Ryan Newman set the New Hampshire Motor Speedway qualifying record with a lap of 136.497 mph to claim the pole position for this coming Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup race in Loudon, NH. Eighth in the current standings, Newman will compete against a 13-driver championship field featuring Kevin Hartick, Kasey Kahn, Joey Logani, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Jimmy Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex (who just found out that he was dumped by sponsor NAPA in light of the race-fixing attempts at Richmond earlier this month).
This is Newman’s second pole of 2013, and 51st in 432 career Cup races. His other win this season was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Born Dec. 8, 1977 in South bend, IN, Ryan Newman made his debut at the age of 16 in the United Midget Auto Racing Association and the All-American Midget Series, winning both Rookie of the Year and the championship. His two titles (as well as 100 feature wins) earned him a place in the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame in 1993.
He later moved on to work for Roger Penske in 2000, and won 3 out of 5 ARCA RE/MAX Series races, and made his Winston Cup debut at Phoenix International Raceway that year. He eventually left Penske to race for Stewart Haas in 2009, but has recently announced that he will be leaving the SHR team the end of this season to race for On July 15, 2008, Newman announced that he was leaving Penske at the end of the season and joining Richard Childress Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season to take over the No. 31 Chevrolet previously driven by Jeff Burton.