Veteran NASCAR driver Ryan Newman returned to the track on Sunday — along with stock car racing — for The Real Heroes 400. This event at Darlington Raceway marked the end of a 10-week postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fans woke up on Sunday morning with considerable excitement. Racing was back, and fans once again had the opportunity to watch Newman compete for the victory.
Before and during the race, NASCAR fans made it very clear that they were pumped about Newman's return. They were slightly stunned that he had been able to recover so quickly from his crash in the season-opening Daytona 500, but they were grateful that he had avoided serious injuries. With the crash behind him, Newman could now compete for a victory at Darlington. He has reiterated that his goal is to secure a spot in the playoffs with Roush Fenway Racing and winning at the Lady in Black would be the first step towards that goal.
So great to see Ryan Newman already back in a car. Great to see live sports #NASCARIsBack— T.J. MIDDLEBROOKS (@tjmdlbrks) May 17, 2020
@NASCAR is back!!!May 17, 2020
Ryan Newman is back!!
Matt Kenseth is back!!
Incredible to see Ryan Newman back behind the wheel today!— lindseyyymae (@_CampbellLM) May 17, 2020
Looking forward to seeing Ryan and the 6 team back on track today!
Go get ‘em boys!!! 👊🍉 https://t.co/qdYlcgqKRo— Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 17, 2020
So happy that you’ll be back on the track. Good luck!— Connie Bradley (@Pizzamom14) May 17, 2020
The fact Ryan Newman is racing today is remarkable. Thought he was dead.— 〽️GO BLUE (@truMAIZEnBLUE) May 17, 2020
Welcome back to YABOi....Ryan NEWMAN🚀🚀🚀— eBrett Buffett (@BuffettBrett) May 17, 2020
Welcome back. And a safe day for all today. Can’t wait to watch and cheer you on!!!— LB (@lab1705) May 17, 2020
They are both so cute and precious. 🥰 Welcome back, Ryan! Have a great and safe race.— Gary 🏎️🏁🏆 (@TampaBayGary) May 17, 2020
Great to see him back.— cmon man (@jeff_micholas) May 17, 2020
This is a great day! Only three months after i was at the Daytona 500 and watched that horrific accident unfold right in front of me, and the silence of 100k people not knowing his fate as they took him away, Ryan Newman is back! It was truly a miracle!🙏🏻🙏🏻 👏👏🏁🇺🇸🚀#nascar https://t.co/y3e3t72puR— Judy A. Jones (@EastGlacierMT) May 17, 2020
I Still cannot believe Ryan Newman is racing today. Amazing.— Rick Merritt (@R1ckterScale) May 17, 2020