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Newman re-signs with Stewart Haas for one year

September 06, 2012, Joe Menzer,

Ryan Newman will try to race his way into the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup this Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, but at least he won't have to do so while still wondering about his immediate future.

Sources have confirmed to NASCAR.COM that Newman will remain driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet he currently pilots for Stewart-Haas Racing after coming to terms with the organization on a one-year contract extension. The deal at least settles where Newman will drive in 2013 after it had been speculated that he might be moving elsewhere because of sponsorship concerns with his car.

Newman, who will turn 35 years old this December, has driven for SHR since that organization's inception in 2009. He has won three Cup races in the No. 39 car for SHR, including one this season at Martinsville, and has 16 wins and 49 poles overall in his career.

Newman broke into the Cup ranks driving one race for Penske Racing in 2000, and began running the full schedule for that organization in 2002 when he was named NASCAR's Rookie of the Year. He recorded a career-high eight victories while driving at Penske in 2003, when he also tied his career-high finish in the points standings, placing sixth.

He enters Saturday night's race -- the last on the 2012 schedule prior to the beginning of the 10-race Chase that determines this season's champion -- sitting 17th in points. He needs to win at Richmond to secure a Chase berth for the second consecutive season, the third time in four years and for the fifth time overall in his career.