PHOENIX, April 10 (UPI) -- Ryan Newman captured the pole Thursday for Saturday night's running of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway.
Newman circled the one-mile track in 26.975 seconds. It was his first pole of the season and the 43rd of his Sprint Cup career.
The fastest qualifying time came four days after Newman won the Sprint Cup race in Texas and then failed the post-race inspection -- for which he was penalized 25 points.
"I can't remember the last time we struggled this bad," Gordon said.