Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
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NASCAR’s Ryan Newman taken to hospital after last-lap Daytona 500 crash

NASCAR’s Ryan Newman taken to hospital after last-lap Daytona 500 crash

The two Ford drivers went to the bottom of the track, and Blaney gave Newman a huge push as they both passed Hamlin on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile track. Blaney crossed to the inside of the track as Hamlin stayed wide. His auto slammed into a wall and flipped over, then was struck by at least one auto from behind, causing the vehicle to fly through the air. Unlimited access to NASCAR and all of The Charlotte Observer's national award-winning sports coverage.

It allowed Newman to get past him for the lead, but the bumping in the pack led to Newman's hard turn right into the wall, followed by multiple rolls and a long skid across the finish line.

Fire and sparks shot out from the vehicle as it slid from the track and onto pit road.

O'Donnell said Newman had been transported to Halifax Medical Center for treatment, which is ongoing.


Buttigieg sent his positive message after Newman's race vehicle flipped and ignited into flames on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in Florida Monday. Hamlin then apologized and explained that he hadn't heard what had happened. The 2008 Daytona 500 victor was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken directly to a hospital, and the damage to his Mustang was extensive.

Team owner Joe Gibbs repeatedly apologized for celebrating, saying the team did not realize the severity of Newman's wreck.

It was a change in tone from the immediate aftermath of the crash when many drivers tweeted their prayers and thoughts for Newman. He's the first back-to-back Daytona victor since Sterling Marlin in 1995 and has won three overall. 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.

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