When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, FL)
Defending Champion: Denny Hamlin
The 2017 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 2016 pole winners, 2016 Chase drivers, former Clash champions and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2016 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 2017 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, it was Denny Hamlin leading 39 laps to take the checkered flag. Only three drivers led laps last season, Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have won four of the last five Clash races.
The drivers who are eligible for this race are Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be replaced by Alex Bowman who won the pole at Phoenix in the No. 88 car last year. Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are also eligible, but Stewart is retired and Biffle doesn’t have a ride.
Six times in history the winner of the Clash has gone on to win the Daytona 500, including Denny Hamlin last year.
NASCAR gets back into action on Saturday night with the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway in a race that can be seen on FS1. This non-points race will feature pole winners from last year and other drivers who qualified by winning this race in the past or former pole winners of the Daytona 500. It is a select field and only 17 drivers will be competing. Let’s look at the race, NASCAR odds and NASCAR picks. Continue...
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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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