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

Published 08/08/2021, 4:10 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Ryan Newman stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 07, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


With Brad Keselowski heading to Roush Fenway Racing in 2022, Ryan Newman has been left out on the lurch. Nevertheless, the 43-year-old is confident that he can still secure his future in the NASCAR Cup Series. Recently, he spoke to SiriusXM NASCAR radio about what lies ahead for him beyond 2021.

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He said, “It’s a state of a lot of, I don’t want to say mental confusion, but mental questioning. It’s really about making the right moves as a person, the right moves as a professional, the right moves as a father, the right moves as a friend. All those things lead to multiple questions, and I don’t even know if you can put it on paper.

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“The reality is that it’s a challenge, it’s a turning point, I guess you could say, in my life.”

What else did Ryan Newman say?

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According to him, securing his future is all the more important, especially considering the questions about the Next Gen car. Newman insisted that he does not like to be running outside the Top 15 or Top 20. For the moment, he will be focusing on the 2021 season and hopefully making the playoffs.

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 16: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Acronis Ford, stands in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 16, 2019 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Admittedly, Ryan Newman has plenty of options in front of him. First and foremost, he could stick around with Roush Fenway Racing, albeit in a part-time capacity. Considering that he is 43 years old, the driver will possibly have retirement at the back of his mind. Of course, the 2021 Cup Series season is far from over, and he will want to continue racing in the NASCAR arena for a little while longer.

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Another option on the cards could be a smaller Cup Series team, who will benefit from his experience. Newman has been in the sport for 21 years and has amassed 18 wins in 711 races, and any team would benefit from a driver of his stature. His best finish came in 2014 when he finished 2nd behind Kevin Harvick. Other accolades include a 2008 Daytona 500 win, a 2013 Brickyard 400 win, and a 2002 All-Star win.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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