Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff
LOUDON, N.H. --- Pole qualifications for Sunday's Sylvania 300 were delayed for 51 minutes because of moisture on the track, leaving five drivers queued up on pit road at New Hampshire Motor Speedway waiting to make their qualifying attempts.
Among them was Ryan Newman, who was last in line to qualify.
Although rain threatened to wash out qualifying, which would have suited Newman just fine since he would've started from the pole position based upon his fast lap of 133,769 miles per hour during Friday's Sprint Cup practice sessions, Newman wound up making an attempt.
After Kasey Kahne knocked his Red Bull racing teammate, Brian Vickers from the pole, Newman needed just one tour of the 1.058-mile oval at NHMS to wrest the pole position away with a blistering lap of 135.002 m.p.h
"It took a little bit more for my tires to fire up as far as sticking,'' said Newman, who captured the sixth pole of his career at NHMS, after setting the track record (135.232) in July during pole qualifications for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.
"That kind of scared me a little bit, but I ran the first lap just as I expected it to as I did in practice and it was enough to win the pole,'' Newman said. "Gladly so, because our car was typically quicker on the first lap, but not the second in practice. I was glad I got him on the first lap.''
When crew chief Tony Gibson radioed, ``Shut 'er down,'' Newman said he knew "that was a good sign for me.''
Kahne wound up going second fastest in 134.763 while Vickers went 134.648.
Chase points leader Kevin Harvick qualified sixth fastest in 134.354.
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