Ryan Newman on Friday won the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Newman topped a contingent of drivers in the Chase for the Cup title playoff who led qualifying at the 1.06-mile oval in Loudon, N.H.
Known as the "Rocket Man" for his propensity to qualify fastest, Newman turned a lap of 136.497 mph in his No. 39 Chevrolet to earn his 51st career Cup pole. He was followed by Kasey Kahne at 136.082 mph.
All but Truex are in the 10-race Chase, of which New Hampshire is the second event.
Truex was knocked out of the playoff, and Newman added in, after NASCAR penalized Truex and the rest of Michael Waltrip Racing for trying to manipulate the outcome of the final race before the Chase in Richmond, Va.
MWR's problems worsened Thursday when the NAPA auto parts chain said it would pull its sponsorship, reportedly amounting to $16 million a year, from the team after this year. NAPA mainly supports Truex's No. 56 Toyota.
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