Ryan Newman Speaks Out After Crashing at Daytona 500 for Second-Straight Year

by Evan Reier

After crashing at Daytona 500 for the second consecutive season, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has responded.

It’s hard not to feel for Newman. After recovering from one of the most brutal wrecks in recent NASCAR history, there was hope that Newman could make a comeback story. Unfortunately, that was not to be as the driver was wrapped up in a 16-car pile-up.

Here’s the full list of drivers involved:

  • No. 1 Kurt Busch
  • No. 6 Ryan Newman
  • No. 8 Tyler Reddick
  • No. 10 Aric Almirola
  • No. 12 Ryan Blaney
  • No. 17 Chris Buescher
  • No. 19 Martin Truex Jr.
  • No. 20 Christopher Bell
  • No. 21 Matt DiBenedetto
  • No. 24 William Byron
  • No. 36 David Ragan
  • No. 38 Anthony Alfredo
  • No. 43 Erik Jones
  • No. 48 Alex Bowman
  • No. 77 Jamie McMurray
  • No. 99 Daniel Suarez

Newman kept a pretty calm attitude about the whole deal speaking through his team’s Twitter account afterwards.

“Somebody crashed on the outside row in front of us,” Newman said. “We had nowhere to go and I got hit from some place. Had the wreck missed, but got him from some place and that was the end of our day. Feel bad for Kohler Generators jumping on board and getting wrecked out of the Daytona 500 so early, but unfortunately, that’s part of racing. Wish we could’ve had some better results.”

Ryan Newman Speaks on Loss of Memory of 2020 Crash

The 2020 crash was one of the biggest sports moments of the year. Coming down the final lap of the Daytona 500, Newman contacted Ryan Blaney. This caused the driver’s vehicle to swerve towards the wall, hitting it at a high speed.

It only got worse as driver Corey LaJoie then hit Newman. This sent his car flying into the air, and then tumbling down the track in the final seconds of the race. After a shower of sparks, what remained of his car caught fire. Responders needed 15 minutes to recover Ryan Newman from the vehicle.

Afterward, Newman said he had no recollection of the crash, or even the majority of the race coming up to it.

“It takes time for it to heal. I was knocked out,” Ryan Newman said to TODAY. “There was a point where I don’t remember a part of the race. Realistically, I feel so lucky. On so many levels, I feel so lucky. You look at the crash and you think that is spectacular in a bad way. You look at the car afterwards, you think about all the things that happened right for me to be sitting here.”

While this year also featured a massive crash, it was, thankfully, far less severe.