It was fitting that Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart finished 1-2 in the race that marked the Winston Cup season's official halfway point.
Newman and Stewart would probably rank 1-2 if there was a vote taken on which driver had the strangest first half. For both drivers, the first 18 races were defined by extremes. If they weren't running up front in a given race, chances are they were behind the wall with a blown engine or destroyed car.
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