Daytona 500: Ryan Newman race report

Newman Gets Wrecked in Closing Laps of Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2010) -- While running in the top-20 with five lapsremainingin regulation,Ryan Newman's Daytona 500came to an end after getting collected in a three-car accident on...

Newman Gets Wrecked in Closing Laps of Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2010) -- While running in the top-20 with five lapsremainingin regulation,Ryan Newman's Daytona 500came to an end after getting collected in a three-car accident on the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway.He was credited with as4th-place finish in theNASCAR Sprint Cup season opener.

Sunday'sscheduled 200-lap race, which went eight laps intoovertime, took more than six hours to complete. The main culprit waslengthy repair time for a pothole on the track, which forcedNASCAR to red flag the race twice for a total of more than two hours.

Newman's misfortune was triggered when Elliott Sadler lost control of hiscar on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile oval. As Sadler's car was going into a violent spin, Newman's Chevy got clipped and slammed into the wall before coming to a halt on the infield grass.

Newman wasnot injured in the incident, but his No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet was totaled as it was hauled back to the garageon a wrecker.

"I don't know if Elliott (Sadler) blew a tire or lost control, but I got hit in the right rear," explained Newman, the 2008 Daytona 500 champion.bLuckily I stayed right-side-up this time. It's unfortunate for the U.S. Army Chevrolet. We were just bidingour time in the back and working our way up when it single filed out. I am not sure what happened, but I was the recipient."

Newman, who started the race 17th, encountered handling issues from theoutset and never could seem to find the right balance with his U.S. Army Chevy.

"We made changes throughout the race and the car did get better," added Newman. "We were looking for a late race charge and a top-10 or better finish. We never got it, but we will Soldier on and keep on battling. Our Soldiers expect nothing less, and we will give nothing less."

Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, finished 22nd.

The race winner was Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and David Reutimann.

The next race on the SprintCup circuit will be Sunday (Feb. 21) at AutoClub Raceway in Fontana, Calif.

-source: shr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , David Reutimann , Clint Bowyer , Elliott Sadler