Nascar driver hospitalized after fiery crash

Ryan Newman's car was apparently leaking fuel before it was hit as he entered the final lap at the Daytona 500.
2:02 | 02/19/20

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Transcript for Nascar driver hospitalized after fiery crash
And next, to that lor iic crash at the daytona 500 on the final lap. And there is news coming in tonight on the driver, Ryan Newman's, condition. He's alert and talking with doctors. He was in the lead, hit from behind, going airborne, then hit by another car, erupting in flames. Crews rushing to Newman's side, working to free him. Millions of fans watching this. Well, tonight, that news on how he's doing, and it comes 19 years to the day after Dale Earnhardt Sr. Was killed on the track. ABC's Victor Oquendo at daytona. Crash, into the wall, into the air! Reporter: Tonight, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is lucky to be alive after this fiery crash at the daytona 500. Next flag will end the race and Newman is there. Reporter: Newman had just taken the lead in the final lap when a bump from behind sent his Ford mustang spinning into the wall at 200 miles per hour. And a shower of sparks, on his roof. Reporter: Driver Corey Lajoie smashing right into him. I didn't even know who I hit. You're concentrating on trying to get a good finish. Reporter: Newman's car finishing across the line in flames. Silence in the stadium as emergency crews extracted the 42-year-old from the wreckage. He's in serious condition. Doctors have indicated his injuries are nonlife threatening. Reporter: Denny Hamlin winning the race in a photo finish. His teammates praying in the pits. Hamlin telling Kelly and Ryan he didn't realize the crash was serious at first. Wrecks are so common in these races anyway that you don't think anything about it. Got informed in victory lane that it was something serious. Reporter: Newman, a father of two, flipped his car in a crash at this same track back in 2003. And 19 years ago tonight, racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. Lost his life at daytona after this crash -- also in the final lap. After that crash, NASCAR beefed up safety regulations. There has not been a fatal crash since. NASCAR is now investigating. They'll look into why his car was leaking fuel and if there were any other safety issues. We still don't know the extent of Ryan Newman's injuries, but again, the good news tonight, he is awake and communicating with doctors and his family. David? That is good news. Victor, thank you.

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