UPDATE: NASCAR Driver & South Bend Native, Ryan Newman, Awake, Speaking After Horrific Daytona Crash

Feb 18, 2020

Ryan Newman slides down the track after he was involved in a crash on the final lap of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday's race was postponed because of rain.
Credit AP Photo/David Graham

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors a day after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver about 20 hours after Newman's car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames.

Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The latest update was more good news for the 42-year driver and 2008 Daytona 500 champion. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Newman was involved in a ghastly crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 that hospitalized him with non-life threatening injuries. Newman is a South Bend native. 

NASCAR delivered the news nearly two hours after Newman was extricated from his race car. He remains in serious condition.

The wait for the update was excruciating for fellow NASCAR drivers and fans across auto racing.

Safety crews rushed to Newman's No. 6 Ford and worked to get the 42-year-old driver out his seat. His car was on fire as it skidded to a stop.