By Brian Willwerth
Ryan Newman will be on the pole when the green flag waves Sunday afternoon in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He set a blistering pace – and a track record – with a lap of 135.232 mph.
His teammate, Tony Stewart, was second. That gives Stewart-Haas Racing a front-row sweep. David Reutimann, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
For all you #88 fans out there: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will roll off 27th.
Newman has a history of winning poles, but being unable to finish the deal on race day. Yet this is his first pole of 2011, so we’ll see what happens. He and Stewart are both winless this season, so they could use a win badly.
It’s shaping up to be a hot day in Loudon on Sunday. Hopefully the action on the track will be equal to the temperature. I can’t wait to see it all unfold in person.