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Ryan Newman wins pole for Bank of America 500

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by Pete McCole
October 11, 2007

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Ryan Newman
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Ryan Newman picked up his second straight Lowe’s Motor Speedway pole on Thursday night, besting the field to grab the top starting spot for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500.

Newman’s lap of 189.394 mph was enough to knock Jimmie Johnson from the pole, giving Newman his 42nd career Bud Pole Award and his fifth of the season.

Johnson held on for the outside pole to lead the 12 Chase for the Nextel Cup drivers. Bobby Labonte will roll off third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

Newman’s pole was his sixth at the speedway, where he holds the qualifying record for the Coca-Cola 600.

Despite his qualifying success at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Newman has yet to record a Nextel Cup victory at the track, in contrast to Johnson, who has five victories but no poles at the 1.5-mile quad oval.

“Today was all about qualifying and doing what we had to do,” said Newman. “Maybe some people just might say I’m not as good a race car driver as I am a qualifier because I don’t ever win from the pole when I start on the pole.”

Labonte’s third-place starting spot is his third top-10 start in the last four races, coming just one week after touching off a multi-car crash at Talladega Superspeedway.

Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Casey Mears and Greg Biffle rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

Chase drivers Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch will start 11th and 13th, respectively, with Carl Edwards starting 18th. The rest of the Chase field did not fare as well, with Kevin Harvick starting 24th, followed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer in 25th. Jeff Burton will start 27th in RCR’s third entry, followed by Tony Stewart in 29th and Martin Truex, Jr. in 32nd.

Six cars failed to make the field, including Dale Jarrett, Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers and Sam Hornish, Jr.

Only one incident marred Thursday's qualifying session, as final qualifier J.J. Yeley looped his no. 18 Chevy during his run.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND

1

12

Ryan Newman

Dodge

ALLTEL

189.394

28.512

Leader

2

48

Jimmie Johnson

Chevrolet

Lowe's / Kobalt Tools

188.990

28.573

-0.061

3

43

Bobby Labonte

Dodge

Cheerios Racing / Pink for the Cure

188.363

28.668

-0.156

4

24

Jeff Gordon

Chevrolet

DuPont

188.298

28.678

-0.166

5

9

Kasey Kahne

Dodge

Mopar / Dodge Dealers / UAW

188.088

28.710

-0.198

6

26

Jamie McMurray

Ford

Crown Royal

188.075

28.712

-0.200

7

17

Matt Kenseth

Ford

Carhartt for Women

188.016

28.721

-0.209

8

2

Kurt Busch

Dodge

Miller Lite

187.898

28.739

-0.227

9

25

Casey Mears

Chevrolet

National Guard / GMAC

187.852

28.746

-0.234

10

16

Greg Biffle

Ford

3M

187.585

28.787

-0.275

11

11

Denny Hamlin

Chevrolet

FedEx Kinko's

187.402

28.815

-0.303

12

01

Mark Martin

Chevrolet

U.S. Army

187.214

28.844

-0.332

13

5

Kyle Busch

Chevrolet

Kellogg's / CARQUEST

187.188

28.848

-0.336

14

10

Scott Riggs

Dodge

Stanley Tools / Valvoline

187.078

28.865

-0.353

15

4

Ward Burton

Chevrolet

Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters

186.916

28.890

-0.378

16

19

Elliott Sadler

Dodge

Dodge Dealers / UAW

186.883

28.895

-0.383

17

15

Paul Menard*

Chevrolet

Quaker State / Menards

186.883

28.895

-0.383

18

99

Carl Edwards

Ford

Office Depot

186.819

28.905

-0.393

19

55

Michael Waltrip

Toyota

NAPA Auto Parts

186.761

28.914

-0.402

20

00

David Reutimann*

Toyota

Dominos.com

186.748

28.916

-0.404

21

38

David Gilliland

Ford

M&M's / Susan G Komen for the Cure

186.703

28.923

-0.411

22

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevrolet

Budweiser

186.516

28.952

-0.440

23

70

Johnny Sauter

Chevrolet

Yellow Trans.

186.477

28.958

-0.446

24

29

Kevin Harvick

Chevrolet

Shell / Pennzoil

186.419

28.967

-0.455

25

07

Clint Bowyer

Chevrolet

Jack Daniel's

186.374

28.974

-0.462

26

41

Reed Sorenson

Dodge

Fujifilm

186.322

28.982

-0.470

27

31

Jeff Burton

Chevrolet

AT&T Mobility

186.149

29.009

-0.497

28

40

David Stremme

Dodge

Target

186.034

29.027

-0.515

29

20

Tony Stewart

Chevrolet

The Home Depot

185.842

29.057

-0.545

30

84

A.J. Allmendinger*

Toyota

Red Bull

185.733

29.074

-0.562

31

6

David Ragan*

Ford

AAA

185.701

29.079

-0.567

32

1

Martin Truex Jr.

Chevrolet

Bass Pro Shops / Tracker

185.637

29.089

-0.577

33

88

Ricky Rudd

Ford

Snickers

185.490

29.112

-0.600

34

22

Dave Blaney

Toyota

Caterpillar /CatUsed.com

185.452

29.118

-0.606

35

21

Bill Elliott

Ford

Ore-Ida

185.433

29.121

-0.609

36

42

Juan Montoya*

Dodge

Texaco / Havoline

185.427

29.122

-0.610

37

66

Jeff Green

Chevrolet

Best Buy

184.887

29.207

-0.695

38

36

Jeremy Mayfield

Toyota

360 OTC

184.672

29.241

-0.729

39

18

J.J. Yeley

Chevrolet

Interstate Batteries

184.628

29.248

-0.736

40

7

Robby Gordon

Ford

Motorola Digital Audio Players

184.559

29.259

-0.747

41

96

Tony Raines+

Chevrolet

DLP HDTV

183.874

29.368

-0.856

42

45

Kyle Petty+

Dodge

Tire Kingdom

183.617

29.409

-0.897

43

49

John Andretti

Dodge

Paralyzed Veterans of America

184.508

29.267

-0.755

Did Not Qualify

44

44

Dale Jarrett

Toyota

UPS

184.370

29.289

-0.777

45

78

Joe Nemechek

Chevrolet

Furniture Row Racing

184.150

29.324

-0.812

46

83

Brian Vickers

Toyota

Red Bull

183.911

29.362

-0.850

47

06

Sam Hornish Jr.

Dodge

Kenwood

183.505

29.427

-0.915

48

208

Carl Long

Dodge

E&M Motorsports

181.904

29.686

-1.174

49

27

Kirk Shelmerdine

Chevrolet

Batista Grading / Lilly Trucking

174.076

31.021

-2.509

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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