LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Qualifying just hours after Kenny Irwin was killed in a wreck during a practice session, Rusty Wallace took his seventh NASCAR Winston Cup pole position of the season Friday.
Irwin, 30, was killed when his car slammed into a wall at 150 mph at New Hampshire International Speedway. Eight weeks ago to the day -- at almost the same spot -- Adam Petty was killed in a wreck during practice for a Busch Series race.
''These are the days that make you really sit back, look at yourself in the mirror and go, 'Why do I do this?''' said Wallace, who turned a lap at an average speed of 132.089 mph to break the track record.
John Andretti qualified second for Sunday's New England 300 with a run of 131.574 mph.
Mark Martin was third, followed by Jeff Burton, Ricky Craven, Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Nadeau and Dale Jarrett.
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