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Ryan Newman Kisses the Bricks at Indy
Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service: Ryan Newman, now a job seeker,
couldn't have added a more important or timely accomplishment to his resume. Taking advantage of an uncharacteristic glitch on pit road on the part of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team, Newman grabbed the lead during a long cycle of late green-flag pit stops and held on to win Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The victory was Newman's first at the Brickyard, at the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in his native state. Nearly three weeks ago, Newman learned there wouldn't be a ride for him next year at Stewart-Haas Racing, with Kevin Harvick scheduled to supplant him
on the team and end Newman's five-year stint with SHR. To a prospective new employer, Newman now can sell himself as the winner of two of the crown jewels of NASCAR racing. In 2008 he captured the 50th Daytona 500. On Sunday, he added the 20th renewal at the Brickyard to his portfolio. In the job search, there's no doubt the victory will be a benefit.

Up Next: Pocono

Race: Pennsylvania 400 - Race 21 of 36
Race Length: 400 miles - 160 laps
Track: Pocono Raceway - 2.5 mile
2012 Winner: Jeff Gordon
Radio: MRN Radio - Sun., Aug 4 - 11:00 am CDT
TV: ESPN - Sunday, August 4 - 11:00 am CDT
Notes: Two of the last three Pocono races have bee won from the Pole

NASCAR Wants to Return to Eldora Speedway


David Newton - ESPN.com: NASCAR officials deemed last Wednesday night's inaugural Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway enough of a success to warrant strong consideration to keep the dirt track owned by Tony Stewart a part of the schedule in 2014. "Felt it overdelivered
on everything they'd done,'' NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell
said Thursday. "Terrific turnout, really happy with how the competitors performed all night, so all in all, a great night for NASCAR and the sport. "We'll take a look at it and have conversations with Tony ... and still want to go through the garage area and meet with team owners and competitors and get their feedback as well. The race was the 10th-most watched Truck race ever on Speed, now Fox Sports, and the most-watched sports program for the day on cable. O'Donnell, who played a key role in NASCAR's return to dirt in a national series for the first time in more than 40 years, said it would be premature to think other dirt tracks will be considered for the schedule moving forward.

Who's Hot: Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart has one win and three pole starting spots in the last nine
Pocono races. He’s also finished in the Top-5 in seven of the last ten races at the
track.

Who's Not: Jaime McMurry

In 21 races at Pocono, Jamie McMurry has never finished inside the Top-5.

Point Standings:

1 JIMMIE JOHNSON
2 Clint Bowyer -75
3 Carl Edwards -85
4 Kevin Harvick -92
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -124
6 Matt Kenseth -125
7 Kyle Busch -130
8 Greg Biffle -175
9 Kasey Kahne -176
10 Jeff Gordon -181
WC Tony Stewart 1 Win
WC Martin Truex Jr. 1 Win

 

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