What we know after the Daytona 500 crash

Ross Houston
February 18, 2020

In footage obtained by Fox NASCAR, Newman's auto is seen flying in the air before repeatedly flipping upside down.

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was rushed to a local hospital on Monday evening, after his auto was involved in a terrifying wreck on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Hamlin's win came in overtime as caution periods pushed the race past its scheduled 500-mile distance and one day after heavy rain forced officials to postpone the finale.

Newman wrecked as the leader and crossed the finish line with his auto on its roof, engulfed in flames.


Emergency crews went to the scene immediately, and Fox announcer Mike Joy said Newman would be extracted from the auto and immediately taken to a local hospital.

Black screens were erected around the site of Newman's vehicle as workers extracted the driver from the wreck.

Soon after, it was reported that his injuries were non-life threatening.

Newman's team, Roush Fenway Racing, issued a statement shortly after 10 p.m. ET with an update on Newman's condition.


NASCAR drivers and racing fans sent words of support for Newman and his family.

Going into the final lap, Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota was out front with Newman and Blaney right behind him, respectively. "I knew him crossing the track there was a bad scenario in the first place". It's a weird balance of excitement and happiness for yourself, but obviously someone's health and their family is bigger than any win in any sport. We hope to hear good news soon.

Among the first to express concern was Hamlin, who began his Fox interview in victory lane by mentioning Newman and later clarified he was unaware of the severity of his injuries during his initial burnout celebration.

"We were coming so fast it's hard to make a quick move, especially with someone pushing you", Blaney said. We got in the winner's circle, and then that's when people told us.


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