Ryan Newman blew the engine in his #39 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet in Wednesday morning's Sprint Cup practice session and will pay the price for changing the power plant in Thursday's second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race.
Scheduled to start second, thanks to a third-place run in Sunday's time trials for the Daytona 500, the defending Daytona 500 winner will take the green flag for his Duel from the rear of the field, per NASCAR's rules governing engine changes.
“Something broke in the engine,” he said. “I'm not really sure what. Obviously, the horsepower has been great in qualifying, and it felt strong out there (during practice). 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.”
Heralded rookie Joey Logano posted the sixth-fastest practice time in the morning session but scraped the wall with his #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and damaged the right side of his car - but not seriously enough to go to a backup.
“It took a pretty good lick,” crew chief Greg Zipadelli said. “But we'll get it fixed up for (Thursday).” by Reid Spencer/Sporting News