Ryan Newman Released from Hospital after Daytona 500 Crash

UPDATE as of 1:45 pm on Wednesday, February 19th:

Newman has been released from the hospital!

UPDATE as of 3:45 pm on Tuesday, February 18th:

Newman remains at the hospital in Daytona Beach and is awake & speaking.

As Monday night's Daytona 500 winner, Denny Hamlin, raced first across the finish line for his third time, fellow driver Ryan Newman was caught with his car flipped upside down. Monday night Roush Fenway released a statement  saying racer Ryan Newman was "in serious condition" at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

In the statement the racing organization said Newman's "injuries are not life threatening." The organization said it will continue to update the public on Newman's condition.

Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line in the second-closest finish in race history, but the win for Joe Gibbs Racing came as Newman was wrecked as the leader and crossed the finish line with his car on its roof, engulfed in flames. 

As the broadcast came to a close by the top of the 8 p.m. hour on the east coast, announcers on Fox revealed that Newman had been taken to the hospital. "Ryan Newman has been helped from his car by the AMR safety team, been loaded into an ambulance, taken to a local hospital," said Fox host Mike Joy.

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