Keselowski grabs pole at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski has crashed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship party by claiming the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski is not among the 12 drivers eligible to race for NASCAR's championship. But he set a track record with a lap at 133.572 mph in Friday's qualifying.

He'll start on the front row of Sunday's race next to championship contender Clint Bowyer.

Tony Stewart will start third and is also a Chase driver. Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five, and neither are eligible for the championship.

Four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will line up a startling 25th, his worst qualifying effort at New Hampshire.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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