Bowyer Hustles At New Hampshire

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Clint Bowyer might be starting the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup 12th in the standings, but on Sunday he will roll off number one in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway after he claimed the Bud Pole in qualifying.

The Richard Childress Racing driver turned a lap of 130.412 mph in his Jack Daniels Chevrolet to earn the sophomore's second career Bud Pole.

Bowyer also took the top spot in another Car of Tomorrow race at Darlington back in May.

"It was a good lap," Bowyer said. "We were fast all day, and I'm really excited about our car."

Martin Truex, Jr., Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

“Damn that Bowyer, I am going to tackle him when he comes in here,” Truex said after missing the top spot with a 130.255 mph run.

Elliott Sadler, Tony Stewart, defending Sylvania 300 winner Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Dave Blaney, who was the fastest among the drivers required to time in, completed the top ten qualifiers.

Other Chase contenders were spread throughout the starting field including Kyle Busch (12th), July New Hampshire winner Denny Hamlin (13th), Jeff Gordon (18th), Jeff Burton (23rd) and Matt Kenseth (31st).

Sam Hornish Jr. failed to qualify for his first NEXTEL Cup race after posting the 45th fastest lap at 126.631 mph. Hornish joined Dale Jarrett, Jeremy Mayfield, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Lepage and John Andretti as the drivers that will have to pack up and go home.

Andretti had turned the 26th fastest time in the session, but was disqualified when his car failed post-qualifying inspection.

Sunday's Sylvania 300 is slated for a 2 p.m. (ET) green flag.

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