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Ryan Newman wins pole in Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Thursday, April 10, 2008

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Ryan Newman
Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman streaked around 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway in 26.975 seconds (133.457 mph) Thursday to win the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 500, edging Elliott Sadler for the top spot by just 0.009 seconds.

It was Newman's first pole of the season -- the eighth consecutive year he has won at least one pole -- and the 43rd of his career, tying him with Buck Baker for 10th on the all-time list. The pole was Newman's fourth at Phoenix but the first since he won three in a row from 2002 through 2004.

"We were fast in practice," said Newman, who topped Thursday's opening session (speeds).

"It wasn't a perfect lap, but it was a very good lap," said Newman, the track qualifying record holder. "I want to thank everybody at Penske Racing."

The run was a rebound from the penalty Newman and the No. 12 team received after failing post-race inspection at Texas.

“You never make up points that you lost, but you can make the effort, obviously, to put yourself in position so those points didn’t matter and we’re trying to do that,” said Newman.

“We got caught off guard there at the end of the race last week but we’ll battle through it. We learned from our mistake. That’s behind us and more importantly we can think positive and move forward.”

Conservative or not, Newman's lap was good enough to steal the pole from Sadler (133.412 mph), whose previous best starting position at Phoenix was ninth in 2004.

"We were so close," Sadler said. "I'd rather lose the pole by three-tenths (of a second) than a hundredth."

Carl Edwards (133.378 mph) was third, followed by Mark Martin (133.368 mph) and Kasey Kahne (133.304 mph).

"I think we are going to be pretty competitive on Saturday night," said Edwards.

Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex, Jr. and defending race winner Jeff Gordon rounded out the top ten.

Kyle Petty and John Andretti failed to qualify for Saturday's race.

Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 500 is slated for a 8:30 p.m. (ET) start.

Lineup

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 133.457 26.975 Leader
2 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 133.412 26.984 -0.009
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 133.378 26.991 -0.016
4 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet Army Reserve 100th Anniv. / U.S. Army 133.368 26.993 -0.018
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 133.304 27.006 -0.031
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 133.274 27.012 -0.037
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 133.240 27.019 -0.044
8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 133.190 27.029 -0.054
9 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 132.876 27.093 -0.118
10 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 132.871 27.094 -0.119
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 132.851 27.098 -0.123
12 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Subway 132.836 27.101 -0.126
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 132.714 27.126 -0.151
14 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 132.704 27.128 -0.153
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley's Big Red 132.553 27.159 -0.184
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Kinko's / March of Dimes 132.416 27.187 -0.212
17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese's 132.397 27.191 -0.216
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 132.256 27.220 -0.245
19 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 132.256 27.220 -0.245
20 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Glad 132.071 27.258 -0.283
21 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Wrigley's Juicy Fruit 132.042 27.264 -0.289
22 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 131.970 27.279 -0.304
23 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 131.945 27.284 -0.309
24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 131.921 27.289 -0.314
25 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 131.887 27.296 -0.321
26 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 131.801 27.314 -0.339
27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology 131.762 27.322 -0.347
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 131.757 27.323 -0.348
29 00 Michael McDowell* Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 131.704 27.334 -0.359
30 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 131.656 27.344 -0.369
31 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 131.617 27.352 -0.377
32 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Ford. Drive one. 131.608 27.354 -0.379
33 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 131.473 27.382 -0.407
34 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 131.416 27.394 -0.419
35 7 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / Menards 131.277 27.423 -0.448
36 38 David Gilliland Ford Yates Racing 131.224 27.434 -0.459
37 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge LifeLock 131.167 27.446 -0.471
38 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 131.105 27.459 -0.484
39 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 130.928 27.496 -0.521
40 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 130.928 27.496 -0.521
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 130.581 27.569 -0.594
42 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 130.482 27.590 -0.615
43 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft Champion's Provisional
Did Not Qualify
44 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 129.978 27.697 -0.722
45 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 129.431 27.814 -0.839

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