Monday's 62nd running of the Daytona 500 featured a scary accident involving the 19-year NASCAR veteran driver Ryan Newman, 42, near the finish line.
He was bumped from behind by Ryan Blaney. He was sent into the wall before another driver collided with the driver's side of the Newman's vehicle. The car briefly caught on fire. Newman needed to be extracted from the vehicle. Crews used black screens to keep fans from seeing. He was quickly transported to Halifax Medical Center in serious condition. His injuries are not life threatening, according to a statement from Roush Fenway Racing. "The entire Ford family is sending positive thoughts for his recovery, but our first thoughts remain with his family and his team," Mark Rushbrook, global director for Ford Performance Motorsports declared. Corey LaJoie, who slammed into Newman's sideways car at full speed, watched a replay and insisted that he had no way to avoid the contact.
Newman won the 2008 Daytona 500. NASCAR has not had a fatality in its elite Cup Series since 2001. Newman had escaped several scary wrecks at Daytona and Talladega over the years. His car went airborne, flipped repeatedly and landed on its roof in the 2003 Daytona 500. He had a similar crash-landing at Talladega in 2009.