Ryan Newman feels that he has not yet accomplished things in NASAR, with his ultimate aim of winning the Cup Series Championship.
It is rumoured that Brad Keselowski might move to Roush Fenway Racing next season as a partial owner and as a driver of No. 6 Ford, currently driven by Newman.
It is believed that Newman will remain with Roush Fenway Racing in a third team, but the extent of his role next season has not been clarified yet.
But that’s not something Newman is concerned about for now. What he is concerned about is fulfilling his ultimate goal for a long time which is winning the Cup Series championship.
“That’s always been my ultimate goal from the time I was in elementary school. That’s on my radar still and will always be on my radar, whether I achieve it or not because that’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to the competitiveness of what we do,” Newman said.
“I don’t know what all the steps will be, but, ultimately, that’s where my mind and heart will always want to be.”
The upcoming NASCAR All-Star Race will be Newman’s 20th career start. He has won 18 Cup wins in his career. His best-placed finish came as a runner up to champion Kevin Harvick in 2014. But a win this season has evaded him.
“I feel like I’ve been so close with the Coke 600 and so close with the Southern 500, a championship, a road course win – all those things that I’ve been second in, which is nothing to be ashamed of,” Newman said. “At the same time, it’s not achieving the goals that I want.
“I don’t mean this in a bad way by any means and I think you know that knowing me, but I don’t want to have ‘Mark Martin syndrome’where you achieve a lot, but don’t always achieve the things that you say you wanted to achieve.
“I think that’s the case for so many people. There are guys in our sport that have not gotten their first top-10 or top-five, and to have 18 wins and as many poles as I have is special, but it’s a humbling sport and you’re never probably as successful as you think you can be or should be.”
He has one top-five and three top-10 finishes this season and currently sits 23rd in the series standings.