LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Busch was careful not to ask too much of himself or his No. 18 Toyota Friday afternoon at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
By not pushing too hard, Busch was really fast. His run of 133.417 mph was just enough to win the pole for Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Busch had the quickest speed in practice, which allowed him to qualify last. Once he knew what he needed to win his first pole since last August, he didn’t push his car any harder than he needed.
“I thought I missed it a little bit,” Busch said. “It was decent, it was a good lap for us, but I thought I was probably going to be third or fourth.”
Busch didn’t push hard until he came through the final turn. His car drifted an inch from the outside wall, but he managed to keep it straight for the fastest lap of the session.
“I don’t think we touched,” he said. “I didn’t feel it, so if anything it was really, really close. I just knew that I got in the throttle really early in (Turns) 3 and 4 trying to make speed and was able to finish it, but the car slipped right at the last second.
“There’s no mark on the car so all is good there.”
Kasey Kahne qualified second at 133.403 mph, while Denny Hamlin was third.
The rest of the top 10 were: Martin Truex Jr. in fourth, Clint Bowyer in fifth, Ryan Newman in sixth, Jimmie Johnson in seventh, Jeff Gordon in eighth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in ninth and Tony Stewart in 10th.
There were six Chevrolets and four Toyotas in the top 10.
CRASH CART: Greg Biffle suffered damaged to his No. 16 Ford Friday afternoon although he was going less than 1 mph and was 50 yards away from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track.
Biffle backed into a generator cart as he left his garage stall for the afternoon practice session.
“I’m glad I was backing up slow,” Biffle said after the left-rear corner of his bumper was dented. “A lot of times we’re in a hurry and you want to try to get out there and go, but I was backing up slow and turning.”
The cart belonged to Jimmie Johnson’s team.
“I don’t want to blame the guy which the cart, but you hear a car start up, you see it move out of the garage slow and turning, at what point do you keep walking with the generator cart?
Biffle’s team made quick repairs. He went on to qualify 11th for Sunday’s race.
HARVICKS MOVE QUICKLY ON KEELAN: One Kevin and DeLana Harvick knew they were going to have a boy, they moved quickly to lock down his name with Twitter and Facebook, as well as creating a Web site in his name.
“Well Keelan has his own everything because I didn’t want some crazy (bleep) fan getting hold of his Twitter name or his website, so he has everything that you could imagine from top to bottom just as more of a personal security piece of mind than anything,” Kevin Harvick said. “He doesn’t have one or need one. It’s more of just kind of protecting him than anything.”
Keelan was born Sunday, hours after Harvick finished 23rd in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.