Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 09: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on October 9, 2009 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
As losses go, they don't come any harder than the one suffered by Ryan Newman Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. A lame-duck driver at Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman passed Carl Edwards on Lap 391 to lead the Federated Auto Parts 400 at RIR, apparently headed for a race victory and a wild-card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But when Clint Bowyer spun to bring out a caution on Lap 394, the entire field headed down pit road for fresh rubber. Newman came down pit road leading and came out fifth following a disastrous pit stop. Edwards came off pit road second, the first car with four fresh tires, and captured the race over Kurt Busch and Newman. Busch, of course, will join SHR next season, with Newman expected to move to Richard Childress Racing. When the checkered flag fell, Newman and Martin Truex Jr. were tied for the second wild-card position with one race victory each and the same number of points. But Truex won the tiebreaker because he had a second-pla...
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