Newman Wins Third Straight Pole RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1/ALLTEL Dodge) -- Wins third straight pole, eighth of the season, leads Jeff Gordon 8-6 for season-long Bud Pole Award with three races remaining. "It was definitely a team effort...
Newman Wins Third Straight Pole
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1/ALLTEL Dodge) -- Wins third straight pole, eighth of the season, leads Jeff Gordon 8-6 for season-long Bud Pole Award with three races remaining.
"It was definitely a team effort tonight. Brand new racecar. We have great horsepower, and it just feels good to have the streaks going that we do, whether it's at Atlanta or just in general. We unloaded off the truck pretty quick. The first lap was a 28.91 and then we backed it up with a .97 in qualifying. I thought we would have gone faster, but the humidity and dew and everything else slowed the cars down a little bit. It was definitely a good run for us in our ALLTEL/Mobil 1 Dodge. I look forward to the rest of the weekend.
"That's the toughest part. We have no excuse now. We've proved we're the fastest racecar on a given lap. You have to be able to do that for 60 laps in a row here. It's definitely not an easy task to be fast throughout a long run and keep the back end of the car underneath you. It's a place I don't mind being a little tight, but you can't stand to be a little bit loose, primarily because it's so fast. We're going to do our best. We've had a really fast racecar here. We were fast in the spring and stayed out late on the last stop and lost some track position for being out on older tires a little bit, but still got us a top five run.
"I won't say worried about it, but it's a part of racing and I think it's good. It's healthy for the sport even if cars are going home. It shows there's a point to qualifying on Friday and that point is to be in the top 38. I don't have anything against anybody as far as who went home, but it's part of what our sport is about. It's part of qualifying, and it's good to see our sport healthy as far as car count goes.
"For the last two years we've had a shot at the championship, and I've always said until we're mathematically out of it count me in. I still feel that way. I think we're 266 points out, and I think we're about 60 points out of fourth. I think fourth is 200 points out of the lead, so we still have a shot with how many points are available. Bonus points are at a premium here, especially these last four races. Just one step at a time, one lap at a time and we'll do our best. It's going to take some bad luck for the other teams. I'm not wishing that, but it's going to take that for us to get back in the hunt at least as far as the championship goes, but we're going to continue to strive to do our best for each and every position that we can."
"We'll see how that works out. It was a good lap for us. I don't think the track was as fast as everyone thought it was going to be, but it was definitely a good lap for the ALLTEL Dodge. I look forward to the weekend and being No. 1 the entire weekend. That's our goal. I thought we would have been quicker than that, but I don't think the track has it in it tonight. The 6 car was fastest when he unloaded. We'll have to see what he's got. If we get this one (pole), it'll be hard for him (Jeff Gordon) to beat us. We'll just have to see. We always look forward to coming here because you can race. It's been a good place for us as far as qualifying goes. Race results have been good but not great. Hopefully we can turn that around on Sunday."