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Support came from all over for Ryan Newman, and it didn't matter that he's a NASCAR driver

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Ryan Newman stands on pit road after his run during NASCAR auto racing qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ryan Newman is fully alert, walking around the hospital and joking with staff two days after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, the 42-year-old driver “continues to show great improvement.” (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Associated Press

This side of 2000, NASCAR’s popularity has waned considerably outside of the southern United States where the sport began; liking NASCAR has become almost taboo in a way.