Las Vegas: Ryan Newman press conference

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Qualified 2nd) "This gives us a great opportunity for the start of the race to be up front and get in clean air. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is relatively flat, so the aero push is pretty big. This gives Todd and...

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

"This gives us a great opportunity for the start of the race to be up front and get in clean air. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is relatively flat, so the aero push is pretty big. This gives Todd and I an opportunity to kind of break out and it will also give us a great opportunity to get a good spot on pit road. It's just a great qualifying run for the ALLTEL Ford. I congratulate Todd. I told him that he owed me that because we beat him at Darlington in the spring race by like two-thousandths of a second, so I guess what comes around goes around."

DID RACING HERE LAST YEAR HELP IN QUALIFYING?

"We really struggled here last year. We qualified, I think, 35th and finished 34th in the race. We learned all throughout last year as a team and me as a driver. I kind of really like these intermediate tracks, the 1.5-mile race tracks that have a pretty decent bank on them. They're a lot of fun to drive and they're smooth. With all of those things in mind, I think that's helped us a lot to prepare for this year."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman