Ryan Newman "awake and talking to doctors" after horrific Daytona 500 crash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors a day after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver about 20 hours after Newman's car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames.

Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The latest update was more good news for the 42-year driver and 2008 Daytona 500 champion.

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the third time when he beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line in the second-closest finish in race history.

Hamiln became just the fourth driver to win back-to-back 500's.