Newman up front at Dover

Ryan Newman rocketed to the Budweiser pole award at Dover International Speedway with a lap of 158.103 mph. Newman's lap eclipsed the field on his way to his sixth pole this season and 33rd of his career. "Got to thank everyone from Penske...

Ryan Newman rocketed to the Budweiser pole award at Dover International Speedway with a lap of 158.103 mph. Newman's lap eclipsed the field on his way to his sixth pole this season and 33rd of his career.

"Got to thank everyone from Penske Racing, a lot of great teamwork," Newman said. "I really enjoy this racetrack, the speed and the banking, I really like banked racetracks."

Earlier today, Newman also garnered the top spot for the Busch series race on Saturday. It's a great opportunity for Newman to gain some ground on point leader Tony Stewart, who qualified 31rst.

"We're not just racing Tony Stewart, we are racing everybody," Newman continued. "Everybody for a win and everyone for the championship."

Kasey Kahne was second with a lap of 157.074 mph.

"I think it was a good lap," said Kahne. "We ran about the same we ran in practice.we look forward to the race. We practiced a lot in race set-up; we ran about 30 laps before switching to qualifying set-up. I think we will have a good car for the weekend."

Kahne arch-nemesis from New Hampshire last weekend, Kyle Busch, will take the green flag from third. Busch put down a lap of 156.849 mph to gain his seventh top-10 of the year.

"Once we unloaded here I thought we had a pretty good shot at qualifying in the top ten," said Busch who apologized to Kahne on his way into the media center. "That was a great effort for us and I am looking forward to the race."

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson complete the top five.

"It's a place where we've won, so there's always that confidence there," Earnhardt said. "Last year we raced our guts out for a couple of top-10s, especially the first one. We were two laps down with about 50 to go and ended up finishing third. That was one of the craziest races I'd ever seen.

"I'm a big fan of the place, enjoy going there, and hopefully we'll have a good car. We're taking a brand new car Tony Jr. built. It's no secret he builds great cars, and I'm looking forward to driving one of 'em again."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Kyle Busch
Teams Team Penske