Hamlin and Newman contrast risk and reward at Daytona 500

Hamlin and Newman contrast risk and reward at Daytona 500

"Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center", NASCAR said in a statement on Twitter.

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"We will continue to provide information as it becomes available". He was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. This is his second season driving the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.

"We didn't know until victory lane", Gibbs said. Racing, we know what can happen, we just dream it doesn't happen.

"At this time, our thoughts are with Ryan and his family".

Newman crashed on the final lap near the finish line and his auto caught fire.

As Hamlin celebrated the win, attention quickly turned to Newman, whose vehicle spun out of control and burst into flames.

Hamlin won after two red flags and two overtimes. "But No. 1, we're praying for Ryan". But as you might imagine, the mood was somewhat somber following the race.

In a crash-marred Daytona 500 following a one-day rain delay, Denny Hamlin won the 62nd running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 Monday which featured a total purse of $23.6 million.

Team owner Joe Gibbs apologised after the race for the winning team celebration.

Blaney seemed somewhat distraught in a post-Daytona interview when asked to walk viewers through the final laps. He passed Denny Hamlin for the lead on the backstretch, getting a push from Ryan Blaney.

Newman took the lead and then locked bumpers with Blaney, sending Newman to the wall and airborne.

"We got in the winner's circle and that's when people told us later on in the winner's circle".

"We have a group of expert consultants ... with a great level of experience, education and background in protecting humans during crashes", John Patalak, Director of Safety Engineering for NASCAR said in 2017. Newman's condition has yet to be updated as fans are hoping he will be okay in the long term.

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