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Has Stewart silenced his critics?
Still, for an essentially new operation, the net result has been positive. Some of that No. 39 group's setbacks have been beyond their control. So Newman, a 13-race winner in the series, should be able to overcome and move back into a more comfortable points position if he can avoid pitfalls for a few weeks. Stewart, meanwhile, appears to be shining in his new role. He has shown his management skills in setting up a system where he can race on weekends without worrying about the business side of things. He has experience as a team owner in other series, but nothing that truly compares to the massive multimillion-dollar juggling act that Cup ownership can be. Former Hendrick Motorsports' engineer Darian Grubb has joined the group as Stewart's crew chief, and Tony Gibson, formerly with Dale Earnhardt Inc., is working with Newman. Bobby Hutchens, who spent the majority of his career working for Richard Childress Racing and then Dale Earnhardt Inc., joined the program as competition director. Hutchens referred to the teams as a "pretty resilient group" following the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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