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Newman sticks foot in mouth

It took an off-the-cuff reference to a serial murderer/cannibal to punctuate the Robby Gordon storyline.

Gordon has been vilified by his peers and put on probation by team owner Richard Childress for intentionally bumping Greg Biffle last week at New Hampshire, starting an accident that did serious harm to the cars and title hopes of Chase for the Championship drivers Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield.

Ryan Newman, who apparently was groggy during a morning news conference, was asked if it is fair that Gordon _ an accomplished road and open-wheel racer _ might be remembered more for his actions at New Hampshire.

"I don't know that he'll be remembered as that, but everybody's got to have a reputation," Newman said. "There's always going to be a Jeffrey Dahmer. I'm not referring to Robby as that, but there's always those kinds of people in the world, whether it's in racing that's the first name that came to my mind. Let it be known that was at 8:43.

"My point is there's all different kinds of people and all different kinds of drivers. Robby has definitely got a lot of talent. He admitted he lost his cool, and that's the bottom line. I don't think he's going to be remembered as the guy that took out Jeremy Mayfield at Loudon in 2004. He's a great road racer. That's how I think of him.""

Enough said. Seriously.