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Kyle Busch wins first pole of season at New Hampshire
NASCAR New Hampshire  Heal
Kyle Busch, right, talks with his crew chief, Dave Rogers, after winning the pole position during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday in Loudon, N.H. - photo by Associated Press

Starting Positions
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kasey Kahne
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Ryan Newman
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10. Tony Stewart
11. Greg Biffle
12. Kevin Harvick
13. Paul Menard
14. Kurt Busch
15. Brian Vickers
16. Joey Logano
17. Regan Smith
18. Bobby Labonte
19. David Ragan
20. Marcos Ambrose
21. Carl Edwards
22. Brad Keselowski
23. Aric Almirola
24. Sam Hornish Jr.
25. Jeff Burton
26. David Reutimann
27. Matt Kenseth
28. Jamie McMurray
29. Landon Cassill
30. Travis Kvapil
31. Juan Pablo Montoya
32. Josh Wise
33. Casey Mears
34. Joe Nemechek
35. Dave Blaney
36. Michael McDowell
37. Ken Schrader
38. J.J. Yeley
39. David Gilliland
40. David Stremme
41. Scott Riggs
42. Kelly Bires
43. Stephen Leicht

    LOUDON, N.H. — Kevin Harvick does a better job driving around the track than to the delivery room.
    And now that his son is nearly a week old, he can relax more when he competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday (noon on TNT) at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    "The most relaxed that I've been able to be in weeks," Harvick said Friday.
    He got his wife, DeLana, to the hospital in North Carolina with little time to spare last Sunday when she gave birth to Keelan.
    "She did a great job and had a baby within about two hours," Harvick said. "Dad waited a little long to get her to the hospital."
    But he couldn't use his competitive driving skills because DeLana was in pain.
    "We didn't make any real fast corners," he said. "We could go straight and fast. I had been to the doctor's office several times so I knew where every bump was. So I didn't get yelled at on the drive over and that was my goal."
    Harvick had flown last Saturday morning from Daytona, where he was to compete that night at the International Speedway. Seeing that the birth was not imminent, he returned about 3 p.m. to Daytona, where he was involved in a late accident and finished 23rd.
    Then he flew back home.
    Had Keelan arrived Saturday, Harvick said he would have skipped the race. At sixth place in the standings, he's in good position to qualify for one of the 12 spots in the Chase with 10 races left before that begins.
    "I was actually home and prepared not to come back if that situation had come to that point," Harvick said. "If things would have progressed in the direction that they did Sunday morning, I would have just stayed there."
    He had Kenny Wallace on standby to replace him, but it wasn't necessary.
    Now he can approach his first race as a father without the uncertainty of not knowing how the birth would go.
    "There's just that anxiety. As you get closer you just want to know, 'is everybody going to be good?' " Harvick said. "It's definitely a huge sense of relief to be able to come to the track and everybody is smiling and healthy. That makes me feel a lot better."