Brad Keselowski Takes Sta-Green 200 Poleby Kyle Pokrefky July 12, 2014 0 comments
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LOUDON, N.H. — For the third time this year, Brad Keselowski (Team Penske) is sitting on the pole for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Keselowski made a late charge in the final round of knockout qualifying to claim the pole for today’s Sta-Green 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.230 seconds. Keselowski’s quick lap prevented a Joe Gibbs Racing one-two sweep of the top-two qualifying positions. Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) qualified second with a lap of 29.313 seconds while Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing) qualified in the third position with his lap of 29.329 seconds.
After leading the first practice session for the race but falling way down the order in final practice, Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing) made a nice resurgence by claiming the fifth position with his timed lap of 29.482 seconds. Sharing the third row with him will be rookie Chase Elliott (JR Motorsports), the highest qualifying rookie of the race in sixth-place.
Qualifying at New Hampshire proved to be a great session for the Nationwide Series’ rookies as three of them (including Elliott) would claw their way into the top-10 of the starting grid. Joining Elliott in the top-10 will be Chris Buescher (Roush-Fenway Racing) and Dylan Kwasniewski (Turner Scott Motorsports), who will both share row five on the starting grid with their ninth and tenth-place respective starting spots.
Points leader and Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash qualifier Regan Smith (JR Motorsports) qualified outside of the top-10 in the 12th position. Qualifying didn’t go too well for any of the Dash 4 Cash contenders as Ryan Reed (Roush-Fenway Racing) would qualify in 13th, Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing) in 20th, and Jeremy Clements (Jeremy Clements Racing) in the 30th position.
For Keselowski, his qualifying result should make the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford driver amped up for today’s race considering that his two poles prior to today this season provided the 2010 series champion with top-three finishes. The front has been the place to start as of late at New Hampshire; the last two races at the track have been won from the pole position while the last nine runnings of the Sta-Green 200 have been won from a top-10 starting position.
Coming up next for the Nationwide Series today is the Sta-Green 200 itself with the race being scheduled to drop the green flag at 3:45 p.m ET. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2 while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90 will provide radio coverage.
Top-10 Qualifiers for the Sta-Green 200
- 22 – Brad Keselowski(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 29.230 | Leader
- 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 29.313 | -0.083
- 20 – Matt Kenseth(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 29.329 | -0.099
- 42 – Kyle Larson(i) – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 29.388 | -0.158
- 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.482 | -0.252
- 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 29.488 | -0.258
- 33 – Paul Menard(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.573 | -0.343
- 6 – Trevor Bayne – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 29.591 | -0.361
- 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 29.706 | -0.476
- 31 – Dylan Kwasniewski# – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 29.876 | -0.646
# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Nationwide Series points.