Kyle Busch tops New Hampshire qualifying

Kyle Busch has won a pole for the first time in 2012 by taking the top spot for Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Being the final car to qualify, Busch ran a lap of 133.417 mph, nearly slapped the wall, and took the pole for this first time since Watkins Glen in August, 2011.

“This is certainly nice to get a pole out of the way,” said Busch. “We unloaded with a really fast race car right off the truck. Dave(Rogers, crew chief) and the guys went and reworking everything over the winter time trying to come up with a new package for here. This time around seems to be really good for us.”

Friday’s pole marks the first time the Las Vegas native will start on the pole for a Sprint Cup Series race at NHMS.

“I don’t think we touched it,” Busch said regarding his near-miss with the turn four wall during his qualifying lap. “If anything it was really, really close.

“I just knew I got in the throttle really early in (turns) three and four trying to make speed, but the car slipped right at the last second.

“There’s no mark on the car, so all’s good there.”

Along with Busch on the pole, Toyota’s make up four of the top-five cars (Denny Hamlin third, Martin Truex Jr. fourth, Clint Bowyer fifth).

While the top-five spots on the grid are heavy with Toyota power, the rest of the top-10 is made up of Chevrolet’s powered by Hendrick Motorsports.

With Kasey Kahne starting second, Ryan Newman(defending race winner) sixth, Jimmie Johnson seventh, Jeff Gordon eighth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ninth, and Tony Stewart  starting tenth.

Amiss the super-start power of the top-10 starters, Kelly Bires will make his first career Sprint Cup start Sunday after qualifying forty-second for the Go Green Racing organization.

With 44-cars attempting to make the starting field, one car missed the show. Mike Bliss was the lonely car to be sent home after hitting the turn-two wall on his first qualifying lap.

LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Starting Lineup: 

1: Kyle Busch

2: Kasey Kahne

3: Denny Hamlin

4: Martin Truex Jr.

5: Clint Bowyer

6: Ryan Newman

7: Jimmie Johnson

8: Jeff Gordon

9: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

10: Tony Stewart

11: Greg Biffle

12: Kevin Harvick

13: Paul Menard

14: Kurt Busch

15: Brian Vickers

16: Joey Logano

17: Regan Smith

18: Bobby Labonte

19: David Ragan

20: Marcos Ambrose

21: Carl Edwards

22: Brad Keselowski

23: Aric Almirola

24: Sam Hornish Jr.

25: Jeff Burton

26: David Reutimann

27: Matt Kenseth

28: Jamie McMurray

29: Landon Cassill

30: Travis Kvapil

31: Juan Pablo Montoya

32: Josh Wise

33: Casey Mears

34: Joe Nemechek

35: Dave Blaney

36: Michael McDowell

37: Ken Schrader

38: J.J. Yeley

39: David Gilliland

40: David Stremme

41: Scott Riggs

42: Kelly Bires

43: Stephen Leicht