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Ryan Newman Cleared by NASCAR to Resume Driving Duties

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Ryan Newman has been medically cleared to return to NASCAR competition, the sanctioning body announced Monday.  Newman has been sidelined since suffering serious injuries in a frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. His No. 6 Ford Mustang was leading off the fourth turn with the finish line in …

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Stock Car Scoop: Ryan Newman’s Return, Sim Racing Recaps

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Ryan Newman made a special appearance on FOX Sports’ coverage (April 26) of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Pending medical clearance, he announced his plan to return to the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. When will that be?  Find out in the latest edition of Stock …

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Ryan Newman: Ready To Return After NASCAR COVID-19 Postponements

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Ryan Newman is on the verge of completing his recovery from a scary wreck on the last lap of February’s Daytona 500. The only barrier he claims is standing in his way? COVID-19. Newman made a special appearance on FOX Sports’ coverage (April 26) of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational race at Talladega Superspeedway. There, …

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Ryan Newman Discusses Crash, Injuries on ‘Today’

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NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman went on Today for an interview early Wednesday morning (March 11), sharing some details of his head injuries after that violent crash at the end of the Daytona 500. “Basically like a bruised brain, it just takes time for it to heal,” he said. “I was knocked out; there …

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Stock Car Scoop With Bryan Nolen: Mid-Week Update

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Who signed a big multi-year deal to remain with the only team this driver has been at in his career? Also, Ryan Newman returns to a racetrack for the first time since his horrific accident. What is the latest on the Rocketman? Last but not least, all three series are back in action this weekend …

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The Frontstretch 5: Longest-Tenured NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

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It’s hard to survive in NASCAR’s top series. It’s success that usually breeds longevity, and the NASCAR Cup Series is rife with successful veteran drivers. Who’s been around the longest? Here are the five full-time Cup drivers whose careers began the longest ago. Due to the structure of the rules for rookies at the time, …

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Five Points to Ponder: Two vs. Three Working for FOX

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Two vs. Three My local track is Sonoma Raceway, and I was there last June when good old DW’s duties in the FOX broadcast booth ended after nearly two decades behind the microphone. I saw him at various points around the track across the three-day weekend. From unveiling the tribute paint scheme Denny Hamlin would …

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2-Headed Monster: Did Roush Fenway Racing Make the Right Decision to Hire Ross Chastain over Chase Briscoe?

Roush Fenway Racing found itself in a very difficult decision following the delayed Daytona 500. Its full-time driver Ryan Newman was injured and in only a few days they had to trek out west to continue the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In a short period of time the team had to make a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings Competition, Rain and Disagreeing Analysts

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought a fair amount of clarity regarding Ryan Newman’s crash in Daytona 500 and the aftermath. If the transcript of Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark’s press conference is to be believed, Newman’s family was joking in the hospital about him “having no neck” and referring to him as thick last …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Counting on a Miracle

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For a sport based on high speed and non-stop action, NASCAR racing can be incredibly frustrating sometimes. It is positively soul-sapping to watch two lines of race cars sitting tucked away under their covers in a heavy downpour, especially when it occurs just before the long-delayed start of our sport’s equivalent to the Super Bowl. …

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