Ryan Newman is hoping he can finish
where he starts when the second half of NASCAR's Chase for the
championship gets going Sunday at Martinsville.
Newman earned his 45th career pole on Friday and says it's the
place to be.
Jeff Gordon qualified second while teammate and points leader
Jimmie Johnson qualified 15th. Gordon's says it's a small
advantage, but he'll take anything he can get.
Johnson leads Gordon by 90 points in the standings with five
Mark Martin also hopes to gain ground after earning the fourth
starting spot in qualifying. Only four of the 12 Chase participants
will start ahead of Johnson.