New Hampshire Motor Speedway starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series
Next up, the NASCAR Cup Series will set the grid for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s MENCS qualifying in Loudon, NH.
View the full NHMS starting lineup below.
It’s a 15 minute opening round session. The top 24 will advance.
All cars have made it through the NASCAR inspection tent as the green flag drops on the session.
9 minutes remain, Michael McDowell sets at the top of the board. Many of the heavy hitters are sitting in the pit area. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series were the last cars on the track. Teams are waiting for the track to get cleaned up a bit.
Both of these classes are using the same tire this weekend. The MENCS crew chiefs might not be aware of that.
7 minutes remain, there’s a large line of cars at the edge of the pit lane.
6 minutes remain, only 5 cars have turned a lap. 14 cars sit parked at the edge of the pit lane.
4 minutes remain, Kyle Busch hits the track. He won the opening round of practice early this afternoon. Kyle Busch to P1 of the 16 cars to turn a lap.
Kyle Busch wins round 1!
Round 1 Results: 1. Kyle Busch (28.613); 2. Alex Bowman (28.623); 3. William Byron (28.674); 4. Kurt Busch; 5. Martin Truex Jr; 6. Daniel Suarez; 7. Aric Almirola; 8. Kevin Harvick; 9. Denny Hamlin; 10. Ryan Blaney; 11. Erik Jones; 12. Chase Elliott;
It’s a brief 10 minute session. This will set the field for positions 13-24.
Kyle Larson wiggled on the end of his first lap in this session. He runs a 2nd lap but his time was hurt by the wiggle on lap 1. He runs a 3rd lap, he’s 4th of 5 cars.
5 minutes remain, Denny Hamlin to the top of the board. He’s the defending race winner. Suarez knocks him off the top spot quickly.
3 minutes remain, Harvick, Busch and Truex hit the track at the same time. Kyle Busch jumps to the top.
2 minutes remain, Harvick sits on the bubble. Brad Keselowski is 13th. 45 seconds to go, Keselowski heads to the track for a second run. Keselowski to 11th! Harvick and Larson are knocked out in round 2.
Kyle Busch wins round 1 and now round 2 in New Hampshire qualifying.
Round 2 Results: 1. Kyle Busch (28.497); 2. Daniel Suarez (28.521); 3. Martin Truex Jr (28.543); 4. Erik Jones; 5. Denny Hamlin; 6. Kurt Busch; 7. Ryan Blaney; 8. Chase Elliott; 9. William Byron; 10. Alex Bowman; 11. Brad Keselowski; 12. Paul Menard;
It’s a 5 minute run for the pole position.
Kurt Busch is the first car on the track. He only did 1 lap. Most cars run quicker on lap 2.
2 minutes remain, Kyle Busch hits the track. 2nd! He runs another lap but can’t improve.
Kurt Busch will start from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! It’s his first pole at this track. Kurt was the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver to make it into the final round at NHMS.
View the full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starting lineup from New Hampshire Motor Speedway below.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pos | Driver | Time
1. Kurt Busch
2. Martin Truex Jr
3. Kyle Busch
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Erik Jones
8. Alex Bowman
9. Daniel Suarez
10. Chase Elliott
11. William Byron
12. Paul Menard
13. Aric Almirola
14. Kevin Harvick
15. Clint Bowyer
16. AJ Allmendinger
17. Austin Dillon
18. Ryan Newman
19. Joey Logano
20. Kyle Larson
21. Jimmie Johnson
22. Jamie McMurray
23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
24. Chris Buescher
25. Ty Dillon
26. Kasey Kahne
27. Bubba Wallace
28. Matt DiBenedetto
29. Michael McDowell
30. David Ragan
31. Matt Kenseth
32. Ross Chastain
33. Corey LaJoie
34. Landon Cassill
35. Kyle Weatherman
36. BJ McLeod
37. Blake Jones