Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ryan Newman Starts on Pole for New Hampshire Cup Race

Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

A reintroduction to flat, short track racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is set to compete on the smallest track since Dover in May. The 1.058-mile oval of New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts its first of two races in 2011 for North America's premier stock car racing organization.

In qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman piloted the #39 Stewart/Haas Racing Chevrolet to his 5th pole at the race track. Team owner Tony Stewart will start alongside Newman in the #14 Chevy. The NASCAR Sprint Cup race team is still seeking their first win for the 2011 season. In the second row, David Reutimann's #00 Toyota and the #22 Dodge of Kurt Busch line up for Sunday's race in Loudon.

2010 winners at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway start reasonably down on the grid for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 race. Recording the 12th fastest time in qualifying Friday the #33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer is still hunting his first win of the 2011 season. Past winner of the early summer event Jimmie Johnston is starting well down in 28th spot.

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the scene of Ryan Newman's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in 2002. That year driving for Penske Racing through his first season, Newman's momentum from the New Hampshire race win allowed the Indiana native to beat Jimmie Johnson for Rookie of the Year.

While qualifying position is important at New Hampshire, 8 of the 32 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup races held at the oval were won by a driver who started outside of the top-20. Closing from the deepest position of 38th place to win in July of 1999 was Jeff Burton.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 race is scheduled for 1 pm eastern time on Sunday.

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Starting Line-up
  1. 39 Ryan Newman U.S. Army Chevrolet
  2. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
  3. 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
  4. 22 Kurt Busch Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
  5. 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge
  6. 31 Jeff Burton Catepillar Chevrolet
  7. 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
  8. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet
  9. 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Chevrolet
  10. 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota
  11. 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet
  12. 33 Clint Bowyer Good Sam/Cheerios Chevrolet
  13. 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Toyota
  14. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota
  15. 99 Carl Edwards Ortho Home Defense Ford
  16. 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota
  17. 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford
  18. 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet
  19. 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota
  20. 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford
  21. 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota
  22. 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWALT Ford
  23. 47 Bobby Labonte Capital Window/ Toyota
  24. 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 
  25. 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
  26. 6 David Ragan UPS Ford
  27. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet
  28. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet
  29. 30 David Stremme Inception Racing Chevrolet
  30. 17 Matt Kenseth Affliction Clothing Ford
  31. 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota
  32. 51 Landon Cassill Security Benefit/Thank A Teacher Today Chev
  33. 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing LLC Toyota
  34. 34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
  35. 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
  36. 55 Jeff Green Front Row Motorsports Ford
  37. 36 Dave Blaney Golden Corral Chevrolet
  38. 38 J J Yeley Long John Silver's Ford
  39. 60 Mike Skinner Big Red Toyota
  40. 46 Erik Darnell Red Line Chevrolet
  41. 32 Mike Bliss Starrett Ford
  42. 7 Scott Wimmer SPEED Energy Dodge
  43. 71 Andy Lally Interstate Moving Services Ford

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