Ryan Newman is taking his talents to Roush Fenway Racing in 2019 as he takes over the #6 car.
RFR has scheduled a press conference for Saturday morning at Richmond where they will announce the signing of Newman for next season. Newman will depart Richard Childress Racing after 5 seasons and 1 win with the team including the runner-up points finish in 2014.
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Trevor Bayne will not return to RFR in 2019 as first broken by Jack Roush on SiriusXM when he thought it had already been formally announced. Bayne will seek opportunities elsewhere in 2019. As for Matt Kenseth who Bayne has split the ride with this season, his future is up in the air. There has been talk of Kenseth running a partial schedule again next year if Roush wanted to run a third car.
When asked what kind of driver Jack wanted in the car he said “a fast driver.” Newman was ludicrous fast when he came into the Cup series but as his career has waned on he has slowed down with age. Not to say Newman isn’t still fast, he’s shown speed at RCR this season. It’s an interesting yet unsurprising move for RFR.
RFR needs a veteran in their race car to help fix years of poor development. As the sport has progressed Roush has stayed in neutral, watching others leave them in the proverbial dust. A veteran can help them develop the car. A young guy may be fast but they don’t necessarily know what the car needs sometimes. RFR is betting on Newman to help them turn things around.
As for Bayne and the vacated #31 seat at RCR, their plans for 2019 are TBD.
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