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Rocket man Ryan Newman wins Brickyard 400 pole

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Ryan Newman saved the best for last in Brickyard 400 qualifying. The Rocket Man blasted off at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

A beautiful Saturday at the IMS included a dramatic finish to Brickyard qualifying. The last driver out won the pole with a new track record.

Ryan Newman does not know what car he will be racing next season. Newman recently found out his ride with Tony Stewart's team is over after 2013.

But Newman knows his number 39 Chevy will start from the pole Sunday.

Rocket man took the final qualifying run of 45 drivers. He took the pole away from Jimmy Johnson with a stock car track record lap of 187.531 miles an hour.

It's the 50th career pole for the South Bend native and Purdue graduate.

"Man, I've been waiting so long for my 50th, and I've been waiting so long to win one here. This is really special. And obviously the drama of having to go out last and Jimmy having the earlier draw which I don't think necessarily mattered - the drama of waiting and waiting and waiting and watching him on TV and waiting to see who's next and then we did this to him! It wasn't because it was him that it's gratifying. It's gratifying because it's Indy," he said.

"It's qualifying. They don't call him the Rocket Man for no reason. He had an awesome lap.

Newman's boss Tony Stewart starts fifth. Jeff Gordon goes for his fifth Brickyard victory from the 9th starting position. Danica Patrick starts 33rd.

Kyle Busch dominated the Indiana 250 Nationwide race. The Monster car led 92 of the 100 laps.

Busch lost the lead on a late restart, but he went back in front with two laps to go for his first win at Indy.

"This place has such history. It doesn't really matter whether it's Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide, Moto GP, F1, Grand Am, anybody that wins here, they get to kiss the bricks. This is just an amazing facility. It's great to win here," he said.

No driver has won more Nationwide races than Kyle Busch. He starts 19th in Sunday's race.

Brickyard 400 forecast

We're on track for record lows in the 50s Sunday morning for what could be one of the coolest Brickyard 400 races in recent memory.

Bring a jacket if you're headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday morning. The weather will be sunny to partly cloudy, and the temperature will be 52 at 6:00 am, 62 by 9:00 am, 70 at noon with a predicted high of 72 at 5:00 pm.

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