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Crew chief Gibson coming full circle

Updated: March 17, 2011, 4:48 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

As Tony Stewart walks across the floor of his race shop he spots Ryan Newman and Newman's crew chief Tony Gibson over in the corner, chatting it up. More accurately, Newman is chatting it up.

Gibson isn't saying a word. He merely listens as Newman talks with points and hand gestures meant to mimic the actions and reactions of his race car.

It is the unique language that only Newman speaks, the dialect of NASCAR's only driver who also owns a mechanical engineering degree. ...

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