RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified second NOTE: Newman qualified second fastest for Sunday's Pocono 500. He was going for his third straight pole, but he still leads the circuit with four poles this season. Newman has...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified second
NOTE: Newman qualified second fastest for Sunday's Pocono 500. He was going for his third straight pole, but he still leads the circuit with four poles this season. Newman has qualified in the top 10 in 12 straight races and he's qualified in the top five in 11 of the last 12 races.
"We always try as hard as we can to do the best we can. I'm happy to be on the front row because track position is very important here. The ALLTEL Dodge was pretty good off the truck. We worked on it a little bit and got it better. We're looking forward to it on Sunday and getting 500 miles in.
"Obviously we're a great team based on last year's performances. It's just a matter of turning things around in my opinion and getting results. There for awhile I was struggling at the start of the race and he (Jimmie Johnson) was struggling at the end of the race. The last few weeks that's changed around for both of us with the exception of Jimmie last week.
"I never expect it. I don't want to say I'm disappointed with qualifying second because I'm really not. I wish we would have qualified better, but to have the effort we did today, to be third in practice and come out and beat those guys we were third to and be second, I won't say I'm happy with it and I won't say I'm disappointed with it, but it's a good start for the weekend.
"Effort equals results. That's what Roger Penske always says. We're finally seeing the results for the effort.
"I don't know. It all depends on so many things. I couldn't tell you. I couldn't predict that. You're right, Rusty does run good here. He's got a great track history here, but you never know. It takes one little thing to knock you out. I know he didn't qualify the way he wanted to today. He's usually a lot better in race trim than qualifying.
"I lost that thought process when Johnson went out four or five in front of me and ran faster then we did in the sun. That would have been a good excuse.
"I've never seen a driver be able to loosen up a power steering line under the hood at Dover. I don't think that's the answer. I'm not the easiest guy on my equipment, and I'm not the hardest guy. I just do what I think's right. For me it's doing what I think's right at the right time whether it's lap 100 or lap 400 at Dover. I drive it for what I think I need to drive it for. If we're not leading then I'm not driving it hard enough."