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Brad Keselowski On SYLVANIA 300 Pole At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Brad Keselowski On SYLVANIA 300 Pole At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

by September 19, 2014 0 comments

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LOUDON, N.H. – Coming off his win in at Chicagoland Speedway, Brad Keselowski led first practice on Friday afternoon and sat on the Coors Light Pole for Sunday’s SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski’s pole sitting lap of 27.090 seconds at 140.598 mph was a new track record. Kyle Busch held the previous record that was set back in July. The effort is Keselowski’s fourth (Phoenix International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway) track qualifying record this season. The pole is Keselowski’s fifth of the 2014 season. Three of his eight career poles have come at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We haven’t done anything in race trim, but in the spring we felt our car was not where we wanted it to be in qualifying trim and felt like that handicapped us in the race and made us have to drive through the field a couple times, whether it was the start of the race or through the pit cycles because of pit stall location, and we put an extra emphasis on it today and it’s great to see us get rewarded for that,” Keselowski said. “The cost for that is to not have a great read for where we’re at in race trim, but we’ll just work on that tomorrow.”

Jamie McMurray will start second on Sunday. The effort marks his 11th top-10 start of the season. He has five career top-10 starts at the speedway. McMurray was also second during the only practice session on Friday.

“I thought we had a really good car in race trim,” McMurray said. “We ran a few laps in race trim to start today. Very similar to the same car we had here the first race. We switched over to qualifying trim we were second quick so yeah our car has been good so far. The track will change a little bit tomorrow when the rubber gets laid down, but overall it’s been a really good weekend so far. We have WEMO on our car, a really loud paint scheme so really excited about everything so far.”

Posting his 19th top-10 start of the season, Kevin Harvick will start the SYLVANIA 300 in the third position on Sunday. Harvick has 11 top-10 starts at the speedway. He was 15th quickest during the first practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“Well, we’ve got a totally different style car and set-up,” Harvick said. “We came up here and ran for a few days. We didn’t feel like we were that great in July. We felt like we could apply a lot of things from Phoenix to here and then from here to Phoenix and that seemed to be somewhat true. So, I feel like we’re in a lot better spot than we were going into the race or into Saturday practice than we were in July. So, I’m excited about it and just looking forward to getting into tomorrow’s practice and seeing where we are.”

Coverage for Sunday’s SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be live on ESPN and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 2 p.m. EST.

SYLVANIA 300 Starting Lineup:
1.) #2 Brad Keselowski
2.) #1 Jamie McMurray
3.) #4 Kevin Harvick
4.) #11 Denny Hamlin
5.) #18 Kyle Busch
6.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
7.) #22 Joey Logano
8.) #99 Carl Edwards
9.) #31 Ryan Newman
10.) #42 Kyle Larson
11.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12.) #55 Brian Vickers
13.) #24 Jeff Gordon
14.) #15 Clint Bowyer
15.) #41 Kurt Busch
16.) #20 Matt Kenseth
17.) #5 Kasey Kahne
18.) #10 Danica Patrick
19.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
20.) #9 Marcos Ambrose
21.) #43 Aric Almirola
22.) #3 Austin Dillon
23.) #27 Paul Menard
24.) #51 Justin Allgaier
25.) #13 Casey Mears
26.) #16 Greg Biffle
27.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
28.) #14 Tony Stewart
29.) #34 David Ragan
30.) #40 Landon Cassill
31.) #26 Cole Whitt
32.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
33.) #83 Clay Rogers
34.) #38 David Gilliland
35.) #23 Alex Bowman
36.) #33 David Stremme
37.) #36 Reed Sorenson
38.) #7 Michael Annett
39.) #98 Josh Wise
40.) #83 Travis Kvpail
41.) #77 Corey LaJoie
42.) #66 Mike Wallace
43.) #32 Timmy Hill

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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