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19 Car Pileup at Daytona 500

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    A 19-car pileup occurred with just 16 laps left in the Daytona 500. The wreck started with Joey Logano Pushing Aric Almirola, who then hit Brad Keselowski. Keselowski was then hit into the wall and started a nasty chain reaction.

    Jimmie Johnson said, "That N0.22 car had been pretty aggressive all day long. I just felt like it was a matter of time before his pushes were a little much and it looks like that was the case here"

    Ryan Newman was taken to the hospital just after the crash for injuries. Among the other drivers were Jimmie Johnson, Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin DillonMartin Truex Jr. and many others.

    This was a pretty intense crash. It starts in the video at about the 50 second mark

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    Brutal wreck. Hard to watch it slide that far upside down, only for the car to catch on fire when it stopped.. not much to say other than I really hope he is okay. I can't imagine Hamlin feels too good about this win overall. Great on him on yet another win but with a 'big one' like that coming at the very end of the race you can't be thinking about much beyond hoping the people like Ryan Newman that were carted off to the hospital are ok.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    Brutal wreck. Hard to watch it slide that far upside down, only for the car to catch on fire when it stopped.. not much to say other than I really hope he is okay. I can't imagine Hamlin feels too good about this win overall. Great on him on yet another win but with a 'big one' like that coming at the very end of the race you can't be thinking about much beyond hoping the people like Ryan Newman that were carted off to the hospital are ok.

    Yeah, it's never ok to cheer for wrecks and whatnot at the races, but you know people do. I really hope everyone's OK. It's hard to imagine Newman being one of, if not the only one that had to go the hospital out of all that.

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    He's still in "serious condition" at the hospital as of this morning, but thankfully his doctors are saying his injuries aren't life threatening. It's hard to imagine how anyone could have survived a crash like that, so I can't help but give kudos to NASCAR for having safety regulations that prevented this from being a true catastrophe.

    What does everyone think about Denny Hamlin's celebration after his victory? I know it's easy to pile on and criticize him for his lack of empathy, but I take him at his word when he says he didn't know about the seriousness of Newman's crash because he had already unhooked his radio. And heck, he just won the biggest race in sports. I'd be celebrating, too. I do give him props for clearing the air and, while not necessarily apologizing, at least clarifying why he celebrated the way he did after crossing the finish line.

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    BearDown Wrote:

    What does everyone think about Denny Hamlin's celebration after his victory?

    Watch from 1:40 or so when Hamlin is spinning his car on the grass in celebration to about the 2:20 mark. After you see Newman's racing team in huddled prayer they cut to Hamlin celebrating and there is COMPLETE silence from the broadcasters for a long 30-40 seconds.

    I get that he cut off communications at the end and he didn't know. I don't fault him at all for it. Wrecks happen often in NASCAR and that's kinda just part of the sport so you can't expect for him to have been fully aware of how bad the wreck was in real time while he was driving compared to the fans in the stands or us watching on TV with a bird's eye view and instant replay on loop.