LOUDON, N.H. – For the fifth time in 19 races here, Ryan Newman will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the green flag.
Newman put down a lap of 28.165 seconds (135.232 mph) around the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway, setting a new track record in winning the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Coors Light Pole Award. Newman, who also won the pole here for Saturday's Whelen Modified Tour race, bested the previous track record set by Brad Keselowski last September (133.572 mph).
Newman hadn't won a Cup Series pole since the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May of 2010.
"It's been a really long drought for me," Newman said. "(New Hampshire's) been a track that's been really good for me for firsts, and I'm looking for that first first again."
Newman is still searching for his first victory since moving to Stewart Haas Racing in 2009. He earned his first career Cup victory at NHMS as a rookie in 2002.
Tony Stewart qualified second for Sunday's Lenox 301 to lead a sweep of the top row for Stewart Haas Racing.
David Reutimann qualified third, with the Penske Racing Dodges of Kurt Busch – and two-time winner at New Hampshire – and Brad Keselowski rounding out the Top-5.
Newman now has 47 career Sprint Cup Series poles.
"That's something I'm proud of," Newman said, "but I want to get that victory on Sunday."
Series points leader Kyle Busch qualified 18th. Clint Bowyer, who won the Sylvania 300 last September, qualified just 12th after being posting the fastest time in the 90-minute practice session Friday.