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Ryan Newman Takes Pole Away from Jimmie Johnson for the Brickyard 400

July 27th, 2013 at 4:14 PM
By Mark Eddinger

As the last driver out on the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday Ryan Newman laid down a lap to beat out Jimmie Johnson to get the pole for Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds "Brickyard" 400. His lap of 47.992 seconds was good for the new track record.

'Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman' photo (c) 2012, Terri  Hickox - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

"It's special for me for a lot of reasons," Newman said. "Being home in Indiana, being at the Brickyard and being so long not winning a pole."

The pole is the 50th of Newman's Sprint Cup Series career but the first for him since September 2011.

Jimmie Johnson will start from second. Carl Edwards will roll off third, Denny Hamlin fourth, Tony Stewart fifth, Kurt Busch sixth, Kasey Kahne seventh, Juan Montoya eighth, Jeff Gordon ninth, and Marcos Ambrose tenth.

Other notable drivers in the starting lineup are Brad Keselowski in 12th, Matt Kenseth 13th, Dale Earnhardt Jr 15th, Clint Bowyer 17th, Kyle Busch 19th, Kevin Harvick 24th, Greg Biffle 27th, Danica Patrick 33rd, and Martin Truex Jr 38th.

Landon Cassill needed to qualify the No. 40 Chevrolet in the top 36 to make the field and did so by coming in 29th. Ryan Newman's lap knocked Mike Bliss out of the 36th position and out of the Brickyard 400. He and the No. 19 Toyota team will go home along with Scott Speed and the No. 95 Ford team.

The race can be seen at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.

Tags: brickyard 400, Carl Edwards, Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin, indianapolis motor speedway, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Montoya, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, landon cassill, Motorsports, Ryan Newman, Sprint Cup Series, Tony Stewart

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