Denny Hamlin won his second-straight Daytona 500 after Ryan Newman got turned while leading on the last lap and flipped over.
As Newman’s car crashed behind them, Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney to the finish as the two slammed doors while racing to the line. Crews worked for minutes after the crash to extricate Newman from the car and he was transported to a local hospital. No immediate update was given on his condition.
Newman got hit directly on the driver’s side of his car as it was upside down after it flipped over. He was blocking Blaney as they came to the finish line and got turned into the wall before the car went upside down.
“Number one, we’re praying for Ryan,” Hamlin said in victory lane. He had initially celebrated the win in the moments after crossing the finish line but was subdued in victory lane.
“Bumpers hooked up wrong and turned him,” Blaney said of what happened at the start of Newman’s crash. “I hope he’s alright, it looked pretty bad. Definitely just trying to push him to a win.”
The crash to end the race was one of many that filled the race’s final laps.
A huge crash took out nearly 20 cars with just fewer than 20 laps to go. It started near the front of the field when Logano bumped Aric Almirola forward into Brad Keselowski. The contact put Keselowski into the wall and sent Almirola spinning in front of the field. Drivers like Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto and Bubba Wallace were all collected.
The crash happened just moments after Kyle Busch pulled off the pace after his car started smoking. Busch’s engine had malfunctioned and he was able to limp around the track after the crash but unable to continue when the race went back green.
Two crashes followed that one. A crash between Reed Sorenson and Timmy Hill set up a restart with four scheduled laps to go and another big crash with less than two scheduled laps to go came when Ross Chastain and Ryan Preece made contact entering turn 1 while racing for fourth.
That wasn’t the last crash before the final lap, either. Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell crashed on the ensuing restart to set up the final two-lap race to the end.
Oh, there was also a wreck on the final lap too. Chase Elliott hit the wall entering turn one after the white flag but NASCAR kept the race green as the finish unfolded.