Can Ryan Newman return to top form now?
Newman has reunited with crew chief Matt Borland starting this weekend. The pair previously worked in these roles at Penske Racing, earning 12 wins and 37 pole positions together. Borland has still been working with Newman, though as vice president of competition at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Now, he's returning to familiar turf.
The pair haven't exactly picked up where they left off - Borland said that will take a little while after his lengthy absence from the role - but things are going well so far. They reunited as Tony Gibson, who has been Newman's crew chief, is moving to work with Danica Patrick's Cup program in 2013.
Newman is currently 15th in the standings with one win this season. He starts 18th Sunday.
Team co-owner Tony Stewart says that Borland was open to doing whatever was needed to improve performance - something that led to his return to the crew-chief slot.
"He's pretty much a company guy," Stewart said. "He wants to do what...