WHY YOUR DRIVER WILL LOSE THE CHASE: RYAN NEWMAN

The first race of the 2009 Chase is hours away. Viva excitement. While 11 drivers ponder the potential of being called champion, Ryan Newman should  think about his next fishing trip. Nobody is going to win the 2009 Sprint Cup. Certainly not Ryan Newman. Here’s why: Dude’s boss is Tony StewartNot only does Tony Stewart get to hang out with Erik Estrada and Carrot Top, he also hangs atop the point standings. A first year driver/owner taking home the title would be one of racin ...

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NEWMAN, BURTON AND WALLACE LOSE GM SPONSORSHIPS

The fallout from the government takeover of General Motors and the company's declaration of bankruptcy continues. On Monday the judge overseeing GM's bankruptcy case gave the automaker permission to end 56 promotional contracts, including those of Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton and owner Rusty Wallace, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the case of Burton, the driver will no longer make personal appearances and perform other duties on behalf of GM, but will continue to drive a Chevrolet, according to ...

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HELLO, NEWMAN!

Kyle Busch got the win Saturday, but perhaps no driver helped himself more than Ryan Newman, who cracked the top 12 in points (10th) with his fourth-place finish at Richmond. Forty-three of the 56 drivers who left Richmond in the Chase field have gone on to make the Chase of the Cup. Newman bumped David "The Franchise" Reutimann from the top 12. After an awful start this season (36th-28th-25th-22nd), Newman has four top tens in the last six races, with a season-best third in Phoenix ...

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