Edwards takes pole at Loudon

Edwards knows the fast way around Loudon

Edwards knows the fast way around Loudon

Carl Edwards will start from pole in the second race of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

This is Edwards’ third pole in the last four races at New Hampshire and his sixth of 2016.

Championship leader Martin Truex Jr. will share the front row in another Toyota.

“They just give me fast race cars,” said Edwards.

“We worked in qualifying trim most of our first practice this weekend and now we have to translate that speed to a good race set-up for Sunday. We’d like to come out of here with the trophy and make our way to the next round of the Chase.”

The main talking point was the inspection process by officials as qualifying was approaching with 10 cars not making it through inspection before qualifying began. Many failed the first pass through in what was described by NASCAR officials as “attempts to push the limits” of the rules. In the end all cars passed inspection and turned in qualifying laps.

Among the drivers delayed were Chase drivers Kevin Harvick (P19), Austin Dillon (P29) and Tony Stewart (P22).

Others delayed included Danica Patrick (P24), AJ Allmendinger (P17), Regan Smith (P30), Matt DiBenedetto (P33), Kasey Kahne (P9), Greg Biffle (P32) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P21).

Everything was able to get on the track before the first round ended, but Dillon and fellow Chase driver Chris Buescher (P28) did not advance past the first round.

The microscope has been placed on all aspects of the inspection process after last week both race winner Truex and Jimmie Johnson both had what NASCAR called minor failures following post-race inspection.

QUALIFYING: Bad Boy Off Road 300 – New Hampshire Speedway 

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 19 Carl Edwards COMCAST BUSINESS 135.453 28.119 Leader
2 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row / Denver Mattress 135.212 28.169 –0.050
3 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 134.896 28.235 –0.116
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 134.858 28.243 –0.124
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight 134.796 28.256 –0.137
6 42 Kyle Larson Target 134.682 28.280 –0.161
7 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 134.477 28.323 –0.204
8 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 134.363 28.347 –0.228
9 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 134.221 28.377 –0.258
10 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 133.901 28.445 –0.326
11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 133.694 28.489 –0.370
12 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Core 133.445 28.542 –0.423
13 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevrolet SS 134.359 28.348 –0.229
14 27 Paul Menard Libman / Menards 134.354 28.349 –0.230
15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 134.184 28.385 –0.266
16 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 134.108 28.401 –0.282
17 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Chili Beans 134.032 28.417 –0.298
18 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide 133.750 28.477 –0.358
19 4 Kevin Harvick ditech Chevrolet SS 133.717 28.484 –0.365
20 95 Michael McDowell Patina Rat Rod Chevrolet 133.133 28.609 –0.490
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 133.031 28.631 –0.512
22 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Assoc. / Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS 132.980 28.642 –0.523
23 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 132.776 28.686 –0.567
24 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS 131.815 28.895 –0.776
25 44 Brian Scott Shaw’s Ford 132.966 28.645 –0.526
26 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 132.887 28.662 –0.543
27 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 132.688 28.705 –0.586
28 34 Chris Buescher Love’s Travel Stops 132.618 28.720 –0.601
29 3 Austin Dillon Pumpkin Spice Cheerios 132.595 28.725 –0.606
30 7 Regan Smith Nikko RC / Toy State Chevrolet 132.586 28.727 –0.608
31 13 Casey Mears GEICO 132.485 28.749 –0.630
32 16 Greg Biffle Performance Plus Motor Oil 132.177 28.816 –0.697
33 83 Matt DiBenedetto NASCAR Heat Evolution 131.952 28.865 –0.746
34 38 Landon Cassill The Pete Store 131.624 28.937 –0.818
35 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 131.528 28.958 –0.839
36 98 Cole Whitt Standard Plumbing Supply 131.510 28.962 –0.843
37 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 131.031 29.068 –0.949
38 55 Reed Sorenson VYDOX Plus 130.693 29.143 –1.024
39 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 129.503 29.411 –1.292
40 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Can – Am 127.701 29.826 –1.707

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