For the second consecutive year, racer Denny Hamlin sped to victory in the Florida race yesterday — the first back-to-back win by any driver since 1995. But his triumph was overtaken by a frightening crash involving 42-year-old Ryan Newman, whose car flipped over and skidded down the track during the final lap. The crash shocked spectators, but while Newman’s injuries were reportedly “serious” they weren't life-threatening.
Does NASCAR have a safety problem? Since racing legend Dale Earnhardt's 2001 death during the same event, the organization has strengthened rules for safety-minded car design, including requiring head restraints.