Rookie grabs NASCAR pole

June 27, 2008 6:59:17 PM PDT
Rookie Patrick Carpentier has his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole, after qualifying first today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Canadian was among the drivers who had to wait out a nearly two-hour rain delay before getting a shot at qualifying for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

He clinched his first pole on an oval track with a fast lap of 129.776. Carpentier's last pole came in a Champ Car in 2004 on the road course in Laguna Seca, California.

Bobby Labonte will start on the outside of row one after a lap of 129.059.

Series points leader Kyle Busch wound up 27th overall.

After Friday qualifying; race Sunday At New Hampshire International Speedway Loudon, N.H. Lap length: 1.058 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (10) Patrick Carpentier, Dodge, 129.776 mph. 2. (43) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 129.059. 3. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 128.976. 4. (66) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 128.976. 5. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 128.885. 6. (41) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 128.828. 7. (40) Dario Franchitti, Dodge, 128.824. 8. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 128.645. 9. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 128.624. 10. (84) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 128.624. 11. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 128.576. 12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 128.498. 13. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 128.459. 14. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 128.424. 15. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 128.415. 16. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 128.385. 17. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 128.337. 18. (07) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 128.299. 19. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 128.273. 20. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 128.251. 21. (28) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 128.117. 22. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 128.057. 23. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 128.048. 24. (5) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 127.984. 25. (01) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 127.872. 26. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 127.859. 27. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 127.782. 28. (20) Tony Stewart, Toyota, 127.731. 29. (44) David Reutimann, Toyota, 127.722. 30. (96) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 127.662. 31. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 127.649. 32. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 127.560. 33. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 127.444. 34. (45) Terry Labonte, Dodge, 127.397. 35. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 127.312. 36. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 126.981. 37. (70) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 126.964. 38. (00) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 126.846. 39. (8) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 126.648. 40. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 126.572. 41. (22) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 126.374. 42. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, owner points 43. (78) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 126.391. Failed to qualify 44. (34) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 126.307. 45. (21) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 125.566. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-06-27-08 1922EDT


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