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NSCS: Horrifying Crash Involving Ryan Newman Brings Out Red Flag At Watkins Glen — VIDEO

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – On lap 56 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series†Cheez-It 355 at Watkins†Glen International all hell broke loose. Greg Biffle slipped slightly off track just in front of Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Chevrolet. When Biffle corrected his car back onto the racing surface, he had slowed slightly and he knocked Newman, who was running just behind him sideways. Newman spun and careened off the guard rail. Newman’s car which had been shredded to pieces spun across the track and was collected by Michael McDowell, who drives the No. 95 Ford Fusion for Leavine-Family Racing.

Both drivers’ days are done, as the impact to the cars were severe to say the least.

ďIím okay. Itís just the wrong place at the wrong time. From my standpoint, (Greg) Biffle jumped the curb and hit the splitter or something up on the curb and got out and got across the grass. And I probably could have given him a little bit more, but I tried to time it so I could shoot past but he slowed down when he got back on the race track. Itís really disappointing,Ē a frustrated Newman stated after coming from the infield care center.

Newman would continue by talking about the safety measures at the road course, ďWe lost John Melvin here in the last couple of weeks and he did a lot of innovations for our sport and itís really sad that they havenít adapted any of them here at this race track. The Safer barrier doesnít exist here, there are no concrete walls; itís just a very antiquated race track and the safety is not at all up to NASCARís standards and itís a shame that we have to have accidents like that to prove it. Hopefully something will change the next time we come back with our Caterpillar Chevrolet.Ē

McDowell famously survived one of the hardest crashes in NASCAR history, when he slammed head-on into the wall at Texas Motor Speedway during a qualifying session in 2008. McDowell once again walked away from a horrific accident unscathed Sunday at Watkins Glen.

ďI am good. I thank the good Lord above. That was a bad wreck,” a dazed McDowell said, “It seems when I do it they are usually fairly big. I am not sure what happened. I saw the 16 get wide and the 39 come back across the track. I didnít have time to adjust or move. I tried not to hit Ryan in the door there. That was pretty much it. I was just along for the ride. We had a good K-Love car today but we were off on strategy. It was going to work out. It was going to cycle out. I am glad to walk away from it. I am very thankful. I feel blessed.Ē

Luckily after the tragic events that unfolded Saturday night in†Canandaigua, New York, everyone seemed to be just fine after the lap 56 melee.

Here is a YouTube video of the accident:

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About Toby Christie

Toby Christie is the Senior Writer for Rubbings Racing. He has been watching NASCAR since 1993, and has covered the sport as a media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the NMPA. Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, subpar guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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