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Greg Newman proud to see son Ryan finally arrive

Maybe Ryan Newman had doubts before winning the Daytona 500. It's safe to say proud papa Greg Newman didn't, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: February 20, 2008, 4:44 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

These days they call Greg Newman's boy the Rocket Man, a moniker given him on the basis of his pole-day prowess, his willingness to stand on the gas longer than the next guy. He once ran a 14.90 at Bristol Motor Speedway. That's like riding a bottle rocket in a toilet bowl.

But of late it hadn't been so good. Seasons of mediocrity and the failure to win were weighing ever-heavier on Ryan Newman's granite shoulders. It's frustrating racing for the Lucky Dog free pass instead ...

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