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Newman a big surprise in the Chase
Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman's best points finish in his Sprint Cup career is sixth.
Philadelphia, PA ( - Ryan Newman is making a Cinderella run in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, hoping to become one of the four drivers contending for the title in the Nov. 16 season finale at Homestead.

When NASCAR revised the playoff format for its premier series prior to the start of this season, it put more emphasis on winning races than scoring points. Any driver who won a points-paying race during the regular season was virtually guaranteed of making the Chase.

With the playoffs now including elimination rounds, any championship-eligible driver who wins a race will automatically advance into the next round.  Full Story

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