Denny Hamlin captured the checkered flag at the Daytona 500, but the focus of every NASCAR fan quickly shifted to Ryan Newman after he was involved in a scary crash at the end of Monday’s race.
The driver known as “Rocket Man” appeared to escape the wreck without any serious injuries, as he walked out of a local hospital Wednesday afternoon under his own power. There is currently no timeline for Newman’s return, so Roush Fenway Racing will turn to Ross Chastain in the No. 6 Ford for Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Unfortunately for Chastain, he wasn’t able to hop on the track Saturday ahead of the Pennzoil 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). A steady stream of rain canceled qualifying, so the starting lineup will be set based on 2019 points, per the NASCAR rulebook.
Here’s a look at the field for this year’s Pennzoil 400.
NASCAR starting lineup at Las Vegas
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