Newman grabs Loudon pole

Ryan Newman now has seven poles at Loudon

Ryan Newman now has seven poles at Loudon

Ryan Newman has scored pole position for the second race in the ‘Chase’ for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, setting the fastest time for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Speedway.

It is Newman’s 51st pole of his career, bis second of the season and seventh at Loudon as he looks to add to his four career wins at the Magic Mile.

Newman reset the track record with a speed of 219.6171 km/h (136.497 mph) in 27.904 seconds during his lap.

Kasey Kahne will start alongside Newman on the front row after setting the record early in the qualifying session with a speed of 136.082 mph before giving way to the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

Jeff Gordon was the second last driver to take his qualifying laps, a benefit that allowed him to earn a speed of 136.053 mph, good for third.

After topping the leaderboard in the opening practice earlier in the day Kurt Busch will start fourth, and a day after primary sponsor NAPA Auto Parts announced it would cut ties with the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota for 2014, Martin Truex Jr. piloted the vehicle to a fifth position.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will once again have plenty of work to do starting back in 22nd.

“We were faster than the summer and that’s as fast as we’ve been today,” said Ambrose.

“It’s a tough track and we just need to get our car to turn as best as possible. We’re getting closer and tomorrow we have a full day to work on race runs and prepare for Sunday.”

LINE-UP: Sylvania 300 – New Hampshire Speedway

POS

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 136.497 27.904 Leader

2

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Great Clips 136.082 27.989 –0.085

3

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 136.053 27.995 –0.091

4

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet 135.868 28.033 –0.129

5

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 135.636 28.081 –0.177

6

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell Pennzoil 135.525 28.104 –0.200

7

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 135.463 28.117 –0.213

8

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 135.410 28.128 –0.224

9

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Home Depot Husky 135.371 28.136 –0.232

10

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M Ford Fusion 135.208 28.170 –0.266

11

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s 135.126 28.187 –0.283

12

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s Peanut Butter 135.097 28.193 –0.289

13

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 135.073 28.198 –0.294

14

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Ground 135.021 28.209 –0.305

15

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target/Gillette 134.987 28.216 –0.312

16

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 134.892 28.236 –0.332

17

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 134.477 28.323 –0.419

18

Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 134.420 28.335 –0.431

19

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 134.292 28.362 –0.458

20

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 134.217 28.378 –0.474

21

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy 134.193 28.383 –0.479

22

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt 134.132 28.396 –0.492

23

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Linksys 133.981 28.428 –0.524

24

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 133.792 28.468 –0.564

25

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Cheerios 133.769 28.473 –0.569

26

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Aflac 133.637 28.501 –0.597

27

Michael McDowell 51 Chevrolet SEM Products 133.548 28.520 –0.616

28

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Bush’s Beans 133.520 28.526 –0.622

30

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper 133.301 28.573 –0.669

31

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Zest 133.282 28.577 –0.673

33

Kevin Swindell 30 Toyota Genny Light 132.365 28.775 –0.871

34

Casey Mears 13 Ford No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion 132.232 28.804 –0.900

35

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper 132.200 28.811 –0.907

36

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 132.163 28.819 –0.915

37

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 132.089 28.835 –0.931

38

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 132.048 28.844 –0.940

39

Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos.com 131.497 28.965 –1.061

40

Scott Riggs 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 131.035 29.067 –1.163

41

Johnny Sauter 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 130.613 29.161 –1.257

42

Timmy Hill 32 Ford U.S. Chrome 128.767 29.579 –1.675

43

Josh Wise 35 Ford The Pete Store Leader

 

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