Kenseth Newman Lead Practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - One day after his crew chief Robbie Reiser was handed a four race suspension, Matt Kenseth went out and paced Wednesday morning's practice session (third overall) for the Daytona 500 in his No. 17 Dewalt Ford with a lap of 188.281 mph.

Chip Bolin, long-time engineer on the No. 17 team, has taken over as the interim crew chief for the remainder of Speedweeks at Daytona and throughout Reiser's suspension.

"We remain very confident about the preparation of this team for 2007 and remain confident of our chances for success in the Daytona 500 and in the upcoming races," said owner Jack Roush.

For Reiser, the Daytona 500 will be the first Cup race he has missed atop the No. 17 pit box since the team’s inception in 1999, 255 races ago.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the penalty and the fact I won’t be there at the Daytona 500 and for the following races," Reiser said. "It was my job to ensure that the cap on the wheel well was properly secured. But it came off during our qualifying run and we ended up outside of the rules because of it. I understand NASCAR has a set of rules and we have to abide by them and it’s ultimately my responsibility to make sure we do that."

Ryan Newman topped the charts in the afternoon for the fourth practice session with a lap of 187.668 mph.

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