Ryan Newman in Serious Condition at a Daytona Hospital After Horrendous Crash on the Final Lap of Daytona 500

Ryan Newman is in serious, but not life-threatening, condition at a Daytona hospital after horrendous crash on final lap of Daytona 500 on Monday evening.

"Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center," Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement about its driver. "He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available."

Newman's car veered right, flipped into the air and slammed upside down on another car before landing hard on the track and sliding down the back stretch.

The crash happened one day shy of exactly 19 years since NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt died after a crash into the wall on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001.

Newman took the lead on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday evening in Florida, but then he was bumped from behind by Ryan Blaney, who was jockeying to win the race as well, and Newman's car skidded to the right and flipped high into the air before landing upside down at the Daytona International Speedway.

Newman's No. 6 Koch Industries Ford had sparks emerging from different directions while his car flipped and landed on Corey LaJoie's No. 32 car, and when Newman's car finally came to a stop, there were fire flames coming from the car and fuel was seen flowing towards the fire, as seen on the Fox broadcast.

"I got a big push there that last coming to the white," LaJoie said on ESPN.com. "I don't know who was pushing me and I kind of stalled out and I don't know who hooked Newman. I was hoping he would kind of bounce off the fence to the left, but he didn't and I hit him ... it was some scary stuff. Don't' get me wrong. My car was on fire. My seat belts grabbed all sorts of areas, but it was a good day for us. I hope Ryan is OK."

Emergency crews went to the scene immediately, and Fox announcer Mike Joy said Newman would be extracted from the car and immediately taken to a local hospital. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona.

"Ryan Newman has been helped from his car by the AMR safety team, he's been loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital, and that's all the information we can be provided at this time," Fox's NASCAR announcer Mike Joy said during the aftermath.

Members of Joe Gibbs Racing, including former NFL coach and owner Joe Gibbs, prayed on the track. This was after Denny Hamlin drove the Gibbs No. 11 car to victory for a second-consecutive season, and Hamlin's third Daytona victory.

"I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the cars are and No. 1, we are praying for Ryan,'' Hamlin said.

However, after the race, thoughts were sent out to Newman's family from racing enthusiasts and even those who don't follow the sport.

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Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 09, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
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