Jimmie Johnson’s time scrubbed in Loudon qualifying

Jimmie Johnson's car failed inspection during Loudon qualifying

Jimmie Johnson’s car failed inspection during Loudon qualifying

Five-time NASCAR champion and series leader Jimmie Johnson will start last in Camping World RV Sales 301 after his car failed inspection at Loudon in New Hampshire.

There was plenty of focus on Johnson’s car after it initially missed its spot in the qualifying runs as it was still with NASCAR officials at the technical inspection as the crew worked on one of the side skirts and weight of the car. Then after his run his time was disallowed after the front of the car was found to be too low. Johnson bounced from second fastest to 43rd.

“Sorry fans, this one is on us. We made a mistake and will start in the back,” Johnson Tweeted.

All smiles for pole man Brad Keselowski

All smiles for pole man Brad Keselowski

The Johnson incident overshadowed the pole for Brad Keselowski who broke the track record in scoring his first pole of the season.

“We’ve had the speed and we can get the execution, and things are starting to come together,” said Keselowski, who picked up his first Coors Light pole award of the season, his second at Loudon and the third of his career.

“There’s not a better time for it to happen, and I’m really excited about it… If we can just close it out — we had a great car at Daytona (last Saturday) and I didn’t close it out at the end, and we had a great car at several other places and I didn’t close it out. That’s what it’s all about in this sport.”

71 years young Morgan Shepherd

71 years young Morgan Shepherd

Keselowski negotiated the Magic Mile in 28.022 seconds (218.746 km/h). Kurt Busch will start beside him on the front row, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start the race from 21st.

“Well that wasn’t exactly the starting spot that we were hoping for, but we’ll just have to work harder during the race to make up the ground,” said Ambrose.

“We did a few qualifying laps right at the end of practice, and the car was a little loose. The Stanley crew works really hard every week, so I think we’ll be able to use tomorrow to our advantage and get the car good for Sunday’s race.”

Morgan Shepherd posted the 42nd fastest time in qualifying. When he takes the green flag on Sunday at age 71, he will be the oldest driver to start a Cup race, superseding Jim Fitzgerald, who was 65 when he raced at Riverside in 1987.

Shepherd started his first Cup race June 20, 1970 at Hickory North Carolina before all but eight other drivers in the starting field for this weekend’s race were born.

 

QUALIFYING: Camping World RV Sales 301 – Loudon 

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 135.922 28.022 Leader

2

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row / Sealy 135.835 28.040 -0.018

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 135.786 28.050 -0.028

4

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Interstate Batteries 135.757 28.056 -0.034

5

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 135.525 28.104 -0.082

6

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 135.487 28.112 -0.090

7

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight 135.482 28.113 -0.091

8

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 135.333 28.144 -0.122

9

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 135.246 28.162 -0.140

10

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 135.107 28.191 -0.169

11

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald’s/Monopoly 135.073 28.198 -0.176

12

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 135.006 28.212 -0.190

13

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 134.978 28.218 -0.196

14

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Libman 134.868 28.241 -0.219

15

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet WIX Filters 134.849 28.245 -0.223

16

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 134.753 28.265 -0.243

17

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 134.710 28.274 -0.252

18

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 134.492 28.320 -0.298

19

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Batteries 134.411 28.337 -0.315

20

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 134.089 28.405 -0.383

21

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 134.028 28.418 -0.396

22

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M / WB Mason 133.839 28.458 -0.436

23

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 133.835 28.459 -0.437

24

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 133.821 28.462 -0.440

25

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 133.778 28.471 -0.449

26

AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services Inc. 133.778 28.471 -0.449

27

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 133.637 28.501 -0.479

28

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 133.431 28.545 -0.523

29

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 133.273 28.579 -0.557

30

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 132.993 28.639 -0.617

31

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 132.919 28.655 -0.633

32

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 132.905 28.658 -0.636

33

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Kingsford Charcoal 132.720 28.698 -0.676

34

Mike Bliss 19 Toyota Plinker Tactical 132.485 28.749 -0.727

35

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 132.002 28.854 -0.832

36

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 131.879 28.881 -0.859

37

Ken Schrader 32 Ford Federated Auto Parts 131.551 28.953 -0.931

38

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 131.121 29.048 -1.026

39

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 131.098 29.053 -1.031

40

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 130.797 29.120 -1.098

41

Morgan Shepherd 52 Toyota Support Military presented by Victory Weekend 128.290 29.689 -1.667

42

David Stremme 30 Toyota Lean 1 36.949 103.083 -75.061

43

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s 0.000 0.000 28.022

 

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