The National Association for Stock Car Racing, or NASCAR, is one of those sports where the danger is hidden by the skill of those participating.
It is a contest of inches or less in some cases. They say “rubbing is racing” but anything rubbing together at such high speeds is sure to cause problems. From above these hulking monsters made from steel and rubber rocketing down the track by literal explosions in the engine my look smooth or even soothing.
But the split second that something goes wrong, there can be terrifying consequences.
Denny Hamlin emerged victorious at the Daytona 500 on Monday night, winning the iconic NASCAR race for a third time, but it was overshadowed by a string of frightening crashes — including a fiery wreck that sent Ryan Newman to the hospital.
Newman flipped several times; his car ultimately crossed the finish line engulfed in flames.
Fortunately, his injuries were not life-threatening, according to NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell, who read a statement from Roush Fenway Racing Monday night.
This photo shows track personnel arriving to help Newman after he flipped his car during the final lap directly in front of the grandstands during the Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Many videos from several different angles popped up on social media shortly after the accident occurred.
This is the craziest video of the Ryan Newman wreck. Prayers up pic.twitter.com/bBFkFu8cKm
— Braiden Turner (@bturner23) February 18, 2020
In slow motion, you really get an idea at how violent that accident was… Thoughts going out to Ryan Newman and his family. pic.twitter.com/d2Sg2PgxbV
— PDaley Productions (@PDaleyProd) February 18, 2020
Denny Hamlin ended up winning the race in the number 11 car. This is his second Daytona 500 win in a row. The race was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday but had to be postponed due to the rain.
The Daytona 500 was in the news earlier this week with President Trump becoming the first sitting President to act as a field marshal for the race. Trump even took a lap around the famous track in The Beast, his armored Cadillac limousine that normally serves in his motorcade.