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During his appearance, he was asked why he wouldn't just retire at age 42.

"I love it," he responded. "Cause I'm just 42 right? Really, I love it," he continued. "It’s been a little bit painful to be out of the race car and to not be doing what I’ve done for so many years.

"It's just kind of who I am," hew said, explaining that he's been racing since he was four years-old.

Newman also talked about how lucky he was that everything "went right" and allowed him to not be seriously injured in the wreck.

"Just where I was kind of hit, so to speak, the cage was compromised, all those welds held together, so those guys in the shop did an amazing job," he said.

"All the things that happened that kept me here — I got hit from behind by a car going 190 miles an hour, and it pushed me back but then he pushed me forward. His car actually hit my seat, so it's just lots of things that happened that aligned. The angels aligned, held a really good grip with their hands."

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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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