NASCAR at New Hampshire 2016 Qualifying Results: Race Order, Times, Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2016

LOUDON, NH - JULY 15: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2016 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Three rounds of qualifying Friday set the field for Sunday's New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson took the pole, posting a top time of 28.430 seconds and hitting a top speed of 133.971 mph.

NASCAR showed his lap:

Here are the full qualifying results, race order and times:

New Hampshire 301 Qualifying Results
PlaceDriverBest Time (Seconds)
1Jimmie Johnson28.430
2Kyle Busch28.460
3Martin Truex Jr.28.558
4Kurt Busch28.625
5Denny Hamlin28.625
6Joey Logano28.656
7Chase Elliott58.698
8Kevin Harvick283703
9Brad Keselowski28.704
10AJ Allmendinger28.720
11Kasey Kahne28.827
12Tony Stewart28.857
2nd Cut
13Carl Edwards28.676
14Ryan Blaney28.681
15Austin Dillon28.685
16Matt DiBenedetto28.706
17Kyle Larson28.752
18Matt Kenseth28.794
19Jamie McMurray28.802
20Alex Bowman28.842
21Casey Mears28.915
22Ricky Stenhouse Jr.28.925
23David Ragan28.928
24Paul Menard29.035
1st Cut
25Ryan Newman28.964
26Aric Almirola28.986
27Michael McDowell29.085
28Greg Biffle29.139
29Danica Patrick29.171
30Landon Cassill29.171
31Trevor Bayne29.173
32Clint Bowyer29.216
33Brian Scott29.248
34Regan Smith29.341
35Chris Buescher29.599
36Reed Sorenson29.740
37Michael Annett30.044
38Eddie MacDonald30.064
39Josh Wise30.101
40Ryan Ellis30.502
NASCAR.com

According to NASCAR on NBCSN, Friday was the first time in his storied career that Johnson has won the pole for a Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which presents a different kind of challenge to NASCAR drivers.

The turns at the narrow 1.6-mile track are not as severely banked as other tracks in the country. That means drivers have to spend more time on the brakes instead of maintaining higher speeds around the turns.

A happy Johnson spoke with the NBCSN telecast after securing the pole (via Jerry Bonkowski of NBC Sports).

"We’ve had a lot of tough races (of late). Qualifying has been so-so," he said. "I’m not the best in qualifying. I think the majority of that emotion was that we actually got a pole. This is a good day all in all and something this Lowe’s team needed after a tough couple of months."

Sunday's race will be without Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

His replacement, Alex Bowman, who qualified in the 20th spot, spoke with the Associated Press after his day on the track.

"It's definitely not the circumstances that I want to get an opportunity like this," he said. "Obviously, I'm hoping Dale feels better, but at the same time it's the best opportunity I've ever had in my life. I'm ready to just plug into their program and do my job. I'll give them the best feedback I can and go from there."

Carl Edwards, who finished in second place last week at Kentucky, will start in 13th, as he narrowly missed the second cut before the final round of qualifying. Edwards posted a time of 28.676 seconds, while Martin Truex Jr. was just 0.001 seconds faster, thus moving on to the final round. 

Truex will start in third place Sunday after finishing 0.128 seconds behind Johnson. 

Heading into New Hampshire's race weekend, Brad Keselowski has been the most unstoppable driver in NASCAR, coming off two straight wins.

On Friday, the points leader slowed down a bit, as he finished ninth in qualifying. However, another win Sunday would further expand his lead atop the standings.

With a 40-car field on a narrow track that requires methodical racing, the New Hampshire 301 could see a packed race, especially on the turns, where pinpoint placement will be a must in order for drivers to stay on the course. 

            

Stats courtesy of NASCAR.com.

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