Driver Ryan Newman hospitalized in serious condition after Daytona 500 crash

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, and Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 RagingBull.com Ford, crash during the last lap of the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – Denny Hamlin won NASCAR’s Daytona 500 for a second straight year. Hamlin lost his lead on the final lap to Ryan Newman, but Newman wrecked, flipping upside down. Sparks and fire were visible from his car on the back stretch. Newman drives the No. 6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. 

A spokesman reported that Newman is in the hospital where doctors say he is in serious but non-life threatening condition.

Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.

We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

Statement on Status of Roush Fenway Racing Driver Ryan Newman

Media on the track reported crews used black screens to keep fans from seeing stretchers taking Newman to an ambulance.

The race was postponed Sunday with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leading through 20 laps.

FOX broadcasters announced crews removed Newman from the car and he was being rushed to a hospital in the area.

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second-straight year. But as you might imagine, the mood was somewhat somber following the race.

Denny Hamlin and his team have apologized for celebrating the racer’s Daytona 500 win while Ryan Newman was rushed to a hospital after a massive wreck.

Joe Gibbs says his team was unaware of how serious the crash involving Newman was.

Denny Hamlin says he realized the situation was serious when he was told there would be “no track interview.”

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