Daytona 500: Ryan Newman Wednesday report

Engine Malfunction Forces Newman to Rear of Field for Thursday's Qualifying Race DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2009) -- Ryan Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet suffered an engine malfunction in today's (Wednesday) first practice session at ...

Engine Malfunction Forces Newman to Rear of Field for Thursday's Qualifying Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2009) -- Ryan Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet suffered an engine malfunction in today's (Wednesday) first practice session at Daytona International Speedway.

The team was forced to change engines for the afternoon practice session, and under NASCAR rules, an engine change will require Newman to start Thursday's Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying race from the rear of the field. He was scheduled to start the second 150-miler from the outside pole. The engine change will not affect the Daytona 500 starting order.

"Something broke in the engine," said Newman, the defending Daytona 500 champion. "I'm not really sure what. Obviously the horsepower has been great in qualifying and it felt strong out there. I was just coming up through the gears and getting up to speed and something let go. It's unfortunate. But these guys have another bullet they can bolt in and we'll be good to go."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman