Hamlin and Newman contrast risk and reward at Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin wins second closest Daytona 500 of all-time

Denny Hamlin wins second closest Daytona 500 of all-time

Newman's auto again landed on its roof and skidded past the finish line to a stop, spewing sparks and fuel that caused a fire.

Newman was rushed to a local hospital. but his current condition remains unclear.

It took almost two hours for NASCAR to announce Newman did not have life-threatening injuries.

Hamlin's team boss Joe Gibbs meanwhile apologized for celebrating the win in the immediate aftermath of the chequered flag when Newman's vehicle was still being tended to on the track.

It would have marked his second victory in Daytona 500 had he won on Monday. He was the 2008 victor of the Daytona 500 and holds 18 Cup Series wins, according to the website.

"We're praying for the best".

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Hamlin's win previous year was a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing and kicked off a yearlong company celebration in which Gibbs drivers won a record 19 races and the Cup championship. "I hope Ryan is OK".

The Daytona 500, considered the biggest race of the year, has served as the NASCAR season opener since 1982. Newman was bumped and careened into the wall. I don't want to say those things happen.

Among those who had shots at victory erased by the wreck were Keselowski, Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson. [I was] definitely trying to push him to a win.

Breathtaking crashes are common at Daytona International Speedway, where drivers racing for position at 200 miles per hour and in tight quarters often make contact. There have been no fatalities at the track since Dale Earnhardt's death following a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. "I feel really bad about it".

They have two daughters together and both girls were at his side in the moments before Sunday's race began, only to be delayed a day by rain.

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