Denny Hamlin won the 62nd running of the Daytona 500, but the biggest news from the big race has been the progress of Ryan Newman following a frightening accident near the finish line.

Well, the news is good.

CBS is reporting, via a statement from Roush Fenway Racing, that Newman is awake and speaking:

Toward the end of the race Monday, Newman was ahead of the pack when he got bumped by Ryan Blaney, sending him airborne before finally landing upside down.

It was a horrifying moment, reminiscent of the wreck that claimed Dale Earnhardt's life 19 years ago during the 2001 Daytona 500.

No word yet on the nature of Newman's injuries.


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