Ryan Newman involved in horrific crash on final lap of Daytona 500

Big Race Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Newman was involved in a fiery crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Newman had surged into the lead on the final lap when Ryan Blaney’s bumper caught the back of his Ford and sent Newman hard right into the wall. His car flipped, rolled, was hit on the driver’s side by another car, and finally skidded across the finish line engulfed in flames.

It took several minutes for his car to be rolled back onto its wheels. The 2008 Daytona 500 winner was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken directly to a hospital. The damage to his Mustang was extensive.

Denny Hamlin won the race after two red flags and two overtimes. He’s the first back-to-back Daytona winner since Sterling Marlin in 1995 and has won three overall.

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