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The Ryan Newman Express keeps rolling through Dover and NASCAR's hottest driver looks to keep his momentum going on Sunday with a win in the MBNA 400 and a sweep of the weekend's action at the "Monster Mile."

After scoring his fourth straight Busch Series win on Saturday, taking both weekend poles and last week's opening round of the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup," Newman's star is white hot.

"It feels good to do four straight," said Newman, after he tied the Busch record for consecutive victories on Saturday. "For some reason we show pretty quick in whatever car we run. We'll try to do the same Sunday."

It's a good bet Newman will do well in Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 based on his recent record of success at Dover, where he's won three of the last four NEXTEL Cup races. After another dominating Busch run, Newman will try to duplicate the feat and move further up the NEXTEL Cup standings on Sunday.

"I think every driver wants to lead 400 laps," said Newman. "We'd love to lead the first one to get those bonus points, and lead 399 more after that."

Spoken like a driver with an extreme amount of confidence.

LEAVE IT TO KLUEVER
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Todd Kluever will continue his climb up the racing ladder next season when owner Jack Roush graduates the Wisconsin driver to the Busch Series. Kluever may also run a handful of truck races as part of his 2006 slate.

BANG THE GONG
As RacingOne first reported, Midwest driver Erik Darnell won this year's version of the Roush "Gong Show," a talent competition the car owner has used to find new drivers for his various teams. Darnell, a third generation driver whose grandfather Bay Darnell was a former USAC stock car series standout, will most likely get a truck ride next season.

The competition was taped this year by the Discovery Channel for a reality television show, which will debut on October 24th.

SPRINTING INTO TROUBLE
Friday's announcement by The Richard Petty Driving Experience and Tony Stewart about the new National Sprint Car League hasn't been met with total optimism by the racing community. Although the new league has 12 of the World of Outlaws' top drivers, turmoil within the remaining spring car ranks is beginning to boil over. Look for a response from DIRT Motorsports, parent company of the Outlaws, this week on a possible title sponsor.



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