McMurray posted the second fastest speed followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.
Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, rookie Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers rounded out the top 12.
"We qualified a lot better than we did the last trip here," said Earnhardt, who was 28th in July. "We saveed a set of tires in practice too that will be a big benefit tomorrow in race trim. It was a good day."
Chase drivers that did not make it to Round 2 include Jeff Gordon (13th), Kurt Busch (15th), Matt Kenseth (16th), Kasey Kahne (17th), Aric Almirola (21st), Greg Biffle (26th) and AJ Allmendinger (27th).
Larson scraped the wall in Turn 3 during his qualifying run, but didn't think the damage was significant.
"The car is fine, I looked at the right side and it looks like it just got the tire into the wall, barely scuffed up the fenders," Larson said. "I dont think anybody has anything for Brad. It's pretty amazing how fast he is right now at pretty much every race track we go to.
"Hopefully, we are the guys that car stop him this weekend, but it will be really tough."