Newman Ties Baker

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Ryan Newman tied Buddy Baker by winning his seventh career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday night when he claimed the top spot for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500.

Newman's lap of 193.124 mph in his No. 12 Alltel Dodge topped the night's 51 qualifiers.

The pole was Newman's first since New Hampshire last July and the driver who has earned 38 career top spots thinks he's got things back on track.

"Just getting things right with our Dodge," Newman said. "This is the exact same car that qualified 39th last week and finished eighth. We knew it was a good car, we just needed to get it figured out."

It will be an all-Dodge front row for the second straight week as Elliott Sadler claimed the number two spot with a lap of 191.894 mph in his No. 19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers Charger.

"It was a great lap," said Sadler. "I'm proud of my guys in qualifying the last couple of weeks. I got Josh, my team director, back and it's made a big difference. Just a great way to get the weekend started."

Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon rounded out the first five qualifiers.

Point leader Martin had a bit of an adventure during his run.

"I was coming down the straightaway and right when I got to the corner, I breathed out and fogged up my shield," Martin said. "I said, 'Oh Lord, I can't do that any more.' I couldn't see going in the corner, I hit the apron down here on the first lap and I am not a Mr. Second Lap kinda guy."

Bobby Labonte, David Stremme, Kyle Busch, Mike Bliss and Scott Riggs completed the top 10.

Eight cars failed to qualify for Sunday's race, most notably Michael Waltrip, who will miss his third straight event.

Jeremy Mayfield, AJ Allmendinger, Scott Wimmer, Ward Burton, John Andretti, Kenny Wallace and Kevin Lepage also missed the show.

Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 will take the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

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