South Bend native Ryan Newman injured in fiery crash at Daytona 500

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Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing with Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Newman was involved in a ghastly crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 that hospitalized him with non-life threatening injuries.

NASCAR delivered the news nearly two hours after Newman was extricated from his race car.

He remains in serious condition.

The wait for the update was excruciating for fellow NASCAR drivers and fans across auto racing.

Safety crews rushed to Newman’s No. 6 Ford and worked to get the 42-year-old driver out his seat.

His car was on fire as it skidded to a stop.

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the third time when he beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line in the second-closest finish in race history.

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