Is there anything more exciting than the finish of a close Nascar race? Especially the Daytona 500. The one thing I never take for granted is that at any given moment a horrific crash can happen at speeds faster than 150 MPH. That’s why when yesterday’s Daytona 500 came to an end with Denny Hamlin winning, my eyes weren’t on Denny, but on Ryan Newman who crashed into the wall hard about 100 yards from the finish line.
Newman, was in 3rd place, and being pushed by friend of the MRL SHOW Ryan Blaney, when his car turned and crashed. My immediate reaction wasn’t on the 2nd closest Daytona 500 finish but on the health of Newman. Newman’s crash was reminiscent of Dale Earnhardt’s crash almost 20 years earlier.
There’s a different vibe when the win is marred by a horrific event like yesterday. Denny Hamlin did donuts in his car, the confetti rained down and the Joe Gibbs racing team celebrated, all while we sat and waited for Newman to come out of the car and tell us he was ok. He didn’t. We didn’t find out until 10:30 pm that his injuries weren’t life threatening.
Joe Gibbs later apologized for the celebration stating they didn’t know the accident was so serious. Check out these videos of the crash, and then the reaction from Jeff Gordon who knew Newman’s condition was serious.