DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WIBW) - Ryan Newman was leading the Daytona 500 in the final stretch. However, just before the checkered flag, Newman was bumped in the rear by Ryan Blaney, sending Newman careening into the track wall in a fiery wreck that subdued the post-race atmosphere.
Newman spun out and flipped over in the middle of the track. He was struck by another vehicle and sent airborne, as sparks flew from the vehicle.
When the car landed, it caught fire before the NASCAR safety teams extinguished the flames.
NASCAR gave a brief update to Newman's status.
"Ryan Newman has been helped from his car, by the AMR safety team." NASCAR commentator Mike Joy said. "He's been loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital."
No information was given as to the extent of his injuries. Crews used screens to shield Newman from view as he was moved from the car to the ambulance.
Emporia-native Clint Bowyer, who finished 6th in the Daytona 500, tweeted following the race, hoping Newman is well.
Newman is in this 19th full season on the NASCAR series. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2002, and has 18 cup wins, including the 2008 Daytona 500.