Amidst all the heart-stopping moments in NASCAR‘s history, one incident stands out as particularly haunting since 2001.
The end of the 2020 Daytona 500 will forever be etched in memory – especially the brutal last-lap crash involving Ryan Newman, leaving viewers anxiously waiting for news on his condition.
Newman’s #6 car lost control, flipping wildly as Corey LaJoie collided head-on into the driver’s side, leaving fans in shock and rescue workers frantically trying to free Newman from the wreckage.
The tense moments following the crash harkened back to the 2001 Daytona 500 tragedy where NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt lost his life on the final lap, evoking a sense of dread among NASCAR fans.
Miraculously, Newman survived despite sustaining serious injuries, defying the odds after being struck at nearly 200 mph. Just two days post-accident, Newman walked out of the hospital with his young daughters – a true testament to his resilience.
Returning to the track after missing only three races, Newman continued racing for one more season before retiring as a full-time driver.
Even more astonishing was the visual evidence of Newman’s survival – a dent in his seat and a damaged helmet from the crash, a testimony to the grace that spared his life that day.
The haunting image of Newman’s helmet – bearing the impact of the crash – was unveiled, reaffirming the miraculous nature of his recovery.
Revealing the helmet to the public was a poignant moment, undoubtedly revisiting painful memories for Newman (despite his lack of recollection of the crash).
However, it serves as a tangible reminder of Newman’s astounding survival and the miracle that transpired during that fateful crash.
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