Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly in big crash on Lap 42 of Firestone 600

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FORT WORTH – On Lap 42 of the Firestone 600, Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly were involved in a hard crash exiting Turn 4.

Daly’s car, which was running beneath Newgarden, snapped loose and drove straight into Newgarden, sending both cars into the wall. Newgarden then rolled over as Daly’s pushed it down the frontstretch and they collided with the wall again.

After Newgarden was helped from his car, the 25-year-old briefly stood with the support of safety crew members before slumping to the ground where he sat against his car. Newgarden was then placed on a stretcher and gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was placed in an ambulance.

Newgarden was initially announced as being taken to Harris Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of his right hand and right shoulder. But Newgarden is being transported by air to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Daly took full responsibility for the accident.

“I was the rookie that made the mistake,” Daly told CNBC. “Lost grip. Felt like I floated through the corner. It was my mistake. I should have recognized it.”

Daly said he was staying low on the track because he knew Newgarden was nearing him.

“I knew Josef was coming. I put too much load on the right rear,” Daly said. “He’s a tough kid. I felt so bad to ruin someone else’s race. You never want to take out someone else. ”

The accident took place right after the conclusion of the first round of green flag pit stops.

During the lengthy caution that followed, track crews worked to repair the SAFETY barrier on the frontstretch where Newgarden and Daly impacted the wall.

It has since led to a red flag for moisture, with the rain increasing.

Newgarden’s teammate and team owner Ed Carpenter told CNBC, “To be honest it doesn’t matter whose car it is. I saw it was bright green. You don’t care about the car. Sounds like he’s doing OK. From what I can tell it could have been a lot worse.”

Track president Eddie Gossage also addressed the accident with CNBC once the race was red flagged for rain.

“Did the (SAFER Barrier) save his life? Maybe, maybe not,” Gossage said, later adding, “All I know is that it appears that Josef Newgarden is OK, don’t know the total details of any injuries, if at all, but worth every penny today.”

Gossage said the foam that is in place in the wall, which must be replaced every three years, “had to be a little softer than it does for the bigger stock cars.”

Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption

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Though his Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship charge was put on hold, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a silver lining for Eli Tomac.

Off the road while the season was postponed for nearly three months, the points leader was able to be present as his girlfriend, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Lev, on April 26

“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.

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“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”

But there also could be more good fortune for Tomac as the series resumes Sunday at Salt Lake City, Utah (3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-6 p.m. on NBC).

The final seven events will be held over 22 days in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which sits at just over 4,000 feet.

The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).

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“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.

“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”

Supercross will race Sunday and Wednesday for the next three weeks, capping the season with the June 21 finale, which also will be shown on NBCSN from 3-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Tomac, who holds a three-point lead over Ken Roczen (who also recently visited “Lunch Talk Live”), told Tirico he had been riding for 90 minutes Thursday morning on a track outside Salt Lake City.

“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”

Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:

  • Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
  • Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).
Eli Tomac rides his No. 3 Kawasaki in the Feb. 29 race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).