Ryan Newman's chances of taking this year's Nextel Cup may now be slim but the driver of the #12 ALLTEL Dodge is not giving up, setting pole position for this Sunday's Subway 500 with a record 97.043mph lap around the retarmaced and faster Martinsville Speedway.

Rusty Wallace will start the #2 Miller Lite Dodge second, while best of the three title favourites is Dale Earnhardt Jr, lining up the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet third. Points leader Kurt Busch starts seventh in the #97 Sharpie/Irwin Ford, while his closest rival, five times Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon, could only manage 15th in the #24 Dupont Chevrolet.

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Qualifying times, Subway 500, Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series round 32 of 36.

1. Ryan Newman #12 ALLTEL Dodge Penske Racing 97.043mph
2. Rusty Wallace #2 Miller Lite Dodge Penske Racing 96.234mph
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 96.205mph
4. Ward Burton # 0 Netzero HiSpeed ChevroletHaas CNC Racing 96.107mph
5. Travis Kvapil #06 Mobil 1/Jasper Engines Dodge Penske Racing 96.102mph
6. Scott Riggs * #10 Valvoline Chevrolet MBV Motorsports 96.063mph
7. Kurt Busch #97 Sharpie/IRWIN FordRoush Racing 96.039mph
8. Jamie McMurray #42 Texaco Havoline Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 96.039mph
9. Ricky Rudd #21 Motorcraft/US Air Force FordWood Brothers Racing 95.772mph
10. Jeff Green #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Petty Enterprises 95.743mph
11. Jeremy Mayfield #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 95.738mph
12. Jeff Burton # 30 America Online Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 95.670mph
13. Tony Stewart #20 Home Depot Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing95.665mph
14. Brendan Gaughan * #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines DodgePenske/Jasper Racing 95.656mph
15. Jeff Gordon #24 Dupont Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 95.651mph
16. Sterling Marlin #40 Coors Light Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 95.622mph
17. Bobby Labonte #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 95.549mph
18. Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 95.304mph
19. Kevin Harvick #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 95.218mph
20. Ken Schrader #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge BAM Racing 95.127mph
21. Greg Biffle #16 National Guard/Subway FordRoush Racing 95.098mph
22. Carl Edwards #99 Roush Racing Ford Roush Racing 94.912mph
23. Mark Martin # 6 Viagra Ford Roush Racing 94.799mph
24. Scott Wimmer * #22 Caterpillar Dodge Bill Davis Racing 94.784mph
25. Matt Kenseth #17 DeWalt Ford Roush Racing 94.770mph
26. Kyle Petty #45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny DodgePetty Enterprises 94.756mph
27. Terry Labonte #5 Kellogg's ChevroletHendrick Motorsports 94.746mph
28. Casey Mears #41 Target/Breast Cancer Research Foundation DodgeChip Ganassi Racing 94.732mph
29. Joe Nemechek #01 US Army Chevrolet MB2 Motorsports 94.689mph
30. Michael Waltrip #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 94.618mph
31. Hermie Sadler #02 SCORE Motorsports ChevroletAngela Sadler 94.604mph
32. Dale Jarrett #88 UPS Ford Robert Yates Racing 94.534mph
33. Elliott Sadler #38 M&M's Ford Robert Yates Racing 94.444mph
34. Brian Vickers * #25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 94.289mph
35. Bobby Hamilton Jr #32 Tide ChevroletPPI Motorsports 94.040mph
36. Robby Gordon #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 93.975mph
37. Chad Chaffin #198 Mach One Inc Ford William Edwards 93.956mph
38. Kasey Kahne *#9 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 93.761mph
39. Jimmy Spencer #4 Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Racing 92.124mph (provisional)
40. Todd Bodine #50 Arnold Development Companies Dodge Arnold Racing 92.769mph (provisional)
41. Kirk Shelmerdine #172 Vote for Bush Ford Kirk Shelmerdine 87.968mph (provisional)
42. Morgan Shepherd #89 Racing With Jesus/Red Line Oil Dodge Cindy Shepherd 92.159mph (provisional)
43. Kevin Lepage #137 Carter's Royal Dispos-all Dodge John Carter 92.556mph (provisional)
Did not qualify
44. Klaus Graf #159 BAM Racing Dodge BAM Racing 93.687mph
45. Mike Garvey #275 Jani-King Dodge Randall Haefelle93.474mph
46. Mario Gosselin #280 Hover Motorsports FordHover Motorsports 92.710mph
47. Ryan McGlynn #200 Buyers Choice Auto Warranties ChevroletRaynard McGlynn 91.624mph
48. Greg Sacks #113 ARC Dehooker/Vita Coco DodgeJames Wilsberg 91.416mph
49. Brad Teague #194 WW Motorsports Ford David Watson 90.503mph
50. Carl Long #146 RacingMetal.com Dodge Glenn Motorsport no time
* Rookie of the Year contender.