Friday, June 25, 2010

Montoya Fastest in Both Practice and Qualifying; First Pole of 2010

Juan Pablo Montoya turned a lap of 132.337 mph and has won the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne was second and Kurt Busch third in Friday's qualifying.

Montoya won his first pole of the season after taking two last season. He set a track record at New Hampshire last September to win the pole and parlayed that into a third-place finish. Mark Martin was fourth and Ryan Newman fifth for Sunday's race.

Qualifying was very similar to how Friday's early practice ran where Montoya was the fastest followed by Jimmie Johnson, Busch, Tony Stewart, and Newman.

It's a good sign for the Stewart-Haas team, especially Stewart. While Newman is using his winning chassis from Phoenix, he is expected to run well this week, whereas Stewart's week coming in didn't look promising based on the his two 23rd place finishes at the similar tracks of Phoenix and Richmond.

Many of the teams that did well at either Phoenix or Richmond have brought the same chassis' to Loudon this week. Montoya is using the same car that finished third at Loudon last fall.

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