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|Ryan Newman Captures 9th Pole at Charlotte
|CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Ryan Newman has continued his mastery of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway, capturing his ninth pole at the track for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
Newman's bold decision to run his lap at the top of the slick track on Thursday night paid off when he was clocked at 187.546 mph.
He'll start on the pole for the second straight year in NASCAR's longest race. No active driver has more poles at Charlotte than Newman, who moved within five of David Pearson's track record.
Newman, though, is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory at the track.
Kurt Busch, who won last weekend's All-Star race at CMS, qualified second at 187.292 mph.
Martin Truex Jr. will start third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson.
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Live coverage of the Coca Cola 600 airs immediately following the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, around 4pm on FM 95 (94.9 FM).