Denny Hamlin wins third Daytona 500; Ryan Newman hospitalized

Denny Hamlin won his second straight Great American Race on Monday after Sunday's event was rained out.

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February 18, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Ryan Newman crashes in the tri-oval coming down to the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Monday. Photo by N-J/Nigel Cook

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Newman flipped across the finish line, his Ford planted upside down and on fire, a grim reminder of a sport steeped in danger that has stretched nearly two decades without a fatality.

At the finish line, Denny Hamlin made history with a second straight Daytona 500 victory in an overtime photo finish over Ryan Blaney, a celebration that quickly became muted as drivers awaited an update on Newman’s condition.

“I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the cars are,” Hamlin said. “But number one, we are praying for Ryan.”

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