DOVER, Del. - Moonlighting Ryan Newman knocked Busch series points leader Martin Truex Jr. off the pole in the first of his great qualifying runs Friday at Dover International Speedway.
Now, he has a chance to win for the fourth time in his last four starts, which would tie the series record set by Sam Ard in 1983.
"A winner of four in a row, that would be great," Newman said. "I don't how that would be listed in the record book."
Newman won in Watkins Glen, Bristol and Michigan, but has not competed in the last two races.
After later making it a sweep by taking the pole for Sunday's Nextel Cup race, Newman had a simple answer for his success as a qualifier.
"Fast race cars," he said. "I enjoy being able to sit in them and go fast."
Fresh from a victory Sunday in the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway, Newman hustled his Dodge around The Monster Mile at 156.419 mph. That easily eclipsed the lap of Truex, who toured the high-banked concrete oval in a Chevrolet at 155.682, but was far short of David Green's year-old track record of 157.916.
Newman, set to qualify his Cup car later in the afternoon, has three wins this season in the Busch series.
Truex put himself in good position to win his third straight Busch race at Dover. Truex will be seeking his series-leading seventh victory of the season and 13th of his career.
"This is the best I've ever qualified here," Truex said. "I feel I have a great chance to win tomorrow."
A victory Saturday would make Truex an even-more prohibitive favorite to repeat as series champion. He comes into the Dover 200 leading Clint Bowyer by 94 points with just seven of 35 events remaining.
Rookie Reed Sorenson, a distant third in the points, claimed the third spot in the 43-car field with a run at 155.165 in his Dodge.
"I held my breath," Sorenson said of his run on the track slickened by temperatures in the high 80s. "That was some rush."
J.J. Yeley qualified fourth in a Chevy, followed by the Chevy of Bowyer. Brian Vickers, Regan Smith, Kenny Wallace, Erin Crocker and Green completed the top 10.
Kevin Hamlin slammed hard into the wall near the second turn on his run, but was not injured.