Ryan Newman Calls for Major Changes to Superspeedway Racing in NASCAR

Published 04/30/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
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)


At the Talladega Superspeedway, there was a massive accident that saw Joey Logano airborne. In light of that, many NASCAR drivers spoke out on the need for drastic changes to the superspeedways. Among them is NASCAR veteran driver, Ryan Newman, who also had a major crash of his own.

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Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, he said, “NASCAR hasn’t made the adjustments to keep the cars on the racetrack. Every situation is different, every example has other variables… In the end, the cars need to stay on the racetrack. There’s only two ways to fix that, reduce the speed or change the aerodynamics of the car.”

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According to Newman, everyone has to agree on what quantifies a ‘safe speed’. He insisted that there is a need to restrict the engine power and keep the cars on the racetracks.

Ryan Newman is looking forward to the next race at Kansas

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It is worth mentioning that the veteran is making his 700th race start at the Kansas Speedway. In the process, Newman will join the likes of Buddy Baker and is tied for 18th on the all-time starts list. Other active Cup Series drivers with 700+ starts are Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. Once the 2021 season concludes, many project that Newman will reach 725 starts, placing him 15th on the list.

Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (6) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Newman has a fairly decent track record at the Kansas Speedway. To be precise, he managed to pick up a win in 2003, as well as a couple of Top 5 finishes. However, he has since fallen by the wayside but is still able to prove himself as a capable racer. So far in the 2021 season, Ryan Newman has managed to pick up two Top 10 finishes, with a season-best of 5th on the Bristol dirt.

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