RICHMOND, VA – The cat is out of the bag. Sources have confirmed that Ryan Newman will be named as the driver of the No. 6 Ford at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon from the Richmond Raceway. Newman, will replace the departing Trevor Bayne in that ride as this also means that Matt Kenseth will likely not be returning either.
Kenseth, was brought back in early May to split time in that seat with Bayne to figure out how to get the organization to find some speed. Kenseth, won the 2003 championship with RFR and had many great years there. He moved on to Joe Gibbs Racing where he spent a few more years towards the top. He knows what it takes to gain speed. The team, was searching for it.
But, it was clear, Kenseth didn’t want to do this full time. It was also clear, Bayne was on his way out too.
Newman, announced last Saturday that he would be leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the season. 2018 would be his fifth and final one in the No. 31 Chevrolet. It looks like he landed on his feet quickly.
The Indiana native is an engineering guy and also has the knowledge to help get RFR out of their funk.
Newman, has made 611 Cup Series starts earning 18 wins, 118 top five finishes and 246 top 10’s in that time. He’s also won 51 poles as well. The “Rocketman” had just one victory since joining RCR though and other than a miraculous playoff run in his first season with the team in 2014, he never was much of a contender after.
Now, RFR has two USAC drivers in their stable as Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have similar backgrounds.