New Hampshire NASCAR: Carl Edwards on pole for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards will start the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from pole

New Hampshire NASCAR: Carl Edwards on pole for Joe Gibbs Racing

Edwards, fastest in practice, clocked a lap of 27.604 seconds in the final five-minute qualifying shootout to edge his Chase rival Kevin Harvick to pole by 0.027s, taking his second of the year at New Hampshire.

Kurt Busch, the fastest man in the opening phase of qualifying, had to settle for third, ahead of Brad Keselowski and three-time New Hampshire race winner Jimmie Johnson.

Kyle Larson was the best of the non-Chase drivers, lapping sixth fastest for Chip Ganassi.

Chicagoland winner Denny Hamlin will start from seventh, while Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top 10.

Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kasey Kahne were 11th and 12th, the slowest of the runners in final qualifying.

Richmond winner Matt Kenseth narrowly missed out on a spot in the final pole shootout, bumped down to 13th by late improvement from Hamlin.

His Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Kyle Busch will start 17th, with fellow Chase drivers Paul Menard 20th, Martin Truex Jr 21st and Jamie McMurray 23rd.

Two-time New Hampshire winner Clint Bowyer was the slowest of the Chase contenders down in 26th, eliminated in the opening phase of qualifying.

Bowyer's Chase aspirations hang in the balance after he and his Michael Waltrip Racing team were penalised for a technical infringement last time out at Chicagoland.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.604s -
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.631s 0.027s
3 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.640s 0.036s
4 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.666s 0.062s
5 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.676s 0.072s
6 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.697s 0.093s
7 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.709s 0.105s
8 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.725s 0.121s
9 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.797s 0.193s
10 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.887s 0.283s
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.891s 0.287s
12 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.931s 0.327s
13 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.813s -
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.837s -
15 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.863s -
16 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.900s -
17 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.922s -
18 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.932s -
19 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.943s -
20 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.989s -
21 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.996s -
22 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.016s -
23 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.106s -
24 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.144s -
25 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.048s -
26 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.053s -
27 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.078s -
28 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.087s -
29 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.098s -
30 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.120s -
31 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.144s -
32 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 28.188s -
33 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.209s -
34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.293s -
35 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 28.337s -
36 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.362s -
37 Ryan Preece Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 28.399s -
38 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.519s -
39 B.J. McLeod Circle Sport Chevrolet 28.740s -
40 Josh Wise BK Racing Toyota 28.808s -
41 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 28.816s -
42 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 28.866s -
43 Timmy Hill Premium Motorsports Ford 29.326s -

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