Newman Exits Hospital; Roush Puts Chastain In Seat
Wed, 19/02/20 – 18:00 | No Comment
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Ross Chastain will replace a recuperating Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Newman was injured in a violent, …

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Flat Spot On: Long-Running Safety Revolution Saved Newman
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Ryan Newman, who was involved in a horrific wreck at Daytona on Monday, left the hospital with a daughter on each hand on Wednesday. Safety equipment did its job. (Photo courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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For a guy who recently finished a book on some of the deadliest years of professional racing—and the safety revolution those years spawned—I felt strangely numb the day after Ryan Newman escaped from his finish-line crash on Monday night in Daytona. A brutal series of events, the crash included four different circumstances in a couple seconds that can potentially kill a driver.

The end of this Daytona 500 was like a near death experience, except not your own. Once the thankful outcome became certain, there’s an aftermath. Relief comes first and before nagging doubts finally pass in one last shudder of horror.

On Tuesday, I found initial relief in some thoughtful online comments plus the professional work of a couple of fellow commentators. Writer Ryan McGee and broadcaster Ricky Craven helped sum up that whole oddball process of a brilliant racing enterprise, invariably part ritual and part magic, turning into something else.

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Wed, 02/19/20 – 17:54 | 2 Comments
Flat Spot On: Long-Running Safety Revolution Saved Newman
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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For a guy who recently finished a book on some of the deadliest years of professional racing—and the safety revolution those years spawned—I felt strangely numb the day after Ryan …

Wed, 02/19/20 – 17:54 | 2 Comments
Quiet Not Peaceful After A Wreck Like Newman’s
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Silence isn’t golden at a race track. Instead, it’s so loud that it’s deafening.
Such was the case Monday night at the end of the rain-delayed Daytona …

Tue, 02/18/20 – 9:01 | One Comment
Hamlin Wins 500; Newman Survives Scary Wreck
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last week, Denny Hamlin couldn’t come up with the names of drivers who have won three Daytona 500s. He did know that winning three would put him in “very, very …

Mon, 02/17/20 – 22:50 | No Comment
Rain Postpones Daytona 500
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Rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s 62nd running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway after just 20 laps had been completed.
The race has been rescheduled for Monday. The starting time has been set …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 19:03 | No Comment
Cup Season Begins On Note Of Optimism
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The grandest stage in stock car racing and its annual Great American Race received plenty of presidential treatment on Sunday.
And as choreography and scripts go, the …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 17:42 | No Comment
Jimmie Ponders Future As Career End Nears
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Jimmie Johnson climbs into his No. 48 Chevrolet Sunday it may be his last Daytona 500, but there’s no reason to be sad for him …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 14:37 | No Comment
INDY CAR Screening Process Continues At Texas Motor Speedway
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Open-wheel superstar Josef Newgarden says INDYCAR’s revolutionary cockpit Aeroscreen looms as the “last major safety advancement” on cars that now resemble fighter jets.
“This is the biggest …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 12:03 | No Comment
Junior Ready For His Role As A Flag-Waver
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As a throng of fans stood in security lines for nearly 90 minutes to enter the Fan Zone this morning at Daytona International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of sport’s most …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 11:55 | No Comment
Chevy Hopes New Facility Will Bring Speed
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – During Richard Petty’s illustrious career, the seven-time NASCAR champion won in cars produced by three different manufacturers, but he said Saturday that Chevrolet’s current program was …

Sat, 02/15/20 – 19:45 | No Comment
Enfinger Returns to Victory Lane In Style
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Grant Enfinger arrived at Daytona International Speedway this month he hadn’t won a NASCAR Gander RV Outdoors Truck Series race since 2018. Jordan Anderson had …

Sat, 02/15/20 – 18:15 | No Comment