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Newman Takes Pole in Michigan

Ryan Newman has taken his fifth pole of the year at the Michigan International Speedway, also setting a new track record by lapping the circuit at a speed of 194.232 mph

Newman's lap easily beat the existing track record of 191.149 mph, held by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will line up tomorrow in an extremely disappointing 41st position.

Newman was half a mile faster than second-placed Casey Mears, who just pipped Tony Stewart for the front row position for tomorrow's Batman Begins 400.

Championship leader Jimmie Johnson will line up on the eight row, with his closest rival Greg Biffle will start from 25th on the grid.

Pos  Driver              Make       Speed
 1.  Ryan Newman         Dodge      194.232
 2.  Casey Mears         Dodge      193.757
 3.  Tony Stewart        Chevrolet  193.512
 4.  Kasey Kahne         Dodge      193.123
 5.  Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge      193.086
 6.  Bobby Labonte       Chevrolet  193.055
 7.  Brian Vickers       Chevrolet  192.818
 8.  Robby Gordon        Chevrolet  192.771
 9.  Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet  192.658
10.  Bill Elliott        Dodge      192.658
11.  Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet  192.606
12.  Rusty Wallace       Dodge      192.555
13.  Kurt Busch          Ford       192.555
14.  Dale Jarrett        Ford       192.493
15.  Mark Martin         Ford       192.38 
16.  Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet  192.313
17.  Kyle Busch*         Chevrolet  192.225
18.  Elliott Sadler      Ford       192.102
19.  Jeff Green          Dodge      191.98 
20.  Mike Bliss          Chevrolet  191.98 
21.  Matt Kenseth        Ford       191.627
22.  Scott Wimmer        Dodge      191.627
23.  Carl Edwards        Ford       191.413
24.  Jamie McMurray      Dodge      191.306
25.  Greg Biffle         Ford       191.189
26.  Jason Leffler       Chevrolet  191.189
27.  Bobby Hamilton Jr.  Chevrolet  190.739
28.  Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet  190.587
29.  Scott Riggs         Chevrolet  190.582
30.  Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet  190.491
31.  Mike Skinner        Dodge      190.376
32.  Kyle Petty          Dodge      190.37 
33.  Jeff Burton         Chevrolet  190.179
34.  Ricky Rudd          Ford       190.129
35.  Mike Garvey         Ford       189.878
36.  Dave Blaney         Chevrolet  189.783
37.  Travis Kvapil*      Dodge      189.783
38.  Ken Schrader        Dodge      189.579
39.  Kevin Lepage        Dodge      189.449
40.  Sterling Marlin     Dodge      189.404
41.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet  188.26 
42.  Mike Wallace        Chevrolet  186.591
43.  Stuart Kirby        Chevrolet  188.848

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