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Texas Motor Speedway's Eddie Gossage On Ryan Newman Crash At Daytona 500

Texas Motor Speedway's Eddie Gossage On Ryan Newman Crash At Daytona 500
Betty uh simply put your thoughts when you watch that final lap of the finish of the

Daytona

500 and you see the

crash

that involves

Ryan

Newman

that's breathtaking I mean it really is a scary scary moment and you hope and pray that

Ryan

is okay he's a former winner here at

Texas

Motor

Speedway

and and I'm telling you one of the toughest guys I've ever met in my life but you know that was that was such an ugly

crash

there at the end you know people that aren't in our sport
texas motor speedway s eddie gossage on ryan newman crash at daytona 500
when we say well that was a racing deal think we're kind of blowing it off not at all but you know at the end of the

Daytona

500 those drivers have a have a gentlemen's agreement a race there's agreement between themselves that it's every man for himself and you know obviously nobody wants to hurt anybody and nobody wants to see anybody get injured but you know it's at 200 miles an hour it's an inherently dangerous sport what do you think of the steps NASCAR has taken in
terms of safety measures and are you pleased when we see something like this I'm not that that has anything to do with the

crash

but are you pleased with the steps that have been taken well you've got to be pleased with the steps NASCAR's taking anything back to 19 years ago would we lost Dale Earnhardt senior in an accident and you know we went through a period of time there in about a two-year period where we lost two or three poor drivers and changes were made to the construction
of the car changes were made to energy absorption materials used in the car and we also spent millions and millions of dollars putting up safer barriers at all the racetracks that NASCAR races that and we've gone a long time without you know really serious injuries and like I said it's an inherently dangerous sport you're constantly remaking things trying to make the sport as safe as you can it's not always going to be safe when you're dealing with those kind of speeds but
texas motor speedway s eddie gossage on ryan newman crash at daytona 500
you keep learning every day and try to make things better and I think NASCAR deserves a lot of credit because it's much much safer than it was 19 years ago when we had that horrible accident

Daytona

I asked you earlier Etienne the first thing that I heard when we're watching the replays is people who are old enough to remember including me they they hearken back to Dale Earnhardt and they are came back to 2001 at the

Daytona

500 on the final lap but you can explain there is vastly
different circumstances yeah those are two completely different kind of accidents Dale Earnhardt's

crash

and turn for the the fatality occurred because his seatbelt broke it had been frayed against the the frame of the seat that he was in over use through who knows how long and was just an oversight by him and his crew and just a terrible price to pay this one tonight with

Ryan

Newman

is a terrible in a much worse looking accident than Dale Earnhardt's they learned hurts you every time I
see that

crash

I get angry at it because we've seen that

crash

over and over and over and people are perfectly fine but this one's like with

Ryan

was particularly ugly another car they're all racing and they bounce off of each other a little bit next thing you know he's airborne upside down bounces off the wall and into the traffic and gets hit on the driver's side while upside down so a completely different set of circumstances we just have to hope that

Ryan

is okay
texas motor speedway s eddie gossage on ryan newman crash at daytona 500
you've told us that

Ryan

Newman

has won at

Texas

Motor

Speedway

before what sets him apart from other drivers as a person

Ryan

is a very interesting guy he has an engineering degree I believe it's from Purdue but he's from the Midwest he is pretty amazing he's the toughest guy on the racetrack to pass it doesn't matter if you're racing for the lead or if you're racing him and he's two laps down he's gonna make sure that that you have to really work to get
around him you better be fast or he's not just gonna pull over and let you go and you know that's just everybody knows that about

Ryan

from a personal standpoint he's got two daughters he is uh has an animal and I don't know call it a refuge or but it's a huge animal operation he owns and I know that it's not just cats and dogs I mean we're talking about all kinds of animals he's just a big animal lover so a good guy I once snuck up behind him and put my arms
around him and it was like hugging a boulder I mean he is just stocky and and strong and you know that that certainly will help him you know fight whatever injuries he may have may have sustained in this

crash

he's a he's a tough guy but he's in great physical condition your overall thoughts on this year's 500 whether it be rain pushing it to Monday and then the second closest finish ever and this race and then the

crash

at the end well it was a strange

Daytona

500 because it ran
over two days you know it's typical

Daytona

in the sense that it had a big one or two

crash

es in it which is the nature of the kind of racing you you have at

Daytona

and Talladega two tracks that have different rules because the track is so big they use it a different engine aerodynamically it's completely different than any other race their runs so you can do well at

Daytona

I may have a horrible remainder of the season it you know that that happens but you know it it's just a
different kind of race and of course with the big prize at the at the end there everybody just you know the team owner will tell you just bring it back the steering wheel when it's over you know but go for it and they all they all go for it and and that's unfortunately you wind up with accidents like tonight right at the finish

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