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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying: Ryan Newman Eighth In Starting Grid

South Bend native Ryan Newman will be eighth off the starting grid in Sunday's qualifying for next week's Daytona 500. The order for today's qualifying (12 p.m. CST, Fox) was determined by a random drawing, but Newman, who is in the top 35 in owner points, is already guaranteed a spot in the big race next Sunday.

But pole position is still up for grabs, and Newman will certainly be looking to improve on last year's starting position at No. 21. Only pole position and outside pole position will be determined based on today's speeds, with the rest of the order being determined by Thursday's Gatorade Duels. For a full explanation check out our earlier post on qualifying, and here's the full order of qualified drivers for Sunday's event:

  • Paul Menard
  • Jamie McMurray
  • Kurt Busch
  • Casey Mears
  • Carl Edwards
  • Joey Logano
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Ryan Newman
  • Greg Biffle
  • Marcos Ambrose
  • Tony Stewart
  • Danica Patrick
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Aric Almirola
  • Bobby Labonte
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Jeff Burton
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Juan Pablo Montoya
  • AJ Allmendinger
  • Elliott Sadler
  • Kyle Busch
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Landon Cassill
  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Regan Smith
  • Mark Martin
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Clint Bowyer
  • David Reutimann
  • David Ragan
  • David Gilliland
(via SB Nation)

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