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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