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The driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet, Ryan Newman will be returning to Richard Childress Racing next season, after signing a contract extension.
The Welcome, NC based three-car Sprint Cup team announced today that Newman had been renewed in a multi-year agreement.
“Ryan’s consistency on the track has been a benefit to our organization and this extension solidifies the future of our racing program,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR.
“Ryan proved the first year he was here that we could contend for championships and with this continuation, I believe we can fulfill our commitment to winning races and a championship. Ryan has worked hard to represent many of our partners, especially the primary sponsors Caterpillar, Grainger and WIX Filters, helping them to get the most out of their respective racing programs.”
The past two seasons, Newman made the Chase, though barely missed out this season.
Newman said he is pleased to continue driving for RCR.
“Our goal to win a championship all but turned into a reality during our first year together,” Newman said.
“I feel like since then, we have some unfinished business to complete. I’m fortunate to have forged a great relationship with my crew chief Luke Lambert, and I very much want to not only help him reach our goal of winning a Cup championship but also getting him his first Cup victory.”
As of the 2016 season, RCR fields two other cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — the No. 27, driven by Paul Menard, and the No. 3 driven by Childress’ grandson, Austin Dillon.
Childress’ other grandson in racing, Ty Dillon is poised to come to the Cup Series full-time as well. No announcement has been made whether RCR will field a fourth car for Ty Dillon, or whether the younger grandson will look to another team to race full-time in 2017.
Source: Richard Childress Racing – RCR extends relationship with Ryan Newman
The 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. With it, NASCAR launched a contest that combines winning the showroom equivalent of the Chevrolets, Fords and Toyotas featured on the Sprint Cup tracks, as well as getting a lucky fan to the the post-season awards in Las Vegas later this year.
The Darlington Raceway throwback weekend has been a very popular weekend with both fans and the NASCAR teams alike. The throwback weekend that ends with the Southern 500 features modern cars with paint schemes inspired by classic NASCAR paint schemes. The classic paint schemes quickly were translated to die cast collectables, as well as NASCAR apparel. This year, the paint schemes will also be featured in the newest NASCAR video game.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced today he will not be returning to the No. 88 Chevy SS for the remainder of the 2016 season. Doctors have not cleared Earnhardt Jr. to return to racing and he said it’s in his best interest for both his health and career.
Earnhardt has been sidelined for six races, suffering from concussion-like symptoms. The concussion is believe to have happened at Earnhardt Jr’s June 12 crash at Michigan International Speedway. He continues to be treated for issues related to balance and focusing on objects that are at a distance while moving his head.
“To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career,” said Earnhardt.
“I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me.”
After fulfilling a prior commitment last week, Jeff Gordon will again return to the No. 88 for the race this weekend at Darlington Raceway.
Gordon will also drive the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 for the final race before the Chase at Richmond International Raceway. Gordon will return to No 88 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, and Martinsville Speedway on October 30.
Bowman to Round Out Most of Remainder of the Season Season
Beyond this weekend’s Darlington race and the Dover and Martinsville fall races, the remainder of the 2016 will be driven by JR Motorsports part-time driver Alex Bowman back behind the wheel. Those remaining 2016 Cup races include Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 8, Kansas Speedway on October 16, Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, Phoenix International Raceway on November 13th and the Sprint Cup series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20.
Bowman has driven the No. 88 substituting for the injured Earnhardt Jr. two times already, finishing 26th and 30 respectively at New Hampshire and Michigan’s first race of the season. His first appearance’s finish was not reflective of the day’s overall performance, where he hovered around the top 10.
Source: ESPN – Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss rest of Sprint Cup season
NASCAR will be sailing the Caribbean seas in the off-season, just prior to the cars getting back on the track in 2017. Entertainment Cruise Productions has put together a cruise for NASCAR fans that includes NASCAR personalities, events while cruising to from Miami to Key West, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay.