Newman Granted Playoff Waiver From NASCAR

INDIANAPOLIS — On Sunday of this past weekend, Ryan Newman revealed that he felt healthy enough again to return to his seat at Roush Fenway Racing whenever NASCAR returned to action. He had no memory of his Daytona 500 crash and was ready to go. The only thing that he’d need to drive his No. 6 Ford was medical clearance from NASCAR’s sanctioning body.

On Monday, Newman announced that he got that stamp of approval from NASCAR as he said that he tested at Darlington last month for NASCAR and doctors to gain that clearance.

On Tuesday, NASCAR granted Newman and RFR a waiver to compete for this year’s NASCAR Cup Series championship now too.

See, following a frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500, Newman suffered a severe head injury. That kept him out of the race car for the three west coast races at Vegas, Fontana and Phoenix. But, in a weird way, the COVID-19 break allowed Newman enough time to fully heal without missing any more races.

He’s remained in the top 30 in points, 29th actually, so all he needed was a waiver first and then to win a race and he’s be playoff eligible. He got that gift on Tuesday, so if NASCAR starts on May 17 like intended, Newman will be in the car and able to compete for a second straight playoff appearance for RFR.

Newman, has won 18 times in his Cup Series career but hasn’t visited victory lane in his last 105 starts dating back to Phoenix on March 19, 2017. RFR hasn’t won since Daytona in July of that year too.

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