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'Eerie' Scenes After Horror Crash On Final Lap Of Daytona 500

The first race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup series has ended with a horrifying crash at the end of the Daytona 500.

Driver Ryan Newman was leading the final lap when his car was clipped from behind by Ryan Blaney, sending it careening into the outer wall.

The car then flipped and landed on its roof in the middle of the racetrack, where it was hit by another car sending it flying into the air.

Ryan Newman's car was hit in midair by another car. Image: Getty

After flipping once more the car landed on its side and slid along the track, sending sparks and flames into the air.

It eventually came to a stop and burst into flames.

The car sent sparks and flames into the air as it slid along the track. Image: Getty

Emergency crews quickly arrived and put out the flames before assessing Newman.

An eerie hush fell over the Daytona International Speedway as emergency crews erected screens to shield the view from the stands.

Newman was eventually removed from the vehicle and taken to Halifax Medical Centre.

Roush Fenway Racing, Newman's team, released a statement confirming the driver was in a "serious condition".

"Doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening," it said.

"We appreciated your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time."

In a press conference, NASCAR said it would continue to work with Newman and his family to support them during this time.

The race was won for a third time by Denny Hamlin, who has angered NASCAR fans after he celebrated with his team from Joe Gibbs Racing while rescue crews were working to remove Newman from the wreckage.

Team owner Joe Gibbs later told the crowd the team had been unaware of the severity of the crash and apologised for their celebrations.