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Danica learns some hard lessons at Texas

...lessons. "Danica Mania" quieted a bit Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway when Patrick looked very much like the first-year driver she is, finishing 13th in the 22-car field and never running in contention during the Indy Racing League's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/06/13/nas_455908.shtml
Nascar
Rookie can make history

...hopes the lessons of a rookie season are behind him. The final six races offer Johnson a chance to do what no other first-year driver has done in NASCAR's 53-year history: win the series title. With the exception of the short-track race at...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/10/13/nas_358262.shtml
Nascar
Johnson ties record with Dover sweep

...could see was the windshield. The 27-year-old Californian matched Tony Stewart's 1999 mark for victories by a first-year driver. He also became the first since Stewart in 2000 to sweep the races on The Monster Mile, where Johnson won in June...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/23/nas_354183.shtml
Nascar
NASCAR notebook

...ROOKIE: The struggles of Scott Riggs during his rookie season have been a bit overshadowed by the efforts of another first-year driver, Kasey Kahne. While Kahne has back-to-back runner-up finishes, Riggs has a best finish of 29th, achieved...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/14/nas_408739.shtml
Nascar
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
Nascar
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
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
Nascar
Jarrett wraps up championship; Stewart wins again

...victory also solidified Stewart's hold on fourth place in the points -- a finish which would be the best by a first-year driver in NASCAR's modern era -- dating to 1972. Jeff Burton finished third on Sunday, followed by Martin, Jarrett...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/11/15/oth_274429.shtml
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