Daytona 500


Emery Runde, Reporter

On February 16, the Dayton 500 hosted President Donald Trump as the grand marshall of the race. Rising racing star Hailie Deegan got her helmet autographed by the President. Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 race, meanwhile, Ryan Newman suffered a horrifying crash.

Donald Trump told the news and tweeted weeks before he went to the Daytona 500, but he made a grand entrance when Air Force One swooped only 800 feet over the event.  Donald Trump going to the race made the atmosphere of the race amazing. The crowd went wild as they saw Air Force One go over the race track.  After that, with Melania Trump by his side, he gave a short speech. He did a lap around the race track in his motorcade, and went to greet people.

Hailie Deegan is a young 18-year-old rising star in the NASCAR community. She only had one goal when she went to the Daytona 500, to get an autograph by President Donald Trump.  She put her goal on Twitter and by some luck, Donald Trump Jr. (the oldest son of President Trump) saw this. He set up a meeting with the President, and she was able to get her helmet signed with the caption, “Goal Complete.”

Denny Hamlin had a well-deserved win, however, it was slightly shadowed by Ryan Newman’s big crash during the final lap.  Thankfully, his injuries were relatively minor and he was released from Halifax Medical Center on February 18th.  NASCAR has been very fortunate to not have a death since Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death during the 2001 Daytona 500. Newman’s crash reminded everyone how dangerous racing can be. NASCAR has come a far way when it comes to safety, but some things you can’t fix. 

Although Ryan Newman had a bad crash, the race was a resounding success. Many people were happy and excited for President Trump’s visit and watching Air Force One’s flyover.  Hailie Deegan’s day was made and Denny Hamlin went on to win the Daytona 500. In all, it was a great day to be a racing fan!