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It was a bounce-back year for the other member of the new Stewart-Haas operation. Though he didn't win a race, Flyin' Ryan reestablished himself as one of the top drivers in the Cup garage and qualified for the Chase for the first time since 2005. Newman closed out the regular season with three straight top 10s, the first time he'd done that since he ran off six straight from April 26 through June 7.
11. Greg Biffle
Regular-season finish 11th
Wins 0 / Top 5s 8 / Top 10s 12
Best at Homestead
Worst at Martinsville
Much as he did last season, the Biff went winless through 2009 despite being one of the circuit's stronger and more consistent drivers. If he can repeat his Chase performance of a year ago—when he won the first two races—Biffle could be a surprise contender again. Working against him is the overall performance of Roush Fenway, which hasn't been up to the high standard of '08.
12. Brian Vickers
Regular-season finish 12th
Wins 1 / Top 5s 4 / Top 10s 13