Friday, July 12, 2013

Keselowski Wins NHMS Pole, Johnson Fails Post-Qualifying Tech

Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will start from the pole position in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski’s Miller Lite Ford turned a fast lap in 28.022 seconds, at a speed of 135.922 mph. 

Keselowski set a new NHMS track record, the ninth track record set in 2013, one of 10 drivers to break the previous track record of 28.165 seconds (135.232 mph), set by Ryan Newman in July of 2011. It was the defending series champion’s third Sprint Cup pole in his 144th start, and his first since Charlotte in May of 2011; a span of 78 starts.

Jimmie Johnson qualified second today, but his Lowe’s Chevrolet was found to be too low in post-qualifying inspection. Johnson also had ride-height issues in pre-qualifying tech, and was put on the five-minute clock by NASCAR before making adjustments in time for his time trial run. He will drop to the rear of the 43-car field for Sunday’s race.
Unofficial Time Trial Results
Pos         #              Driver
1                2               Brad Keselowski
2               48            Jimmie Johnson
3                78             Kurt Busch
4               88            Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5               18             Kyle Busch
6               24            Jeff Gordon
7                99            Carl Edwards
8               11             Denny Hamlin
9               5               Kasey Kahne
10             31             Jeff Burton
11             42            Juan Pablo Montoya
12             1                Jamie McMurray
13             20            Matt Kenseth
14             55            Brian Vickers
15             27             Paul Menard
16             39             Ryan Newman
17             14             Tony Stewart
18             43             Aric Almirola
19             29            Kevin Harvick
20            56            Martin Truex Jr.
21             15             Clint Bowyer
22            9               Marcos Ambrose
23             16             Greg Biffle
24            17             Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #
25            38             David Gilliland
26            22            Joey Logano
27             51             A J Allmendinger
28            83             David Reutimann
29            13             Casey Mears
30             34             David Ragan
31             98            Michael McDowell
32             93             Travis Kvapil
33             10             Danica Patrick #
34             47             Bobby Labonte
35             19             Mike Bliss
36             35             Josh Wise
37             33             Landon Cassill
38             32             Ken Schrader
39             87             Joe Nemechek
40              7              Dave Blaney
41             36             J J Yeley
42             52            Morgan Shepherd
43             30             David Stremme (hit the wall during qualifying)


  1. how can they pass inspection,push the car to the line and go . Then fail after 2 laps. who checked in the first place?

  2. Nascar has no credibility anymore and all those who say Nascar is doing a great job are fined for saying different. It's not a sport but just entertainment.

  3. Anonymous12:09 PM

    I don't understand how the car can race if it's time was disallowed??? That means the car never truly qualified, thus Johnson will be an UNqualified car. I believe the 44th car steps into the 43rd qualifying spot and Johnson goes home for the weekend...but we cannot possibly do that...God no!

  4. Some people have said that Rick Hendrick (no S) has NASCAR in his back pocket. If so, you would sure think the officials would have looked the other way in post qualifying insp. Come on people, grow up!

  5. Anonymous9:29 AM

    jj should have been a dnq

  6. Anonymous9:33 AM

    No biggie. Start 43rd,finish 6th. Stay 1st in points! Ellen, JJ's grlfrnd

  7. Robert G.2:42 PM

    For those that are asking how could he pass before qualifying and failed afterwards (if you didn't see the TNT explanation before the race:
    Measurements are taken before and after qualifying. The heights are different for each one (at least 1/2"). So you could be ok before, but things might settle during qualifying and cause you to be even lower afterwards.

  8. Anonymous2:53 PM

    That's your jj , dave

  9. I can't find any penalty on this yet. Have they been announced?