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Ragan slowly finding right speed

...rookie has struggled. His past three finishes have been 37th, 33rd and 26th. The team has a basic strategy for the first-year driver - finish the race. Part of that lesson includes a 27th-place starting spot in today's race. As tempting as...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/04/01/nas_122719.shtml
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Newman better off in 2004 even without winning

...seems to favor quick drivers such as Newman. In 2002, he won this event as a rookie, only the second time a first-year driver accomplished the feat. Another victory would make him the fifth driver to win the race twice, and it also might...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/22/nas_416422.shtml
Nascar
Young drivers take top starting spots

...his rookie campaign, is on the pole with a fast lap of 186.940 mph. While he's clearly been the best of the first-year drivers, his three runner-up finishes - and three pole positions - have been matched with finishes of 30th or worse three...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/02/nas_414259.shtml
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Darlington prepares for its final Labor Day of racing

...addition of a title sponsor. That was followed by the elimination of the mandatory rookie meeting and the exclusion of first-year drivers from winning the pole position. After today's Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Sunday, 1 p.m., NBC), the last...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/08/31/nas_387059.shtml
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Mears' picture finding focus

...Harvick and Ryan Newman - Mears was asked how important it was to be considered the best among this year's crop of first-year drivers that includes Greg Biffle, Jack Sprague, Tony Raines and Ganassi teammate Jamie McMurray. "I'd rather win...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/07/13/nas_381049.shtml
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Q&A with Chad Blount

...Allison's 1983 Winston Cup Series championship while he drove for Miller Beer, talked about the rigors of being a first-year driver and his goal of driving a Winston Cup car. Q: How hard has the Busch Series been this year? A: It's tough...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/26/nas_379550.shtml
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Johnson takes points lead

...but he trails Newman in the rookie of the year competition, which takes into account the top 18 finishes for a first-year driver. While Johnson's overall package is the best on the entire circuit, Newman has a more-attractive portfolio...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/30/nas_355462.shtml
Nascar
Overtime

...unable to continue. Bell was able to drive his car to the pits, where chief steward Wally Dallenbach told the first-year driver he was out of the race. "I made a mistake," Bell said Monday. "I thought I could get through successfully...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/07/09/oth_347572.shtml
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Johnson figures to contend for Pocono victory

...rookie record of three in 1999. Stewart finished fourth in points that season to establish the benchmark for a first-year driver. "I'm amazed that it's come this early," Johnson said. "I've won three poles and two races. I've...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/06/07/nas_342920.shtml
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Rookie Atwood on Phoenix pole

...race." Atwood's pole marked the first time in more than 20 years that three rookies won pole positions. Other first year drivers to start first on race day this year are Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. Phoenix proved to be a boon for Dodge. Not...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/10/27/oth_329593.shtml
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