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Gordon takes Phoenix pole, Newman slides

Updated: April 22, 2005, 9:57 PM ET
Associated Press

Gordon AVONDALE, Ariz. -- The big news Friday at Phoenix International Raceway was that Ryan Newman did not win the pole position for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race.

That honor went instead to Jeff Gordon, who posted a speed of 133.675 mph in beating out reigning series champion Kurt Busch's 133.254. Those two will start on the front row Saturday in the inaugural Subway Fresh 500 -- the first of two races this season at PIR.

The situation appeared perfect for Newman, NASCAR's ...

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