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“No hard feelings. They made a move, and that move makes me move, and there’s no hard feelings,” Newman said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. Obviously this is a good step in publicity for me on the positive side, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Carl Edwards qualified third at 187.157, and was already seated for the post-qualifying news conference when he watched on television as Newman knocked Johnson and Edwards down a notch.

“I felt really good _ second is the worst,” Edwards said about qualifying third. “It’s the worst to qualify second, and nobody wants anybody to go through what Jimmie just had to go through. We all don’t feel too bad for Jimmie, but that was pretty dramatic. I didn’t really expect that.”

Johnson, who on Sunday will try to win his fifth Brickyard and tie Formula One’s Michael Schumacher as the winningest driver at Indy, said his lap wasn’t perfect.

“I did miss Turn 2 a little bit on my turning point, and felt like I made that mistake,” Johnson said. “But Ryan hit all four corners great and got it done. Happy for him. It’s got to be a big day for him, being a hometown boy and all. Very happy for Ryan and very happy for our team.”

Denny Hamlin qualified fourth and was followed by Stewart, a two-time Indy winner, as Stewart-Haas Racing has two cars starting in the top five.

Kurt Busch was sixth and followed by Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, four-time Indy winner Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose.