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A Look Back on 2012, Ahead to 2013

A Look Back on 2012, Ahead to 2013The 2012 NASCAR season is over. The season, which began with Matt Kenseth taking the checkered flag in the Daytona 500, concluded a few weeks ago when Jeff Gordon visited Victory Lane after winning the Ford Eco-Boost 400.  What does this mean for NASCAR fans? It means there is less than three months (83 days to be exact) until the 2013 season kicks off in Daytona.

Are you as excited as we are?

Within the last year, Quicken Loans sponsored Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet in nine races. In October, QL announced its plans to become Newman’s primary sponsor in 2013 for 18 races. Along the way, Newman recorded six top-five finishes, including a win at Martinsville Speedway in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. However, the high finishes weren’t enough to earn Newman a spot in the NASCAR Chase for the Cup. He finished the season 14th in points.

“The goal is to race for a championship,” Newman told me before his third-place showing at the season’s final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “There’s no big-picture racing because we aren’t racing for a championship.”

Before Newman begins preparing for the 2013 season, he was excited to spend what little time he has off with his family.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying some time at home and relaxing,” Newman said. “I’m going to do a little bit of hunting and we also have to go pick out a Christmas tree when we get some time.”

This offseason will be a little different for Newman, who along with his wife Krissie, welcomed their second daughter to the family. Ashlyn Olivia Newman was born July 16. Ashlyn’s big sister Brooklyn celebrated her second birthday the night before the final race of the season.

“I don’t think there’s really a recipe for how to raise two daughters,” Newman said. “You just kind of have to experience it and learn as you go.”

Newman, who enjoys being outdoors, isn’t sure how much time he’ll have to enjoy his hobbies with the new family addition. He does, however, plan to go on a snowmobiling trip in Utah.

“My responsibilities have changed since my youngest daughter was born,” Newman said. “It hasn’t changed me or who I am. I’ll still have time to do things I enjoy. It’s just a matter of choosing my time a little more wisely.”

While now is supposed to be the time for Newman to get away from the sport, he said it’s always on his mind.

“We don’t have much of an offseason,” he said. “It’s kind of tough to get away from the sport because there’s so little time. It’s always on the back of my mind. You shouldn’t think about it all the time, though. That’s why it’s the offseason.”

What will you remember most about the 2012 NASCAR season? How do you think Newman will do in 2013? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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20 Responses to A Look Back on 2012, Ahead to 2013

  1. Gloria Weathers December 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    I hope Ryan races all season like he did in the Chase. He finished top 10 several of the 10 week segment. Ryan is capable of being a top team and contend for the Nascar Championship!I cheered for Ryan/Matt Borland from the beginning and hope they can continue their winning ways. Love when he finished ahead of Jimmie Johnson for Rookie of the Year!

  2. Melissa Wagner December 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    My most memorable moment of the 2012 NASCAR season would be seeing Ryan, my favorite driver, win at Martinsville! This was my first time to see him win in person……it was also at the same track that I went to my first race ever…..a race in which Ryan had pole position!! Each year I look forward to seeing him make great accomplishments on and off the track! Really wish I were going to be at the tournament this weekend, we had an absolute blast last year!

  3. Marge Lee December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I think Ryan is going to have a fantastic year in 2013. Good luck Ryan and enjoy your off season!!!

  4. Mark Barnett December 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I think it should be an exciting year at SHR and should be a GREAT year for Ryan! Ryan has used up more than his fair share of bad luck this past season. With all the crew changes, I expect great things in 2013.

    IMHO Danica Patrick’s partial season was a distraction to the ENTIRE SHR organization, but with her settling into a regular schedule she should be just another team mate. (as much as that is possible)

    Ryan is every bit as aggressive as Brad Kezelowski…. maybe more so. If everything gels with the crew, I don’t see anything preventing a Championship season! GOOD LUCK RYAN!!!

  5. Mark Barnett December 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    BTW, I missed Krissie’s Tweets during the races when she wasn’t at the track! She does a great job of letting us know what is going on with Ryan (and Tony) when the booth isn’t letting us know anything.. Both Ryan and Krissie are AWESOME! I wish you BOTH the best!

  6. Craig Garcia December 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Looking forward to a great 2013 season. Good luck to Ryan, Happy Holidays to all, and please be safe out there.

  7. cathy December 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    I think u did great in 2012 n hope to see u win in 2013 also hope u enjoy ur off season with ur family n also Iwanted to let u know t ashlyn was born on the same day i was so congratz to uu n ur family hope to see u in 2013 …good luck

  8. shirley bennett December 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    my daughter got me hooked on watching the races. ryan newman has been my favorite driver. i was excited to see him win at martinsville. i believe if it hadn’t been for is accidents that he was involved in which were not his fault. he would of made the chase. i think his wife and daughters are awsome. ryan have a great 2013 year. hope you can make some poles. lots of luck and can’t wait for the season to start. in one of your races in your were in the run to fisnish first.. i am sitting on my couch jumping up and down cheering you on. you won the race dont remember the race or what year . i also have a nephew who resembles you again lots of luck in 2013. glad to see you working with matt borland again.

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