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NASCAR Is Back In The Northeast

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You can see NASCAR’s star drivers in person today if you don’t mind driving three hours to get there.

NASCAR is back in our general area this weekend as the race teams battle in New England at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

Kyle Busch went from a low point of getting flipped at Daytona last week as part of a 25 car wreck to a high note five days later when he won the pole in qualifying on Friday for today’s race. This is the second pole that Kyle Busch has won this season. Busch has one win at NHMS and last year he finished second in both New Hampshire races.

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will start alongside Busch on the front row. Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray round out the top five starters in today’s Camping World RV Sales 301. Brad Keselowski was fastest in both of yesterday’s practice sessions. Keselowski will start 7th. Last week’s winner Aric Almirola crashed during practice and will need to use a back-up car for the race. Although he qualified 19th, he will have start from the rear of the field as a result of the change. Here is the complete original lineup.

This could be the last race in Jeff Burton’s Sprint Cup career. Burton is leaving the driver’s seat to become a full-time broadcaster in 2015 and is running a very limited schedule this year for Michael Waltrip Racing. Burton had a disappointing qualifying time which puts him in the 30th starting position for today’s race.

72-year-old Morgan Shepherd is back for today’s race. He will extend his streak of being the oldest driver to ever start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in history when he rolls off from the final starting position today.

 

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