INDIANAPOLIS — Rocket Man got his fuel back. Finally.
Ryan Newman snatched the pole away from Jimmie Johnson with a blistering lap of 187.531 m.p.h. around Indianapolis Motor Speedway to set a track record for NASCAR races at the Brickyard.
Newman was the last of the 45 drivers to make a qualifying attempt Saturday as Johnson’s No. 48 was atop the scoring tower for well over an hour with a lap of 187.438. Driver after driver had failed to knock Johnson from the pole, and the four-time Brickyard winner watched and waited to see if Newman could get the job done.
Newman, an Indiana native, pulled it off as Johnson smiled his approval. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.