Veteran NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is in serious condition at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., but his injuries are non-life threatening, NASCAR announced on Monday night. Newman was involved in a horrific crash coming down the stretch in the final lap of the 62nd annual Daytona 500, where his No.6 Ford was spun out by runner-up Ryan Blainey, crashed into the side wall, went airborne, was crashed into head-on by another driver, catching fire and skidding across the finish line where crews immediately rushed to his aid.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 18, 2020
Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman’s car was flipped at the line.
We will continue to keep you updated on his status as we learn more. pic.twitter.com/qkEwQBpoP0
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2020
First a foremost I want to give well wishes and prayers to @RyanJNewman. I had absolutely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash until I got to victory lane. There’s very little communication after the finish and i had already unhooked my radio. It’s not anyone’s fault. 🙏Rocket
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 18, 2020
Denny Hamlin claimed the checker flag, edging out Blainey by just 0.014 seconds, the second-closest finish in Daytona history. The closest finish was the 2016 race, also won by Hamlin, by 0.001 seconds over Martin Truex, Jr.