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Newman sees pairing with Busch as a strong start

Updated: February 8, 2006, 7:14 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Ryan Newman never wanted to draw comparisons to Dale Earnhardt.

When Newman first entered Cup racing and exhibited a hard-nosed, sometimes aggressive style, he conceded that he had a lead foot but shunned references to Ol' Ironhead. And when he won rookie of the year in 2002, he steered clear of predictions that he might be the first since Earnhardt to win a title the year after.

Now, though, he's taking a page out of the seven-time champion's book.

"I know how Earnhardt Sr. ...

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