Ryan Newman avoids crash involving Danica Patrick, Joey Logano

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Ryan Newman narrowly avoided a major hit to his Chase hopes after he escaped an incident between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano that put Patrick in the wall.

With 89 laps to go, Patrick was tapped from behind by Joey Logano (already in the Eliminator Round thanks to his win last weekend at Kansas) and she spun into the Turn 4 wall.

Behind them was Newman, who went into a slide to dodge the wayward Patrick. Newman came to rest near the entrance to pit road with no damage to his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet. He would take four tires during the ensuing caution and went back on his way.

Meanwhile, Patrick was fuming after being spun by Logano. Jeff Gluck of USA Today caught the following radio conversations:

This may not be over, folks.

The race restarted with 82 laps to go – Logano was in the Top 10, while Newman and Patrick were back to running 18th and 19th respectively at the tail end of the lead lap.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).