Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Weekend for the Good Guys

Phil Mickelson wasn't the only good guy who had one heckuva weekend.

It may not have been The Masters, but Ryan Newman's Saturday night sure was nothing to sneeze at.

To say Newman has had a tough couple of years is an understatement.  And that's probably why when Newman hopped out of his car after his Phoenix win, his joy was palpable.

"This is the most emotional victory I've ever had in my entire career just because it's been so long," Newman said.

As of late, Newman's career has been highlighted by a two-year winless streak and and a heart-stopping flight through the air at Talladega last Fall.  Not what you'd call a lucky streak.

Yet as the Subway Fresh Fit 600 wound down, Newman ran his No. 39 Tornados Chevy to the front in a late-race move, and held off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon during the final two laps.

Seeing Newman back in Victory Lane gave fans the warm and fuzzies. It always puts a smile on your face to see an athlete that hasn't won in a while get back his mojo.  But it's especially cheering when that athlete is a certifiable good guy.

Just ask a Phil Mickelson fan.

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