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Engine Issues For Ryan Newman In Daytona 500 Second Practice

Engine Issues For Ryan Newman In Daytona 500 Second Practice

by February 14, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Newman’s engine experienced issues during second practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Newman only ran four laps during the second session before the engine failed. His fastest lap was 45.427 seconds at 198.120 mph. At the time of the failure, he was in the middle of a draft with various teams who were also running ECR engines. Newman will change the engine before tomorrow’s Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Tonight, he starts 12th in the Sprint Unlimited.

“Something just happened in the bottom end of the motor going into Turn 3,” Newman said. “Everything was going as planned until then. The Caterpillar Chevrolet tried to diesel on me and it doesn’t like to diesel. We will change the motor, figure out what happened to this one and get ready for tonight with a different race car and qualifying tomorrow.”

Just prior to Newman’s issues, Martin Truex Jr. who also runs an ECR engine dropped from the pack due to smoke coming from his car. The team says it was because there was a crack in the oil pan and not because the engine had an issue. They will not change an engine prior to tomorrow’s qualifying. Truex Jr. missed first practice and only had three laps on his engine during second practice at the time of the issue. Truex Jr. starts 10th in tonight’s Sprint Unlimited.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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