Rookie Newman wins Loudon pole

Loudon, NH--Penske's rookie sensation Ryan Newman continues to impress. Newman won his third Bud Pole Award of the season on the 1.058-mile track in New Hampshire. He also won a pole last year at Charlotte while he was running select events to ...

Loudon, NH--Penske's rookie sensation Ryan Newman continues to impress. Newman won his third Bud Pole Award of the season on the 1.058-mile track in New Hampshire. He also won a pole last year at Charlotte while he was running select events to prepare for the 2002 season. He now has won a total of four pole positions.

Newman turned his fast lap in his Ford Taurus at a top speed of speed 132.241 mph, a new track record. "The car was awesome. What can I say, they gave me an awesome piece to drive. It's good to get those track records, it means a lot."

Aside from the poles, Newman has tallied up four second place finishes this season.

Starting alongside Newman on row one will be Johnny Benson in his No. 10 Pontiac. Joe Gibbs Racing's Bobby Labonte, also driving a Pontiac, will roll of the grid third. The Busch Series point leader, Greg Biffle, continues to fill-in for the injured Bobby Hamilton. Biffle qualified very well and put the No. 55 Andy Petree Monte Carlo in fourth.

Morgan-McClure's Mike Skinner was involved in a hard crash earlier this week while testing in Kansas. He overcame his soreness and drove his No. 4 car to a fifth place qualifying run.

During qualifying, DEI's Steve Park ran his No. 1 Chevy into the outside retaining wall. Park made the field by use of a provisional and will start Sunday's New Hampshire 300 in a back-up.

Following a hard hit last Saturday night under the lights at Richmond, point leader Sterling Marlin sucked up the lingering pain and qualified his car midpack. He will start his No. 40 Dodge in the outside of row 12.

Roush Racing's Kurt Busch and Mark Martin will start sixth and seventh in their Fords. Martin currently trails Marlin by an extremely close nine points.

New England native, ppi's Ricky Craven, Evernham Motorsports' Jeremy Mayfield, and Labonte's Gibbs' teammate, Tony Stewart close out the top 10.

Carl Long was the only entry to miss the event. Long had fewer points then other part time entries who did make the field.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Johnny Benson , Ricky Craven , Andy Petree , Carl Long , Mark Martin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing