Kyle Busch grabs Loudon pole

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Saturday 14th July, 2012 - 10:30am

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Kyle Busch will start from pole in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301

Kyle Busch will start from pole in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301

Kyle Busch beat Kasey Kahne by just 0.003 seconds to score pole position for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The last of 44 drivers to take to the track, Busch prevailed in an intensely competitive Friday qualifying session to win his first Coors Light pole award of the season, his at Loudon and the ninth of his career.

Busch just missed the outside wall near the end of his fast lap but kept his car clean.

“I got in the throttle really early in (Turns) 3 and 4, trying to make speed and was able to finish it,” said Kyle Busch.

“But the car slipped right at the last second when you get to that older asphalt — it seems like this tyre (new from Goodyear for this race) is different from the older tyre, where you lose just a pinch of grip — it slid out right to the cushion point, I guess you’d say. But, no, there’s no mark on the car, so it’s a good day.”

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 20th.

“We made a lot of changes there trying to get better and I think it worked,” said Ambrose.

“I didn’t get the best lap down. This is one of my tougher tracks, so I just wanted to get through here with a decent starting spot and we’ll work on it tomorrow.”

LENOX Industrial Tools 301 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway : Race 19 of 36

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

1 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 133.417 28.548
2 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 133.403 -0.003
3 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 133.399 -0.004
4 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Batteries 133.338 -0.017
5 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 133.319 -0.021
6 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Aspen Dental 133.277 -0.030
7 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 133.254 -0.035
8 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max 133.198 -0.047
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard ‘An American Salute’ / Diet Mountain Dew 133.045 -0.080
10 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 132.938 -0.103
11 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 132.873 -0.117
12 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 132.868 -0.118
13 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 132.572 -0.182
14 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 132.549 -0.187
15 Brian Vickers Toyota MyClassicGarage.com / Aaron’s 132.425 -0.214
16 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 132.425 -0.214
17 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 132.393 -0.221
18 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 132.333 -0.234
19 David Ragan Ford MHP / 8 Hour Alert 132.264 -0.249
20 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 132.200 -0.263
21 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal / Lenox 132.186 -0.266
22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 132.085 -0.288
23 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 131.833 -0.343
24 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA 131.556 -0.404
25 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 131.465 -0.424
26 David Reutimann Chevrolet CarportEmpire.com / TMone.com Call Centers in America 131.266 -0.468
27 Matt Kenseth Ford NESN 131.234 -0.475
28 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum 131.234 -0.475
29 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 131.184 -0.486
30 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 130.833 -0.564
31 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 130.662 -0.602
32 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 130.140 -0.719
33 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 129.834 -0.788
34 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 129.807 -0.794
35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 129.679 -0.823
36 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 129.525 -0.858
37 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 129.318 -0.905
38 J.J. Yeley Toyota Robinson-Blakeney Racing 129.274 -0.915
39 David Gilliland Ford Glory Foods 129.156 -0.942
40 David Stremme Toyota Stock Car Steel and Aluminum 129.094 -0.956
41 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 128.863 -1.009
42 Kelly Bires Ford Team Kyle / Bestway Disposal 128.515 -1.089
43 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 128.182 -1.166
DNQ Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 128.070 -1.192

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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