NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: New Hampshire
Associated Press

Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski put in a storming final two laps in Nationwide Series qualifying to take the pole from fellow Cup driver Kyle Busch with 20 seconds left on the clock in session two.

Keselowski posted a fast time on his first lap back out in session two but his second lap, a 29.230, shot him to the top of the chart. But being first in the Nationwide Series is not a good thing in 2014 as every race has not been won by the pole sitter.

Fellow Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth and rookie Kyle Larson will start on row two. After them it's Nationwdide drivers Brian Scott in the #2 and rookie Chase Elliott in the #9 car.

Nationwide Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the same layout as the Cup Series yesterday, two sessions with the first being 30 minutes long and including all drivers and then a final 10 minute session for the fastest 12 from session one. 

Before qualifying even got under way Busch had a problem as NASCAR said they didn't like how low the skew on the rear end of his car was, but he was able to get onto pit road with only three minutes gone on the clock.

With five minutes down the top five looked like this: Kenseth, Paul Menard (Another Cup Series driver), Chris Buescher, Scott and Elliott. Along with Busch, Keselowski was late getting to his car as he had just finished Cup Series practice.

With a third of the time elapsed on the clock there was no change in the top five spots and JJ Yeley was on the bubble spot in 12th and Elliott Sadler was just outside in 13th and reported: "The car is just wicked loose, I can't driver it properly."

Busch made his first run with 19 minutes left and went straight to the top of the leaderboard on his first lap and brought his car down pit road to save the tires if needed.

The first red flag of the session was displayed with 18 minutes left as Josh Reaume in the #87 went around on his out lap, he suffered no damage.

At the half way point the top five had changed slightly: Keselowski, Busch, Kenseth, Menard and Larson - all five of the Sprint Cup drivers in the race filled the top five qualifying spots. Landon Cassill was on the bubble with Trevor Bayne just outside.

Over the next ten minutes Bayne, Cassill, Gaughan, Elliott, Smith and Theriault all traded positions inside and just outside of the top 12. Dylan Kwasniewski went 4th on his third run of the session and Elliott shot into 2nd with seven minutes left.

With only two minutes remaining Carl Long looked as if he blew and engine, which would have been bad news as the team don't have a spare at the track, but the team were still diagnosing the problem.

At the end of session one the top 12 who advanced, after all of the changing of position in the final ten minutes, were: Keselowski, Elliott, Busch, Scott, Kwasniewski, Menard, Bayne, Larson, Gaughan, C. Buescher and Smith. Kevin Lepage was the only driver to miss the race tonight.

Round two was a ten minute session with the fastest 12 drivers from session one and with 7 minutes remaking only five drivers had been on track: Busch (29.313), Kenseth, Larson, Scott and Menard.

At the half way point Busch remained in P1 as Kenseth and Keselowski were 2nd and 3rd respectively and Larson was 4th and Scott 5th.

With only one minute remaining Larson went back into 4th place and Keselowski made his final run of two laps which sent him to the top of the board and got him the Coors Light Pole Award for tonight's Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

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