Denny Hamlin made more history on Monday as the Daytona 500 finally concluded having been delayed a day due to rainfall. However, it did not come without a price. That price was fellow driver Ryan Newman ending up hospitalized. Fortunately, everyone surrounding the team is indicating that Newman is not in a life-threatening condition. He is said to be in a ‘serious condition,’ though, so it could be a long road back for the former 500 winner. As for Hamlin, though, this was his third 500 victory and his second in a row. By holding off Ryan Blaney at the line, who had been the man to accidentally start Newman’s rough ride, by just 0.014 seconds, he now holds the two closest wins in the history of the race.
The ending of the race, as usual for both Daytona and Talladega, saw a ton of carnage and wrecks take place. The finish came in ‘overtime’ as Newman and Blaney teamed up to pass Hamlin. Hamlin didn’t block down the back stretch, allowing him to pull back up to them. Blaney got a push from him, which eventually caused Newman to spin and then be hit by the hapless Corey Lajoie. That forced Newman upside down as Hamlin narrowly beat Blaney to the line in a race that finished almost in prime time on the East Coast. Our thoughts are with Newman and his family.