Jeff Gordon will start from the pole for the NASCAR race in New Hampshire on Sunday as he tries to move up in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Gordon ran a lap at 134.911 mph in qualifying Friday. Kyle Busch was second, at 134.753 mph.
Gordon heads into the race Sunday ranked 12th in the Sprint Cup standings. Points leader Brad Keselowski qualified 15th.
Denny Hamlin was 32nd in qualifying after his crew used the wrong pressure in his tires. The deepest starting spot for a race winner in New Hampshire is 38th by Jeff Burton in 1999.
Jose Wise was disqualified from the race because a post-qualifying inspection showed improper gas pressure in his rear shocks.
Local notes: Kansas native Clint Bowyer will start chase race number two 12th.
"I tried to make the most of our lap and came up just a bit short," said Bowyer. "It wasn't what I wanted, but we'll make do with what we have. The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was a bit loose and on top of the racetrack, but I know we're good in race trim. We'll be fine. We'll be good for Sunday and that's what matters."