For many years, the story circulated that fellow NASCAR Cup Series drivers called Ryan Newman “Kidney Stone” because he was so difficult to pass. “It’s true that Ryan was hard to pass,” added longtime Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne. “In NASCAR, who is the hardest to pass changes from year to year, depending on who you’re feuding with at the time. “Balough was tough to get around because he was very talented and extremely smooth,” said Anderson. “Balough was really hard to pass and Dick was tough, too,” noted Brack. “Who were the hardest guys to pass is an open-ended question,” Ross said. “There are several reasons why a guy might be hard to pass. “Today’s guys are all hard to pass because they go at it at all costs,” Schatz added. Schatz and Kinser agree regarding lapped cars, with Steve declaring, “Lapped cars are actually worse than the fast guys to pass.

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