“Kick Your A**” – Ryan Newman Lashes Out at Age Critics Amid Retirement Talks

Published 11/12/2021, 2:03 PM EST
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 27: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Performance Plus Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 27, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Next month, Ryan Newman will turn 44, but he still insists that he has plenty of life left in him. Unfortunately, he will be out of a seat for the 2022 season. Instead, Brad Keselowski will take over the Roush Fenway Racing in the #6 car. With the 2021 season officially complete, Newman is desperate to remain in the Cup Series and time has run out.

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Speaking to The Athletic, he said, “Everybody can talk what they want about what happened at Daytona. But in the end, we go play a game of racquetball and I’ll still kick your a**. I’m not going to get an opportunity to do it with a team that gives me an opportunity to be a champion — ever. That’s OK. I really just want to win some races. I still enjoy doing what I’m doing. But in the end, I can’t be happy running 25th or qualifying 30th or racing for a lucky dog. That just doesn’t do it for me.”

What next for Ryan Newman in his NASCAR future?

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At the moment, his NASCAR Cup Series future is in limbo, unless another team can swoop in and snatch him up. Another option for him is that he could be staring at a career as a part-time driver in the Cup arena.

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He fears that his career may take a similar trajectory as the likes of NASCAR legends, Kyle Petty, Rusty Wallace and many more. Most of those drivers grew up with other generations of cars, before they eventually hung up their boots.

Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (6) during driver introductions during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Around that time, there were several younger drivers who were entering the sport and making an impact.

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“Making the Right Moves” – Ryan Newman on His NASCAR Cup Series Future

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Ryan Newman is worried that the influx of newcomers could eventually see him pushed out of NASCAR altogether. Hopefully, Newman finally manages to score a ride for the upcoming season, as he is an excellent driver. It would also be a shame to see a driver of his caliber, out of the sport.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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