Keselowski stays hot, wins pole in Loudon

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Sunday, he'll try to make it two-for-two in winning races in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Keselowski's track qualifying record speed of 140.598 mph topped the charts in the final 10-minute round of qualifying, supplanting Jamie McMurray from the top spot with approximately five minutes remaining. For Keselowski, it's the eighth pole of his career and fifth of 2014. Three of those eight poles have come at Loudon.

The Team Penske driver is tops in the Chase standings and has already guaranteed himself advancement into the 12-driver Contender Round by virtue of his win last week at Chicagoland Speedway.

McMurray maintained the second spot and will line up next to Keselowski on the front row in Sunday's race.

Rounding out the top 12 were: Kevin Harvick (third), Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers.

Friday's qualifying session consisted of a 30-minute opening round, in which the top 12 drivers advanced to the 10-minute final round.

Jeff Gordon finished 13th in the opening session, and multiple late circuits around the 1.058-mile track weren't quick enough to top Earnhardt's speed. Clint Bowyer (14th) and Kurt Busch (15th) also just missed the cut.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers not qualifying the final 10-minute round included, in addition to Gordon and Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth (16th), Kasey Kahne (17th), Aric Almirola (21st), Greg Biffle (26th) and AJ Allmendinger (27th)

Johnson had dipped below the 12-driver cutoff before going back out on track and laying down the fourth-fastest lap with approximately 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the opening round.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with a 50-minute session. Final practice runs from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Both events will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

The Sylvania 300 is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN.

Lineup

POS NO. DRIVER SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 140.598 27.090 Leader
2 1 Jamie McMurray Belkin/WEMO 140.437 27.121 –0.031
3 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Desigante a Driver 140.065 27.193 –0.103
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground 139.757 27.253 –0.163
5 18 Kyle Busch M&M's 139.721 27.260 –0.170
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's 139.419 27.319 –0.229
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 139.241 27.354 –0.264
8 99 Carl Edwards Aflac 139.017 27.398 –0.308
9 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans 138.946 27.412 –0.322
10 42 Kyle Larson Target 138.881 27.425 –0.335
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Diet Mountain Dew 138.865 27.428 –0.338
12 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine 138.759 27.449 –0.359
13 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger 138.946 27.412 –0.322
14 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 138.946 27.412 –0.322
15 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 138.941 27.413 –0.323
16 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 138.855 27.430 –0.340
17 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable 138.825 27.436 –0.346
18 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 138.779 27.445 –0.355
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr EcoPower Oil 138.577 27.485 –0.395
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley 138.527 27.495 –0.405
21 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 138.512 27.498 –0.408
22 3 Austin Dillon Cheerios 138.492 27.502 –0.412
23 27 Paul Menard Sylvania / Menards 138.472 27.506 –0.416
24 51 Justin Allgaier PlanBSales.com 138.291 27.542 –0.452
25 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 138.210 27.558 –0.468
26 16 Greg Biffle Ortho 138.185 27.563 –0.473
27 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush's Beans 138.090 27.582 –0.492
28 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 137.621 27.676 –0.586
29 34 David Ragan Taco Bell 137.581 27.684 –0.594
30 40 Landon Cassill Snap Fitness 136.992 27.803 –0.713
31 26 Cole Whitt Rinnai 136.722 27.858 –0.768
32 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 136.697 27.863 –0.773
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34 38 David Gilliland CLEAN HARBORS 136.184 27.968 –0.878
35 23 Alex Bowman Dr. Pepper Toyota 136.077 27.990 –0.900
36 33 David Stremme Little Joe's Autos 136.038 27.998 –0.908
37 36 Reed Sorenson American Muscle Driving Experience Chevrolet 135.825 28.042 –0.952
38 7 Michael Annett Feed the Children Chevrolet 135.704 28.067 –0.977
39 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing 135.246 28.162 –1.072
40 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King Toyota 136.560 27.891 –0.801
41 77 Corey Lajoie Fochler Veterans Law 134.558 28.306 –1.216
42 66 Mike Wallace Land Castle Title 133.774 28.472 –1.382
43 32 Timmy Hill US Chrome 133.110 28.614 –1.524

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