Who is Ryan Newman? A look at a successful NASCAR career

Ryan Newman has led a successful NASCAR career spanning decades.

Here’s a look at his highlights.

He’s a champion

Newman won the Daytona 500 in 2008, and has almost 20 career Cup Series victories.

In addition to that win, Newman has 10 other top 10 finishes at Daytona.

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He’s a veteran

Monday’s Daytona 500, which ended in a terrible crash that sent Newman to the hospital, was his 37th time racing at Daytona in a cup car. He’s also well-versed in driving at the super speedways.

He started young

Newman, 42, burst onto the scene two decades ago, when he was 22. He set a rookie record with six pole wins, earning the nickname “Rocket Man.”

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He’s smart

Newman holds an engineering degree from Purdue University.

He’s a family man

Newman is a husband and father of two young girls, Brooklyn and Ashlyn.

Shortly after the wreck, Newman’s wife Krissie Newman tweeted “omg.”

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