End of Daytona 500 marred by scary wreck that sent the leader up in the air and down on his roof with the car on fire
- Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second-straight year and the third time overall with the second-closest finish at the Great American Race.
- The finish of the race was marred by an ugly wreck in which the leader, Ryan Newman, was spun out, hitting the wall hard and then flipping into the air.
- Newman's car eventually landed on its roof with parts of the car in flames.
- Newman was eventually removed from the car and taken directly to a local hospital. There was no word on his condition.
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Denny Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 with the second-closest finish in the race's history, but the finish was marred by a scary wreck that left a hush over the crowd and sent Ryan Newman to the hospital.
Newman was leading the race on the final lap as they approached the checkered flag. As he attempted to block the surge of Ryan Blaney, Newman was spun, hitting the wall hard. Newman was then hit hard by Corey LaJoie, sending Newman's car airborne,
Newman's car landed hard on its roof before coming to a rest with the car on fire and gas leaking heavily.
Here is the wreck as it happened live on Fox.
As Hamlin celebrated the win, there was a noticeable quiet in the crowd as rescue crews worked to get the fire out, get the car flipped upright, and retrieve Newman from the car.
Newman was eventually pulled from the car and Fox reported that he was taken directly to a local hospital with no report on his condition.
Here is the replay.