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Returning NASCAR Legend’s Agonizing Revelation Underscores the Biggest Problem With Next-Gen Cars

Published 05/15/2023, 11:43 AM EDT

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The NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway past weekend came in with a lot of excitement for a lot of reasons. One biggest reason was the recognition of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers. Along with all the celebrations of inclusion in the list, it also marked a comeback for a legendary driver who did not run post the finale in 2021. Fans were elated to see Ryan Newman race in the series, but it hasn’t gone well for the driver. 

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It seemed like perfect timing for Newman as he never wanted to stop to be a Cup Series driver, though he had near-death experiences twice in his career. While that did make him vocal about safety measures, he found the right opportunity to race this time. The Rick Ware Racing driver had to adjust to driving the new Next-Gen car for the comeback race. He earned the twenty-sixth spot in qualifying with his #51 Ford. 

Ryan Newman’s unpleasant experience with the new car


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Newman, in an interview, revealed his ordeal in his new Next-Gen car. As per Jordan Bianchi, the Motorsports reporter for The Athletic, Newman was not comfortable in the car seat.

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He wrote on his Twitter, “Ryan Newman says his ribs hurt so much it feels like he has three broken ribs.” As per sources, Newman had revealed that he had rib pain after the end of the first stage and he was miserable in the car. 


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The RWR race driver also added that he had a cramp in his foot and he was just happy that was able to walk later on. Though he agreed to compete in selected races for RCR, he had refused to race on large tracks as he considered them more dangerous. His own experience had made him critical of the Next-Gen car’s safety features. And he probably was right about safety features with this new rib-hurting experience recently. 

Fans show their concern for Ryan Newman as he makes his comeback to the NASCAR Cup Series

A few fans who have been following NASCAR and all the evolution over the years seem to side with Newman. Some of them were really concerned for him, some were wondering if he was hit during the race, which led to him being in pain. One fan even left a sarcastic message blaming a department for his situation. Check out various fan comments below. 

“This is disturbing!!”

“Ouch. Those hurt sooo bad”

“Did he even hit anything?”


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“Probably his seat not fitted right for him.”

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“I know he was involved in the wreck, but did he hit anything. I only saw him spin out.”

“his number one concern with this car has been the safety… “I already have 2 bars named after me. I don’t need a third” doesn’t bode well for his return.”


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“That’s what happens when the marketing department does the engineering.”

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Tanvvi Anand

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Tanvvi Anand is a NASCAR journalist at EssentiallySports, where she specializes in providing insightful and engaging coverage of lifestyle and off-court aspects of the sport. Her expertise lies in closely following the lives of some of the biggest stars in NASCAR, like Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha. Tanvvi is one of the first reporters to bring fans behind the scenes and reveal the personalities and lives of these famous figures.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare