Newman to drive for Stewart next year?

By: Rich Miller
Posted by Mike Mardis

Neither Tony Stewart nor Ryan Newman is saying whether they'll be teammates next season.

Stewart says he's still trying to fill the two-car lineup at the new Stewart-Haas Racing, while Newman says the only new offer he's received was to drive for one of Stewart's sprint car teams. Nevertheless, Newman is believed to be the top candidate to drive for Stewart next year.

The Daytona 500 winner announced last week he'll leave Penske Racing at the end of the season, a decision that makes him the top current free agent. Stewart is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to become part-owner of his own team.

Stewart is from Columbus, Indiana; while Newman is from South Bend. Both of them will be in their home state this weekend for NASCAR's annual Brickyard race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.