While you obviously can’t please everyone all the time, Ryan Newman winning the 2014 Sprint Cup would be bad for the sport and would leave many fans unhappy.
The big reason Newman’s winning of the 2014 Sprint Cup would be problematic is the fact that with just a single race left in the season, the No. 31 has not yet been to victory lane. While Newman should be commended on his consistency week in and week out, in this new and improved Chase Grid format, winning is supposed to be emphasized. Newman winning would be the ultimate slap in the face to all the drivers who won, and would prove right all the detractors of the new format. Newman’s winning the 2014 Sprint Cup would not be good for NASCAR.
The other reason Newman’s winning next Sunday would be detrimental is the fact that Newman got in by staying in the gas, bouncing off of rookie phenom, Kyle Larson. Larson said he was upset at the move, but understood the position he was in. The same people crying foul at Brad Keselowski driving aggressively last week at Phoenix should be up in arms this week as well with Newman.
You can argue that Newman had a lot more on the line, and won that spot driving aggressively at the last possible second — the perfect time to let all hang out. I’d argue this. I’d also argue Keselowski was doing the same last week.
Regardless, I have a lot of respect for Newman, and think he’s done a phenomenal job in his first season with Richard Childress Racing. He got screwed by Stewart-Haas last year when Gene Haas sent him packing, but then turned around and hired (and sponsored) Kurt Busch, who as of late, is living up to his title of “The Outlaw.” But mainly, Ryan Newman shouldn’t win the Sprint Cup this year on the fact that he hasn’t won. If he ends up in victory lane at Miami-Homestead, he should be cheered on his consistency and eventual win, but if he’s just the highest placed of the four remaining drivers, that’s a loss in my book for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.