Stewart-Haas Racing earns sweep at New Hampshire

Ryan Newman: Driver won his 47th career pole, at New Hampshire. Stewart-Haas Racing has the top two spots.

LOUDON, N.H. --- Stewart-Haas Racing finally gets top billing.


Ryan Newman won his 47th career pole, turning a track-record lap of 135.232 mph Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Tony Stewart was second to give SHR its first front-row sweep.

Stewart was right behind his employee and teammate at 135.064.

"Awesome for the organization," Stewart said.

Newman won his first pole of the season in the No. 39 Chevrolet, a far cry from the 20 combined poles he earned in 2003-04. Those pole positions early in his career helped boost his total and he's now 10th on the career poles list.

"It works," he said. "It's like making good macaroni and cheese. Sometimes, it just tastes good. I don't know what the entire chemistry is, but I like it."

It's the sixth pole for Stewart-Haas Racing, but the first time both Chevrolets will start side-by-side at the front of the field.

"I felt really confident in practice today that we would have a shot at the pole today just based on the way the car felt," Newman said.

Newman hopes the strong start will translate into his first victory of the season. Newman enters Sunday's Sprint Cup race ninth in the points standings.

"Without a doubt I have higher expectations; when you have the fastest race car you have no excuse," Newman said. "It's just a matter of making it the fastest car or the best race car on the last lap, given you have the right position and the right strategy and do the things that are needed to put yourself in that position."

David Reutimann, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Stewart is 11th in the points standings, one shy of cracking the top 10 needed to make the Chase.



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