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More woe for Newman at Daytona

After an engine failure in practice, defending Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman ran into more problems in the Gatorade Duel, with a wreck in the second race forcing him to a back-up car for Sunday's big race.

Newman had been forced to start the second Duel race from the back of the field following an engine change on the #39 US Army Chevrolet but was making his way through the field before tangling with Boris Said on lap 13, which forced him to pit for two new tyres.

Able to stay on the lead lap due to a caution period, Newman had climbed up to third place when he ran into problems passing backmarker Norm Benning with little more than ten laps remaining. Having gone low to pass the #157 Toyota on the back straight, Newman was tagged from behind by David Reutimann and spun into the wall on the outside of the circuit, with the car taking heavy front-end damage.

As a result, the Stewart-Haas crew will now roll out a back-up car for Sunday's race, with Newman starting his defence from 36th on the grid.

"We had a fast car and now it's junk," Newman reflected. "It's unfortunate, but racing goes on. We'll have another fast car for the 500.

"I guess I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We had a fast car and just got hit and knocked up into the wall. I know he (Reutimann) didn't do it on purpose, but this is the 150s and why do it. I didn't hit anybody with my front bumper the entire race. He just drilled me."


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