Newman, wife announce they have separated before 2020 Daytona 500

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman is dealing with a personal matter before the biggest race weekend of the season. Both Newman and his wife Krissie Newman announced on social media today that they are going through a divorce.

They were together for 16 years. Newman will have to attempt to put this behind him, as he attempts to make the field for the 2020 Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Alltell NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman leading Kurt Busch in the closing laps of the 2008 Daytona 500
Ryan Newman leading Kurt Busch in the closing laps of the 2008 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Newman will be participating in the Duels tonight on FS1. He will be participating in the first of two Duel qualifying races that begin at 7 pm EST.

“After 16 years of marriage, Krissie and I have decided to amicably separate,” Newman said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “We will continue to jointly raise our girls, while remaining friends and continuing to work together supporting Rescue Ranch.

“Thank you for the years of support and friendship. We ask that our daughters’ privacy be respected during this time.”

Newman has made 36 starts at Daytona International Speedway, according to Racing Reference. He has completed 6,116 of 6,335 laps at the facility for 96.5% completion rate. Also, he led 104 laps in the previous races.

He has one career win at the track, which at the 2008 Daytona 500 on February 17, 2008 when he drove the Alltell car to victory lane for Roger Penske. He has an average start of 19.9 and an average finish of 18.4. Only five races during his career at this historic facility he did not finish.

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