Newman Claims Lowe's Pole

Ryan Newman shattered the Lowe's Motorspeedway lap record to take pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600

Newman Claims Lowe's Pole

The 27 year-old recorded an average speed of 192.988mph, nearly three miles per hour faster than the current record, set by Mike Bliss only last week. It was Newman's fourth pole of the season, and four miles per hour faster than last October at the track.

Jeff Gordon was second with a lap of 191.925mph with Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson behind.

"That was a real good lap for me," Newman said. "I was just trying to break 28 seconds, and we barely did it. If we go faster, that's fine until safety is a question. We run faster at other tracks, so we'll see how we do here.''

Newman's lap makes Lowes the second fastest circuit on the calendar behind Atlanta, where Newman lapped in 194.690mph earlier this season. Texas Motor Speedway is the third fastest ahead of Talladega.

Results of Qualifying for Coca-Cola 600 - Lowe's Motor Speedway

Pos Driver Make Speed (mph) 1. Ryan Newman Dodge 192.988 2. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 191.925 3. Matt Kenseth Ford 191.259 4. Kasey Kahne Dodge 190.779 5. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 190.739 6. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 190.685 7. Dale Jarrett Ford 190.490 8. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 190.355 9. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 190.114 10. Elliott Sadler Ford 189.980 11. Jamie McMurray Dodge 189.860 12. Carl Edwards Ford 189.800 13. Mark Martin Ford 189.580 14. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 189.527 15. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 189.474 16. Ricky Rudd Ford 189.327 17. Jimmy Spencer Dodge 189.281 18. Travis Kvapil Dodge 189.241 19. Johnny Sauter Dodge 189.168 20. Rusty Wallace Dodge 189.122 21. Ken Schrader Dodge 189.109 22. Mike Skinner Dodge 189.010 23. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 188.844 24. Casey Mears Dodge 188.831 25. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 188.739 26. Terry Labonte Chevrolet 188.719 27. Bill Elliott Dodge 188.646 28. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 188.633 29. Greg Biffle Ford 188.587 30. Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 188.501 31. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 188.363 32. Scott Wimmer Dodge 188.088 33. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 187.977 34. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 187.859 35. Kurt Busch Ford 187.852 36. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 187.617 37. Kyle Petty Dodge 187.598 38. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 187.383 39. Jeff Green Dodge 187.110 40. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 186.883 41. Sterling Marlin Dodge 186.677 42. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 185.395 43. Kevin Lepage Dodge 188.278 
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