For the second straight year, Denny Hamlin and team owner Joe Gibbs were in Victory Lane at the Daytona 500. But they quickly halted their celebrations once they learned Ryan Newman was being attended to by safety crews on the track at Daytona International Speedway after being involved in a horrific crash on Monday night.
For part of the final lap of the biggest NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, Newman, in the No. 6 Ford, was out front, thanks to a momentous push from Ryan Blaney in the No. 12 Ford. But Blaney made contact with Newman, whose car turned, flipped upside down and slid from the track to pit road as fire and sparks shot out of it.
In Victory Lane, Gibbs apologized for his team’s celebration, which stopped once they realized emergency crews were attending to Newman, who was taken to a local hospital.