Ryan Newman has an uncertain future at Richard Childress Racing for 2019. As the team ponders if they should promote the best driver in their company to the Cup series, Newman is left wondering what his plans are for 2019.
According to NASCAR’s version of Woj, Adam Stern says the Roush #6 car could be in play for Newman. A move that would see the aging veteran team up with one of NASCAR’s oldest teams in hopes of restoring them to their former glory.
➖ Ride most mentioned as possibility is @RoushFenway's No. 6.
➖ However, some close to RCR insist he may return there. pic.twitter.com/D48vmyKmyX
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) September 11, 2018
Newman to the #6 car isn’t as far fetched as some fans may think it is. Roush Fenway needs a veteran driver in the team to help with the development of the car. That’s why Matt Kenseth is with the team currently. Roush has performed so poorly they needed a veteran to step in the car and help them figure out what they’re doing wrong.
A Stenhouse Newman lineup could be a formidable lineup if Roush can find some speed somewhere in their shop. We know they have horsepower running Roush Yates engines just like Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske. Their biggest problem is the set up of the car and speed in the corners.
Outside of restrictor plate races the last time Roush went to victory lane was Sonoma 2014, their last 1.5 mile track win was Kansas 2012. This is not a championship caliber team by any means. Roush Fenway has 6 years worth of wrongs to correct.
Is a 40-year old Ryan Newman the guy long term? Absolutely not but he can help start to right those wrongs the same way Matt Kenseth has this year. Roush has to take some positives out of the Brickyard 400 this weekend where Kenseth was easily a Top 10 car and won Stage 2.
Newman has 1 win in the last 5 seasons and that was a strategy win at Phoenix last season. However, if you want a guy that will give you a solid finish and infuriate everyone on the track that tries to pass him, Newman is your guy.
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