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Jimmie Johnson scores pole at New Hampshire

18 July 2016

A little bit of hockey and a little bit of rock 'n roll.

The series moves to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week, the last of the $100,000 Dash for Cash races which feature two heat races to determine the drivers eligible for the prize followed by the main event.

It's back to a flat track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the New Hampshire International Speedway hosts the New Hampshire 301 this Sunday afternoon.

"It's been a whirlwind week or so".

"I think it was having a really good auto and being with a great team", Busch said moments after clinching his sixth victory in 10 XFINITY Series starts this season. "Running in this series is something fun for me to do, cool for me to do and it also helps me out and gets me a little more experience".

"What can I say?" he asked before praising Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team. These guys, they've been working a long time to get to this point, and I'm the lucky recipient of that hard work.

"You have to have constant improvement, and the only way to do that is to try new things", Logano said.

Jones had changed all four tires on his last pit stop, but the race ended before that advantage kicked in. "I'm going to want to stay out there and race".

Hey, he wasn't the only one bored watching Busch rout the field and lead 190 of 200 laps. He scored his first National Hockey League goal against Bruins All-Star goaltender Tuukka Rask as a member of the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on December 21, 2014.

The 24th annual ESPY Awards got a little "rowdy" as reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch was named Best Driver at last night's ceremony. You look at it in terms of vehicle development, and Phoenix (with races in March and November) is probably on the opposite end.

How will the New Hampshire 301 play out today? Ryan Newman will be overlooked by many this weekend but he could fly under the radar and steal a win on Sunday.

Kyle Busch had an expected result in his unexpected NASCAR start. He missed 11 Sprint Cup races after he crashed into the wall at Daytona in an Sfinity series race on February 21, 2015.

By then, the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta already had set a track record for green-flag passes for the lead (44) in the first event using the 2016 aerodynamic configuration for open-motor tracks.

Race weekend continues through Sunday.

Jimmie Johnson gave Hendrick Motorsports a needed bright spot, turning a lap of 133.971 miles per hour (215.6 kph) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to win his first pole of the season on Friday. It is one of eight tracks owned by Speedway Motorsports. He was involved in a pair of crashes in recent races.