Ryan Newman taken to hospital after crash at end of Daytona 500; injuries ‘not life-threatening’

Ryan Newman's car flipped and caught fire during a crash at the finish line of the Daytona 500 on Monday as he tried to hold on to the lead.

In a frightening scene, Newman was unresponsive on his radio as medics rushed onto the track. He was removed from his mangled car and stretchered into an ambulance as race personnel held up large black screens to block the crowd's view. Newman was transported to the nearby Halifax Medical Center.

NASCAR in a statement announced that Newman is in serious condition but that his injuries are not expected to be life-threatening. He remained hospitalized Tuesday morning.

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The final lap of the Daytona 500 took place after several previous big crashes in the race forced stoppages. Newman, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney were packed together nearing the final stretch, with Newman slightly ahead. Newman's vehicle was turned into the outside wall, and as he flipped, Corey LaJoie was unable to avoid him while going at full speed.

Hamlin finished in first place and, unaware of the severity of the accident, celebrated the win in Victory Lane before issuing an apology once he learned what had occurred behind him.

NASCAR drivers, Hamlin included, have offered their prayers and support to Newman en masse.

Newman, 42, has been driving since 2000. His best season to date is the 2014 campaign, when he finished in second place in the championship chase.