Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
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Ryan Newman taken to hospital following last-lap wreck in Daytona 500

Ryan Newman taken to hospital following last-lap wreck in Daytona 500

Track personnel arrive to help Ryan Newman (6) after he flipped his vehicle on the final lap in front of the grandstands during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Denny Hamlin was victorious in the 2020 Daytona 500, his second-straight victory and third win overall, beating Ryan Blaney in a photo finish that was marred by a terrifying crash that sent Ryan Newman's auto flipping over the finish line and sent the driver to the hospital on Monday. "Hopefully, Ryan Newman's all right". It's the third-consecutive Daytona 500 to go into an overtime.

Denny Hamlin ended up making NASCAR history by winning the race for a second year in a row.

Hamlin's win a year ago was a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing and kicked off a yearlong company celebration in which Gibbs drivers won a record 19 races and the Cup championship.

After a rain delay on Sunday, the Daytona 500 was held yesterday afternoon in front of 100,000 people. There were nine cautions for 39 laps.


Other drivers eliminated from Daytona 500 contention after the big wreck included Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski. Another multi-car crash happened with two laps remaining, sending it to a red flag. However, the end of the race had to be postponed for Monday due to bad weather. Hamlin trails Cale Yarborough's four wins and the record seven by Richard Petty.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight. "#PrayingForRyan", Trump tweeted. Newman was one of several NASCAR drivers who attended a 2016 rally for then-candidate Trump in Georgia.

President Trump said the famous words, "Gentlemen, start your engines".

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