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AVONDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Ryan Newman looks on during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Ryan Newman returning to the No. 6 when NASCAR resumes UPDATE: cleared by NASCAR; waiver granted


UPDATE 4-28-2020: NASCAR has granted Ryan Newman a waiver to compete for the 2020 NASCAR Cup championship.

UPDATE 4-27-2020 : Monday afternoon NASCAR announced that Ryan Newman has been medically cleared to resume all racing activities.

ORIGINAL POST 4-26-2020: Ryan Newman made an appearance on Fox’s broadcast of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Talking to Mike Joy, Newman says he is healthy and ready to get back in the racecar when NASCAR resumes.

Newman suffered a head injury in an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500. He missed the next three races until NASCAR’s season was put on hold. Ross Chastain drove the No.6 in Newman’s absence.

For more info on Newman’s accident, see our earlier story.

AND: NASCAR Statement: "We share Ryan’s enthusiasm in his return to the track. We look forward to Ryan returning to racing as soon as he is medically cleared to race."