Today’s postponed Daytona 500 ended badly after veteran NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, battling for the lead, crashed in to the wall after losing control of his race car, causing the vehicle to be hit by another driver, Corey Lajoie propelling Newman into the air. The car slid upside down in flames over the finish line before coming to a stop. Newman did not get out of the vehicle. Crews have removed him from the car and taken him to a nearby hospital; no further information is currently available.
It was 19 years ago at the Daytona 500 that a similar accident took the life of NASCAR legend and father of recent NASCAR retiree Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Earnhardt, who was also on the final lap of the race when he crashed. We will soon have updated information on Ryan Newman’s condition, so stay tuned.