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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