Ryan Newman earns New Hampshire pole with lap of 136.497 mph

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LOUDON, N.H. — Winning the pole position for the Sylvania 300 gave Ryan Newman the perfect pulpit to make a little fun of NASCAR on Friday afternoon.

Ryan Newman is on the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has three career wins.  MARY SCHWALM/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARY SCHWALM/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ryan Newman is on the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has three career wins.

Less than a week after the sanctioning body said it would penalize teams for not trying hard enough, Ryan broke the track
record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by "giving it 100 percent on both laps."

Newman's lap of 136.497 mph was the 16th track record for the new Generation 6 race car.

"I was more focused on being as good as I could be on both laps," Newman said.

Newman will leave Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season and move over to Richard Childress Racing in 2014. Before then,
however, he's the only driver on his current team in contention to win the Chase for the Championship.

Newman has three career victories at the one-mile oval, and two of them started from the pole.

Kasey Kahne qualified second at 136.082 mph, while Jeff Gordon was third and Kurt Busch was fourth. The top four drivers all
were in Chevrolets.

Martin Truex Jr. will start Sunday's race (2 p.m., ESPN) from fifth, followed by Joey Logano, Paul Menard,
Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle.


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