Ryan Newman Hospitalized After Rollover Crash with Fire at Daytona 500; Denny Hamlin Wins Race for Second Consecutive Year

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries following a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500. CBS2 New York’s Dick Brennan reports.

Denny HamThe 2020 Daytona 500, the 62nd running of the event, was scheduled for February 16, but persistent rain caused the race to be suspended on lap 20 on Sunday and postponed until 4 p.m. on Monday February 17, 2020. The one-day postponement was only the second time the Daytona 500 has been postponed because of rain. The first postponement occurred in 2012.

The 2020 Daytona 500 was contested in overtime for 209 laps — from 200 laps due to the overtime finish. On the final lap, Ryan Newman was involved in a rollover crash with fire, and was immediately transported by AMR paramedics to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. His injuries are initially not believed to be life-threatening.

Denny Hamlin wins the 2020 Daytona 500 by narrowly edging out Ryan Blaney on the final lap. It was Hamlin’s second consecutive Daytona 500 win, and third in the last five years.

Most of the race was good until lap 185, when a crash involved at least 20 cars on the backstretch, and the race was red-flagged. Denny Hamlin won the race by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney on the second restart in overtime. Chris Buescher, David Ragan, and Kevin Harvick placed in the top five.

The race on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) asphalt Super Speedway in Daytona Florida is annually the first race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race was started by President of the United States Donald Trump, who served as Grand Marshal, and the opening lap was paced by the official Presidential state car “The Beast” presidential limousine.

President Donald Trump was at the Daytona 500 on Sunday as the Grand Marshal for the 62nd annual running of the Great American Race. Watch his arrival in Air Force One, his interview with Jamie Little, his laps around the track in “The Beast,” his command to start the engines, and his message to the drivers and their crew chiefs in this full video of his time at Daytona International Speedway.

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