An absolutely horrific ending to the Daytona 500 today.
On the final lap, Ryan Newman was leading the pack when Denny Hamlin bumped Ryan Blaney, who eventually clipped Newman from behind. The impact sent Newman into the wall at an extremely high rate of speed, where he was eventually hit by Corey Lajoie.
His car flipped several times before crossing the finish line on its roof, sparks were flying and the car erupted in flames. According to some witnesses, he was awake when he was removed from the car, but nevertheless, he was taken to the hospital immediately. Denny Hamlin went on to win the race.
As of right now, there’s still no word on the severity of Newman’s condition, but obviously this was an awful crash and our hearts go out to his family and friends. These guys risk their lives every time they climb behind the wheel and right now, we’re just praying that he’s ok.
Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman's car was flipped at the line.