Mike David Wins Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150

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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Newman on pole for Saturday Sprint Cup event
A week and a half ago, the No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Toyota of 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series West champion Mike David was nothing more than a pile of parts, a collection of castoff components from a fellow Camry-driven NASCAR team. This evening, it's the winner of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. David, of Modesto, Calif., edged Nick Lynch by 0.206 second to take his seventh career victory in Camping World Series competition. The win was the first for the newest car in David’s garage. "10 days ago, we got started on it as a frame and a body," David said. “We got it from Michael Waltrip Racing.” Polesitter Ryan Foster was strong early, but bowed out of the race just 19 laps in to finish 32nd. Marc Davis looked primed to repeat or even improve upon his strong 2007 performance - a second-place finish to teammate Joey Logano – but was shuffled back to finish 17th. Eric Holmes, the winner of the season’s first race, finished 16 laps down, in 23rd. A late yellow flag caused a final shootout to the finish, where David pulled away from Lynch to secure his first win of the season.
Ryan Newman turned in a lap of 26.975 seconds (133.457 mph) to win the 43rd pole of his career in Coors Light Pole Qualifying for PIR’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Friday, tying him for 10th in all-time Sprint Cup Series poles with Buck Baker. Newman’s lap in the No. 12 Dodge gave him the edge over Elliott Sadler by 0.009 seconds. “I’m happy to be competitive in qualifying,” said Newman. “We have been top five at times, so we’re happy to be on top of the charts. Everybody is doing a great job.” Carl Edwards will start third, followed by Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Busch. Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will roll off in the seventh position, and he will be trailed by Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., and Scott Riggs. Defending race winner Jeff Gordon will start 11th. The entire lineup for Saturday’s race under the lights can be found here. Tickets to see all 43 stars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Saturday’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ are still available by visiting www.racetickets.com, or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Click here for more information on everything that’s happening at PIR during NASCAR Week.

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