Kyle Busch Bags Pole Position for NASCAR Cup Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Published 07/15/2021, 9:11 AM EDT
May 2, 2021; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR community will touch base at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After last weekend’s race in Atlanta, Kyle Busch has grabbed pole position for the race. Martin Truex Jr will make it a Joe Gibbs Racing front row, with Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch in third and fourth.

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Lining up on Row 3 will be Alex Bowman and championship leader Denny Hamlin. In all honesty, it is a miracle that Hamlin has managed to last this long as the championship leader. This is because a maiden win in the 2021 season continues to elude him and other drivers are catching up.

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Completing the Top 10 will be Ryan Blaney and a delighted Tyler Reddick, along with Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson. Larson will be a little disappointed, especially since he was in a fine run of form with three consecutive wins. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick just miss out on a Top 10 berth. Behind them on the grid will be Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, and William Byron.

How does everyone else line up behind Kyle Busch?

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Behind pole man Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Bubba Wallace, Chase Briscoe and Ross Chastain will round out the Top 20. Row 11 will be an all Stewart-Haas row, with Cole Custer ahead of Aric Almirola. Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell will start in 23rd ahead of Erik Jones. Ryan Preece, Corey LaJoie, Anthony Alfredo, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Justin Haley will round out the Top 30.

Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, Daniel Suarez, BJ McLeod, Garrett Smitheley, Cody Ware, Josh Bilicki, Quin Houff will bring up the rear. At the back of the pack, James Davison will sit all alone in 37th place.

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As no driver has failed to qualify, Kyle Busch will lead a 37-car grid. Currently sitting third in the championship, Busch will be keen to convert his pole into a win.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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