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Newman rockets to pole at Bristol

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, August 26, 2011

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Ryan Newman
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Ryan Newman sped around 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, billed as the world's fastest half mile, at 122.811 mph (15.624 seconds) to win the pole for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race, the 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup event of the season.

Newman edged Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards (122.670 mph) and Matt Kenseth (122.662 mph) Friday to claim his second Coors Light pole award of the season and the 48th of his career. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon (122.576 mph) and Mark Martin (122.544 mph) will start from positions four and five, respectively.

Remarkably, Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Tony Stewart were at opposite ends of the spectrum, with Stewart posting the slowest qualifying lap in the session (116.397 mph). Stewart, winless this season, is fighting to keep the 10th position in the Sprint Cup standings.

J.J. Yeley, T.J. Bell and Jeff Green failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Results

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Realtree Outfitters 122.811 15.624 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac Dental 122.670 15.642 -0.018
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 122.662 15.643 -0.019
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 122.576 15.654 -0.030
5 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Farmers Insurance / GoDaddy.com 122.544 15.658 -0.034
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Realtree Outfitters 122.537 15.659 -0.035
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 122.404 15.676 -0.052
8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 122.349 15.683 -0.059
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 122.310 15.688 -0.064
10 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 122.224 15.699 -0.075
11 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 122.100 15.715 -0.091
12 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 122.053 15.721 -0.097
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 122.022 15.725 -0.101
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 122.022 15.725 -0.101
15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Realtree / Bad Boy Buggies 122.007 15.727 -0.103
16 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Hamburger Helper 122.007 15.727 -0.103
17 34 David Gilliland Ford Thanks Bristol Fans 121.937 15.736 -0.112
18 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 121.922 15.738 -0.114
19 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 121.790 15.755 -0.131
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 121.751 15.760 -0.136
21 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.713 15.765 -0.141
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / Bristol 50th Anniversary / National Guard 121.635 15.775 -0.151
23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley's Doublemint 121.558 15.785 -0.161
24 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 121.543 15.787 -0.163
25 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 121.497 15.793 -0.169
26 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 121.289 15.820 -0.196
27 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 121.274 15.822 -0.198
28 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 121.175 15.835 -0.211
29 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 121.144 15.839 -0.215
30 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush's Baked Beans 121.113 15.843 -0.219
31 30 David Stremme Chevrolet EchoStar Technologies / Inception Motorsports 120.869 15.875 -0.251
32 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 120.839 15.879 -0.255
33 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 120.725 15.894 -0.270
34 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Freedom Ride Dream Machine 120.672 15.901 -0.277
35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 120.452 15.930 -0.306
36 46 Scott Speed Ford RetakeOurGov.com 120.309 15.949 -0.325
37 195 David Starr Ford AdvoCare 120.150 15.970 -0.346
38 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 119.835 16.012 -0.388
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 119.835 16.012 -0.388
40 51 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher Today-Securit-y Benefit 119.559 16.049 -0.425
41 32 Terry Labonte+ Ford C&J Energy 117.674 16.306 -0.682
42 14 Tony Stewart+ Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Office Depot 116.397 16.485 -0.861
43 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 119.262 16.089 -0.465
- - Did Not Qualify - - - - -
44 150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet Green Smoke 119.158 16.103 -0.479
45 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 119.062 16.116 -0.492
46 37 Jeff Green Ford Koma Unwind 117.703 16.302 -0.678

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