KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – We’re putting the band back together, but it won’t be going to Bob’s Country Bunker, or even the Palace Hotel Ballroom. Instead, it’ll be making its encore appearance in Martinsville, Va.
That’s where the driver-crew chief duo of Ryan Newman and Matt Borland will be reunited for the first time since the end of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
When the No. 39 Quicken Loans team hits town for Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the team will have a different look, despite being the most recent Sprint Cup winners at the .526-mile oval.
A crew swap will go into effect this weekend in preparation for the 2013 season, when Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will field three Sprint Cup teams full-time. As such, Newman, spotter Jimmy Kitchens, hauler driver Rick Hodges and the No. 39’s pit crew are the only remaining members from the winning combination that delivered Newman to victory lane in April at the paperclip-shaped bullring.
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