Ryan Newman proved this afternoon he's still the man to beat on qualifying day. Newman charted a lap of 173.745 mph to add the 28th Budweiser pole award to his resume. "We unloaded here really fast," said Newman. "I am excited about my race car...
Ryan Newman proved this afternoon he's still the man to beat on qualifying day. Newman charted a lap of 173.745 mph to add the 28th Budweiser pole award to his resume.
"We unloaded here really fast," said Newman. "I am excited about my race car for Sunday and proud of my guys. They gave me a great car."
"The Roush cars are dialed in to this track," said Newman of the cars he thinks are the ones to beat Sunday. "Matt Kenseth is tough here, we led a lot of laps two years ago but we just need to do out best and see what happens on Sunday."
Elliott Sadler will start the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford on the outside pole. Sadler's lap of 173.712 mph earned him his first top-ten start of the year.
"My guys gave me a great race car," said Sadler. "Did I think we could run that fast? I didn't think we could run a 0-something, I thought I could run a 30 or 40, but my guys surprised me again. I wanted to give Doug and Robert Yates a pole so much. They work so hard in the engine shop, but we came up a little bit short."
The third fastest time was registered by Greg Biffle. Biffle toured the 1.5- mile speedway with a lap of 173.182 mph.
"I had an awesome race car," said Biffle. "But I got too loose down there in three and four. That was definitely a pole run. It would have been the pole for sure. It's a great race car for Sunday, I hope."
Kevin Harvick and Scott Riggs complete the top five quickest cars. Riggs, however, changed transmissions during practice and will have to start at the back of the pack on Sunday despite his top-five run.
"Everybody did a good job," said Riggs. "It's a shame we had transmission trouble and have to go to the rear, but at least we got a good pit stall selection. We had a good car at California and drove up to the front before our engine let go.
"So, we'll have to come up from the back and go to the front here."
Editor's note: Kevin Harvick was penalized after qualifying, costing him a fourth place start for Sunday's race. Instead the Richard Childress Racing driver will slot back in 42nd grid position. Under a new rule that states teams must qualify on a full tank of fuel, RCR emerged as the first team thus far this season failing to comply.