Autoracing is entertaining to watch for a number of reasons, but every once in a while it becomes very, very scary. When drivers are traveling at 200+ miles per hour, a crash can prove to be fatal. While crash-proofing is more present in autoracing than anywhere else, disasters can still happen in a second.
With the Daytona 500 coming down to the wire, Ryan Newman was leading the pack heading into the final moments of the race. Rounding the final turn, minor bumping between Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Ryan Newman resulted in Newman swerving out of control into the side wall, where he was then hit by Corey LaJoie.
The resulting wreck is about as scary as it gets, and Newman was quickly transported to Halifax Medical Centre in serious condition. Two days later, video emerged of Newman leaving the hospital with his two daughters.
The Daytona 500 was the site where legendary driver Dale Earnhardt lost his life, making it that much more gratifying to see Newman leave hospital on his own.
(H/T NASCAR on NBC)