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Newman sets qualifying record for Sylvania 300

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Loudon, NH (Sports Network) - Defending champion captured the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300 Winston Cup race at the New Hampshire International Speedway. The No.12 Dodge driver posted a record time of 28.561 seconds (133.357 m.p.h.). The pole victory was Newman's series-high seventh of the season and 14th of his "Cup" career.

"I've got to thank my team and everybody at Penske Racing," said Newman. "The car unloaded fast and is the same car we used last year. I'm just looking forward to the race."

Starting on the front row with Newman will be , whose time of 28.685 seconds made him the only other driver to break the old record of 28.802 seconds which Newman set last September.

Starting in the second row will be (28.826) and rookie (28.857).

., who held the pole early in the session, will begin sixth, just ahead of (seventh) and the July New Hampshire 300 winner (eighth).

, who owns a record four wins on the 1.058-mile oval, will start 15th in the field of 43 drivers.

Series points leader will start 19th on the grid.

, who will be making his 500th consecutive start, will sit in 33rd position when the green flag drops.

"We've figured out how to make it slower, but we haven't learned how to make it quicker yet," said Martin.

The race is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. (et).

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