Newman To Start Fourth At Texas

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Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alltel/Samsung Dodge Charger, scored a fourth-place starting spot for the Samsung 500 on Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.

Newman, who finished fifth at Texas Motor Speedway in last year’s fall race, posted a fast lap of 189.043 mph (28.565 seconds). Pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet turned a lap of 190.907 mph (28.286 seconds).

“It we keep doing what we are doing to the Alltel/Samsung Dodge, we’re going to have a good piece for Sunday,” Newman said.

At Texas Motor Speedway, Newman has scored one win (2003), two top-five and two top-10 finishes. Newman has one win (Daytona) and two top-10 finishes in the first six races of the 2008 season. He is currently 11th in the NASCAR Cup points standings.

The Samsung 500 will air live on FOX on Sunday, April 6, 2008, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. The race will also be broadcast live on PRN.

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