Newman, a native of South Bend, Ind., won the pole in dramatic fashion. He was the last of 45 drivers to make their qualifying attempt and he knocked off defending Brickyard 400 winner
Newman turned a lap of 187.531 mph around the 2.5-mile speedway in his No. 39 Chevrolet, edging Johnson's 187.438 mph and smashing the previous record of 186.293 mph set by
It was Newman's 50th pole in the Cup series, and his propensity to qualify first has earned him the nickname "Rocket Man."
Speeds were helped by unseasonably mild weather, with temperatures in the high-70s. It's usually much hotter for Brickyard 400 qualifying, which creates a more slippery track that puts a lid on speeds.
Johnson, a five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, also is a four-time winner of the Brickyard 400, including last year.
Stewart is co-owner of Newman's team,
The team recently announced it would not be able to keep Newman next year because veteran
Among other notable drivers,