Daytona 500 Winner Thinking More About Friend Ryan Newman Than the Victory

After winning the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin was asked about his thoughts about Ryan Newman’s terrifying crash.

NBC Interviewer:

You learned about the Ryan situation. Is it difficult to celebrate in sort of a muted situation like that where you don’t know at the time were taping this what’s going on with Ryan?

Denny Hamlin:

Yeah I mean that’s the number one precedent we all need to think about at this time. I mean this is way more important than any victory you might have no matter how big the race is.

I’m good friends with Ryan. We work well together as you saw at the end of the race. We’ve worked together in these tandem situations for years. He’s been a great competitor and a guy who really set the standard on speed.


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.


NASCAR has issued the following statement:

Statement on status of Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman:

Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

President Trump tweeted he was praying for Ryan.

Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver!

Newman, 42, is a 19-year NASCAR veteran who currently runs the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. He won the 2008 Daytona 500.

“The finish, the history, that’s all great. One day it will all sink in. But right now all I’m thinking about is Ryan Newman,” Hamlin told ESPN.

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