Newman hits debris in first practice

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Saturday, Nov 15 1637

In Saturday’s first practice session, Ryan Newman's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet ran over debris on the track and dislodged the bead blower (the fan that cools the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel). Repairing the problem and changing the splitter, which had sustained slight damage, cost Newman approximately 10 minutes of practice time.

“We caught something on the splitter and it came underneath the car and took out one of the fans which made a pretty good racket,” Newman said. “That’s why I slowed down and came in. I didn’t know what it was.

“If it were the race, I would have kept going, but it never popped the tire or anything, it just made a racket. I could hear something metal bouncing off of the frame rails and the bars and the chassis so I knew that we hit something or something happened. Brought it in and the guys assessed it and figured out what it was.”

Newman nevertheless was 12th fastest in Saturday’s first session, an improvement in race trim over his 21st-place starting position. Newman also was 12th fastest in final practice…

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