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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, 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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