As the field came to the checkered flag in Monday’s rain-delayed Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was involved in a horrific crash that sent him straight to the hospital.
As the entire NASCAR world awaited an update on Newman’s condition, the support came pouring in on social media.
Some of the messages included those from fellow competitors Corey LaJoie, Noah Gragson and more.
Dang I hope Newman is ok. That is worst case scenerio and I had nowhere to go but smoke.
— Corey LaJoie (@CoreyLaJoie) February 18, 2020
This shit is real. We’re all on the road together doing what we love. Please let @RyanJNewman be ok here. ?
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) February 18, 2020
Praying hard for @RyanJNewman. ?
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) February 18, 2020
Sending massive prayers up for Ryan! ????????
— Chris Lambert (@3widemiddle) February 18, 2020
At 10:04 p.m. ET, NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell delivered the news everyone had been hoping for: Newman had survived the accident at Daytona. He also read the following statement from Roush Fenway Racing.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 18, 2020
Once the news was delivered that while Newman is currently at the hospital in serious condition, the entire NASCAR world breathed a collective sigh of relief. Suddenly, the Frontstretch staffers who had gathered in a chat room nervously awaiting for news together turned from concern to hope, reminiscing about their favorite Newman memories.
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) February 18, 2020
After seeing the Newman replay I was dreading having to do DBC this week. Holy Miracle. Hoping he has a full recovery is a lot easier to do than hoping he’s alive. Continued prayers.
— Brett Griffin (@SpotterBrett) February 18, 2020
So freakin thankful!! https://t.co/Z3kSA2U6Pj
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) February 18, 2020
So thankful to hear Ryan’s injuries are not life threatening. My biggest fear while upside down Friday night was getting hit in the drivers side. To see it actually happen was such a scary moment. Please continue to send thoughts and prayers to Ryan and his family ??
— Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) February 18, 2020
First a foremost I want to give well wishes and prayers to @RyanJNewman. I had absolutely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash until I got to victory lane. There’s very little communication after the finish and i had already unhooked my radio. It’s not anyone’s fault. ?Rocket
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 18, 2020
Every ounce of effort put into safety over the past two decades has just paid off.
— Tyler Burnett (@_TylerBurnett) February 18, 2020
We all act invincible, at times even feel that way, especially as the laps wind down….this always hits home, pulls everyone together and back to reality of what we all choose to do week in and week out. Continue to pray for @RyanJNewman and family. Big man upstairs has a plan.
— Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) February 18, 2020
Something I love abt #NASCAR, the ppl. We’re passionate abt our drivers & teams, but we also love EVERY driver, crew & media member’s family. We come together in triumph & to support each other in times of need. Still sending ❤️s & ??s @RyanJNewman #TeamNewman #DATONA500
— Ronnie Rizzo (@Riz23) February 18, 2020
Longest…most silent flight I have ever been on. Grateful to get off that plane & hear some positive news coming from Daytona Beach. The racing community is a special place, I’m glad to be a part of it & in times like this it shows how great it really is. Goodnite ?
— Brent Wentz (@Brent_Wentz) February 18, 2020
— Marvin Beach (@MBeach14) February 18, 2020
Ryan Newman morphed into A.J. Foyt tonight and bitch slapped the grim reaper back to the shadow realm tonight.
— JPet27 (@JPetschauer) February 18, 2020
Sure, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, and we have no idea what the future holds for Newman. But for tonight, we can rest a little easier knowing that doctors do not consider his injuries life-threatening.
The entire Frontstretch staff sends its thoughts and prayers to Newman and his family during this time.
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