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UPDATED: Ryan Newman named as new driver of Childress’ No. 31

Sep 9, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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It turns out Ryan Newman could afford to be candid about his pit crew at Stewart-Haas Racing after missing the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Richmond because he had something new close to being done.

Newman has been named as Jeff Burton’s replacement at Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Chevrolet, multiple sources confirmed to Newman participated in a teleconference later on Monday and discussed the move.

“We talked roughly five years ago before I joined SHR and we didn’t have the moons correctly aligned,” Newman said.

He said he had talked to several teams before settling on RCR for what will be a three-year deal.

“I talked to a few, which in my world is three or more,” Newman said. “Richard came to me Daytona 500 week and I told him at that point I needed to lay some ground work with Matt Borland (at SHR), it was too early then, but I appreciated the offer. After Loudon, when I was told what I wouldn’t be doing, the conversations intensified. So it was at the top without a doubt. Richard and everyone at RCR could control their own destiny in terms of building chassis, engines and bodies at one compound. That means the world to me.”

It will mark a third change of scenery for Newman, who debuted in NASCAR with Penske Racing in 2000 and shifted to Stewart-Haas in 2009. He has 17 career wins, including a season-high eight in 2003, the last year before the Chase, and his most recent win at Indianapolis this July. He also has scored Penske’s only Daytona 500 win, ahead of then-teammate Kurt Busch in 2008.

“I’ve talked with (new teammate) Paul (Menard) a good bit, going back to Coke 600. Austin and Ty (Dillon) are there, I don’t know their capacity yet,” he said of his new team situation. “Just even racing with Austin at the Truck race, we raced clean and raced hard. Tony (Stewart) and I have raced clean and hard. I also want to make mention to that I’m extremely respectful for the way Jeff Burton’s handled himself. To make this all work out and he’s been great, I will leave it at that.”

Newman made the Chase twice in five seasons with SHR, missing out this year after a controversial late-race spin by Clint Bowyer and a subsequent loss of positions on the ensuing pit stops.

  1. noring4youstill - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Well you had 5 years to do something. And on your 5th year it was the crews fault. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out Rocket

    • calbrown6 - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Hey noring4youstill—-Why don’t you shut the F–K up. Go have sex with your mother like you usually do. And then go eat your sister!!!! Your a food stamp sucking state aid milking double wide trailer park trash. And those are your good points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. noring4youstill - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Nice. But it’s your sister I bang in the ass while your mother tosses my salad. The rocket is a never has been. Only claim to fame in NASCAR is collecting poles. Much in the fashion of you who only keeps company with women to hide the fact you take boys in your ass. Meanwhile Smoke did him a favor by bringing him over. And what has gone on since? Well Smoke becomes the first owner driver since around 92 to win it all. And now Rocket is butt hurt, similar to your last trip to that all male review you enjoy so much. Anyways, he’ll do absolutely jack squat at RCR. While Happy will join a winner and will contend and surely win his first title next season. Oh and to retort your last comments. I do not collect food stamps, I’m one of the 40% of this country that pay for people like you to exist. Also I live in nice 3 bedroom home in a quiet neighborhood that I’m currently paying for with my lovely wife and 2 children. So I know not of this double wide you speak off. Good day sir.

  3. noring4youstill - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    While living with my wife and 2 children. Wouldn’t want your simple mind to think I was implying I use them to pay for said house. Lord knows you would think that. Seeing as you sold what children you had to human trafficking over in Thailand to pay for that expensive heroine habit you developed due to the years of abuse you took from you father. Only to realize it made you the cock loving man you are today. So in fact you are grateful for those bukakee party’s that you were the center of over at your fathers local Masonic Temple.

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