Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/28/14
Indianapolis, IN- What a day is was for South Bend, Indiana’s Ryan Newman. The “Rocket” lived up to his nickname by earning the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 in dramatic fashion. Newman who was the last qualifier of the day bested Jimmie Johnson’s lap set way earlier in session with a new track record of 187.531 mph in the No. 39 Quicken Loans/Smurfs Chevrolet. It was Newman’s 50th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of his career as he moved into some elite company. Newman joins, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Jeff Gordon, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Mark Martin and Bill Elliott as the only nine Cup drivers to eclipse the 50 pole mark. “I’m just ecstatic, said the 2013 pole winner Newman. “It’s awesome because it’s my 50th. It’s awesome because it’s Indy, and it’s a track record on top of that, so it’s like a double-triple bonus.” Newman won 11 poles in 2003 which is the largest single-season number in a season. This is the 12th season that Newman has won a pole in Cup competition and first since September of 2011. “It’s bothered me for a long time,” on whether it’s bothered him on not winning a pole in a while. “It bothered me really bad not to be in the Sprint Unlimited this year because I feel like I’m a driver than can still hit his marks each and every lap and put it all together.” Now Newman can say his pole drought is over and it ended on his hometrack. It’s his first at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 17th different track he’s started first.   Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: Ryan Newman Joins Elite Company with Brickyard 400 Pole appeared first on Race Review Online.
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