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Ryan Newman looking to remain Sprint Cup Chase at Phoenix

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Ryan Newman is looking to keep himself in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday. With only two races remaining, Rocketman will likely need very strong finishes and some help from his fellow drivers to get near the top of the standings.

Newman has raced to three top-10 finishes in his last four races. He finished 9th at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend and raced to back-to-back top-10 finishes at Charlotte on Oct. 10 and Talladega on Oct. 20. Rocketman finished fifth at last year’s Advocare 500 after starting 12th, so the track has been kind to him in the past. His second win of the season would really make things interesting in the Chase, where he is currently ranked 12th and 118 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Newman has partnered with Oral-B to promote the Built in the USA campaign. This Veterans Day weekend, at Driver Introduction at Sunday’s race, in honor of U.S. Veterans, Oral-B and Newman will present Robin Kelleher, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, with the $100,000Built in the USA check to support their Above & Beyond program, which assists U.S. service members’ reintegration into the workforce. Phoenix is the fourth and final stop on Oral-B’s Built in the USA tour, so be sure to stop by the Oral-B booth to pick up some products and join in the fun if you’re at the track this weekend. Or stop by Fry’s Marketplace in Goodyear on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the opportunity to meet Newman and join the Built in the USA tour. Oral-B products are built in the USA, so start your day with the USA by using an Oral-B® Pro Health® All-in-One manual toothbrush.

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Best Buy Small Appliances: Tips for tailgating this NFL season

The NFL season officially kicked off over the weekend (finally), and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s tailgating season. There’s nothing quite like heading to the stadium five hours early, tossing back a few adult beverages and throwing some ribs on the grill before getting rowdy for your favorite team. But it’s all about being prepared.

Fortunately for you, LBS has partnered with Best Buy to share a couple of important tailgating tips. Aside from the obvious supplies you need to have with you this NFL season (namely a grill), there are some other small appliances that are must-haves that will help get you through the season. Head to your nearest Best Buy and grab the following things and you’re good to go:

1. Hamilton Beach Crock Pot
2. Ninja Professional Blender

Best Buy has plenty of top-notch items to choose from and their Blue Shirts would be happy to assist you with all of your tailgating needs. You may have to borrow a generator or a portable battery pack from a friend, but it will be well worth it. For starters, who doesn’t like chili before a game? The best way to make a good, hearty chili is in a Crock Pot. The problem is by the time you get to the game on a 30-degree day, the goods are already ice cold. Bring the Crock Pot with you and plug it in. You’ll thank me later.

Since you already have a power source handy, why not grab a blender? Sure, having a few beers is fun. But nothing screams party like a tailgate setup with a blender that’s spinning fresh margaritas. If you want to meet people and be the toast of the town, that’s the move.

Don’t feel bad if you forget 17 things on your list like I do every time I head to the game. As long as you have the aforementioned products there’s no way you can have a crappy time. Enjoy responsibly, and try not to blow your cars up.

Boys in the Hall: Does Clay Buchholz have a shot at Cooperstown?

Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list for a large stretch of the season, but the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher was looking like a Cy Young contender until a shoulder/neck injury derailed him in June. Buchholz started the season 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, and was one of the finest pitchers in the American League. He was finally putting everything together for the Red Sox, which has led us to consider whether or not he has a shot at the Hall of Fame.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to discuss Buchholz’s chances of reaching Cooperstown. Though Buchholz has been a good pitcher the past four seasons, we have to say the 29-year-old is a major longshot for the Hall at this point.

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Ryan Newman looking for checkered flag in Atlanta

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Ryan Newman is looking to continue his hot run of late at this weekend’s AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta.

Rocketman won his first Sprint Cup race of the season last month after leading 45 of 160 laps at The Brickyard to take home the checkered flag. The next week, he started fourth and finished fourth at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono. He had consecutive top-15 finishes after that, but he slipped to a 21st-place finish at the Irwin Tools night race in Bristol. The Stewart-Haas driver is currently No. 15 in the Sprint Cup standings.

This weekend, Newman heads to Atlanta to improve upon last year’s DNF at the track. He has captured seven poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has raved about the pure speed the track offers. Newman has started in the top 10 in three of his last four races there, and he’s looking for another top pole position on Sunday.

Newman has partnered with Oral-B to promote the Built in the USA campaign. Atlanta is the third stop on Oral-B’s Built in the USA tour, and they will have a booth at the midway over the weekend. If you’re going to be around the track, make sure to stop by the booth to pick up some products and join the fun. Oral-B products are built in the USA, so start your day with the USA by using an Oral-B® Pro Health® All-in-One manual toothbrush.

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Ryan Newman searching for his first win of the year at Daytona

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Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, is gearing up for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Newman finished 14th at the Quaker State 400 last weekend and is currently 18th in the Sprint Cup Standings. He has six top-10 finishes this season and will be searching for his first win of 2013 at Daytona.

Oral-B, which is sponsoring this post, and Newman are teaming up with Hope For The Warriors this weekend at the Coke Zero 400 as part of Oral-B’s Built in the USA campaign. Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit organization that assists post-9/11 veterans and helps them integrate into the civilian workforce. Newman will participate in the Hope For The Warriors partnership celebration at the Oral-B Built in the USA Stage prior to Saturday’s race. Oral-B, which manufactures more than a million toothbrushes a day at its plant in Iowa, is a proud employer of US Veterans.

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Is Mike Trout on his way to the Hall of Fame?

Mike Trout is only 21 years old and in his second big league season, but it’s not too early to start talking about the phenom’s chances of making it to Cooperstown.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to evaluate Trout’s likelihood of becoming a Hall of Fame player. Based on the way Trout has started his career, the chances of the Los Angeles Angeles outfielder earning a sacred plaque in the Hall are very strong.

Trout, the No. 25 overall pick in 2009, was only 19 when he was first called up to the bigs by the Angels in 2011. He started off slowly but still managed to produce 11 extra-base hits in 123 at-bats, including five home runs. The 40 games he played in 2011 proved to be an excellent experience, because Trout was unstoppable last season.

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Has Torii Hunter put together a Hall of Fame career?

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Torii Hunter has somewhat quietly put together one of the better careers among active MLB players. Hunter’s career achievements include four All-Star Games, nine Gold Gloves, and a Silver Slugger award. Hunter signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers in the offseason and has gotten off to a strong start with the team. He is batting .316/.363/.427 with two home runs and 31 runs scored in 48 games, while playing a solid right field.

A former first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins, Hunter saw his first action in the majors in 1997 when he was 21. He saw more consistent action over the next few years, but it wasn’t until 2001 that he truly broke out. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the bigs since then.

Now that he is nearing the end of his excellent career, it’s fair to ask whether or not Hunter is a Hall of Famer. SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and has asked us to evaluate whether or not Hunter can make it to Cooperstown. We’ll answer the question by breaking down what Hunter has going for and against him.

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