Ryan Newman will get to see if the broken leg he suffered in a crash in the Daytona 500 Sunday night will improve enough for him to run the Coca-Cola 600 on Saturday.
“I’m going to try to go and race a little bit,” he said. “I’m doing OK. My leg feels a little better. I have no idea how the next 24 hours or so is going to look. I’m just gonna go and see how I can battle through this.”
Newman, 37, said he’s aware that the right leg is badly broken, but isn’t sure exactly what it is.
“There’s definitely, at this point, concern and worry,” he said. “I’m trying to put a good face on it and take it day by day. I’m thankful that there is a lot of other things that are going on. We’re not going to put a timeframe on anything, but once we know something a little bit more, we’ll let you know.”
In the 20-car wreck, Newman had several thoughts as he was hit by Kyle Larson, flew through the air into the retaining wall at 190 mph and continued through the wall, colliding with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Newmans remains hospitalized at Ocala Regional Medical Center, in Florida.
Video of the crash, which was caused by debris from a multi-car crash when a caution period stopped the race, shows Newman being swept into the air into the wall. With his legs twisted, he went through an opening at the crash site and hit the retaining wall.
Jeff Gordon’s wife thanked fans for support.
Karen Gordon said in a text, “Thank you all for the flowers, prayers and well wishes. He is awake and talking. I’m so excited for his big day tomorrow.
“We are canceling a couple of vacations, but it’s for a good cause.”
Carl Edwards’ accident has been discovered to be a partial back fracture, but fortunately for the driver, it’s considered not to be serious.
According to Speedway International, ticket sales for the Pepsi 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., will finish up Monday. Tickets for all of the four races this weekend — the first to get sold in person at the track — will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley suffered a major injury during practice Wednesday, leaving him with a broken bone in his right foot. Bentley is expected to have surgery.