Ryan Newman claimed pole position for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at just the right time, as the ALLTEL Dodge driver is currently eighth in the Nextel Cup points and needing to claim a good result this weekend to qualify for the final 10-race shootout for the title. Mark Martin, another chasing that final spot with a current 10th in the points, will start from the outside of the front row, ahead of championship leader Jimmie Johnson and Joe Nemechek.

Qualifying times, Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Richmond Raceway, Virginia, 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series round 26 of 36.

1. Ryan Newman #12 ALLTEL Dodge Penske Racing 128.700mph
2. Mark Martin # 6 Viagra Ford Roush Racing 127.407mph
3. Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 127.389mph
4. Joe Nemechek #01 US Army Chevrolet MB2 Motorsports 127.208mph
5. Jeff Burton # 30 America Online Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 127.208mph
6. Ricky Rudd #21 Motorcraft/US Air Force FordWood Brothers Racing 127.137mph
7. Jeremy Mayfield #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 127.077mph
8. Greg Biffle #16 National Guard/Subway FordRoush Racing 127.047mph
9. Jeff Gordon #24 Dupont Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 127.005mph
10. Jeff Green #43 Grand Biscuits Dodge Petty Enterprises 126.999mph
11. Kasey Kahne *#9 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 126.981mph
12. Rusty Wallace #2 Miller Lite Dodge Penske Racing 126.743mph
13. Carl Edwards #99 Roush Racing Ford Roush Racing 126.725mph
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 126.713mph
15. Tony Stewart #20 Home Depot Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 126.671mph
16. Matt Kenseth #17 DeWalt Ford Roush Racing 126.659mph
17. Kurt Busch #97 IRWIN FordRoush Racing 126.636mph
18. Bobby Labonte #18 Welbutrin XL Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 126.612mph
19. Michael Waltrip #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 126.559mph
20. Elliott Sadler #38 M&M's Ford Robert Yates Racing 126.511mph
21. Scott Wimmer * #22 Caterpillar Dodge Bill Davis Racing 126.470mph
22. Bobby Hamilton Jr #32 Tide ChevroletPPI Motorsports 126.404mph
23. Terry Labonte #5 Kellogg's ChevroletHendrick Motorsports 126.357mph
24. Sterling Marlin #40 Coors Light Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 126.339mph
25. Dale Jarrett #88 UPS Ford Robert Yates Racing 126.198mph
26. Brian Vickers * #25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 126.127mph
27. Kevin Harvick #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 126.033mph
28. Robby Gordon #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 125.892mph
29. Casey Mears #41 Target DodgeChip Ganassi Racing 125.815mph
30. Shane Hmiel #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge Bill Davis Racing 125.786mph
31. Kyle Petty #45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny DodgePetty Enterprises 125.769mph
32. Ken Schrader #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge BAM Racing 125.757mph
33. David Green #127 Timber Wolf Chevrolet Clarence Brewer 125.733mph
34. Mike Bliss #180 ConAgra/Hunt's Ketchup Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 125.733mph
35. Scott Riggs * #10 Valvoline Chevrolet MBV Motorsports 125.570mph
36. Jamie McMurray #42 Texaco Havoline Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 125.564mph
37. Brendan Gaughan * #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines DodgePenske/Jasper Racing 125.500mph
38. Ward Burton # 0 Netzero HiSpeed ChevroletHaas CNC Racing 125.342mph
39. Jimmy Spencer #4 Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Racing 124.458mph (provisional)
40. Todd Bodine #50 Arnold Development Companies Dodge Derrike Cope 124.361mph (provisional)
41. Mike Wallace #09 Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts Dodge Phoenix Racing 125.052mph (provisional)
42. Derrike Cope #198 Mach One Inc Ford William Edwards 124.298mph (provisional)
43. Kirk Shelmerdine #172 Freddie B's Ford Kirk Shelmerdine 121.698mph (provisional)
Did not qualify
44. Johnny Sauter* #133 Mag-Lite/GM Card Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 125.122mph
45. Tony Raines #251 Great Value Food Stores ChevroletJoe Auer 124.942mph
46. Kevin Lepage #137 Carter's Royal Dispos-all Dodge John Carter 124.781mph
47. Greg Sacks #113 ARC Dehooker/Vita Coco Dodge James Willsberg 123.660mph
48. Hermie Sadler #02 Jenkins & Jenkins At At Law ChevroletAngela Sadler 122.839mph
49. Brad Teague #192 Broadway Motors Ford Bob Jenkins 122.200mph
50. Ryan McGlynn #200 Buyers Choice Auto Warranties ChevroletRaynard McGlynn 121.386mph
51. Morgan Shepherd #89 Racing With Jesus/Red Line Oil Dodge Cindy Shepherd 120.600mph
52. Carl Long #280 Hover Motorsports FordHover Motorsports no time
* Rookie of the Year contender.