Ryan Newman would do many things for his boss, Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart.
But he won't go easy on Stewart and let the No. 14 pass him for valuable points if the two are racing for the win late in Sunday's race.
"I am not going to pull over for him and he would not pull over for me," Newman said Friday. "We are not raised that way."
Stewart enters Sunday's season finale trailing Chase leader Carl Edwards by three points. And while Newman said he would "do everything I can to help him," he distinguished assisting Stewart from making a "sacrifice for myself, for my team, for the US Army."
In Newman's mind, letting another driver have a win – even if it's a teammate racing for a championship – would not be "the right way of racing."
"I don't think Tony would see it that way, or if the roles were reversed would I expect him to do the same thing for me," Newman said.
So if Newman was holding up Stewart late in the race, would Newman expect Stewart to wreck him? After all, Stewart said Thursday he'd wreck his own mother to win a championship.
"If he needed to, yeah," Newman said as reporters laughed. "... Do what you have to do, man. In the end, he owns my race car, so whatever he wants to do is fair game."