NASCAR is usually notorious for what is known as ‘the Big One’. Here, multiple cars get involved in a huge crash, a sight fairly common in NASCAR and IndyCar. At the recently concluded Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was caught up in this kind of crash on the final lap of the race.
At the time of the incident, he was leading the race, but got tagged from behind. From that point onwards, he was simply a passenger, as his car even went airborne and another car hit him. At the end of it all, Newman had to be admitted to hospital for further treatment.
The good news for NASCAR was that the injuries were not life-threatening, though he was in a serious condition. Now, the sport can breathe a sigh of relief as Ryan Newman has been discharged from the Halifax Medical Center.
His team, Roush Fenway Racing even released a statement, revealing that the American driver was ‘awake and speaking’. To make matters even better, the driver was spotted leaving the Halifax Medical Center, with his two daughters.
The Ryan Newman incident
The American driver got a tap from Ryan Blaney’s car, and this resulted in the No. 6 car to careen into the wall. Newman’s car then flipped over and almost an instant later, Corey LaJoie T-boned the wrecked car in midair.
Fortunately, the track marshals were quick to respond and pulled Newman out quickly. There were a few heart-in-mouth moments when the car caught fire and was leaking fuel, but both were dealt with promptly.
With Ryan Newman and several others out of the race, Denny Hamlin took the win. Naturally, he celebrated the win, but cut it short as soon as he found out about his rival’s accident.
Sadly, Twitter was absolutely merciless and fans criticized Hamlin and the team after the crash for celebrating their win. Luckily, Dale Earnhardt Jr. intervened and defended Hamlin’s predicament