Truex Nips Elliott for the New Hampshire Pole

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LOUDON, NH – RIS – martin Truex, Jr. won his first pole position in qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race.  As seems to be the norm, qualifying was split into two groups with the top five from each group running for the pole.  Truex nipped Chase Elliott for the top start.  Truex was the next-to-last- of the 10 drivers to qualify in the final round of Saturday’s session, grabbed the top spot with an average lap speed of 127.113 mph.

“I’m really just proud of everybody on the team. We’ve had an up-and-down year and we’ve been digging and clawing and scratching and fighting and just proud of everyone,” said Truex, who has never won at New Hampshire in 28 career starts.

“This track has always been a special one for me. I certainly didn’t come here expecting to have this kind of speed and I’m just so proud of everybody.

“It’s going to be very difficult to pass. You could kind of see it in practice. I kind of caught a guy and I just kept slowing down the more he slowed down. Track position will be huge. Our pit crew has really come a long way since the beginning of the year and we’re really going to have to lean on them tomorrow.”

Kurt Busch will line up third and Bubba Wallace fourth as 23XI Racing swept the second row. Christopher Bell rounds out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 starting lineup are William Byron, who was fastest in practice; Aric Almirola; Kyle Larson; Brad Keselowski; and Kevin Harvick, who got loose on his quick lap and had to get out of the throttle.

Practice: 30th Annual Ambetter 301 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1)
 William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 29.877, 127.483, 4, 21, ---.---, ---.---
2)
 Kyle Busch, No. 18 DeWalt Toyota, 29.903, 127.372, 6, 20, -0.026, -0.026
3)
 Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 29.938, 127.223, 9, 22, -0.061, -0.035
4)
 Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 29.969, 127.091, 4, 27, -0.092, -0.031
5)
 Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 29.988, 127.011, 8, 27, -0.111, -0.019
6)
 Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 30.003, 126.947, 4, 20, -0.126, -0.015
7)
 Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 30.016, 126.892, 3, 23, -0.139, -0.013
8)
 Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 30.046, 126.766, 5, 21, -0.169, -0.030
9)
 Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 30.060, 126.707, 7, 22, -0.183, -0.014
10)
 Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 30.072, 126.656, 3, 29, -0.195, -0.012
11)
 Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Draft Kings Toyota, 30.111, 126.492, 6, 27, -0.234, -0.039
12)
 Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 30.117, 126.467, 5, 23, -0.240, -0.006
13)
 Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 30.125, 126.433, 4, 20, -0.248, -0.008
14)
 Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 30.126, 126.429, 4, 15, -0.249, -0.001
15)
 AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 30.140, 126.370, 6, 24, -0.263, -0.014
16)
 Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 30.148, 126.337, 7, 19, -0.271, -0.008
17)
 Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 30.181, 126.199, 8, 20, -0.304, -0.033
18)
 Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 30.186, 126.178, 6, 25, -0.309, -0.005
19)
 Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 30.197, 126.132, 7, 20, -0.320, -0.011
20)
 Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem/WATTS Toyota, 30.212, 126.069, 4, 16, -0.335, -0.015
21)
 Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, 30.227, 126.007, 11, 19, -0.350, -0.015
22)
 Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 30.232, 125.986, 9, 26, -0.355, -0.005
23)
 Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Libman Ford, 30.232, 125.986, 14, 28, -0.355, -0.000
24)
 Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 30.238, 125.961, 6, 29, -0.361, -0.006
25)
 Kurt Busch, No. 45 SiriusXM Radio Toyota, 30.247, 125.923, 3, 22, -0.370, -0.009
26)
 Daniel Suarez, No. 99 SLAM! Chevrolet, 30.273, 125.815, 7, 22, -0.396, -0.026
27)
 Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 30.274, 125.811, 10, 23, -0.397, -0.001
28)
 Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Autotrader Ford, 30.291, 125.740, 8, 27, -0.414, -0.017
29)
 Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet, 30.342, 125.529, 6, 19, -0.465, -0.051
30)
 Michael McDowell, No. 34 FloRacing Ford, 30.359, 125.459, 4, 18, -0.482, -0.017
31)
 Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 30.361, 125.450, 6, 19, -0.484, -0.002
32)
 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Minute Rice Chevrolet, 30.478, 124.969, 5, 19, -0.601, -0.117
33)
 Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Ditec Marine Chevrolet, 30.780, 123.743, 6, 22, -0.903, -0.302
34)
 JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford, 30.819, 123.586, 8, 14, -0.942, -0.039
35)
 BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 MyMochi Ice Cream Ford, 31.247, 121.893, 9, 10, -1.370, -0.428
36)
 Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 31.703, 120.140, 2, 13, -1.826, -0.456
(i)
 Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed
1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 DeWalt Toyota, 4, 13, 126.600
2) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 1, 10, 126.461
3) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 2, 11, 126.457
4) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 3, 12, 126.287
5) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 2, 11, 126.082
6) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 2, 11, 125.958
7) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 3, 12, 125.928
8) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 5, 14, 125.901
9) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Draft Kings Toyota, 2, 11, 125.752
10) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 1, 10, 125.713
11) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 1, 10, 125.675
12) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 3, 12, 125.528
13) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Libman Ford, 11, 20, 125.319
14) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 SLAM! Chevrolet, 9, 18, 125.316
15) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 9, 18, 125.259
16) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 3, 12, 125.239
17) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 3, 12, 125.181
18) Kurt Busch, No. 45 SiriusXM Radio Toyota, 2, 11, 125.094
19) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Autotrader Ford, 6, 15, 125.085
20) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 2, 11, 125.056
21) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 11, 20, 124.970
22) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 1, 10, 124.764
23) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 1, 10, 124.234
24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Minute Rice Chevrolet, 10, 19, 123.848
25) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Ditec Marine Chevrolet, 2, 11, 122.663
Must run 10 consecutive laps to be included.

Time Trial Results: 30th Annual Ambetter 301 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Round 1A
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 29.898, 127.393, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 29.945, 127.193, 0, 1, 0.047, 0.047
3) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Draft Kings Toyota, 30.070, 126.664, 0, 1, 0.172, 0.125
4) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 30.135, 126.391, 0, 1, 0.237, 0.065
5) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 30.276, 125.803, 0, 1, 0.378, 0.141
6) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 30.293, 125.732, 0, 1, 0.395, 0.017
7) Kyle Busch, No. 18 DeWalt Toyota, 30.312, 125.653, 0, 1, 0.414, 0.019
8) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 30.422, 125.199, 0, 1, 0.524, 0.110
9) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 30.476, 124.977, 0, 1, 0.578, 0.054
10) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 30.523, 124.785, 0, 1, 0.625, 0.047
11) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 30.584, 124.536, 0, 1, 0.686, 0.061
12) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Autotrader Ford, 30.601, 124.467, 0, 1, 0.703, 0.017
13) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 30.675, 124.166, 0, 1, 0.777, 0.074
14) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet, 30.759, 123.827, 0, 1, 0.861, 0.084
15) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 30.785, 123.723, 0, 1, 0.887, 0.026
16) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 MyMochi Ice Cream Ford, 30.885, 123.322, 0, 1, 0.987, 0.100
17) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford, 31.064, 122.611, 0, 1, 1.166, 0.179
18) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 31.288, 121.734, 0, 1, 1.390, 0.224

Round 1B
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Kurt Busch, No. 45 SiriusXM Radio Toyota, 29.669, 128.376, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 29.739, 128.074, 0, 1, 0.070, 0.070
3) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 29.748, 128.035, 0, 1, 0.079, 0.009
4) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 29.945, 127.193, 0, 1, 0.276, 0.197
5) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem/WATTS Toyota, 29.968, 127.096, 0, 1, 0.299, 0.023
6) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Libman Ford, 29.997, 126.973, 0, 1, 0.328, 0.029
7) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 30.056, 126.723, 0, 1, 0.387, 0.059
8) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 30.186, 126.178, 0, 1, 0.517, 0.130
9) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, 30.187, 126.174, 0, 1, 0.518, 0.001
10) Michael McDowell, No. 34 FloRacing Ford, 30.267, 125.840, 0, 1, 0.598, 0.080
11) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 30.332, 125.570, 0, 1, 0.663, 0.065
12) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 SLAM! Chevrolet, 30.364, 125.438, 0, 1, 0.695, 0.032
13) AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 30.391, 125.327, 0, 1, 0.722, 0.027
14) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 30.410, 125.248, 0, 1, 0.741, 0.019
15) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 30.455, 125.063, 0, 1, 0.786, 0.045
16) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Minute Rice Chevrolet, 30.461, 125.039, 0, 1, 0.792, 0.006
17) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Ditec Marine Chevrolet, 31.101, 122.466, 0, 1, 1.432, 0.640
18) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 31.359, 121.458, 0, 1, 1.690, 0.258

Round 2
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 29.964, 127.113, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 30.009, 126.922, 1, 1, 0.045, 0.045
3) Kurt Busch, No. 45 SiriusXM Radio Toyota, 30.032, 126.825, 1, 1, 0.068, 0.023
4) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Draft Kings Toyota, 30.106, 126.513, 1, 1, 0.142, 0.074
5) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem/WATTS Toyota, 30.127, 126.425, 1, 1, 0.163, 0.021
6) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 30.136, 126.387, 1, 1, 0.172, 0.009
7) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 30.219, 126.040, 1, 1, 0.255, 0.083
8) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 30.224, 126.019, 1, 1, 0.260, 0.005
9) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 30.409, 125.252, 1, 1, 0.445, 0.185
10) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -----, -----

Starting Line Up: 30th Annual Ambetter 301 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 29.964, 127.113
2) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 30.009, 126.922
3) Kurt Busch, No. 45 SiriusXM Radio Toyota, 30.032, 126.825
4) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Draft Kings Toyota, 30.106, 126.513
5) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem/WATTS Toyota, 30.127, 126.425
6) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 30.136, 126.387
7) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 30.219, 126.040
8) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 30.224, 126.019
9) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 30.409, 125.252
10) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 0.000, 0.000
11) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Libman Ford, 29.997, 126.973
12) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 30.056, 126.723
13) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 30.186, 126.178
14) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, 30.187, 126.174
15) Michael McDowell, No. 34 FloRacing Ford, 30.267, 125.840
16) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 30.293, 125.732
17) Kyle Busch, No. 18 DeWalt Toyota, 30.312, 125.653
18) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 30.332, 125.570
19) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 SLAM! Chevrolet, 30.364, 125.438
20) AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 30.391, 125.327
21) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 30.410, 125.248
22) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 30.422, 125.199
23) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 30.455, 125.063
24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Minute Rice Chevrolet, 30.461, 125.039
25) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 30.476, 124.977
26) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 30.523, 124.785
27) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 30.584, 124.536
28) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Autotrader Ford, 30.601, 124.467
29) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 30.675, 124.166
30) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road , 30.759, 123.827
31) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 30.785, 123.723
32) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 MyMochi Ice Cream Ford, 30.885, 123.322
33) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford, 31.064, 122.611
34) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Ditec Marine Chevrolet, 31.101, 122.466
35) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 31.288, 121.734
36) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 31.359, 121.458
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 27.09 Sec, 140.598 mph 09 Sept, 2014

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