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Brad Keselowski wins pole at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski watches cars pass by during practice

Brad Keselowski watches cars pass by during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (July 12, 2013) Credit: AP

LOUDON, N.H. -- Brad Keselowski turned a lap of 135.922 mph to set a track record and win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski led a fast Friday on the track as nine drivers topped the previous track record held by Ryan Newman, who went 135.232 in 2011.

Jimmie Johnson joined Keselowski on the front row for Sunday's race, but Johnson flunked inspection because both sides of the front of his No. 48 Chevrolet were too low. He'll start in the rear, in the 43rd spot.

Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch now follow Keselowski, while Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Jeff Burton all topped Newman's record.

Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, has yet to win a race this season and needs a big weekend if he wants to defend his title in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

New York Sports