What's left to say about Ryan Newman being on the pole? It's a spot that has almost become a mainstay for the No. 12 Penske Dodge team. Newman was almost two miles-per-hour quicker in practice, but in the qualifying session he just grabbed the top...
What's left to say about Ryan Newman being on the pole? It's a spot that has almost become a mainstay for the No. 12 Penske Dodge team. Newman was almost two miles-per-hour quicker in practice, but in the qualifying session he just grabbed the top spot by 2/100ths of a second.
"We tested here a couple of weeks ago and I was pretty sure then that we had a good car," said Newman. "We unloaded fast, and the sun came out right before qualifying and I think it threw some people for a loop.but we were fortunate to turn a quick lap.and to get the pole."
It is Newman's third pole of the year and 30th of his career. In his last seven attempts, Newman has not started worse than ninth.
"We're happy to be able to beat them," said Newman. "I am real confident and I think we will have a good car in race trim."
Jeremy Mayfield scored his best qualifying effort of the year with second.
"We've had a lot of good things going the last few weeks," said Mayfield. "We made a lot of major changes and things are starting to pay off for us. For us to be here, a top-two, so close to the pole that is pretty great for us."
Kasey Kahne, who narrowly lost this race last year to Elliott Sadler, will start third.
"We've picked up a lot of points the last three races," said Kahne. "I think that was a good lap. We slowed down a little but from practice this morning, but it was a lot cooler. Other than that I feel pretty good."
Ricky Rudd and Greg Biffle complete the top five.
"It's starting to cool off pretty fast, I think," said Biffle. "It was a great lap for right now for us and the Post It car. We've been fighting loose since we got here and that's a good sign for what's to come on Sunday because we think the car is gonna turn really good and that's what we need here for racing. We're pretty confident about that."
Mike Bliss bounced off the wall during his qualifying lap bringing out the red flag about halfway through the session. Bliss, however, did make the field in the 42nd spot. Forty-six cars attempted to qualify for the forty- three car field, failing to make the show were Stanton Barrett, Randy LaJoie and Kevin LePage.
Defending race winner Elliott Sadler rolls the No. 38 Ford off the grid in eighth position.