KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2007) – What started as a good qualifying run that left Ryan Newman second beside pole sitter Jimmie Johnson, turned into a bad start for Newman and the No.12.Alltel Dodge Charger at Kansas Speedway.
Newman was just three one-hundredths of a second slower than Johnson, but following post-qualifying inspection, NASCAR officials deemed the Alltel Dodge Charger’s roof was too low and the right-rear quarter panel was too high. NASCAR disallowed Newman’s qualifying run, which relegated Newman to the 42nd starting position for Sunday’s 267-lap race in Kansas.
“I’m not sure what happened,” Newman said. “The car got through inspection before qualifying, but something wasn’t right when we went back through inspection after our run.
Coverage of Sunday’s Lifelock 400 from Kansas will be broadcast by ABC and run. We’ll just have to make up for this setback on Sunday.”
The team will also lose its position in pit stall selection. Instead of picking second, the team will select 42nd.MRN Radio beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
Teammate Kurt Busch will line up 12th in the No 2 Miller Lite Dodge., the only Dodge in the Chase.