Ryan Newman turned a track record lap of 136.497 mph to win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and headline a top 12 loaded with Chase drivers for Sunday's race.
Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers filled 10 of the top 12 spots Friday.
Kasey Kahne was second, Jeff Gordon third and Kurt Busch was fourth for what will be the second Chase race.
Joey Logano qualified sixth, Kevin Harvick was eighth, series points leader and last week's winner Matt Kenseth was ninth, and Greg Biffle starts 10th. Jimmie Johnson is 11th and Kyle Busch 12th.
Martin Truex Jr. starts fifth the same week he found out NAPA was dumping sponsorship of his Michael Waltrip Racing No. 56 car after the race-fixing attempts at Richmond earlier this month.