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DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman has a plan to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup title even though the mathematics make that seem very unlikely.
"If we can finish in the top five in the last nine races, I can pretty much guarantee us a championship," he said after winning Sunday at Dover International Speedway. "But we can't finish 33rd, first and then 33rd."
He certainly can't, given the 107 points by which he trails leader Jeff Gordon with eight races remaining. Newman is playing catchup because engine failure relegated him to a 33rd-place finish a week earlier in New Hampshire.