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Keselowski Wins the Pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

September 17, 2010

Photo courtesy of Autostock



LOUDON, N.H. (September 17, 2010) – Brad Keselowski and the No. 12 Penske/AAA Dodge Charger team led the Penske Racing NASCAR Cup Series qualifying effort for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon.

Keselowski will start the 300-lap event from the pole position, his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole award. He toured the one-mile oval in 28.515 seconds, or 133.572 miles per hour. The time and speed were good enough for a new track record and the track celebrating its 20th anniversary. Penske Racing teammates, Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. will start in 12th and 15th place, respectively.

"I honestly felt that I had a legitimate shot at the pole all along,” said Keselowski. “This is such a great shot in the arm to this team. We’ve had peaks and we’ve had valleys all year, but we’ve always known that we are capable of running up front. We had a solid race at Richmond last week and I think that translated to speed immediately off the truck here at New Hampshire. We’re going to try to play the spoiler role on Sunday.”

The Sylvania 300 will air live at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Race coverage will also be broadcast live on PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying Results
Pos Car Driver Team Reason
1 12 Brad Keselowski No. 12 Penske / AAA Dodge 28.515 133.572 0.000 0.000
2 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 28.538 133.464 0.023 0.023
3 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Old Spice Chevrolet 28.549 133.413 0.034 0.011
4 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 28.554 133.389 0.039 0.005
5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Energizer Chevrolet 28.561 133.357 0.046 0.007
6 43 A J Allmendinger Insignia HDTV Ford 28.579 133.273 0.064 0.018
7 00 David Reutimann TUMS Toyota 28.584 133.249 0.069 0.005
8 98 Paul Menard Sylvania / Menards Ford 28.615 133.105 0.100 0.031
9 18 Kyle Busch M&Ms Toyota 28.617 133.096 0.102 0.002
10 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 28.629 133.040 0.114 0.012
11 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 28.644 132.970 0.129 0.015
12 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 28.667 132.864 0.152 0.023
13 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.700 132.711 0.185 0.033
14 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 28.716 132.637 0.201 0.016
15 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 28.737 132.540 0.222 0.021
16 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 28.761 132.429 0.246 0.024
17 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont / National Guard Facebook Chevrolet 28.787 132.310 0.272 0.026
18 * 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 28.811 132.200 0.296 0.024
19 19 Elliott Sadler Air Force Ford 28.818 132.167 0.303 0.007
20 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.829 132.117 0.314 0.011
21 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Ford 28.833 132.099 0.318 0.004
22 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Small Business Toyota 28.834 132.094 0.319 0.001
23 47 Marcos Ambrose Bush's Best Baked Beans / Kingsford Toyota 28.836 132.085 0.321 0.002
24 39 Ryan Newman U.S. Army Chevrolet 28.842 132.057 0.327 0.006
25 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Johns Manville Chevrolet 28.856 131.993 0.341 0.014
26 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 28.859 131.980 0.344 0.003
27 29 Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet 28.880 131.884 0.365 0.021
28 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Toyota 28.916 131.719 0.401 0.036
29 7 Robby Gordon SpeedFactory.TV Toyota 28.939 131.615 0.424 0.023
30 * 36 Dave Blaney Mohawk Northeast, Inc. Chevrolet 28.957 131.533 0.442 0.018
31 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 29.032 131.193 0.517 0.075
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy / National Guard Chevrolet 29.044 131.139 0.529 0.012
33 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford 29.070 131.022 0.555 0.026
34 * 64 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Toyota 29.111 130.837 0.596 0.041
35 * 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 29.147 130.676 0.632 0.036
36 * 55 Mike Bliss PRISM Motorsports Toyota 29.299 129.998 0.784 0.152
37 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Toyota 29.338 129.825 0.823 0.039
38 * 46 Michael McDowell Cash America Dodge 29.406 129.525 0.891 0.068
39 37 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 29.416 129.481 0.901 0.010
40 * 38 Travis Kvapil Long John Silver's Ford 29.479 129.204 0.964 0.063
41 * 66 Johnny Sauter PRISM Motorsports Toyota 29.569 128.811 1.054 0.090
42 PC 09 * Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 29.570 128.806 1.055 0.001
43 OP 34 Tony Raines A&W All American Food Ford 29.582 128.754 1.067 0.012
44 OP 71 Andy Lally TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 29.599 128.680 1.084 0.017
45 * 26 Jeff Green Air Guard Ford 29.655 128.437 1.140 0.056