Ryan Newman set the pace at Martinsville Speedway in qualifying for Sundays TUMS Fast Relief 500, the sixth race in the 10 season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Newman grabbed top spot with a lap of 96.795 mph, marking his second pole of the season and the 45th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career.

Jeff Gordon put his #24 car in second with a lap of 96.519mph ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

Despite being 135 points behind Chase leader Jimmie Johnson, Gordon refuses to give up just yet as he chases his fifth championship.

“Right now our focus is to go out and at least put some pressure on them to know that we are not just going to run around and finish second and that we can compete with them,” Gordon said of Johnson, “As much for trying to win the championship this year as well as getting ourselves prepared for next season. We are thinking about now as well as the future.”

Johnson will start Sundays race down in fifthteenth place after managing a lap of 95.641mph.

“It still isn't over” said Johnson, “Mark's going to fight until the very last lap at Homestead, and Gordon, too. And Stewart's right there in fourth.”

Joey Logano was fastest of the rookies, posting the seventh fastest time.

Pos  Driver              Make        Speed     Time
 1.  Ryan Newman         Chevrolet   96.795    19.563
 2.  Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet   96.519    19.619 + 0.056
 3.  Martin Truex Jr     Chevrolet   96.509    19.621 + 0.058
 4.  Mark Martin         Chevrolet   96.504    19.622 + 0.059
 5.  David Reutimann     Toyota      96.117    19.701 + 0.138
 6.  Casey Mears         Chevrolet   96.054    19.714 + 0.151
 7.  Joey Logano         Toyota      96.034    19.718 + 0.155
 8.  Bobby Labonte       Ford        96.010    19.723 + 0.160
 9.  Reed Sorenson       Dodge       95.995    19.726 + 0.163
10.  Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet   95.908    19.744 + 0.181
11.  David Stremme       Dodge       95.903    19.745 + 0.182
12.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Chevrolet   95.830    19.760 + 0.197
13.  Tony Stewart        Chevrolet   95.825    19.761 + 0.198
14.  David Ragan         Ford        95.815    19.763 + 0.200
15.  Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet   95.777    19.771 + 0.208
16.  A.J. Allmendinger   Dodge       95.772    19.772 + 0.209
17.  Denny Hamlin        Toyota      95.762    19.774 + 0.211
18.  Scott Speed         Toyota      95.607    19.806 + 0.243
19.  Clint Bowyer        Chevrolet   95.578    19.812 + 0.249
20.  Greg Biffle         Ford        95.574    19.813 + 0.250
21.  Juan Montoya        Chevrolet   95.545    19.819 + 0.256
22.  Jeff Burton         Chevrolet   95.501    19.828 + 0.265
23.  Jamie McMurray      Ford        95.477    19.833 + 0.270
24.  Brian Vickers       Toyota      95.429    19.843 + 0.280
25.  Travis Kvapil       Dodge       95.381    19.853 + 0.290
26.  Kasey Kahne         Dodge       95.371    19.855 + 0.292
27.  John Andretti       Chevrolet   95.333    19.863 + 0.300
28.  Joe Nemechek        Toyota      95.304    19.869 + 0.306
29.  Carl Edwards        Ford        95.275    19.875 + 0.312
30.  Paul Menard         Ford        95.271    19.876 + 0.313
31.  Sam Hornish Jr      Dodge       95.242    19.882 + 0.319
32.  Matt Kenseth        Ford        95.232    19.884 + 0.321
33.  Robby Gordon        Toyota      95.223    19.886 + 0.323
34.  Marcos Ambrose      Toyota      95.194    19.892 + 0.329
35.  David Gilliland     Chevrolet   95.070    19.918 + 0.355
36.  Michael Waltrip     Toyota      94.984    19.936 + 0.373
37.  Kurt Busch          Dodge       94.889    19.956 + 0.393
38.  Sterling Marlin     Dodge       94.789    19.977 + 0.414
39.  Dave Blaney         Toyota      94.689    19.998 + 0.435
40.  Elliott Sadler      Dodge       94.661    20.004 + 0.441
41.  Kyle Busch          Toyota      94.652    20.006 + 0.443
42.  Michael McDowell    Toyota      94.637    20.009 + 0.446
43.  Derrike Cope        Toyota      93.539    20.244 + 0.681