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Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin form new NASCAR team, sign Bubba Wallace to multiyear deal

NBA legend Michael Jordan has partnered with three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin to form a new NASCAR team, and the duo has already signed Bubba Wallace to “a multiyear deal to drive for the yet-to-be named, single car team,” according to a news release by the NBA.

What are the details?

“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan, who is majority owner, said in a statement. “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me.”

“Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners,” added Jordan, who is also the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA franchise. “The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”

Hamlin — who is still a NASCAR driver himself — made the announcement of his partnership with Jordan on social media, saying that the team would be competing in 2021 while declaring, “Deciding on a driver was easy – it had to be Bubba Wallace.”

“Bubba has shown tremendous improvement since joining the Cup Series and we believe he’s ready to take his career to a higher level,” Hamlin continued. “He deserves the opportunity to compete for race wins and our team will make sure he has the resources to do that.”

He added, “Off the track, Bubba has been a loud voice for change in our sport and our country. MJ and I support him fully in those efforts and stand beside him.”

In response to Hamlin’s post, Wallace tweeted, “This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”

What else?

NBC Sports noted that Wallace, 26, “is in his third full season in Cup,” and that “all 105 of his starts in NASCAR’s premier series have been with Richard Petty Motorsports.”

The outlet further reported that Wallace is “the only Black driver competing full-time in any of NASCAR’s top three national series,” pointing out that “he has been active in helping lead NASCAR through social changes, including the banning of the Confederate flag at series events and tracks.”

Wallace parted ways with Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this month, according to NPR, which reported that Jordan is “trying to make NASCAR more inclusive.”

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NASCAR suspends Mike Wallace indefinitely over social media post

Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has been suspended indefinitely for violating conduct guidelines with a social media post.

The racing sanctioning body has not yet disclosed which of Wallace’s online messages was flagged as the rule-breaker, but Wallace has warned his followers against making “foolish, uneducated” posts.

What are the details?

NASCAR announced Wallace’s suspension on Thursday, stating:

“According to the penalty report, Wallace violated NASCAR Rule Book Sections 12.1, 12.8 and 12.8.1.e (Member Conduct Guidelines), the last of which states:

‘Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination:

‘Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.'”

The post on NASCAR’s website also noted, “As a condition of the behavioral penalty, Wallace must also perform sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR before his reinstatement.”

Fox News reported that “Wallace’s Facebook feed is filled with commentary on various topics including slavery and gun violence, but NASCAR did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News to confirm if the offending post has been removed.”

The most recent post on Wallace’s Facebook feed is from Thursday, and he reportedly posted it ahead of NASCAR’s announcement of his suspension.

Wallace wrote:

“You know as I fly across the United States today I’m ready various people’s political views and I have to say a famous four star Military General that I spent time with in the MidEast told me Mike let me give you some advice don’t ever get in a conversation about politics or religion unless you are really smart. I said why do you say that comment His response it’s like being balanced on a single edge razor blade if you slip you will get cut!Think about that before we all make foolish uneducated post! Moral of this story is most of use just repeat what we have heard we really don’t know.Have a great positive day!”

According to HITC, Wallace is 61 years old and returned to NASCAR’s Xfinity Series in July after a five-year break to race for JD Motorsports.

The outlet reported that “Wallace has four wins in 497 career Xfinity starts, alongside five wins in 115 starts in Trucks, and has made 197 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series.”

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NASCAR releases picture of the noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage that sparked an FBI investigation

NASCAR released a picture showing the noose that was hanging in the garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, at Talladega Superspeedway. The noose sparked an FBI investigation as Wallace and members of his team believed it was a hate crime.

The FBI investigation determined that the noose had been in that garage since the fall of 2019, and wasn’t an act of hate directed toward Wallace.

The incident came during a time of intense racial unrest in the United States, and in NASCAR. NASCAR had recently banned the Confederate flag from being flown at races, at Wallace’s urging.

Wallace was an active participant in social justice protesting in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, having worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt to a race and driven a car featuring a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

When the noose was discovered in his garage, NASCAR immediately issued a statement condemning the alleged hate crime and supporting Wallace. In a dramatic show of support for Wallace, the other drivers pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the field before Monday’s race at Talladega.

Wallace was moved to tears by the show of support, which went viral and gained national attention that far exceeded NASCAR’s normal reach.

The day after the race, the FBI released its findings that no hate crime had been committed. Still, Wallace went on CNN with Don Lemon and expressed his anger over those who didn’t believe him.


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On Wednesday, Wallace seemed ready to accept that he was not the victim of a hate crime, and acknowledged the embarrassing nature of the situation.

“It’s been an emotional few days,” Wallace wrote on Twitter. “First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR, and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been.”

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Al Sharpton: Did ‘someone know’ about ‘noose’ when Bubba Wallace was ‘belatedly’ assigned to stall?

Al Sharpton wondered Wednesday if there’s more left to uncover after the FBI concluded that the “noose” found on Sunday in the stall of black NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since last October at least and that “no federal crime had been committed.”

“Nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” the FBI added. NASCAR characterized it as a “garage door pull rope.”

But Sharpton isn’t convinced it was all just a big misunderstanding.

What are the details?

“The FBI identified it as a noose, and NASCAR said it was a noose or went along with the FBI’s characterization,” he said on MSNBC. “It was a noose. So the question is, even if they did not know that Bubba Wallace was going to use that stall, why was a noose in the stall? It’s clear what a noose represents … did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there? So, I don’t think this answers a lot of questions, and … I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry.”

What else?

Wallace was angry during his interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday after some condemned Wallace’s initial words in the face of the FBI’s conclusions.

“I’m pissed!” he told Lemon. “I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity.”

Wallace added that he’s “been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that, so people that wanna call it a garage pull and put out old videos and photos of knots, being in, as their evidence, go ahead! But from the evidence that … I have, it’s a straight-up noose.”

“I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car around my picker, guys, to confirm that it was a noose, and never seen anything like it,” he added.


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Many NASCAR drivers and employees joined in show of solidarity with Wallace before Monday’s race after it was reported that someone had left a noose as a racial threat against him.

Wallace had previously demanded that NASCAR ban the Confederate flag from its events in order to make them more comfortable for attendees who don’t view the flag positively. Soon after NASCAR banned the flag.

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Breaking: FBI finds noose incident in NASCAR garage was a ‘misunderstanding’

After much hand-wringing since the announcement that someone had placed a noose at the garage of NASCAR’s only African American driver, the FBI announced that it was all a misunderstanding.

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace decried the allegedly racist act on Sunday when it was found at his garage at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. On Tuesday, the FBI said there had been no crime committed and it was not a racial act.

The FBI said in its statement that it sent 15 agents to investigate the incident.

“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the statement read.

“Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” the FBI concluded.

In response to the incident, dozens of NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and others walked alongside Wallace and his car to show solidarity with him before Monday’s race.

A separate statement from Wood Brothers Racing added additional information as to how the incident occurred:

“One of our employees alerted us yesterday morning that, without knowing the details of the incident, he recalled seeing a tied handle in the garage pull-down rope from last fall. We immediately alerted NASCAR and have assisted the investigation in every way possible,” the statement read.

“The Wood Brothers organization is proud to stand with Bubba Wallace and the entire industry as we work to make every race fan a part of our NASCAR family,” they concluded.

Wallace finished 14th in the Geico 500 NASCAR race Monday, which was won by Ryan Blaney in a photo finish.

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VIDEO: Multiple NASCAR drivers and crew members join in pushing Bubba Wallace’s car to the front of the pack at Talladega

In a moving scene ahead of the GEICO 500 Monday, a large group of fellow drivers and crew members joined to push Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 car to the front of the pack at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Just one day earlier, a noose was found in Wallace’s garage, sparking outrage and a Department of Justice investigation into the matter.

Wallace is NASCAR’s only black driver and has been outspoken about racial injustice following George Floyd’s death, having worn a shirt with the phrase “I can’t breathe” on it and displaying “Black Lives Matter” signage on his car.

He also recently advocated successfully for the ban of Confederate flags at NASCAR races.

NASCAR posted the video to its Twitter page Monday with the caption: “We are one family. One NASCAR.”

NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell also reposted an overhead video of the tribute showing the size of the crowd participating.

Wallace posted on social media following the discovery of the noose, saying, “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism.

“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you,'” he added. “This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”

NASCAR vowed to do everything it can to find the person(s) responsible for the action and “eliminate them from the sport.”

In the post, Wallace also noted the support he has received from fellow drivers and people across the NASCAR industry.

Ahead of the race Monday, Wallace posted a selfie with other drivers standing in solidarity behind him.

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Noose found in garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, at Alabama race

A noose was found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Sunday, ESPN reported.

Wallace successfully advocated for NASCAR to ban Confederate flags at its races after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked nationwide racial justice protests. He has also worn a shirt to races that reads “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” and driven a car with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism,” Wallace wrote in a statement posted to Twitter Sunday night. “Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and team members in the garage. Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.

“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you,'” Wallace continued. “This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”

In apparent protest of the Confederate flag ban on NASCAR property, people flew the flag outside the racetrack, and someone flew an airplane above the racetrack with a banner that featured a Confederate flag and the words “defund NASCAR.”

NASCAR has launched an investigation into the noose incident and said it would eliminate from the sport anyone who is found responsible.

“As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all,” the NASCAR statement said.

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NASCAR driver runs ‘Blue Lives Matter’ scheme days after Bubba Wallace races ‘Black Lives Matter’ car

NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, who pilots the famed #43 for Richard Petty Motorsports, ran a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme at Martinsville Speedway last Wednesday.

“I think by running this branding on our car, putting the hashtag out there, bringing more awareness to it, it lines up with the videos that we had put out as NASCAR,” Wallace, the only black driver running full-time in NASCAR’s Cup Series, said. “Listening and learning. Educating ourselves. So people will look up what this hashtag means. And hopefully get a better understanding.”


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Wallace ran the car the same week that NASCAR announced a ban on Confederate flags at all future events, a monumental and controversial policy change.

In response, Xfinity Series driver Kyle Weatherman showed up at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, in preparation for the Hooters 250, with a paint scheme that honored law enforcement.

Weatherman’s scheme contrasted Wallace’s, declaring, “#BackTheBlue.”

On Weatherman’s hood was the blue and black flag that has become synonymous with “Blue Lives Matter.”

“Mike Harmon Racing proudly releases the 47 Chevy Camaro paint scheme #ThinBlueLine piloted by @KyleWeatherman @HomesteadMiami,” Weatherman’s team announced. “Mike Harmon Racing supports our LEO’s and First Responders, we THANK YOU for your service, sacrifice and dedication.”

“RACEDAY here in Miami have something special on the car this weekend. A lot going on in the world right now and I wanted to express that most first responders are good people. My uncle is a firefighter and he would do anything to help save lives. please repost LOVE everyone,” Weatherman said on Saturday.

In response to David Ragan, a former Cup Series driver, Weatherman added, “I absolutely I support the black men and women of this country and also support all first responders also. LOVE EVERYONE.”

Weatherman finished 33rd on Saturday after completing just 67 of the 167 scheduled laps at the 1.5 mile oval in southern Florida.

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NASCAR driver quits because fans can’t bring Confederate flags to races any more

A NASCAR driver announced his intention to quit the sport after the organization announced a ban on Confederate flags at races, according to MSN.

Ray Ciccarelli, a 50-year-old driver in NASCAR’s truck racing series, criticized NASCAR for “political BS” for the flag ban and for allowing kneeling during the national anthem. The following quote has been edited for clarity.

“Well it’s been a fun ride and dream come true, but if this is the direction NASCAR is headed, we will not participate after [the] 2020 season is over,” Ciccarelli wrote on Facebook, “I don’t believe in kneeling during [the] anthem nor [taking people’s] right to fly whatever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate flag, but there are people that do and it doesn’t make them a racist; all you are doing is f***ing one group to cater to another and I ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for sale!!”

Ciccarelli has participated in 18 races over the past four years, with no wins and one top-10 finish.

NASCAR banned Confederate flags after Bubba Wallace, the sport’s only black driver, called for the ban during an interview on CNN. Wallace participated in social justice protesting by wearing a shirt that read “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” during a race. On Wednesday night, Wallace drove a car featuring a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” a NASCAR statement read. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”

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Breaking: NASCAR bans any display of the confederate flag at their events

All displays of the confederate flag have been banned at NASCAR events according to a statement from the racing organization on Wednesday.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” read the statement from NASCAR.

The statement appeared to be a response to the call from Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR, to remove the flag in order to avoid the appearance that racing enthusiasts support racism.

“Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special,” the statement from NASCAR continued. “The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”

Wallace explained that he believed the flag makes many people uneasy from attending races.

“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race,” he said. “It starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”

The focus on racial justice issues in America heightened after the death of George Floyd, who died at least in part due to injuries sustained while four police officers arrested him in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Bubba Wallace, the only black NASCAR driver, calls for ban on Confederate flag at races

Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR, called for the organization to ban Confederate flags at its events in order to remove any perceived association of the sport with racism, Mediaite reported.

Wallace is the first black driver to participate in NASCAR’s top series since the 1970s. He said the racing league has done a lot to combat racism, but the Confederate flag issue is one that should be removed immediately.

“My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags,” Wallace said. “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”

Wallace said fans who have a problem with the removal of the Confederate flag can “get back on the road where you came from.” He said he previously didn’t have a problem with the Confederate flag, and he was uneducated about kneeling protests when they first began, but his views have changed over time.

“There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change,” Wallace said. “We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR — we will have those conversations to remove those flags.”

Wallace wore a T-shirt that read “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” to a race in Georgia last weekend, in a show of solidarity with protesters of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Wallace, whose car normally features a McDonald’s sponsorship, will drive a car featuring a Black Lives Matter paint scheme during Wednesday’s race in Martinsville, Virginia.

“I think by running this branding on our car, putting the hashtag out there, bringing more awareness to it, it lines up with the videos that we had put out as NASCAR,” Wallace said, according to CNN. “Listening and learning. Educating ourselves. So people will look up what this hashtag means. And hopefully get a better understanding.”

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NASCAR driver suspended, then fired for using N-word during live broadcast of online racing competition

A NASCAR driver was fired from his racing team and hit with an indefinite suspension by the league for inexplicably dropping a racial slur during an online racing competition that was broadcast live, WCNC-TV reported.

Kyle Larson, 27, was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing on Tuesday for using the N-word during the livestream, when he apparently believed his audio wasn’t being broadcast.

“After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” the team said in a statement. “As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization. As we continued to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.”

During the iRacing event, Larson lost communication through his headset. He was doing a mic check, when he said, “You can’t hear me?” Then, he said the slur.

“Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud,” one driver responded, alerting Larson that he actually could be heard.


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NASCAR, which has suspended competition due to the coronavirus along with all other major sports leagues, suspended Larson indefinitely Monday. Larson also lost his major sponsors, including McDonald’s, Chevrolet, and Credit One Bank.

Larson apologized for his use of the word.

“I just want to say I’m sorry. Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said and there’s no excuse for that. I wasn’t raised that way, it’s just an awful thing to say,” Larson said. “I understand the damage is probably unrepairable and I own up to that, but I want to let you all know how sorry I am.”

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Without actual sports to play, professional athletes try to entertain fans by playing each other at video games

Obviously, there are much more serious consequences to the coronavirus outbreak than the shutdown of global sports. However, that does not mean that we need to pretend that, for many people, the sudden cancellation of sports (as well as virtually all other public recreation) has not had an affect.

Some enterprising athletes and promotional companies have, however, begun aggressively ramping up production of a relatively novel form of entertainment that still features many of your favorite athletes — competitive video game expeditions.

Of course, the phenomenon of athletes streaming themselves playing video games is not new. Many professional athletes, including NBA stars Ben Simmons, Gordon Hayward and others, have well established names in the gaming and streaming communities. However, with “real” arenas sitting empty across the country, the video game hobbies of major professional athletes are becoming an opportunity to keep fans in touch with their favorite athletes, provide some sports-related entertainment, and raise money for coronavirus charities along the way.

One of the first sports to grasp the possibility of virtual competition was NASCAR, which promptly took advantage of the existence of iRacing virtual racing simulation technology to begin hosting simulated NASCAR races, featuring real star NASCAR drivers, for charity. These races have been such a huge success that Fox has actually broadcast two races, complete with play by play commentary, for an estimated total of 2 million viewers. NASCAR has enthusiastically indicated that the “eNASCAR” series will continue hosting weekly races until their real racing schedule resumes.

NBA stars are likewise filling their time with video game exhibitions, including an NBA 2K20 tournament that began Friday night. This tournament was broadcast on ESPN and featured bona fide NBA superstars, including injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. Durant was seeded as the number one seed in the tourney, but suffered a stunning first round upset to the tournament’s 16 seed, Derrick Jones Jr.

The second round of the tournament will be played Sunday on ESPN. The NBA and the players’ association have put up $100,000 apiece that will be donated to the coronavirus relief charity of the winners’ choice.

Although the NHL and MLB have not had events as widely publicized or successful as the NBA and NASCAR, some players and teas across both leagues have organized video game events to help keep fans entertained and engaged with their favorite teams and athletes while “shelter at home” orders continue.

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Driver Ryan Newman in serious condition after terrifying wreck at Daytona 500

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was rushed to a local hospital after he was involved in a fiery crash in the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday night, prompting prayers across the sports world as observers awaited updates on his “serious” condition.

What are the details?

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Daily Mail reported that Newman was leading the race “when his car was nudged up against a wall and flipped over” before “it was struck by a trailing vehicle and flipped again.”

Newman was cut from the wreckage by medics and WFTV-TV’s Joe Kepner reported that crews on site used “black screens to keep fans from seeing.”

Driver Denny Hemlin ended up winning the race, but told ESPN afterward, “The finish, the history, that’s all great. One day it will all sink in. But right now all I’m thinking about is Ryan Newman.”

After more than an hour, NASCAR released a statement saying, “Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”

President Donald Trump also sent his well wishes for Newman, tweeting out, “Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver! #PrayingForRyan.”

The race concluded on Monday after a rain delay on Sunday caused the finish to be postponed. At the start of the race on Sunday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a grand entrance and kicked off the event with a lap around the speedway in the presidential limousine.

President Trump told the crowd, “NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family, and country.”

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Driver Ryan Newman in serious condition after terrifying wreck at Daytona 500

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was rushed to a local hospital after he was involved in a fiery crash in the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday night, prompting prayers across the sports world as observers awaited updates on his “serious” condition.

What are the details?

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Daily Mail reported that Newman was leading the race “when his car was nudged up against a wall and flipped over” before “it was struck by a trailing vehicle and flipped again.”

Newman was cut from the wreckage by medics, and WFTV-TV’s Joe Kepner reported that crews on site used “black screens to keep fans from seeing.”

Driver Denny Hamlin ended up winning the race, but told ESPN afterward, “The finish, the history, that’s all great. One day it will all sink in. But right now all I’m thinking about is Ryan Newman.”

After more than an hour, NASCAR released a statement saying, “Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”

President Donald Trump also sent his good wishes for Newman, tweeting out, “Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver! #PrayingForRyan.”

The race concluded on Monday after a rain delay on Sunday caused the finish to be postponed. At the start of the race on Sunday, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump made a grand entrance and kicked off the event with a lap around the speedway in the presidential limousine.

President Trump told the crowd, “NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family, and country.”

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NY Times reporter criticizes President Trump for Daytona 500 appearance. It doesn’t end well.

A New York Times reporter criticized President Donald Trump for using his presidential limo known as “The Beast” during his visit to the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Reporter Maggie Haberman said, “Using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event.”

In response, Haberman was rebuked for her characterization of Trump’s activities on Sunday.

Indeed, Trump was not in Daytona for a political event, rather he was on-hand as a VIP guest to give the iconic “gentleman, start your engines” command, as well as lead the field of 40 drivers during the pace laps before the race got underway.

“I’m sorry, but this is just an absurd characterization of what’s actually happening here and describing it this way betrays a real bias,” one person responded to Haberman.

To be blunt, get a life, Maggie. Obama went to a #MarchMadness game and that was fine. Relax. I know the #Daytona500 is the opposite of what The Times represents readership-wise, but chill,” another person responded.

“Maggie, your unique insights are invaluable. Keep up the solid journalisming!” another critic responded.

“What did you want him to ride in? An Uber?” another person responded.

“Wait until you learn that the president rides in that thing to literal campaign events,” another person responded.

“So what do you call it when you use journalism as a politics apparatus for the Democratic Party?” one person mocked.

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VIDEO: Trump makes history by taking lap around Daytona 500, delivers iconic command

President Donald Trump sure knows how to make an entrance.

The 45th president of the United States wowed NASCAR fans on Sunday at the annual Daytona 500 race in Florida. Thousands erupted into a raucous applause and chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” as Air Force One circulated the Daytona International Speedway just 800 feet off the ground.

Trump makes history

While other presidents have attended the Daytona 500, Trump made history on Sunday by being the first commander in chief to deliver the iconic driver command: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

The president and first lady Melania Trump addressed the 100,000-seat racetrack before the event.

“The Daytona 500 is the legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits and the American skill, speed and power that we’ve been hearing about for so many years,” Trump told the ecstatic crowd.

‘God, family and country’

Trump described the crowd in attendance at the Great American Race as “patriots,” according to Fox. The president added that “NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family and country.”

Minutes before taking a lap around the track, the president joked that although the Secret Service does not let him drive his own cars, he was tempted to behind the wheels of one of the super-fast NASCAR race cars.

“Right now, if I can, I’m gonna hop into one of these cars and I’m gonna get into this race, if possible,” he said.

The president and Mrs. Trump then boarded the presidential limousine dubbed “The Beast” and took a lap around the speedway while fans cheered “Four more years!” and gave Trump and his wife a standing ovation.

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