Ryan Newman wins pole for Sylvania 300, sets track record in qualifying

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LOUDON, N.H. — Ryan Newman knows how to make himself at home in New Hampshire.

Newman set a track record Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 27.904 seconds (136.497 miles per hour) to win the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300. It was the 51st pole of his career, and his seventh in 24 races at NHMS.

Then, just for fun, Newman went right back out and won the pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s F.W. Webb 100 with a fast lap of 129.221 m.p.h.

Newman’s Sprint Cup qualifying lap broke the 1.058-mile track record of 135.922, set by Brad Keselowski July 12. Kasey Kahne set the early pace Friday at 136.082 and finished second. In third was Jeff Gordon, whose 136.053 was also faster than the old record.

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