In preparation of Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase's round of 16, the field was set on Friday in three rounds of qualifying.
Carl Edwards took the pole as he leads a field of 40 drivers that looks like this:
|Bad Boy Off Road 300 Qualifying Results|
|2||Martin Truex Jr.*||28.169|
|21||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||28.631|
|*Denotes chase driver|
Edwards has been a qualifying machine at New Hampshire, as Friday was the third pole in his last four races at this track.
It's also his sixth pole of the year, via Xfinity Racing:
It puts him in a great position to solidify his spot in the top 12 of the Chase, which would ensure that he'd move on to the second round. He is in ninth within the Chase standings but isn't content with just the pole win, via Lee Spencer of Motorsport.com:
Just 0.05 seconds behind him was Chase leader Martin Truex Jr, who was fresh off of a win at Chicagoland in the first race of the round of 16.
Truex has never won at New Hampshire in the Sprint Cup Series, but he would like to add a victory there as his father and brother have won it, via Courtney Cox of NESN:
A pair of Chase drivers didn't help their cases for advancement on Friday as they were unable to make it out of the first round of qualifying.
Chris Buescher, who is in 16th of 16 drivers, will start in 28th, while 13th-place Austin Dillon will start in 29th.
Dillon, though, is only one point behind 12th-place Tony Stewart, who holds the last spot of advancing into the next round of the Chase. Buescher, on the other hand, is 12 points back, and a start from deep in the field on Sunday will only make his opportunities to gain ground in the standings more difficult.
Buescher spoke with the media after his disappointing round, via FontRow Motorsports:
Four more Chase drivers went down in the second round when Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Stewart failed to make the top 12.
Logano was the highest-ranked Chase driver of those four cuts as he sits in fifth place in the standings heading into Sunday. He'll start the race in 15th.
Ryan Newman, who isn't a Chase driver, will start in third. He and Kasey Kahne are the only non-Chase drivers who placed in the top 12 for Sunday.
Stats courtesy of NASCAR.com.