Newman claims Las Vegas pole

Newman, the third driver on track, ran a flawless lap and looked unlikely to be beaten for the remainder of qualifying. He has now claimed pole at 13 of the 22 Nextel Cup venues

Newman claims Las Vegas pole
Ryan Newman stormed his way to pole for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, narrowly ahead of Elliott Sadler. That was pretty impressive on my part as far as just getting speed," he said. "I felt like I pretty much nailed everything."

Kevin Harvick qualified in fourth, his best grid position since 2003, but was disqualified due to a new rule which states that all competitors must qualify with a full tank of fuel.

The vent line was blocked, and the fuel filler was blocked so fuel flowed into the vent line, making the fuel cell appear it was full," John Darby, Nextel Cup Director, noted when handing down the penalty.

Harvick had just 18 gallons of fuel, rather than the required 22, and will line up 42nd on the grid, the lowest of the top 35 drivers.

UAW/DaimlerChrysler 400 Qualifying, Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5mi oval):

Pos Driver              Make        Time        Speed  
 1. Ryan Newman         Dodge       31.080sec   173.745mph    
 2. Elliott Sadler      Ford        31.086sec   173.712mph    
 3. Greg Biffle         Ford        31.181sec   173.182mph    
 4. Scott Riggs         Chevrolet   31.410sec   171.920mph    
 5. Kurt Busch          Ford        31.420sec   171.865mph    
 6. Travis Kvapil       Dodge       31.447sec   171.717mph    
 7. Kasey Kahne         Dodge       31.482sec   171.527mph    
 8. Matt Kenseth        Ford        31.589sec   170.946mph    
 9. Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet   31.607sec   170.848mph    
10. Kyle Busch          Chevrolet   31.610sec   170.832mph    
11. Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet   31.702sec   170.336mph    
12. Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet   31.712sec   170.283mph    
13. Dale Jarrett        Ford        31.777sec   169.934mph    
14. Ken Schrader        Dodge       31.786sec   169.886mph    
15. Casey Mears         Dodge       31.792sec   169.854mph    
16. Bobby Hamilton      Chevrolet   31.799sec   169.817mph    
17. Jason Leffler       Chevrolet   31.801sec   169.806mph    
18. Mike Bliss          Chevrolet   31.811sec   169.753mph    
19. Mark Martin         Ford        31.865sec   169.465mph    
20. Carl Edwards        Ford        31.904sec   169.258mph    
21. Rusty Wallace       Dodge       31.910sec   169.226mph    
22. Jamie McMurray      Dodge       31.915sec   169.199mph    
23. Tony Stewart        Chevrolet   31.920sec   169.173mph    
24. Jeff Burton         Chevrolet   31.929sec   169.125mph    
25. Sterling Marlin     Dodge       31.943sec   169.051mph    
26. Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge       31.954sec   168.993mph    
27. Robby Gordon        Chevrolet   32.004sec   168.729mph    
28. Scott Wimmer        Dodge       32.014sec   168.676mph    
29. Dave Blaney         Chevrolet   32.047sec   168.503mph    
30. Mike Wallace        Chevrolet   32.059sec   168.439mph    
31. Bobby Labonte       Chevrolet   32.077sec   168.345mph    
32. Brian Vickers       Chevrolet   32.155sec   167.937mph    
33. Ricky Rudd          Ford        32.197sec   167.717mph    
34. Dale Earnhardt Jr   Chevrolet   32.297sec   167.198mph    
35. Kyle Petty          Dodge       32.332sec   167.017mph    
36. Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet   32.407sec   166.631mph    
37. John Andretti       Ford        32.498sec   166.164mph    
38. Randy LaJoie        Chevrolet   32.572sec   165.787mph    
39. Jeff Green          Dodge       32.590sec   165.695mph    
40. Hermie Sadler       Ford        32.658sec   165.350mph    
41. Eric McClure        Chevrolet   32.672sec   165.279mph    
42. Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet   no time                   
43. Morgan Shepherd     Dodge       32.681sec   165.234mph    
                                                              
Did not qualify:                                              
                                                              
   Johnny Sauter        Dodge       32.695sec                 
   Kevin Lepage         Dodge       32.765sec                 
   Stanton Barrtett     Chevrolet   32.838sec                 
   Stan Boyd            Chevrolet   32.842sec                 
   Carl Long            Chevrolet   33.198sec                 
   Kirk Shelmerdine     Ford        no time                   
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