Sep 16 2007

Clint Bowyer Claims Pole in New Hampshire

Clint Bowyer grabbed the pole late in qualifying, looking like he finally figured out how to qualify there, his previous best start was 24th, and it also is the best way he could’ve started his first race in the Chase for the Cup. Martin Truex Jr. will start second, Kurt Busch third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Ryan Newman, the only non-chase driver in the top five. The other Chase contenders will start with a sixth for Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick 8th, Carl Edwards 11th, Kyle Busch 12th, Denny Hamlin 14th, Jeff Gordon 18th, Jeff Burton 23rd, and Matt Kenseth 30th.

“It’s just exciting,” said Bowyer, who along with Truex are the only first-time drivers in the 10-race Chase. “It’s an exciting time for not only me, but everybody at [Richard Childress Racing] and on my team.

“It’s a lot of fun to be in this Chase. You know the pressures off of us. We’re 12th [in the points]. We only have one way to go and that’s forward. Sitting on the pole right here in the first race of the Chase is a big step in the right direction and it says a lot about our race team.” Source: Bowyer edges Truex at end for New Hampshire pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 130.412 29.206 Leader
2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 130.255 29.241 -0.035
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 130.011 29.296 -0.090
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 129.798 29.344 -0.138
5 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 129.723 29.361 -0.155
6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 129.679 29.371 -0.165
7 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 129.679 29.371 -0.165
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 129.362 29.443 -0.237
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford Lumber Liquidators 129.226 29.474 -0.268
10 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 129.164 29.488 -0.282
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Marriott Vacation Club 129.024 29.520 -0.314
12 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 129.024 29.520 -0.314
13 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 129.007 29.524 -0.318
14 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 128.946 29.538 -0.332
15 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 128.885 29.552 -0.346
16 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 128.859 29.558 -0.352
17 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 128.854 29.559 -0.353
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 128.828 29.565 -0.359
19 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 128.784 29.575 -0.369
20 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 128.776 29.577 -0.371
21 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 128.771 29.578 -0.372
22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 128.294 29.688 -0.482
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 128.199 29.710 -0.504
24 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 128.191 29.712 -0.506
25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 128.143 29.723 -0.517
26 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Trix / Lucky & Friends 128.087 29.736 -0.530
27 88 Kenny Wallace Ford Snickers 128.014 29.753 -0.547
28 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 128.014 29.753 -0.547
29 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 127.868 29.787 -0.581
30 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 127.838 29.794 -0.588
31 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 127.829 29.796 -0.590
32 40 David Stremme Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 127.825 29.797 -0.591
33 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 127.791 29.805 -0.599
34 21 Ken Schrader Ford Little Debbie 127.688 29.829 -0.623
35 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 127.615 29.846 -0.640
36 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet FleetPride / Yellow 127.525 29.867 -0.661
37 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 127.470 29.880 -0.674
38 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA 127.155 29.954 -0.748
39 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 126.998 29.991 -0.785
40 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 126.960 30.000 -0.794
41 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Victory Junction Gang Camp 126.960 30.000 -0.794
42 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 126.812 30.035 -0.829
43 98 Boris Said Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 126.744 30.051 -0.845

Did Not Qualify
44 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 126.690 30.064 -0.858
45 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental 126.631 30.078 -0.872
46 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 126.086 30.208 -1.002
47 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 125.649 30.313 -1.107
48 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 125.035 30.462 -1.256
49 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 128.109 29.731 -0.525

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