QUALIFYING: Ryan Newman Wins Third Straight New Hampshire Mod Tour Pole

Thursday, July 14, 2011
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LOUDON, N.H. – This looks all too familiar.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman won his third straight Whelen Modified Tour pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, turning a lap a quarter of a second faster than anyone else Thursday to take the top starting spot for Saturday's F.W. Webb 100.

Newman's lap of 29.586 seconds (128.737 mph) gave him his fourth series pole at the track. He swept the two series races from the pole in 2010.

"It's kind of the same deal. I just went a little bit faster than those guys," Newman said. "It felt good on the straightaways, good in the corners... We have a blast racing with them."

Ron Silk qualified second with a time of 29.837 seconds.


"Ryan's going awfully fast. We obviously didn't have enough to get there," Silk said. "We'll try and improve on our car a little bit more on Saturday morning and see what we can do."

Defending series champion Bobby Santos qualified fourth, while former Sprint Cup crew chief Andy Petree – who now works in the ESPN television booth – was fifth in his first Tour start. He last tried to make a field at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2010 but failed to qualify.

Points leader Rowan Pennink will start seventh.

Justin Bonsignore, who lost an engine in practice, despite posting the second-fastest time of the session behind Newman, did not make a qualifying attempt. He will take a provisional and start last in the 33-car field.

– TB