Newman breaks own record in taking Sylvania 300 pole

Saturday, September 13, 2003

LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Newman lived up to his billing as a great qualifier, breaking his own track record while winning the pole Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

The pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300 was Newman's 14th in just 71 Winston Cup starts. That includes a series-high seven this season after he paced the circuit a year ago with six.

Newman turned a fast lap of 133.357 mph on the 1.058-mile oval, breaking his year-old mark of 132.241.

Newman's first of two qualifying laps, was easily the best among the 47 drivers who made attempts.

Newman also leads the series in wins, coming off his sixth victory last Saturday night at Richmond. The first of his seven career wins came here a year ago.

He's on a tear that has carried him from 27th in the points after the 11th race of the season to sixth going into Sunday's event -- the 27th of 36 this year.

Terry Labonte, winner of the Southern 500 earlier this month, also kept his strong run going by taking second place in the 43-car field with a lap of 132.780.

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