Ryan Newman, a 22-year-old who is making just his third start on the ARCA Series, will have the pole position for Saturday's Blue Grass Quality Meats 200 at Kentucky Speedway. The native of South Bend, Ind., turned a lap in 31.560 seconds at 171.103 miles per hour in his No. 27 Alltel Ford on Thursday afternoon.

"To qualify as well as we did today means a lot," Newman said. "It gives me no excuse. I'm the fastest car, I should win the race."

Newman, who is two classes shy of an engineering degree from Purdue University, is a rising star on the racing circuit. He has spent the summer trying to defend his United States Auto Club Coors Light Silver Bullet Championship. In two previous ARCA races this summer, Newman has finished in the Top 10. On July 22 at Pocono Newman picked up his first ARCA win in the Pepsi 200 in his first race with Roger Penske and the Alltel Team.

Mark Gibson qualified on the outside of Row One with a time of 32.125 at a speed of 168.093 mph. Tim Steele, the winner of the July 2 race, qualified in seventh spot for Saturday. David Keith won the pole for the July 2 Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway with a lap of 175.262 miles per hour. Keith is not running in this weekend's race.

A second qualifying session for spots 26-34 on the starting grid will be held on Friday at 1:15 p.m. Saturday's race will get underway at 2:30 p.m.

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