Kyle Busch set a new track record during NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon with a lap time of 28.873 seconds on Saturday. That lap earned him the pole starting spot for the CNBC The Profit 200 to be held at the track later the same day. The pole ties Busch with Mark Martin at for the most pole starts all-time in the series.
According to Busch, his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing team made improvements to his car since the first practice on Friday.
“The Monster Energy Camry was a little off in first practice,” Busch said.
Busch’s pole winning lap ended a streak for Nationwide Series regular, Austin Dillon. Dillon came into New Hampshire riding a wave of six poles in the last seven races, with six-straight poles in the last six oval events.
Busch was the only driver during qualifying to post a lap time under 29 seconds. He’ll be joined on the front row for Saturday afternoon’s race by one of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates — Brian Vickers. Vickers, with a lap time of 29.029 seconds, also beat the previous track record set by Brad Keselowski last year.
Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Kasey Kahne, Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith, and Brian Scott.
Forty-three drivers attempted to earn one of the 40 available spots on the starting grid. Dexter Stacey, Morgan Shepherd and Mike Harmon were the three drivers who had to get in on time but didn’t post fast enough speeds to do so. But Carl Long withdrew, despite having a qualifying time fast enough to get him into the race. Long’s withdrawal put Stacey among the 40 who will race Saturday afternoon.
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