Ryan Newman takes New Hampshire Pole

LOUDON, N.H. -- If the Sprint Cup Series is in New Hampshire, it's not difficult to guess who might be on the pole for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

With a track-record run at 135.232 mph (28.165 seconds) Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman claimed his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his fifth at New Hampshire and the 47th of his career.

Newman beat teammate and Stewart-Haas Racing car owner Tony Stewart, who covered the 1.058-mile distance in 28.200 seconds (135.064 mph), as 12 drivers broke the track record of 133.572 mph (28.515 seconds) set last year by Brad Keselowski.

David Reutimann (134.763 mph), fresh from a second-place run at Kentucky, will start third, followed by Kurt Busch (134.340 mph) and Keselowski (134.150 mph). Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Juan Montoya, Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne will start from positions 6 through 10, respectively.

Tony Raines, Scott Riggs and Dennis Setzer failed to qualify for the 43-car field.


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