Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 8/31/14

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 26: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 U.S. ARMY Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America Ryan Newman has been named as the driver of the No. 31 car for Richard Childress Racing in 2014. Newman has 17 wins in NASCAR’s top series including one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The 35-year-old Newman had been driving the No. 39 car at Stewart Haas Racing since 2009 but was jettisoned to make room for Kevin Harvick. Later SHR expanded to four teams for 2014 by hiring former series champion Kurt Busch. “This is a great opportunity for our team,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. “I am very proud to have Ryan in our #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet starting next year. We have high expectations for this #31 team. Ryan has proven himself to be a great driver and I’m looking forward to winning races with him. Luke Lambert will be his crew chief and the team is staying together next year. That team is building momentum to not only finish out this year strong, but to get even better in 2014. Ryan will be a great fit with CAT...

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