Ryan Newman's name has become a staple atop the NASCAR Cup series speed charts on qualifying day. All-Star time trials at Lowe's Motor Speedway proved no different. Newman beat the field by nearly a full second to grab the pole for the non-points...
Ryan Newman's name has become a staple atop the NASCAR Cup series speed charts on qualifying day. All-Star time trials at Lowe's Motor Speedway proved no different. Newman beat the field by nearly a full second to grab the pole for the non-points race Saturday night.
"It was pretty good," said Newman. "I don't even know what the time was for the pit stop but the guys have been doing a great job the last couple of weeks. It's a great run for the Alltel Dodge.
"We were pretty good. I am really happy with that."
Mark Martin will join Newman on the front row. The No. 6 Ford rolls off second. This is Martin's 16th consecutive All-Star race, and even though Martin is set to retire at the end of this year, he did not rule out a future appearance in the event.
"If they keep the rules the way they are we might be back," Martin said. "It's just a great run; I really want to thank Viagra. It's been great working for them for the last seven years.we're going to start up front like the old days.
"It's a pretty cool deal.I am blessed with a great team."
Rusty Wallace, Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne complete the top five.
"It was good, we had a good car," said Wallace. "We got a little loose.but the guys knocked out a pretty good stop."
Time trial laps for the Nextel All-Star Challenge include three laps and a pit stop, but not everyone fared so well. Amongst the troubled were Tony Stewart who spun out entering pit road; Dale Jarrett, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were all penalized for speeding on pit road; and Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jeremy Mayfield missed lug nuts on their stops.
"I think I ran out of talent coming onto pit lane," said Stewart. "I was talking to Jeff Gordon and he's got a new driving school. Maybe I can take a class on how to get onto pit lane. I don't know. I just didn't want to be the only Joe Gibbs racing driver not to spin out at some point this evening."
The field of 17 set tonight will be joined by the winner of the Nextel Open and one driver voted in by the fans to complete the 19 car field.
The Nextel All-Star Challenge, a non-point event where the winner takes home a million dollars, airs live on FX Saturday night at 7:00 pm EST.