Newman Takes Double Pole

While points leader Tony Stewart had one of his worst qualifying results of the season, Ryan Newman excelled at Dover today, clinching pole for the second race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup, as well as taking the Busch pole earlier in the afternoon

Newman Takes Double Pole

The Penske Racing driver, who won last week at New Hampshire, set the fastest qualifying lap around the 'Monster-Mile' oval at 158.102 mph. It was Newman's sixth pole of the season.

Starting on the front row alongside Newman will be Kasey Kahne, with Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the second row of the grid.

Further down, Stewart qualified only in 31st. The result could cost Stewart - he is only 20 points ahead of Greg Biffle, and just 40 points ahead of Newman in third place. And with success last weekend and today, Newman could well be on a roll to end up as the points leader after Sunday's race.

Newman has an impressive record at Dover: in seven starts, he has an average starting position of 8th, and an average finish position of 6.714. Moreover, Newman won three times at the Monster Mile.

Only one man, however, has a better finish record at Dover than Newman. Tony Stewart has started the race 11 times, to rack up an average finish position of 5.076.

Pos Driver Make Speed 1. Ryan Newman Dodge 158.103 Chase 2. Kasey Kahne Dodge 157.075 3. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 156.849 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 156.617 5. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 156.569 Chase 6. Rusty Wallace Dodge 156.501 Chase 7. Mark Martin Ford 156.495 Chase 8. Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet 156.406 9. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 156.399 10. Kurt Busch Ford 156.182 Chase 11. Matt Kenseth Ford 156.115 Chase 12. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 155.972 Chase 13. Travis Kvapil Dodge 155.966 14. Sterling Marlin Dodge 155.757 15. Dale Jarrett Ford 155.696 16. Scott Wimmer Dodge 155.629 17. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 155.568 18. Greg Biffle Ford 155.481 Chase 19. Jamie McMurray Dodge 155.481 20. Ricky Rudd Ford 155.340 21. Jeff Green Dodge 155.306 22. Elliott Sadler Ford 155.193 23. Casey Mears Dodge 155.119 24. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 155.106 25. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 155.066 26. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 155.045 27. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 154.945 28. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 154.912 29. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 154.872 30. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 154.799 31. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 154.779 Chase 32. Carl Edwards Ford 154.772 Chase 33. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 154.692 34. Kyle Petty Dodge 154.513 35. Kevin Lepage Ford 153.958 36. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 153.859 37. J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 153.630 38. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 153.440 39. Tony Raines Dodge 152.990 40. Stanton Barrett Chevrolet 152.866 41. Carl Long Chevrolet 152.400 42. Ken Schrader Dodge 151.483 43. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 151.726 
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