Daytona 500 Ends With Horrific Crash For Ryan Newman
While Denny Hamlin walked away from the Daytona 500 with a victory, Ryan Newman suffered a horrific crash and was taken away by ambulance to Halifax Medical Center.
Newman’s car flipped several times and ended up crossing the finish line engulfed in flames.
Miraculously, reports are saying Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening.
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined others worrying about Newman after his scary crash Monday night.
For many fans, the fiery wreck triggered memories of the crash that killed Dale Earnhardt during the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.
As Newman went door-to-door with Ryan Blaney for the finish – the 0.014 margin of victory was the second closest in race history – Newman took a wild ride along the track when he crashed trying to hold onto the lead. Newman had surged into the lead on the final lap when Blaney’s bumper caught the back of his Ford and sent Newman hard right into the wall. His car flipped, rolled, was hit on the driver’s side by another car before skidding across the finish line in flames.
“I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the cars are and number one, we are praying for Ryan,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin was unaware of Newman’s situation when he initially began his celebration. Team owner Joe Gibbs apologized after the race for the winning team celebration.
Our thoughts go out to Ryan Newman and his family during his recovery.