Jun 22, 2013; Sonoma, CA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (39) walks to his car during qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Newman Leads Candidates for Richard Childress's No. 29

Richard Childress has found himself in the news quite a bit recently. First with the announcement that Kevin Harvick was leaving the team and now two rather big headlines has him back in the news again.

He’s been debating about whether or not he will use the No. 3 again in 2014 as he plans to move his grandson, Austin Dillon, up to the Sprint Cup Series.

Now…he’s come out publically saying that he was pursuing the services of Ryan Newman to replace Harvick in the No. 29 Chevrolet next season.

Harvick is leaving RCR for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. If this move is made, it will essentially mean Harvick and Newman have swapped rides.

Newman has struggled most of his career, but especially since leaving the Penske Racing organization for Stewart-Haas. Until recently however, he had been the leading and most successful driver of the three SHR drivers.

With plenty of time remaining and details for many drivers up in the air, the drivers and teams are just beginning to crank the rumor mill of our favorite season…silly season!

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