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Volume 24 No. 158
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RCR Hires Ryan Newman To Drive Caterpillar-Sponsored No. 31 Car

Richard Childress Racing today announced that driver Ryan Newman will replace Jeff Burton at RCR next year, taking over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 31 Chevy. Burton left "when it became apparent that there wasn't enough sponsorship for him for the entire season." Caterpillar, a partial-season sponsor, was "set to return at the same level" in '14 but "that wasn’t enough for the team to run the entire year." Newman will drive the No. 31 with sponsorship from Caterpillar "as well as other companies that will be announced at a later date" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 9/9).