NASCAR Stars Nearby And Jimmie Johnson Starts Last
I always look forward to NASCAR’s visits to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway since it is one of the closest stops that the Sprint Cup Series makes to our area.
NASCAR in person is just three hours away from us. But be glad if you are not a Jimmie Johnson fan. Although Johnson set the second fastest time in qualifying on Friday, he will start last in the race today due to his No. 48 Chevrolet failing post qualifying inspection. The front of Johnson’s No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet measured too low so his time was disallowed. Johnson has been one of the hottest drivers on NASCAR’s Cup circuit this year so it will be interesting to watch him come from the back and try to get to the front.
The driver who was the hottest last year, defending champion Brad Keselowski, set a new track record at New Hampshire – the site of his first career pole and will roll off alongside of Kurt Busch on the front row. It is Keselowski’s first pole of the season. He is looking to try to get a boost as he is winless and sits 13th in points coming into today’s race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts third with Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon rounding out the first five starters. Brian Vickers who starts 13th today was fastest in yesterday’s final practice session.
History is being made at the speedway today as well. Morgan Shepherd who made his Cup debut in 1970 will become the oldest driver to ever start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when he takes the green today. He is 71 years old. Here is the complete starting lineup.