Ryan Newman Wins Second Cup Pole of Year at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Ryan Newman took the pole for Saturday's Bank of America 500 at LMS with a fast speed of 189.394 mph. Newman will be joined on the front row by no. 48 driver Jimmie Johnson. Third fastest of the night was no. 43 driver Bobby Labonte.
Tickets for the Bank of America 500 are available at the LMS ticket office and entry gates Saturday. Gates open at 2 p.m. with the green flag scheduled for 7:46 p.m.
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12, Penske/alltell Dodge) - Pole winner - "Today was all about qualifying and doing what we had to do. You get to a point where the balance doesn't matter as long as everything's safe and NASCAR has done a good job of managing that. Maybe some people just might say I'm not as good a race car driver as I am a qualifier because I don't ever win from the pole when I start on the pole. I had a lot of fun in the dirt race (World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model race at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte) last night (Oct. 10, he finished 12th) and I'd like to do some more of that, but those guys are awful good at what they do."
JIMMIE JOHNSON (No. 48, Lowe's Chevrolet) - Second-fastest - "The car was maybe a little on the free side. But I really don't think I left anything out there. I'm real proud of the lap we put in. We had a great run. We've had a very smooth day in the Busch car and in the Cup car and I'm looking forward to a good weekend in both races." [Do you think that anybody who is more than 200 or more points back after this race will have a legitimate shot at winning the title?] "I would think so, but it just depends on what the guys up front do, and if they have any bad luck. It's tough to call it. I think their situation is getting more and more difficult as the races go by. But there's no telling what's going to happen. And the way these first three or four races have been in the Chase, it seems like there's a wreck that takes out three or four of them. If you collect first through fourth, those guys are right back in it."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43, Cheerios Dodge) - Third-fastest - [What does a qualifying spot do for your confidence?] "It is definitely a little bit of a game of confidence, too. Obviously, that is a big part of our sport. When you can gain confidence or get it through the strengths of your team, and try to figure out your weakness, and it makes your team stronger. You're more confident when you get in the race car. Your feedback is better. You go in there and give them better feedback. All the stuff really helps out. Bringing Doug [Randolph, new crew chief] into the mix the past few weeks has been great for me. We have known each other for a long time. He is a really good communicator with me and understands my language, and I think I understand his. That really gives us confidence coming to Charlotte. I've been busy all week long so we hadn't had that much time to talk. When you sit in the car and you have confidence you just go. It is a whole lot better than when you're always wondering. You have to get it with the right people and with the right atmosphere. I think Doug has helped out and given me the confidence that I need."