When: Saturday, February 11, 2018
Where: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, FL)
Defending Champion: Joey Logano
The 2018 NASCAR season begins at Daytona with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, which features all of the top drivers in NASCAR. It is an “invitation only” race as only pole winners, Chase drivers, former Clash champions and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2017 are eligible.
The Advance Auto Parts Clash was formerly known as the Sprint Unlimited, but it has a new sponsor this year in Advance Auto Parts as they have taken over sponsoring this race while Monster Energy is the new Series sponsor.
There are no points for this race as it is all about the money. The 2018 race is 75 laps split into two segments with a mandatory caution at Lap 25. The race will be broadcast on FS1 and can be heard on MRN and SirusXM NASCAR Radio with a start time of 8 p.m. ET.
Last year, Hamlin, who ran up front almost the entire race, tried to block Keselowski’s run on the final lap, but was sent spinning, allowing Joey Logano to jump to the front and win the Advance Auto Parts Clash. It was the 10th time in the event's history the winner was decided by a last-lap pass.
The eligible drivers are: Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. (all pole winners).
Also, Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick (all former Daytona 500 pole winners) and Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman (all 2017 playoff drivers).
Earnhardt, Kenseth and Patrick do not plan to compete full-time in 2018, which could reduce the field to 17 drivers.
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The race is exactly what it says an all out shootout but beware as some drivers will be using this race as a NASCAR test session rather than going for a victory.
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Joey Logano took advantage of a last-lap wreck between race leader Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski to seize the lead and win the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.
Logano was in third when Keselowski dove beneath Hamlin for the lead. They sideswiped each other in Turn 2, sending Hamlin spinning through the field untouched.
The field slowed to avoid Hamlin, allowing Logano to put enough distance between him and second place, which Kyle Busch captured over Alex Bowman.
Denny Hamlin won the race with a three-wide move on the backstretch on the next-to-last lap at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
The event was decided in a five-lap dash after a Lap 66 collision with Marcos Ambrose in Turn 1 eliminated the No. 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had surrendered the lead to Joey Logano two laps earlier.
Brad Keselowski ran second, followed by Kyle Busch, Logano and Kevin Harvick, whose No. 4 Chevrolet was damaged in the nine-car wreck that punctuated segment No. 2.
NASCAR's season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition race went to Harvick on Saturday night, the third time he's won the race formerly known as the Shootout in the last five years.
Harvick won the exhibition race for the second consecutive year by moving from fourth to first and passing leader Greg Biffle with two laps remaining in Saturday night's kickoff race to Speedweeks.
Biffle's wreck moments later ended the race under caution, giving Harvick his first win since the Shootout victory a year ago.
Kasey Kahne finished second and Jamie McMurray finished third.
|1||2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||82||3|
|2||15||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||82||7|
|3||21||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||82||1|
Results from Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona with finishing position, starting position, driver, make of car, laps and money won:
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