Newman takes 7th pole of the year in Loudon

Newman takes 7th pole of the year in Loudon

Ryan Newman motored to a series-high seventh pole of the season at the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, New Hampshire. Newman set the track record this event last year with a speed of 132.241 mph. This year's pole lap bested that one by one mph to give...

Ryan Newman motored to a series-high seventh pole of the season at the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, New Hampshire. Newman set the track record this event last year with a speed of 132.241 mph. This year's pole lap bested that one by one mph to give Newman his 14th career pole.

Ryan Newman.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
"It's not about the track being good to me, it's about doing good on the track," said Newman. "The guys have done a great job, unloading as fast as we did and having good racecars. That's a good start, but these guys make the difference. We're just trying to hang on to it, and do the best we can."

Darlington winner Terry Labonte joins Newman on the front row.

"It was a good run for us. We picked up a little from practice," said Labonte. "But we really haven't done anything since we unloaded. We haven't adjusted on it any. It was good right off the truck. We just practiced a little bit there and we had a great run."

Jamie McMurray is the highest starting rookie in third.

"I'm pretty happy with the Havoline Dodge," said McMurray. "We're not good qualifiers, so I think if it qualified well, it'll probably race pretty good. We had a really good car in July, and I had just a devastating wreck. It looked spectacular, but it didn't hurt at all. I just don't want to do that again."

Teammates Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. round out the top five.

"But it's better, way better than we've ever been here before in qualifying," said Earnhardt. "I'm just happy to get a good starting spot. It's real important to start up front anyway. It takes a lot of the work out of it when you don't have to drive up through the field. I don't care where we start. I know the car is going to be good and we'll get to the front whether it takes all day, or just a few laps."

Championship point leader Matt Kenseth takes the green flag from the 19th position.

"We practised really good, but it's too bad I didn't get a very good lap qualifying because we had a lot better car than that" said Kenseth. "We'll just have to start there and see what happens. It's always disappointing when you practice in the top five and qualify 20th. That's never a good thing."

Forty-seven competitors attempted to qualify for the forty-three-car field. Failing to make the show were Larry Foyt, Derrike Cope, Morgan Shepherd and Carl Long.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Derrike Cope , Matt Kenseth , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Ryan Newman , Larry Foyt , Jamie McMurray , Morgan Shepherd , Carl Long