Rocket Man Ryan Newman Returns With Brickyard 400 Victory

By Brian Skinnell
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Newman’s Brickyard 400 victory this past Sunday was no fluke. While he may not have a ride on the NASCAR circuit in 2014, any team would be wise to pick him up.

When Newman crossed the famed yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win the sports hallowed event, second to that of the Daytona 500, the Indiana-native Newman snapped a 49-race winless streak.

While Newman hasn’t been a premiere driver on the circuit this season, he has still been a driver that has been making a comeback. In 20 starts this season, he’s had nine top-10 finishes including three top fives.

After the 2014 season, Ryan Newman will not be returning to Stewart-Haas racing, partly owned by current driver Tony Stewart to drive the 39 car. Instead, Kevin Harvick will leave Richard Childress Racing and team up with Stewart as well as Danica Patrick. Newman will be the odd man out.

But, that should not mean that Ryan Newman doesn’t have a job in 2014. He hasn’t been the best driver this season, but he is returning to form and has been driving better and better each week. His finishes have not reflected how well he has been racing.

He is currently 16th in the points standings and is still well within reach of the 12th and final Chase for the Cup spot. He’s just 30-points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the final transfer spot and he has more than enough time to catch him.

With the exception of a few races, Newman has steadily been finishing in the top-15 and top-20 week in and week out. If Newman lands on a multi-car team that has the capability to give each driver the best equipment, we could Newman be a front-runner throughout the 2014 season.

Speaking of multi-car teams with big budgets, I hear that Richard Childress Racing will be looking for a driver for the soon-to-be-vacant 29-car hasn’t been filled yet. What do you say, Rocket Man?

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