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Newman Signs Extension With RCR


It was announced Monday that Ryan Newman has signed a multi year extension to remain in the Richard Childress Racing number 31 Chevrolet.

Newman, who is in his third full-time season in the RCR ride, has twelve top five and forty top ten finishes with the team. Newman has yet to win since joining the team, but has qualified for the chase in 2014 and 2015. He even challenged eventual champ Kevin Harvick for the title the first year, coming up just short in a runner up effort.

Ryan, the 2002 rookie of the year, began his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career driving for Roger Penske. He amassed 13 wins with Penske, including the 2008 Daytona 500. He then moved to Stewart Haas Racing in 2009, where he collected 4 more victories over a 5 year span.

Newman’s extension means that RCR will retain all three of its current drivers for the forseeable future. His teammate Paul Menard was himself in a contract year but announced his own extension a few weeks ago to stay in the 27 car. Austin Dillon will continue to pilot the number 3 car that made RCR a top organization in the 1980s and 1990s with Dale Earnhardt.

The resigning also means that Ty Dillon will likely not be joining the Cup ranks at Childress next year. Dillon had expressed his desire to run Cup full-time in 2017 after spending the last 3 seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series number 3 for the team. As of now, there has been no official word on where Ty will be next season.