Rain Stops, Newman Wins Dover Pole! RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Wins Pole NOTE: Newman captured his first pole since last year at Texas, breaking a string of 14 races without a pole. He's won 36 career poles in 165 career ...
Rain Stops, Newman Wins Dover Pole!
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Wins Pole
NOTE: Newman captured his first pole since last year at Texas, breaking a string of 14 races without a pole. He's won 36 career poles in 165 career starts.
"The guys did a great job, and I'm just happy to be going in the right direction. That'll lead to a good pit selection and a good start for a 400-mile race. That's definitely important for us.
"I'm glad NASCAR hung on and got it in. It's a good thing for radar because I think without it they would have been called. I'm happy we were able to finish it out, and I'm glad we got to go when we did. We had a fast lap, and I'm glad the track didn't pick up a bunch of speed after the rain delay.
"It means something to win the pole. Atlanta was a little disappointing, getting beat by whatever it was. This is a sign of better things to come. It's something we haven't been able to do all year, and we were able to get in a little qualifying practice today, so I think that paid off.
"You've got to stay out of trouble first of all, but staying out of trouble on pit road is one of the biggest problems we have here. It's a really tough transition on pit road, but once you're on pit road it's usually it's usually stop and go bumper-to-bumper traffic, and that's no way to make positions. When you have that No. 1 pit stall it helps out a lot. We'll be in a good position from that point we just need to have a fast Alltel Dodge.
"A lot of good things happened today. We were able to get a few qualifying laps in in practice. That definitely helped having a better effort for qualifying. We had a good lap As it turns out it was a pretty good qualifying draw so we didn't have to be a question mark if the rain was going to make the track better or worse. I don't have an answer for that.
"I have to commend NASCAR and the racetrack or the combination of the two to get the track dried off in fairness to the whole field for the people who needed to qualify on speed. Mother Nature worked out for us getting a little sunlight and drying the track out pretty quick.. I was definitely a little bit nervous. I was sitting on the computer going through e-mail looking at old cars and old racecar parts and stuff like that.
"I think speed wise (the new tire) is maybe a tick slower, but it feels real good. I think the most we did was 24 laps in race trim, but the tire wear looks real good. This track always gets better as we go, as the rubber gets built up on the racetrack four or five grooves wide in the corners. It always gets better, and I'm looking forward to that.
"We talked about it after Charlotte. The pit selection here is more important than where you start the race. It's easier to pass on the racetrack than it is on pit road. It's very sensitive to losing spots on pit road because of how tight it is. Pit selection was very important. That led to our efforts to put a little more emphasis on qualifying based on what we've done this year. With the way the potential weather pattern is for tomorrow, not knowing if we're going to get in race trim, we definitely had to do some race trim runs. We talked about it, more than we have the entire year about race trim versus qualifying trim. I think it paid off -- great strategy."