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Ryan Newman Says What He Told His Young Daughters After His Horrifying Daytona 500 Wreck

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By Clark Sparky

Ryan Newman opened up on Wednesday about the scary crash at the end of the Daytona 500 that left his hospitalized for two night. He gave his first public interview since the incident on the TODAY show, and was asked what he told his two young daughters about the accident.

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Daughters Brooklyn Sage and Ashlyn Olivi were at the race, and visiting there dad in the hospital where he reassured them.

"'Daddy's alright,'" Newman said he told them. "They seem to be completely fine with the fact that I'm still Daddy. I think it'd be totally different if something else would have happened. I'm 100 percent who I was, which they were good with."

Newman and his daughters were the subject of a viral photo when the NASCAR driver was captured walking out of the hospital holding their hands.

"The outpouring of emotion from not only the NASCAR community, but across the country, has been truly humbling," Newman said in a statement after being released. "I want to personally thank everyone including the Man upstairs for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance.

"I've spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the #6 car will be waiting and ready for my return," Newman continued. "I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford."

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Elsewhere in the TODAY interview, Newman talked about his injuries.

He said it was "basically like a bruised brain" and said he was unconscious after the accident.

"It just takes time for it to heal," he said. "I was knocked out — there was a point where i don't remember a part of the race," he added. "Realistically, I just feel so lucky. On so many levels, I feel so lucky.

"You look at the crash you think, that's spectacular in a bad way. But you look at the car afterwards, you think of all he things that went right for me to be sitting here," Newman said.

"The outpouring of emotion from not only the NASCAR community, but across the country, has been truly humbling," Newman said. "I want to personally thank everyone including the Man upstairs for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance."

Newman doesn't know when he'll be able to race again, but his team owner says his car is ready for him when he is.

"I've spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 car will be waiting and ready for my return," Newman said. "I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford."

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