Ryan Newman- #39 Quicken Loans/ Aspen Dental/ Wix/ Outback- Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet- 5th season with team
Crew Chief - Matt Borland ( 2nd season with team)
What's new- US.Army departed as primary sponsor at the end of the 2012 season. Newman reunites with former Penske Racing crew chief Matt Borland whom he worked with from 2000-2007 accounting for 12 wins.
Stewart Haas Racing has monopolized the headlines in NASCAR over the past three months. Whether it's the growing anticipation over the arrival of Danica Patrick to full time Sprint Cup Series action or the addition of Kevin Harvick to SHR in 2014(News that leaked out in mid-November), not to mention the boss Tony Stewart landed a brand new sponsor Bass Pro Shops for the # 14 team. Somewhere in all this media frenzy somebody forgot about the rocket man Ryan Newman. The flag hasn't even dropped on the 2013 season yet and some analysts have already predicted Newman will be out of Stewart Haas racing at the end of the 2013 season. Regardless if this is fact or fiction yet remains to be seen. However Ryan can't focus on the media rumblings which throughout his career he's often ignored. Fact of the matter is the 39 team is aiming for a shot at redemption after missing the 2012 chase, and lackluster results in 2011's chase. For 2013 Newman will reunite with his former Penske Racing crew chief Matt Borland in hopes of recapturing a taste of past glory. Although Newman isn't competing anywhere near the level he was some 6-8 years ago as cliché as it sounds he can still get it done on any given Sunday. A reunion with Borland may be just what Newman needs to elevate his career once again. Whether or not his career will continue at Stewart Haas beyond 2013 will obviously be determined solely on Newman's on track results in 2013. In no way shape or form can Newman endure another mediocre campaign, if he wants to remain at Stewart Haas or have a chance at landing another high profile ride if indeed 2013 is his last at SHR. Considering the fact that the 39 team lost a major primary sponsor at the end of the 2012 season and Newman only signed a one year contract to remain at SHR for 2013 all indicators point to this being the last stand for bosom buddies Newman & Smoke.
Bold Prediction- Newman makes a late summer announcement that he's leaving SHR for MWR in 2014.
Top 5 -YES
Top 10 -YES
Will make the chase- No
Predicted points finish- 16th
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