NASCAR: Ryan Newman Has ‘No Memory’ of Nearly Fatal Daytona 500 Crash Last Year

by Atlanta Northcutt

A year after being severely injured in a fiery crash during an attempt to conquer 2021’s “Great American Race,” driver Ryan Newman is ready to get back to burning rubber during the upcoming NASCAR competition.

Ryan Newman Returns to the Daytona 500 After Crash

Prior to his plans to drive in the upcoming race, Ryan Newman was involved in a fiery crash at Daytona 500 last year. The accident led to his hospitalization causing him to miss three races due to receiving a head injury.

This will the driver’s third attempt at conquering Daytona 500. He won the race in 2008. However, in 2019, Newman suffered from a terrible crash. In 2020, the Nascar driver was in the lead while on his final lap until his vehicle crashed, flipped several times, and caught on fire right before he reached the finish line. He was immediately taken from the scene by an ambulance and checked into a hospital.

Once Ryan Newman watched a YouTube video showing every single angle of his Daytona 500 fiery and frightening wreck, he says he became overwhelmed with emotions.

“It brought tears to my eyes. Like, ‘Damn,’ ” he said. “But those are tears of respect and appreciation, not tears of sadness because I was here and I was able to watch it and know that just down the hallway my kids were going to wake up shortly.”

Blocking Out the Bad; Focusing on the Future

After such a traumatic experience, it appears the 43-year-old driver is still itching to get behind the wheel. He claims he has no recollection of how the events unfolded as the accident was taking place. The deadly wreck could’ve, without a doubt, been a career or even a life-ending event.

“God works in mysterious ways and one of those mysterious ways that I can’t answer is the deletion of that chapter or that part of my hard drive that was that day so that I can’t remember the potential tragedy that wasn’t,” says Newman during an interview with “So, I don’t have any fear because I don’t have any memory. If you’ve ever been in a car accident, or you know somebody who has been in a car accident and they were conscious the whole time, they will always carry that fear with them.”

“I have no memory, therefore I have no fear, but it’s also my passion and my love and what I enjoy doing,” he adds.

Ryan Newman Is Recognized By Fans and Fellow Drivers

Although the actual winner of Daytona’s 2020 race was Denny Hamlin, the majority of the focus was on Newman and his condition. Other driving greats, such as Dale Earnardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon reached out to show support for their fellow Nascar driver. Earnhardt took to social media to express his concerns, while Gordon used his position as a FOX broadcaster to speak on the story and send positive thoughts and prayers to Newman.

Fans and viewers bombarded social media with well-wishes and worries.

The hospital released Newman a few days following the crash. He still returned to the fifth NASCAR Cup Series in May for last year’s season. The driver is a one-time winner of the Cup Series in 2017 where he finished No. 25 in the standings for the 2020 Cup Series.

2021 Daytona 500 Better Be Ready for Newman

For the 2021 race, Ryan Newman’s position will be at No. 7. He is confident he can beat the competition and will make a great comeback. Hopefully, this year can be the one he takes home the Daytona 2021 first-place trophy.

“It’s the most amazing job you could ever have, and that’s where my focus is. I just am doing my best to continue and try to become a Cup champion,” he says. “I still have another opportunity and God has given me that opportunity, and I’ll enjoy it with my two beautiful girls and our team together.”