Monday, July 14, 2008


The last major hurdle in Ryan Newman joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 has been cleared as ESPN is reporting that Penske Racing has decided not to re-sign the current driver of their #12 Dodge.

"It's what is best for him and best for us," a Penske Racing spokesman told The Worlwide Leader. "We're going to focus on getting him in the Chase and then move on."

Multiple sources have told Stock Car Talk over the last month that Newman will sign on with SHR, and that the announcement will be made during the week leading up to The Brickyard 400 on July 27. Both Tony Stewart and Newman are Indiana natives, and would like to officially announce the pairing in their home state.

A contract between Newman and SHR "is nearly completed, just some 'i' dotting and 't' crossing left" a source told SCT this morning.

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