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'Rocketman' closer to returning to Victory Lane

As Ryan Newman's winless streak grows, his optimism doesn't appear to be waning thanks to eight top 10 finishes in the past 12 races.

Updated: July 25, 2007, 5:38 PM ET
By Jenna Fryer | Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Winning poles is the easy part for Ryan Newman. Getting to Victory Lane is another matter.

Newman's winless streak reached 59 races on June 10 when rain denied him a chance at victory at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR stopped the race seconds before Newman pulled alongside Jeff Gordon in a challenge for the lead, and he was frozen in second place.

Newman had about 30 minutes to wonder what might have been as he and Gordon waited on pit road for the rain to subside. ...

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