Daytona 500 Crash Sends Ryan Newman to the Hospital

Crews worked for minutes after the crash to extricate Newman from the vehicle and Fox reported that Newman would be taken directly to a hospital.

Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

A statement released Tuesday said that he "remains under the care of doctors" and he "is awake and speaking with family and doctors". His last victory came in 2017 at Phoenix Raceway.

On Feb. 13 - just four days before the crash - Ryan and his wife, Krissie Newman, announced they were amicably separating after 16 years of marriage.

Newman's fellow competitors had earlier voiced concern over the plight of the driver following the race.

Hamlin was criticized for celebrating his second consecutive Daytona 500 win. Team owner Joe Gibbs was apologetic for the No. 11 team's initial reaction.

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"Number one, we're praying for Ryan", Hamlin said in victory lane. There were nine cautions for 39 laps.

The crash was a stark reminder of both the dangers of auto racing and the improvements NASCAR has made since 2001, when Dale Earnhardt was killed on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

The Daytona 500 started with a big presidential send off Sunday, but the race stopped in its tracks just 20 laps into it because of heavy rains. He passed Denny Hamlin for the lead on the backstretch, getting a push from Ryan Blaney.

"We didn't know until we got into victory lane", Hamlin told us on the way out of the Sirius XM building in NY.

"He blocked the top, and then he blocked the bottom too, and at that point when he blocked the bottom, I was just committed to pushing to win, try to get a Ford to win instead of [Hamlin]".

Newman was credited with finishing ninth.

  • Lawrence Cooper