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Ryan Newman hospitalized after violent crash on last lap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was involved in a horrific crash just as Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 Monday at Daytona International Speedway.

Newman in the No. 6 Ford surged to the lead on the last lap of the race — which was delayed from Sunday because of rain — with the help of Ford teammate Ryan Blaney. But Newman’s car turned and slammed into the wall after more contact from Blaney’s No. 12 then flipped into the air before being hit hard again by Corey LaJoie’s Ford before landing on its roof and skidding across the track. 

Fire and sparks shot out from the car as it slid from the track and onto pit road. 

Safety crews rushed to the car once it stopped sliding to put the fire out and get Newman out of the car. He was taken to a local hospital, according to FOX’s broadcast. But his condition remains unknown.

Ryan Newman's No. 6 Ford skids across the track on its roof after crashing and flipping on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

“I hope he’s all right,” a noticeably shaken Blaney said on pit road after finishing second. “That looked really bad and not something you want to do. Definitely unintentional.

“I was just committing to pushing him to the win once he blocked a couple times, was kind of beat. Just hope Ryan’s all right. It sucks to lose a race, but you never want to see anyone get hurt.”

Hamlin won his second straight Daytona 500, while Chris Buescher finished third. Team owner Joe Gibbs repeatedly apologized for celebrating, saying the team did not realize the severity of Newman’s wreck.

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