Newman claims Indianapolis pole

Newman claims Indianapolis pole

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Newman claims Indianapolis pole

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Ryan Newman claimed his first pole in nearly two years in qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

Newman, who recently learned that he would lose his Stewart-Haas seat at the end of 2013, was the final driver to qualify. His lap of 47.992 seconds and 187.531mph squeezed him ahead of four-time Brickyard 400 winner and dominant championship leader Jimmie Johnson by 0.024sec. Carl Edwards was only 0.096sec off pole in third place.

Newman had not taken pole since the September 2011 New Hampshire Motor Speedway round, while the result marked the first SHR pole since Danica Patrick led the Daytona 500 grid five months ago.

Denny Hamlin was top Toyota in fourth, followed by Newman’s teammate and boss Tony Stewart, and final practice pacesetter Kurt Busch. Kasey Kahne and Juan Pablo Montoya had both looked strong on Friday and will share row four.

A 45-car entry meant the possibility of non-qualification for the first time since Charlotte in late May. Mike Bliss and Scott Speed were the drivers who missed out.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       47.992s 2.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           48.016s  +0.024s 3.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            48.088s  +0.096s 4.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             48.097s  +0.105s 5.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       48.173s  +0.181s 6.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      48.200s  +0.208s 7.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           48.223s  +0.231s 8.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  48.248s  +0.256s 9.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           48.264s  +0.272s10.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   48.314s  +0.322s11.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  48.399s  +0.407s12.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  48.408s  +0.416s13.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             48.442s  +0.450s14.  AJ Allmendinger     Phoenix Chevrolet            48.477s  +0.485s15.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           48.486s  +0.494s16.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          48.531s  +0.539s17.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               48.534s  +0.542s18.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  48.601s  +0.609s19.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             48.622s  +0.630s20.  Austin Dillon       Childress Chevrolet          48.659s  +0.667s21.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   48.703s  +0.711s22.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    48.734s  +0.742s23.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          48.742s  +0.750s24.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          48.756s  +0.764s25.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            48.771s  +0.779s26.  Mark Martin         Waltrip Toyota               48.832s  +0.840s27.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            48.901s  +0.909s28.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford           48.938s  +0.946s29.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet       48.962s  +0.970s30.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 48.979s  +0.987s31.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    49.092s  +1.100s32.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               49.168s  +1.176s33.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       49.197s  +1.205s34.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota         49.227s  +1.235s35.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                 49.229s  +1.237s36.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               49.329s  +1.337s37.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                  49.539s  +1.547s38.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               49.577s  +1.585s39.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            49.658s  +1.666s40.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 49.772s  +1.780s41.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            50.034s  +2.042s42.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               50.126s  +2.134s43.  Timmy Hill          FAS Lane Ford                50.344s  +2.352sDid not qualify:     Mike Bliss          Humphrey Smith Toyota        49.483s  +1.467s     Scott Speed         Leavine Ford                 50.780s  +2.692s

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