Ryan Newman

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Weighing in on Reutimann, Martinsville vs. Bristol and the Truck Series
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council weighs in on David Reutimann, Martinville vs. Bristol and watching thge Truck Series.</p>
2012

by Dustin Long

Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council had much to talk about in regards to Martinsville. From their thoughts on David Reutimann trying to make it to the end but causing a late-race caution to the racing in both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races, Fan Council members didn’t hold back in what they had to say.

Have Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus Lost Their Edge?

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Following an exciting short-track weekend in Martinsville, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
2012

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

by Dustin Long

Tony Stewart ended Jimmie Johnson’s championship reign last year but are NASCAR fans witnessing an end of an era? For a driver who, on average, once won about one out of every six starts, Johnson has two victories in his last 50 races.

How Do You Stop a NASCAR Monopoly?

A look at the financials of NASCAR's top teams

by Tom Bowles

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines the economics of NASCAR, where corporate funding makes the cars go 'round.</p>
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2005 NASCAR Driver's Forum

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and three other drivers sit down with Athlon Sports and share what's on their minds
<p> Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and three other drivers sit down with Athlon Sports and share what's on their minds</p>
2005

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following feature was originally published in the 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

Top NASCAR Drivers Rooted in Dirt

Looking for the next Gordon or Stewart? Chances are you'll find him at the nearest dirt track, or in USAC's Silver Crown series
<p> Looking for the next Gordon or Stewart? Chances are you'll find him at the nearest dirt track, or in USAC's Silver Crown series</p>
2005

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following feature was originally published in the 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

 

2004's 13 Tough Questions and Their Politically Incorrect Answers

Athlon asks the questions that are on everyone's mind, even if they may not like the answers
<p> Athlon asks the questions that are on everyone's mind, even if they may not like the answers</p>
2004

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following "13 Tough Questions" feature was originally published in the 2004 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

1. Can the ALLTEL car win the Nextel Cup?

2005's 13 Tough Questions and Their Politically Incorrect Answers

Athlon isn't afraid to ask the tough questions facing the sport, nor are we afraid to answer them
<p> Athlon isn't afraid to ask the tough questions facing the sport, nor are we afraid to answer them</p>
2005

Article originally published in 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual

1. Should Junior’s expletive have cost him 25 points and had a potentially significant effect on the Championship?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the most popular driver award and uttered the most popular four-letter word in the process. When Junior had his slip of the tongue at Talladega, NASCAR lowered the boom. That boom was 25 points.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Preview NASCAR's Sylvania 300

by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush

Race: Sylvania 300
Location: Loudon, N.H.
TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST)
2010 Winners: Jimmie Johnson (June); Clint Bowyer (Sept.)
July Winner: Ryan Newman

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<p> Athlon Sports previews the second race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, Sunday's Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.</p>

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Overcoming Adversity

Brad Keselowski fights through pain, wins Pocono

by Matt Taliaferro

A broken ankle, a one hour and 40 minute rain delay and a gamble that laid not only his race, but his season, on the line. Brad Keselowski faced all three in Sunday’s Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway and bested each challenge, holding off Kyle Busch in a 16-lap sprint to the finish en route to his second NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the season.

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<p> Brad Keselowski didn't allow the pain of a broken ankle to hinder his efforts at Pocono, where he scored his second win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.</p>

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Rocketing Past the Competition

Stewart-Haas Racing smokes the field in Loudon

by Matt Taliaferro

A typical fuel-mileage race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit finds a surprise winner in Victory Lane — a driver and team running mid-pack that have nothing to lose by rolling the proverbial dice and stretching a tank of gas to the max.

Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 was not your typical fuel mileage race.

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<p> Teammates Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart qualified and finished 1-2 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.</p>

“It’s no secret we’ve been struggling this year,” Stewart said. “But it really shows me the depth of the people we got in our organization.

“Our guys at our shop just keep plugging away, they keep working, they keep their chins up. That’s probably what I’m most proud of. It’s easy when things are going right. But when times are tough and you have a day like today, you see how your organization battles. That, to me, shows the character of what Stewart-Haas Racing is about, what our people are like.”

Newman’s win could pay big dividends for his playoff hopes. He had been teetering on the Chase bubble for weeks, but the New Hampshire victory falls just one week after a strong fourth-place showing at Kentucky. He now finds himself eighth in the championship standings and with insurance via the win that, were he to fall out of the top 10, could qualify his team based on the two wild card entries awarded to race-winners.

Stewart’s standing is a bit more precipitous. Normally a driver who comes alive in the hot summer months, Stewart is winless in 2011. Still, he is tied with Hamlin for 10th in the standings, although Hamlin’s win at Michigan serves as the tiebreaker. But with one of Stewart’s favorite tracks on tap — the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — it could be the start of an SHR surge.

Kyle Busch entered New Hampshire with the points lead but blew a tire on lap 61 a limped to a 36th-place finish. That handed the points lead back to Carl Edwards, whose 13th-place run finds him seven points ahead of Johnson in the race to the Chase.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s slide continued on Sunday. A top-10 car for much of the afternoon, Earnhardt’s No. 88 was the victim of a pit road violation. Having to make up lost ground, he drove to a 15th-place finish but fell to ninth in the standings, with only a seven-point cushion over Stewart, after being a fixture in the top 5 for the first half of the season.
 

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