DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin received a second straight Daytona 500 on Monday, however the victory was rapidly overshadowed by concern for Ryan Newman after he was concerned in a fiery wreck near the end line.
Newman was main the race through the last lap when his automobile was bumped and crashed into the wall. The automobile lifted into the air and flipped earlier than crossing the end line on its roof, in flames.
Newman was helped from his automobile and brought by ambulance to a hospital, Nascar mentioned. His standing was unclear.
Here is the ultimate lap of the Daytona 500 by which Ryan Newman’s automobile was flipped on the line.
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Hamlin turned the primary driver since Sterling Marlin in 1995 to win a second consecutive Daytona 500. His margin of victory on Monday was the second-smallest within the race’s historical past. Ryan Blaney completed in second place, adopted by Chris Buescher.
Joe Gibbs, the proprietor of Hamlin’s workforce, apologized for his or her celebration after the race in an interview on Sirius XM Nascar, saying he was not conscious of the severity of Newman’s wreck.
“I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the cars are and number one, we are praying for Ryan,” Hamlin mentioned.
The race completed about 28 hours after it started on Sunday afternoon with a command to begin engines from President Trump. A sequence of rainstorms triggered a delay after a number of laps, and the remainder of the race was finally postponed till Monday.
Just 50 miles of the scheduled 500 miles have been logged on Sunday. When the race was restarted at four p.m. on Monday, the 40-car discipline managed to run pretty cleanly for a lot of the race. But within the last 40 miles, a sequence of main wrecks took out half the opponents.
The messes compelled officers to red-flag the race to a cease, to wash up the monitor and reset the sphere.
The largest of the crashes began when Joey Logano pushed Aric Almirola into the again of Brad Keselowski, who had led for 75 miles. Nearly a dozen vehicles subsequently piled into the spinning vehicles.
The race received up and operating once more and the leaders have been about 5 miles off the end when Ross Chastain misplaced management whereas making a move for the lead and spun into Ryan Preece, Logano and several other different contenders.
The late stoppage compelled the race into time beyond regulation, with Denny Hamlin’s Toyota main a quintet of Fords. And after a chaotic end, it was Hamlin rising with yet one more Daytona victory, although the elation after the win rapidly gave method to fear over Newman’s situation.
[This is a developing story that will be updated.]
The Associated Press contributed to this report.