“It’s been really good,” Brad Keselowski said of his No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series car during qualifying Saturday morning for the F.W. Webb 200 to be held later in the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. “This Snap-On Dodge has been fast since we unloaded.”
It was definitely fast during qualifying. Keselowski set a new NHMS qualifying track record with a 29.0672-second lap to claim his third-straight series pole in Loudon.
A little while later, Kasey Kahne turned in a 29.122-second lap to claim the second starting spot next to Keselowski on the front row.
“It felt pretty good,” Kahne said. “I didn’t really feel like I left anything out there.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the only non-Sprint Cup Series driver to qualify in the top-five, qualifying third. Other drivers making top-five qualifying runs included Kevin Harvick in fourth and Kyle Busch, winner of the last three NNS races at the track, in fifth.
With his third-place qualifying run, Stenhouse was the fastest among the four drivers eligible for the New Hampshire $100,000 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus. The other bonus-eligible drivers are series points leader Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and Michael Annett. Sadler qualified in the top-10 in seventh. Meanwhile, Dillon and Annett qualified outside the top-10 in 12th and 14th, respectively.
Everyone who made qualifying attempts received spots on the starting grid, with only 43 drivers/cars entered.
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