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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, qualified seventh for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Johnson turned a lap of 28.583 seconds at 133.254 mph on the 1.058-mile oval in Friday’s time trials.
“We had a great run,” said Johnson who has never won a pole at Loudon. “I wasn’t sure how it would hold up but anytime you can get a top-10 starting spot especially at a place like this, it’s a good day”
Kyle Busch captured his ninth career Sprint Cup pole, his first of the season and his first at New Hampshire by posting a lap 28.548 seconds at 133.417 mph.
Kasey Kahne will start on the outside of row one as he timed in at 28.551 seconds at 133.403 mph, while Denny Hamlin (28.552 seconds at 133.399 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (28.565 seconds at 133.338 mph) and Clint Bowyer (28.569 seconds at 133.319 mph) rounded out the top five.
Forty-four drivers attempted to qualify for the Lenox Industrials Tools 301. The lone driver not making the cut in the 43-car field was Mike Bliss.
As far as manufacturers went, Toyota took the top spot via Busch’s pole run. Chevrolet was next best at the hands of Kahne. Ford was the third-fastest make thanks to 11th-quick Greg Biffle (28.665 seconds at 132.873 mph), while 22nd-quick Brad Keselowski (28.836 seconds at 132.085 mph) carried the flag for Dodge.
The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 gets underway at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday with live coverage provided by TNT beginning with its pre-race show at noon.