Newman Claims 30th Pole in Texas

Ryan Newman has taken his thirtieth pole in just 123 Nextel Cup starts at the Texas Motor Speedway

Newman Claims 30th Pole in Texas

Newman, who now has the highest percentage of pole starts in the Nextel Cup, almost lost control of his car just before taking the green flag for his qualifying run, but managed to recover for a lap of 28.040 seconds around the 1.5 mile circuit.

"It wasn't as comfortable as practice," Newman said. "The track heated up quite a bit and made it a handful - I actually about lost control coming to the green flag. We slowed up some, but we didn't slow up as much as everybody else."

Newman's teammates Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne round out the top three for Sunday's race.

Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Qualifying Results, Texas Motor Speedway

Pos Driver Make Speed Time Gap 1. Ryan Newman Dodge 192.582 28.040 2. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 192.431 28.062 +0.022 3. Kasey Kahne Dodge 191.734 28.164 +0.124 4. Ricky Rudd Ford 191.557 28.190 +0.150 5. Greg Biffle Ford 191.435 28.208 +0.168 6. Rusty Wallace Dodge 191.286 28.230 +0.190 7. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 191.042 28.266 +0.226 8. Elliott Sadler Ford 190.631 28.327 +0.287 9. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 190.611 28.330 +0.290 10. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 190.590 28.333 +0.293 11. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 190.570 28.336 +0.296 12. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 190.550 28.339 +0.299 13. Sterling Marlin Dodge 190.510 28.345 +0.305 14. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 190.342 28.370 +0.330 15. Bill Elliott Dodge 190.248 28.384 +0.344 16. Mark Martin Ford 190.174 28.395 +0.355 17. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 190.154 28.398 +0.358 18. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 190.047 28.414 +0.374 19. Kurt Busch Ford 189.860 28.442 +0.402 20. Carl Edwards Ford 189.833 28.446 +0.406 21. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 189.687 28.468 +0.428 22. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 189.627 28.477 +0.437 23. Jeff Green Dodge 189.580 28.484 +0.444 24. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 189.281 28.529 +0.489 25. Travis Kvapil Dodge 189.248 28.534 +0.494 26. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 188.976 28.575 +0.535 27. Dale Jarrett Ford 188.772 28.606 +0.566 28. Kyle Petty Dodge 188.765 28.607 +0.567 29. Jason Leffler Chevrolet 188.488 28.649 +0.609 30. Ken Schrader Dodge 188.147 28.701 +0.661 31. Jamie McMurray Dodge 188.048 28.716 +0.676 32. Casey Mears Dodge 187.983 28.726 +0.686 33. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 187.950 28.731 +0.691 34. Johnny Sauter Dodge 187.735 28.764 +0.724 35. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 187.709 28.768 +0.728 36. Scott Wimmer Dodge 187.617 28.782 +0.742 37. Hermie Sadler Ford 187.227 28.842 +0.802 38. Bobby Hamilton Jr Chevrolet 187.221 28.843 +0.803 39. Matt Kenseth Ford 187.149 28.854 +0.814 40. Boris Said Chevrolet 187.058 28.868 +0.828 41. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 185.899 29.048 +1.008 42. Mike Bliss Chevrolet - - - 43. Terry Labonte Chevrolet 186.838 28.902 +0.862 Did not Qualify 44. Kevin Lepage Dodge 185.179 29.161 +1.121 45. Stanton Barrett Chevrolet 182.921 29.521 +1.481 46. Randy LaJoie Chevrolet 182.285 29.624 +1.584
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