Hamlin wins Daytona 500; Newman is hospitalized


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP/WEHT)- There was a scary moment at the Daytona 500 finish line Monday. The win for Joe Gibbs came as Ryan Newman was wrecked as the leader and crossed the finish line with his car engulfed in flames.

Newman surged into the lead on the final lap when 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. He was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken directly to a hospital.

Ryan is in serious condition but his injuries are non-life threatening.

Denny Hamlin won his second Daytona 500 and third overall.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 17, 2020)

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