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Ryan Newman: With Strong 2015 Start, Is NASCAR’s Rocket Man Ready for Blastoff?

With back-to-back top-three finishes last week at Las Vegas and Sunday at Phoenix, NASCAR’s Rocket Man has initiated countdown to liftoff.As in wins and perhaps even his first Sprint Cup championship may be in his flight plan.With so much attention being given to Kevin Harvick thus far this season, Newman has been racing somewhat under the radar.After finishing 38th in the season-opening Daytona 500, Newman finished 10th at Atlanta the following week, then third at both Las Vegas and Phoenix.Those are certainly noteworthy achievements.But an even greater accomplishment is this: Newman left Daytona ranked 34th in the Sprint Cup standings.Three races later, he’s up to eighth place after Phoenix, a jump of 26 spots.Sure, it’s...

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