NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has been hospitalized after flipping his car in a horrific high-speed crash at the Daytona 500.
Newman was fighting for the lead against Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney when his No. 6 Ford slammed into the wall, then flipped up and over during the final lap of the race in Florida.
Although Hamlin eventually won the race, his celebration quickly turned into a cause for concern as emergency crews rushed to remove Newman from the car, which landed on its roof.
"The finish, the history, that's all great. One day it will all sink in. But right now all I'm thinking about is Ryan Newman," Hamlin told ESPN reporter Ryan McGee after the crash.
Safety workers spent nearly 10 minutes trying to pry the 42-year-old from his car, which was hurtling towards the finish line at nearly 200mph, according to Yahoo Sports.
He was taken to a local hospital, but NASCAR didn't provide an immediate update on his condition.
Blaney pushed Newman's car out in front of the others, a common move drivers use to edge out their opponents in order to snag the lead.
However, the maneuver comes with a ton of risk - Newman's car quickly careened into the wall, sending smoke, sparks, and a tire tumbling across the raceway.
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The horrific accident was one of several crashes that happened at the annual race held in Daytona, Florida.
At 209 laps, Monday's race is the longest Daytona 500 in history.
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