Daytona 500: How Ryan Newman’s Last Lap Ended in Flames

Written by on February 18, 2020

Credit score…Chris O’Meara/Related Press

There are 200 scheduled laps within the Daytona 500, but it surely was the final one in every of this yr’s race on Monday that might be most remembered. In a couple of chaotic moments, Ryan Newman’s automobile edged into the lead on the ultimate flip, crashed, flipped onto its roof after which was hit broadside by one other automobile. Within the fiery aftermath of the accident, Denny Hamlin won the race, the group fell silent and Newman skidded down the observe in a bathe of sparks and flames.

Newman’s accidents had been reported after the race as severe however not life-threatening. There have been no additional updates as of noon Tuesday.

Right here’s a moment-by-moment have a look at what occurred.

There had already been a crash as the final lap began, however as a result of it didn’t have an effect on the leaders, no yellow flag got here out and the race steamed towards the end. Ryan Blaney (12), in third place, bought proper behind Newman, in second. Working along with the draft, the 2 automobiles blew by the chief, Hamlin, dropping him to 3rd and placing Newman in place to win.

Within the ultimate flip of the race, Newman (6) led Blaney and Hamlin. However when Blaney pulled up proper onto Newman’s bumper, the difficulty started.

Blaney’s automobile pushed Newman’s No. 6 from behind, sending him spinning proper towards the wall.

As soon as it hit the wall, Newman’s automobile — going through again down the observe — flipped into the air as the opposite contenders coated the ultimate yards to the checkered flag.

That left him in a precarious place, tumbling by means of a cloud of smoke into the visitors behind the leaders. His automobile dropped proper in entrance of the one pushed by Corey Lajoie, who later mentioned he had nowhere to go. “I didn’t even know who I hit,” Lajoie told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning. “No one realizes how briskly 200 m.p.h. is or how gentle or how uncontrollable these automobiles are after they get off form.”

Lajoie slammed into the motive force’s facet of the airborne No. 6 automobile, sending Newman and the automobile again into the air.

Newman skidded down the observe in a hail of sparks, ultimately crossing the start-finish line in ninth place.

Newman got here to relaxation on the apron, motionless and with gasoline — and now flames — rising from his upturned racecar. Emergency employees rapidly doused the fireplace, flipped the car again onto its tires, and set to work extricating the injured Newman.

The roof was lower off the automobile to assist get Newman out of it. Screens had been used to defend the stretcher carrying him from the group.

By then, the end result had change into an afterthought. Hamlin edged Blaney in a photograph end to assert his second consecutive Daytona 500 win. Unaware of Newman’s accidents, he and his workforce celebrated on the observe and within the pits. Hamlin later apologized as soon as phrase of the severity of the crash reached him.

“I had completely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash till I bought to victory lane,” he wrote on Twitter. “There’s little or no communication after the end and that i had already unhooked my radio. It’s not anybody’s fault.”

Newman’s well being and restoration, Hamlin mentioned later in an interview in Victory Lane, “is far more essential than any victory, regardless of how huge the race is.”

Newman’s workforce ultimately launched an announcement during which they mentioned Newman was in severe situation however “the docs have indicated his accidents are usually not life-threatening.”

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