Penske Racing South NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Ryan Newman turned a test lap of 186.851 mph (28.9 seconds) in his No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge to set an unofficial Kentucky Speedway stock car speed record today.

Newman joined Brian Vickers, Chad Blount, Kerry Earnhardt and Mike Harmon in the test session.

NASCAR Busch Series driver Stacy Compton turned Kentucky Speedway's fastest official stock car lap of 176.384 mph (30.615 seconds) on June 13, 2003 while winning the Bud Pole for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo."

The fastest official lap on record at the speedway was a 221.390 mph pole-winning effort by Indy Racing League IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher on Aug. 11, 2002 during qualifying for "The Belterra Casino Indy 300."

Newman led the NEXTEL Cup Series with eight wins and 11 Bud Pole Awards in 2003 and has earned Bud Poles at Rockingham, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Bristol, Tenn., this season.

He enters this week's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup tilt at Martinsville, Va., 10th in the series points standings and has raced to a total two top-five and four top-10 finishes through seven series starts this season.

~ Kentucky Speedway ~