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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17:  Track workers attend to Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, following a crash during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Track workers attend to Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, following a crash during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Ryan Newman keeps his wrecked Daytona car in his garage

The car that “saved” his life, according to NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is now part of his personal car collection housed in a garage at his home, he told a group of Wyndham Rewards members Wednesday during a video event.

Newman said he had never shown anyone the No. 6 Koch Ford Mustang that he almost won the 2020 Daytona 500 with for Roush Fenway Racing.

“I’ve never done this but I am going to show you something, just for a split-second,” Newman told NASCAR announcer/pit reporter Matt Yocum, who was hosting a Zoom event as part of a “fireside chat” by Wyndham Hotels for its Wyndham Rewards members.

“This is the Daytona car from last year,” Newman said. “That’s all I am going to show you because I have never showed anyone else but my point is this, people ask me, ‘why do you have it’ or ‘why would you want that, it’s such a bad memory?’

“And it is not, to me, it’s a memory that changed my life in lots of ways but ultimately, people ask me, ‘like why would you have it,’ and I am like, how many chances do you have to have a trophy of something that saved your life. And I could go through the details and show you the cage and the seat and all that stuff. It’s crazy, I shouldn’t be standing here talking to ya’ll. I should NOT, promise you, but for some reason, I was salvaged that day and it’s special for me. It’s a disaster. Nothing on it is worth anything, except everything it’s worth something. And that is pretty special for me.”

Read much more at Kickin the Tires.