NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman spent a few hours on Wednesday, October 2nd, at a 7-Eleven store in New York City handing out samples of the new Wheat Thins Big Bag bold flavors, and answering questions from fans and the media. Just another day for one of the biggest newsmakers over the last few weeks in NASCAR, but one that turned out to be quite revealing in the end.
Ryan Newman has had quite an interesting 2013 to say the least. He was told by Stewart-Haas team owner Tony Stewart that an inability to secure more sponsorship meant his contract would not be renewed.. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick was added to the team, and a few weeks later the team expanded to four cars for the addition of driver Kurt Busch.
It wasn’t all bad, though, ‘Rocketman” did pick up the biggest victory of his career with his win of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, and he did qualify for the Chase. However, even that moment was clouded in controversy. He even found a new team, signing with Richard Childress Racing.
On this day Newman wanted to talk about Wheat Thins, 7-Eleven’s “2 bags for $2” promotion, his chances of capturing his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, and his future with RCR.
Newman was happy to report the sponsorship issues which kept him from renewing his contract with SHR were nonexistent at RCR. In fact, the team had secured funding for all but one race at the Sprint Cup level for 2014 already.
Being in the Northeast, Newman was asked if his contract with RCR would allow him to continue racing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, a series that is very popular in this part of the country. His response brought good news for not only fans of NASCAR’s only open-wheel division, but fans of the Indiana native as well.
“As you can see with all the dirt stuff Austin(Dillon) and Ty do, Richard believes more racing makes you a better driver. Not only will I be in the Modified, but there could be the opportunity for some Nationwide races as well.”
Those 2014 Nationwide starts could easily become visits to victory lane as the RCR Chevrolets are not only capable of winning races, but also contending for championships. RCR may become the latest team to put multiple drivers in the same car while trying to bring home an owner’s championship.
As for Wheat Thins or 7-Eleven becoming the final sponsor needed to fill his 2014 Sprint Cup schedule, Ryan was quick to knock that theory down.
“No, this is all part of a SHR deal. It was a commitment on my schedule for awhile.”
A commitment that brought good news to both snack, and Ryan Newman fans.