This marks Dillon's second pole win of 2014 RELATED: Full race lineup Ty Dillon won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season Saturday at Kentucky Speedway , posting a fastest final-round lap of 175.690 mph. It capped a strong couple of days from Richard Childress Racing, which consistently had its cars at the top of the leaderboard during Friday's practices. Dillon will lead the field to green in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 , which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET later tonight and will be televised on ESPNEWS. Part-timer Sam Hornish Jr . qualified second with a speed of 175.245 mph in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, with Brendan Gaughan , Cale Conley and Brian Scott rounding out the top five. Gaughan, Conley and Scott also drive RCR vehicles. Group qualifying at the 1.5-mile track consisted of a 25-minute opening round in which the 24 fastest cars advanced to the 10-minute second round. The top 12 fastest in the second round advanced to the final five-minute round. Driving the No. 20, Justin Boston earned his spot in the final round by finishing 12th in the second round. It was enough to top Dylan Kwasniewski (13th), Chase Pistone (16th) and Austin Theriault (17th). In the first round Ryan Reed finished 24th, just ahead of J.J. Yeley and Jamie Dick , to advance into the second round. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Rachel Rupert catches up with Brad Keselowski after he collects his fifth Coors Light Pole Award of the season.
Chase standings leader wins pole at New Hampshire RELATED: Qualifying results LOUDON, N.H. -- You couldn't script a better beginning to Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for Brad Keselowski , who showed no sign of stopping his relentless run toward a second championship on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Fresh from a dramatic victory in last Sunday's first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway , Keselowski blew away the track record in winning the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at the Magic Mile (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). The Coors Light Pole Award was Keselowski's fifth of the season, the eight of his career and his third in 11 starts at the 1.058-mile flat track. In the second and final round of knockout qualifying, Keselowski covered the distance in 27.090 seconds (140.598 mph) to edge Jamie McMurray (140.437 mph) for the top starting spot by .031 seconds. Kevin Harvick qualified third for the second Chase race at 140.065 mph. "The kind of track is kind of right in my wheelhouse, right in our team’s wheelhouse," said Keselowski, who won the July race at New Hampshire in dominating fashion. "We had this race circled before the Chase started, and we felt decent about Chicago, but we really felt like this was a race of emphasis for us to get a win and get out of the first bracket (three-race elimination round). "It's good, right? We just want to keep it going." Despite the excellent performances of the first two weeks, Keselowski isn't ready to claim ownership of the title just yet. "With the resets (after each round), the success of today really means nothing come Homestead (where the four remaining eligible drivers will race for the title, with the highest finisher among the four claiming the prize)," Keselowski said. "It's great. It's positive momentum. It's everything you want to do, and it’s everything you think you should do. "But when it resets, it resets, and nothing that you've done in the past really matters, as long as you're eligible for the bracket. I'm a long, long way from using the word favorite or feeling overly confident." McMurray, who did not make the Chase field, was pleased with his effort in qualifying. "I felt like, in my first run, I didn't get everything out of the car and maybe left a little bit on the table," McMurray said. "The first run I didn't think I got it all, but the second run out (in the final round), the second lap was really good. "Honestly, I came off Turn 4 and tried to run three laps and tried to just drive a little bit harder, but the tires just wouldn’t hold up for another quick lap." Chase drivers who will start in the top 12 on Sunday include Denny Hamlin (fourth), Kyle Busch (fifth), Jimmie Johnson (sixth), Joey Logano (seventh), Carl Edwards (eighth), Ryan Newman (ninth) and Dale Earnhardt Jr . (11th) Keselowski led the first of the two qualifying sessions with a lap at 139.614 mph (27.281 seconds), a scant .005 seconds faster than the No. 99 of fellow Ford driver Edwards. All told, 26 drivers in the 30-minute first round broke the track qualifying record of 138.130 mph (27.574 seconds) set by Kyle Busch on July 11, 2014. Earnhardt Jr. was the 12th and last driver to advance to the second session with a lap at 138.987 mph (27.404 mph). Chase drivers Jeff Gordon (13th), Kurt Busch (15th), Matt Kenseth (16th), Kasey Kahne (17th), Aric Almirola (21st), Greg Biffle (26th) and AJ Allmendinger (27th) failed to advance to the 10-minute final round. Notes: The track qualifying record was the 19th set this year in Sprint Cup Series time trials, in the first year of the knockout format. ... Keselowski has accounted for four of those records. ... The last two times Keselowski has won a pole for a Sprint Cup race (at Kentucky and Richmond), he has also won the race. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Rachel Rupert catches up with Brad Keselowski after he collects his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season.
No. 11's disappointment leads to terse exchange with crew chief RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota LOUDON, N.H. -- Denny Hamlin 's high hopes for New Hampshire and the rest of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup took a damaging blow Sunday afternoon with a double-dose of misfortune that knocked him from contention. After leading 32 laps early, Hamlin faded a handful of laps down with a fuel pick-up issue that required multiple pit stops for repairs. After logging laps in hopes of bringing his Joe Gibbs Racing entry home, he was caught up in a multi-car wreck in the 179th of 300 laps, crumpling the right-front corner of his No. 11 Toyota and sending the team scrambling to fix the damage. The finish near the tail end of the running order pushed Hamlin out from the ranks of the top 12 drivers who will advance to the Contender Round, the next three-race cut in the 10-race Chase postseason. With just one race left -- next weekend at Dover International Speedway -- to avoid elimination, Hamlin may be scrambling again at the Monster Mile. "It's so frustrating because you know on performance you deserve to move on," Hamlin said in the garage area before the race's end. "We would have a great shot to move on and really make some noise here in these last eight races, but in this three-race section, you just can't have one bad week -- not right now. You've got to be flawless, you've got to be at your best these last 10 and we just got bit by a mechanical deal. We've had them bite us in Chases in the past, and I thought we were past that, but sometimes you roll the dice and you crap out. Today's that day for us." Hamlin started second in the 43-car field and made his way to the lead after early leader Brad Keselowski was shuffled back during the first round of pit stops. Even after losing the lead to Kevin Harvick on a long green-flag run, it was still smooth sailing until he was forced to pit under green in the 96th lap. "We're not getting fuel in the car; just barely," Hamlin was told of the need for the early stop. "What do you mean we’re not getting fuel in the car?" he responded. The problem was eventually diagnosed as an issue with the fuel probe, which impeded the flow of gas into the No. 11's tank. During the next caution period, starting in the 105th lap, a lengthy stay on pit road forced Hamlin to return to the race four laps back of the leader in 37th place. During the interminably long stop, Hamlin vented: "We suck at this. We are so bad." That led to a testy reply from crew chief Darian Grubb: "Dude, I don't need you doing this. Keep your mouth shut until we get this fixed." After a cooling-off period while his crew worked, Hamlin didn't assign blame but lamented the turn of events that dramatically altered his Chase outlook. "I don't think it was anyone's fault, I don't think, but we couldn't get fuel in it from the get-go," Hamlin said. "Don't know where that's coming from or what it's all about, but you just can't have any mistakes in this three-race Chase deal. We went from looking pretty and probably going to coast our way to the next round to a long shot at best. So it's frustrating, but what can you do about it? You really can't do anything about it, obviously. You've just got to suck it up, move on and try to do the best you can next week." Hamlin was already well removed from victory contention when he was snared in a crash ahead of him, adding another wrinkle to an already disappointing day. Hamlin was unable to avoid the stalled and crippled car of David Ragan , skidding into the melee and forcing him to take the car behind the wall. Now the pressure turns to Dover , a demanding track where Hamlin has twice captured the Coors Light Pole Award, but has finished no better than fourth. Hamlin said his team's approach won't necessarily change, but that he'll need performance and luck on his side. "You just try to do the best you can to get the best finish and hope for some help," Hamlin said as the race continued without him. "I mean, there's a long way to go in this race, and I hate to say it, but maybe some guys have some trouble and let us back in it. Other than that, it's going to be hard for us to do it without some help." Contributing: Kenny Bruce MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Get all the on-track times for the weekend's NASCAR action RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR DOVER / BUY TICKETS FOR LAS VEGAS / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series head to Dover International Speedway while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway . FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: ON TRACK -- 10-10:50 a.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- 2-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, ESPN2 ( Follow live ) -- 3:40 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 ( Follow live ) GARAGECAM PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1 ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GarageCam -- 1:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series GarageCam SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: ON TRACK -- 11-11:50 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- Noon-1:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 1:45-3 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice -- 2-2:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series race (200 laps, 200 miles), ESPN2 ( Follow live ) -- 6:40 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying ( Follow live ) -- 10 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 (146 laps, 219 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 (400 laps, 400 miles), ESPN ( Follow live ) Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Get the full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET Monday, September 22 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, September 23 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 7:30 p.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, September 24 Noon, NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race at Kern (re-air), FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Race at New Hampshire (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 7:30 p.m., The 10 NASCAR’s Most Bizarre Moments (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, September 25 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network Friday, September 26 10 a.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice, FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice, ESPN2 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 4 a.m. (Sat.), The 10 Greatest Families in NASCAR History (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:30 a.m. (Sat.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Saturday, September 27 10 a.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race at New Hampshire, FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 1:30 p.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship (re-air), FOX Sports 2 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, FOX Sports 2 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Dover , ESPN2 10 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Las Vegas, FOX Sports 1 Sunday, September 28 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR RaceDay, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NSCS Countdown, ESPN 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Dover , ESPN 5 p.m., Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Race at Austin, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 1 a.m. (Mon.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Dover (re-air), ESPN2 3 a.m. (Mon.), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Dover (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 a.m. (Mon.), NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5:30 a.m. (Mon.), The 10 NASCAR’s Greatest Races, FOX Sports 1 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Memories of 2012 conjured with trip to New Hampshire RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota LOUDON, N.H. -- A visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway two years ago still holds many fond memories for Denny Hamlin . That trip to the Magic Mile was a dominant performance where he guaranteed a victory on Twitter days earlier, slightly backtracked, but ultimately trounced the field with a "called shot" celebration in Victory Lane as the capper. But current events have somewhat clouded that memory. Brad Keselowski ruled at New Hampshire in July. His familiar Deuce rolled to victory in the regular-season finale at Richmond. The hot streak continued with Keselowski's fifth win of the season the following week at Chicagoland Speedway in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff opener. Sure enough, Keselowski's No. 2 was atop the leaderboard again Friday afternoon, leading opening Sprint Cup practice and then winning the Coors Light Pole Award. With all the talk about the hottest driver on the circuit, does 2012 still seem like recent history? "Well, somehow my car's disappeared and it's got a 2 on the side of it now," Hamlin quipped. Jokes aside this time around in New Hampshire, Hamlin seems convinced of one more guarantee -- that the string of 13 different winners at the 1.058-mile track will end with a repeat triumph in Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Hamlin just hopes he's the one snapping the streak and not Keselowski. Hoisting the lobster trophy come Sunday would give Hamlin a free pass into the Contender Round, the next three-race elimination phase in the redesigned Chase format. A little rekindling of the magic of 2012 from his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 team wouldn't hurt the cause. "You just show up and your car's just really fast and you can't do anything wrong," Hamlin said of that charmed performance here two years ago. "You're fastest in every practice and you just know what's going to happen. ... It's a good feeling to have a car that fast, and know that you would spend more time messing it up than you would making it better. As a driver, those days don't come around too often and I haven't seen it since." Hamlin opened the postseason with a convincing sixth-place effort last weekend as the top-finishing Toyota team at Chicagoland, potentially setting the tone for what could be a productive path through the Chase Grid. The nine-year veteran reiterated his view that the 10 playoff venues stack up favorably for his team's chances, but he's careful not to get ahead of himself as he searches for his first championship in NASCAR's premier series. "All my better race tracks are in the Chase. They really start getting good for me the last four races of the Chase," Hamlin said. "The key for us is to get eligible with four races to go and get to that final eight spots. If we can do that, then I feel on speed and our record on those second-to-last tracks, we can put ourselves in position to go to Homestead with a shot. That's looking so far ahead -- we have to concentrate on what we can do this weekend." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Scott was also the pole winner for the July race