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LOUDON, N.H. - Ryan Newman won his 22nd career NASCAR Nextel Cup Bud Pole on Friday in qualifying for Sunday's Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Newman, who was the 45th and final qualifier, turned a lap of 132.360 mph around the 1.058-mile oval. It was his third pole in five tries at New Hampshire, and his fourth of the season.

Newman knocked off Jimmie Johnson from the top spot, who had his Lowe's Chevy on the point with a run of 131.984 mph. Johnson, who swept both New Hampshire races a year ago, will shoot for his third straight win from the front row on Sunday.

"I messed up the first lap, got a little loose and got up in the marbles," said Newman. "I hadn't messed up all day as far as getting up that high and once I got the right-front tire up there it's hard to get it back. Once I did, I cleaned the tires off on the back straight and through (turns) three and four and got it together for the last lap."

Martin Truex, Jr., substituting for the injured Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drove the DEI Budweiser Chevy to an impressive third place qualifying effort. Michael Waltrip and Busch race pole winner Jamie McMurray rounded out the Top 5.

Kasey Kahne and his teammate Jeremy Mayfield qualified sixth and seventh. Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart and Ricky Craven, who announced he would leave the Cal Wells team at the end of the yeay, completed the first ten qualifiers.

Three drivers failed to make the race including Kevin Lepage, Ryan McGlynn and Kyle Busch, who crashed during his qualifying attempt.

Sunday's Siemens 300 will air live on TNT beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

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