Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent
Busch goes from last out on Friday to first to start on Sunday in Loudon
NASCAR saved the best for last Friday during pole qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301. After posting the fastest time in practice, Kyle Busch went out last in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and turned in a 28.548-second lap to take the pole.
"We unloaded with a really, really good race car today," Busch said. "We just had to back up our practice time, and we did that."
We just had to back up our practice time, and we did that.
Lap times were close among the fastest cars, with Busch claiming the pole over the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne by a mere 0.003 of a second. Kahne's 28,551-second qualifying lap got him the other front row starting spot.
"We have a great Farmers Insurance Chevrolet today," Kahne said. "We were good in practice.
Busch's JGR teammate, Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota posted a lap time of 28.551 seconds to claim the third starting spot.
"I thought it was going to be teammates on the front row, but we'll take first and third," Busch said.
Hamlin did sit on the provisional pole for a time, but was knocked off late in the qualifying session by Kahne, who eventually lost the pole to Busch.
Hamlin will be joined on the second row by another Toyota, the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing entry of Martin Truex Jr. Truex turned in a 28.565-second qualifying lap.
"It wasn't a perfect lap," Truex said. "We missed it just a little."
He was just slightly faster than his teammate, Clint Bowyer in the No. 15 MWR Toyota. Bowyer will start fifth on Sunday after a qualifying lap time of 28.569 seconds.
Greg Biffle was Ford's last chance to crack the top-10 in qualifying, as he went out next to last in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Biffle failed to get the No. 16 into the top-10 on the starting grid, but he was the fastest Ford driver, qualifying 11th after scrubbing the wall with a 28.665-second lap.
Only two Dodges made qualifying attempts -- the No. 2 and No. 22 Penske Racing entries. Brad Keselowski's No. 2 qualified 22nd with a 28.836-second lap, and Sam Hornish Jr. posted a 28.952-second lap in the No. 22 for the 24th starting spot.
Forty-four drivers made qualifying attempts to claim the 43 spots on the starting grid. Mike Bliss was the one driver who failed to make the race after he went out first in qualifying and hit the retaining wall.