Newman’s life was only thing that mattered at 2020 Daytona 500

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ryan Newman’s health was paramount on Monday night. Sure, Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500.

However, it did not matter that he won the race. He could have celebrated his win on Tuesday morning — normally a Monday morning after the traditional Sunday race — before doing his media tour before the Las Vegas race this weekend.

What's left over of Ryan Newman's race car after he was cut out of it following a horrific crash at the Daytona 500
Ryan Newman’s race car after he was cut out of it following a horrific crash at the Daytona 500 (Photo by the Associated Press/David Graham)

Hamlin’s car goes into a special area at Daytona International Speedway for a year beginning today, February 18th, 2020 through February 18, 2021. Joe Gibbs Racing apologized due to a lack of communication, because they claim they did not know how bad it was with “The Rocket Man.”

Newman’s life was on the line. And that’s the only thing that mattered.

He was involved in a horrific crash to end the race. He was leading the race when things took a turn for the worse.

He lost control of his vehicle, and then slammed into the wall. Newman’s car then got upside down and twisted.

His car was going down, as Corey LaJoie hit his driver’s side. This caused Newman’s car to spin again and eventually land upside down.

Newman officially finished the race in the ninth position. But that also meant nothing, as NASCAR medical officials attempted to get Newman out of his vehicle.

He had to be cut from his vehicle before being transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hours later, there was a statement from NASCAR saying he’s in serious condition.

But he’s expected to survive. There’s no word on his injuries. And the family has the right to hold back information.

When they are ready, the family will release more information — if they choose to release that information. Let’s just hope for the best in this situation.

While a lot of people are praying for Newman, especially those who are religious, other people have acted like complete jerks. How would you feel if you were in that situation? We bet you wouldn’t like it at all.

Social media is a good space for information and to interact with others. And it’s also an evil place, as seen once again on Monday night.

The keyboard warriors were out in full force. So many people wrote on social media that Newman was dead.

Those search words “Ryan Newman Dead” even had a search on Twitter with people claiming that he had lost his life.

Also, some left-wing individuals were posting that it’s because of a “Trump curse,” because Newman is a big Trump supporter.

They had no information to go off of, but they assumed it was true. This is why our country is divided because one group of individuals believe what they want to believe — even when it’s not factual — and the other half waited and believed the truth.

We elected to wait to post that Hamlin won the Daytona 500 later. Our focus as a company was on Newman — and it wasn’t until after Steve O’Donnell talked to the media at DIS that we put out a second story on Newman.

This accident shows how fragile life is. NASCAR has not had a death in its sport since 2001 when Dale Earnhardt Sr. died, which just happened to be 19-years-ago today.

Our family and friends can be gone in an instant. You never know when your number is picked. And you’re gone. But your family has to move on without you.

The same could happen with any driver in Motorsports, even when they’re wearing safety equipment. We have seen it too many times with drivers losing their lives.

It’s a risk that every man and woman in Motorsports know that they’re taking. But they continue to do it because they love to do it, along with performing for the fans.

Every time they suit up, they’re risking their lives. People need to realize that. But unfortunately, people don’t.

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