Ryan Flyin At The Rock

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Ryan Newman drove his Penske South ALLTEL Ford to the pole in qualifying Friday at the North Carolina Speedway for Sunday's Pop Secret 400. It was the rookie sensation's fifth Bud Pole of the season. Jamie McMurray will start the Coors Light Dodge outside the front row.

Newman's speed of 155.836 mph topped the day's session. "The car just felt perfect, it was set up just right for these conditions," Newman said. "We wanted to start up front at this place and think we have a good shot on Sunday. That's only two laps so we have alot more in front of us."

The run was Newman's sixth career pole position taking five so far this season to go with his one top spot from 2001.

McMurray's run was equally impressive as it was the young driver's first-ever Winston Cup qualifying session. The line-up was determined by the point standings in McMurray's previous two Cup starts when qualifying was rained out.

"That was exciting and just a great car and crew," said McMurray. "I'm really pumped up about Sunday and think we have an excellent shot to challenge."

Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner and Mark Martin completed the Top 5 with Busch Pole sitter Jeff Green, Kurt Busch, Rusty Wallace, Ronny Gordon and Bill Elliott rounding out the first ten.

Winston Cup point leader Tony Stewart will have to work his way up through the middle of the field after a 25th place qualifying effort in the Home Depot Pontiac.

Sunday's Pop Secret 400 will take the green flag at 12:30 p.m. (ET).

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