American Ryan Newman is in hospital “serious but not life-threatening” condition after crashing in Florida on the last lap of the Daytona 500. As his car was hit from behind the 42-year-old was in the lead and it crashed into the wall before falling and being hit by another driver. US President Donald Trump provided the starting order on Sunday but due to rain, the race was postponed to Monday.
The Daytona 500 is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (Nascar) season’s biggest race. Ryan Newman had hit Newman’s Ford Mustang, who was then beaten in a photo-finish by Denny Hamlin. Newman, who won the tournament in 2008, was rushed to a hospital, and about two hours after the crash an update was issued on his condition.
The Daytona 500 is scheduled for 500 miles (200 laps). But leading to an overtime finish, the race’s 62nd edition was extended to 522.5 miles (209 laps) Hamlin defeat Blaney by 0.014 seconds-the lowest margin in the history of the tournament. For Hamlin, 39, he would become just the sixth team to win the race at least multiple times. Also, the first to assert back-to-back wins since Sterling Marlin (1994, 1995). It was the third win in five years.
Florida’s Daytona International Speedway race scheduled on Monday was delayed from Sunday due to bad weather.
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