Ryan Newman knows he'll have to be flawless over the final six races to win the Nextel Cup title. Newman was just that Thursday night, shattering the track record at Charlotte Motor Speedway while winning the pole for the UAW-GM Quality 500. Newman turned a lap at 188.877 mph in his Dodge to win the top starting spot. It beat the track record of 187.052 that Jimmie Johnson set here in May -- a lap that erased the record Newman had held. "I told my wife I wanted it back," he said. But Newman knows the track record means nothing. He needs a win Saturday night to climb back into the Chase for the Championship. His 33rd-place finish in Kansas last weekend dropped him to eighth in the standings, 232 points behind leader Kurt Busch. "We're just going to keep our smiley face on and do the best job we can," Newman said. "It's not easy to do by any means, but you have to forget what you can't fix." Kasey Kahne ran a lap at 187.311 to qualify second and Casey Mears was third to put Dodges in the first three spots. Mears won the pole for Friday night's Busch series race shortly before he made his Cup qualifying run.
Pos. Car Driver Make Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 #12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 188.877 28.590 Leader
2 #9 Kasey Kahne* Dodge Dodge Dealers Mopar/UAW 187.311 28.829 -0.239
3 #41 Casey Mears Dodge Target/SpongeBob SquarePants 187.279 28.834 -0.244
4 #10 Scott Riggs* Chevrolet Valvoline 186.483 28.957 -0.367
5 #38 Elliott Sadler Ford Combos 186.233 28.996 -0.406
6 #15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 186.226 28.997 -0.407
7 #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet GM Goodwrench 186.143 29.010 -0.420
8 #01 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet U.S. Army/G.I. Joe 186.066 29.022 -0.432
9 #99 Carl Edwards Ford Canteen Vending/Kraft Foods 185.976 29.036 -0.446
10 #32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet Tide 185.957 29.039 -0.449
11 #6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra 185.319 29.139 -0.549
12 #19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dodge Dealers/UAW 185.274 29.146 -0.556
13 #2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite 185.223 29.154 -0.564
14 #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 185.122 29.170 -0.580
15 #77 Brendan Gaughan* Dodge Jasper Engines & Transmissions 184.982 29.192 -0.602
16 #25 Brian Vickers* Chevrolet GMAC/HMS 20th Anniv. 184.849 29.213 -0.623
17 #16 Greg Biffle Ford National Guard 184.837 29.215 -0.625
18 #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's/HMS 20th Anniv. 184.697 29.237 -0.647
19 #31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Cingular Wireless 184.672 29.241 -0.651
20 #14 John Andretti Ford VB/APlus at Sunoco 184.615 29.250 -0.660
21 #97 Kurt Busch Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie 184.527 29.264 -0.674
22 #4 Jimmy Spencer Chevrolet Lucas Oil Products 184.502 29.268 -0.678
23 #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont/HMS 20th Anniv. 184.370 29.289 -0.699
24 #42 Jamie McMurray Dodge Texaco/Havoline 184.300 29.300 -0.710
25 #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 184.055 29.339 -0.749
26 #50 Jeff Fuller Dodge Arnold Development Companies 183.480 29.431 -0.841
27 #137 Kevin Lepage Dodge Carter's Royal Dispos-all 183.349 29.452 -0.862
28 #251 Tony Raines Chevrolet Marathon Oil/Chase 183.312 29.458 -0.868
29 #09 Johnny Sauter* Dodge Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts 183.237 29.470 -0.880
30 #49 Ken Schrader Dodge Schwan's Home Service 183.225 29.472 -0.882
31 #40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coors Light/Prilosec 183.163 29.482 -0.892
32 #45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia-Pacific/Brawny 183.070 29.497 -0.907
33 #43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios/Betty Crocker 183.051 29.500 -0.910
34 #18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 183.014 29.506 -0.916
35 #30 Jeff Burton Chevrolet America Online 182.958 29.515 -0.925
36 #17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWalt Power Tools 182.408 29.604 -1.014
37 #113 Greg Sacks Dodge ARC Dehooker/Vita Coco 182.260 29.628 -1.038
38 #84 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST/HMS 20th Anniv. 182.254 29.629 -1.039
 
Provisional
39 #88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS 181.433 29.763 -1.173
40 #5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Kellogg's/HMS 20th Anniv. 181.794 29.704 -1.114
41 #21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft/U.S. Air Force 181.476 29.756 -1.166
42 #22 Scott Wimmer* Dodge Caterpillar 180.935 29.845 -1.255
43 #0 Ward Burton Chevrolet NetZero 182.242 29.631 -1.041
 
Did not Qualify
44 #100 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Aaron's 181.622 29.732 -1.142
45 #194 Derrike Cope Ford AmericInn/Racer's Edge 181.165 29.807 -1.217
46 #135 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Gary Keller Racing 180.796 29.868 -1.278
47 #200 Carl Long Chevrolet Buyer's Choice Auto Warranties 180.693 29.885 -1.295
48 #172 Kirk Shelmerdine Ford Vote for Bush 178.630 30.230 -1.640
49 #159 Larry Foyt Dodge BAM Racing 177.737 30.382 -1.792
50 #02 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet SCORE Motorsports 177.148 30.483 -1.893
51 #89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Racing With Jesus/Red Line Oil 177.061 30.498 -1.908
52 #198 Geoffrey Bodine Ford Mach One Inc. 176.384 30.615 -2.025