Although Denny Hamlin received his second championship in back to back years at this year’s Daytona 500 there were a trio of crashes in the final laps that forced a two-lap overtime shootout.
One of those crashes was Ryan Newman who was running at the front of the field before contacting Ryan Blaney.
He was pitched into the outside wall and into a multiple 360 spin just before the finish line that had his car ended up on the roof. Fox Sports reported Newman was extracted from the car and was taken to a local hospital by the ambulance.
“I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the cars are and number one, we are praying for Ryan,” Hamlin told reports after his win.
Runner-up Blaney said the way the final lap shook out, with Newman surging ahead of Hamlin. That Blaney locked in behind Newman in a move of brand alliance for Ford.
“We pushed Newman there to the lead and then we got a push from the 11… I was committed to just pushing him to the win and having a Ford win it and got the bumpers hooked up wrong. It looked bad,” he said.
Ryan Newman’s health status is still unknown at this point.