Ryan Newman Speeds To P1 In New Hampshire
Ryan Newman of Stewart-Haas Racing won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Newman, told earlier this year that he would not be rehired by SHR and who will driver for Richard Childress Racing next year, won the pole for race No. 2 of the Chase with a track-record lap at 136.497 mph.
Newman, who beat out Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports for the pole, said winning the pole at the New Hampshire mile is huge.
“I’ve told you before that this track is the birthplace of track position and qualifying great with our Quicken Loans Chevrolet is extremely important obviously for where we are in the points and this time of year,” Newman said. “It is really difficult to pass. Having a good pit selection; having all those things we’ve had so many times before… But great run for Matt (Borland, crew chief) and all these guys to do what they did. Last time we were on the pole here, we led a lot of laps and we won. I am hoping we can duplicate that again.”
Jeff Gordon, Kahne’s teammate, qualified third fastest. Rounding out the top five were Kurt Busch of Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex Jr. of Michael Waltrip Racing.
Kahne (136.082 mph) and third-place qualifier Gordon (136.063 mph) also beat the previous record.
“We had a really good lap,” Kahne said. “We went out pretty early and I feel like I missed just a little bit off Turn 2; didn’t quite get enough there. We got through Turns 3 and 4 really well. I felt strong there in practice and in qualifying. I’m looking forward to practice tomorrow and working on it and trying to decide on a better package on what he had that first race here. We were off the first race. A lot of cars were. We were one of them. We came back and tested as a company and hopefully we learned some things and picked up some speed since.”
Chase driver Joey Logano will start sixth and Paul Menard seventh. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, all competing for the Sprint Cup title, claimed the eighth through 10th starting positions, respectively.
The remaining Chase drivers filled the following positions on the grid: Jimmie Johnson 11th, Kyle Busch 12th, Clint Bowyer 16th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 17th and Carl Edwards 26th. Edwards slapped the outside with the right rear of his car on his first lap, requiring the repair of cosmetic damage before Saturday’s practice.
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