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Martin Truex Jr. Earns 1st Cup Pole Since 2018 at New Hampshire

Martin Truex Jr. claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after posting the fastest lap of 127.113 mph in the second round of qualifying Saturday, July 16.

Truex, who was the only one to go under 30 seconds in the second round, earned his first pole of the season and 20th of his career. It’s his first pole since July 14, 2018 at Kentucky Speedway.

Chase Elliott was just over 30 seconds and just under 127 mph; he’ll start alongside Truex on the front row. 23XI Racing’s Kurt Busch and Bubba Wallace make up the second row in third and fourth, while Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell rounds out the top five.

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Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports cohort William Byron starts sixth, and Aric Almirola is seventh. Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski begin eighth and ninth, respectively. Kevin Harvick had a big slide coming off turn 2 and shut his lap down before he finished; he’ll complete the top 10 starters.

Cup Qualifying Results from New Hampshire

The Ambetter 301 airs July 17 at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor while continuing to write daily fantasy and news articles. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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A win by Truex would really make things hot for the teams trying to point their way into the playoffs.

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