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Look for scenes like this from 2005 to happen again in 2013 with Matt Borland and Ryan Newman together again.
Team co-owner Tony Stewart has gotten most of the attention and accolades since Stewart-Haas Racing was formed in 2009. And while he's been a loyal teammate, Ryan Newman has at times gotten lost in the attention shuffle.
That's not going to be the case in 2013.
We expect Newman to have one of the best seasons he's ever had in Sprint Cup racing. And one of the primary reasons is his new crew chief.
While Tony Gibson has done a good job with Newman since 2009, Matt Borland will be Newman's crew chief in 2013 (while Gibson shifts to become Danica Patrick's crew chief in her first full-time season in Sprint Cup).
Borland, who has spent much of this season as vice president of competition at SHR, will be going back to his first love—and where he gained much of his success—atop the pit box.
And not coincidentally, much of Borland's success was as Newman's crew chief earlier in their respective careers.
Borland and Newman spent 2001 to 2006 together at Penske Racing, earning 12 wins and 37 poles together.
By marked contrast, since the pair went in different directions after 2006, Newman has won just four races and 12 poles (and unless he earns at least one pole in the remaining four races, Newman is on track to mark his first Sprint Cup season without even one pole in 2012).
With Newman having failed to make the Chase for the fifth time in the last seven years, he and Borland will get a head start on trying to regain their old magic together this weekend at Martinsville as Borland takes over for Gibson.
What kind of season can we expect from the pair in 2013?
It may not be as good as their best year together in 2003 (8 wins, 17 top fives, 22 top 10s and 11 poles), but it sure as heck should be better than this season's showing to date (1 win, four top fives, 12 top 10s and zero poles).
Welcome back, Matt. Ryan's been anxiously awaiting your return—and for good reason.