Joe Gibbs on Daytona 500: NASCAR’s Super Bowl is our very first race
Former Washington Redskins coach and Joe Gibbs racing owner Joe Gibbs discusses the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory and the Daytona 500.
Race fans held their breath following a violent crash involving Ryan Newman on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday night.
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Newman was hospitalizing with non-life-threatening injuries.
NASCAR delivered the news nearly two hours after Newman was extricated from his car, saying he is in serious condition at nearby Halifax Medical Center.
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The wait for the update was excruciating for fellow NASCAR drivers and fans across auto racing who spent the time wondering how seriously he was hurt.
Safety crews rushed to Newman's No. 6 Ford and worked to get the 42-year-old driver out of his seat. The car was on fire as it skidded to a stop and had to be turned onto its tires first.
Ryan Blaney, who locked bumpers with Newman and turned him sideways, sounded crestfallen. Corey LaJoie, who slammed into Newman's sideways car at full speed, watched a replay and insisted he had no way to avoid the contact. Fox Sports analyst and four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon may have summed it up best.