Exclusive: Ryan Newman hits wall in Bristol practice session

Exclusive: Ryan Newman hits wall in Bristol practice session

July 19, 2005

By MARK NAGI
6 Sports Anchor/Reporter

BRISTOL (WATE) -- What was supposed to be a routine practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway instead nearly turned into a catastrophe for NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.

Newman arrived at Bristol Tuesday hoping to get in some practice with his Busch car, but his day came to an abrupt end.

Only a few laps into the session, Newman hit the wall outside of turn four.

Emergency personnel and Newman's team were on hand almost immediately to assess the damage. The right front fender and the right front tire were worse for wear.

Newman got out of the car under his own power, but was obviously concerned with what went wrong.

6 Sports tried to talk to Newman after the crash but he refused our questions. He did say that he was all right.

6 Sports was invited to attend Newman's practice session on Monday. We accepted.

On Tuesday, after covering the practice we were notified the practice session was closed. Despite this, our crew was granted access to the track. Our crew signed in as media members and they weren't prevented from shooting video.

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