Ryan Newman Starts 10th at Richmond on Saturday

May 2, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. (May 2, 2008) - Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, will start 10th in the Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Newman posted a fast lap of 125.348 mph (21.540 seconds). Pole sitter Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota turned a lap of 126.198 mph (21.395 seconds).

“We made some improvements on the car during practice today, and I was pretty happy with it," Newman said. “I think we will end up with a good starting position, and I’m pretty sure the Alltel Dodge will have a better finishing position.

“I look forward to tomorrow night. It’s a track that we’ve done well at in the past. It’s short-track racing, so we enjoy coming here and enjoy racing.”

Newman has one win (Daytona), one pole and four top-10 finishes in the first nine races of the 2008 season. He is currently 11th in the NASCAR Cup points standings. At Richmond International Raceway, he has one win (2003), four top-fives and seven top-10 finishes at the .75-mile short track in 12 Cup starts.

The Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 will air live on FOX on Saturday, May 3, 2008, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The race will also be broadcast live on MRN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

DRIVER: Ryan Newman

POLE: Denny Hamlin

Kurt Busch
35. Sam Hornish Jr.