DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson, who had crashed in the past six Advance Auto Parts Clash races at Daytona International Speedway, found a way to win the 2019 version of the season-opening exhibition race—by helping to trigger a wreck that eliminated nearly everyone else.
Moments before a rainstorm halted the action and ultimately made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race official after 59 of 75 scheduled laps, Johnson—running second on Lap 56—pulled to the inside of leader Paul Menard, who moved down the track slightly as Johnson was attempting a close side-draft.
Contact between the cars in Turn 3 sent Menard spinning and caused a massive pileup behind him, damaging 17 of the 20 cars to varying degrees. Johnson took the lead in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and was declared the winner after NASCAR red-flagged the race because of rain for the third time.
The victory was Johnson’s second in the non-points Clash.
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“Knowing the rain was coming—we could see it coming—and I knew that was probably my lap to make the move,” said Johnson, who suffered through a winless 2018. “I had a great run down the back. I got below him (Menard) before he blocked it, and then he came down a little bit, I think to defend and block.
“I got that move inside him, and I was hopeful the 1 (Kurt Busch) would follow me through, but I hate to see all these cars tore up. I think it was a racing thing more than anything. I feel sorry for Paul. I feel sorry for all the teams that lost race cars, but I’m here to win races, and this Ally car was fast.”
Johnson’s victory came in his first competitive outing with new crew chief Kevin Meendering. Earlier on Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron claimed the Busch Pole Award for the Daytona 500 in his first qualifying attempt with Johnson’s former crew chief, Chad Knaus.
“I did mention to Chad that he was able to win me my first pole here for the 500, and he did the same for William,” Johnson said.
“I’m really happy for those guys. With this group of Ally team members I have behind me, these guys have been working so hard and we’re off to a great start this year.”
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Kurt Busch, who was following Johnson on the backstretch, dodged the melee and finished second. Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney were third and fourth, with Alex Bowman completing the top five.
Menard had led 51 laps to that point in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford and had controlled the 20-car field from the head of the outside lane.
“Jimmie pulled out, and I kind of moved down a little bit, and the next thing I know I get turned in the left rear,” Menard said.
“Just aggressive. Jimmie does that a lot at these tracks. I had a really fast Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang. Led a lot of laps but tore up a car for no reason.
“It was a pretty tame race up until that point. We knew that last restart (on Lap 48) was basically a new race—a little dash for cash to the end. It was definitely expected. I’m surprised we actually got single-file up top again after that last restart, but I knew something like that was going to happen. It was just a matter of time.”
The Busch Clash is an annual NASCAR Cup Series preseason race taking place at Daytona International Speedway to kick off Speedweeks. Take a look at the programming schedule, the format and which drivers are expected to be behind the wheel.
Programming for the Busch Clash:
When: Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Daytona International Speedway
TV: FS1/FOX Sports App
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
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What is the format?
The preseason race is a 75-lap exhibition spanning 187.5-miles. There’s an opening 25-lap segment, followed by a second and final 50-lap segment.
How is the lineup set for the race?
The starting lineup will be determined via random drawing at 6:30 p.m. ET in the Fan Zone, revealing the starting spots for each of the drivers in Sunday’s field.
How are drivers eligible for The Clash?
There are five factors that determine eligibility to compete in The Clash:
- 2019 Busch Pole Award winners
- Former Clash winners who competed full time the previous season
- Former Daytona 500 winners who competed full time the previous season
- Former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time the previous season
- Drivers who qualified for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs
Who is eligible for the 2020 Clash?
Twenty drivers qualified to compete in this year’s Clash. Here’s the full list and how they qualified:
•Aric Almirola (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Ryan Blaney (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Alex Bowman (former Daytona 500 pole winner)
•Clint Bowyer (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Kyle Busch (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Kurt Busch (former Clash winner)
•William Byron (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Austin Dillon (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Chase Elliott (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Denny Hamlin (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Kevin Harvick (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Daniel Hemric (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Jimmie Johnson (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Erik Jones (2019 Cup Series playoff driver)
•Brad Keselowski (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Kyle Larson (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Joey Logano (2019 Busch Pole Award)
•Ryan Newman (former Daytona 500 winner)
•Daniel Suarez (2019 Busch Pole Award)
• Martin Truex Jr. (former Daytona 500 pole winner)
Will each of these drivers be competing in The Clash?
Despite being eligible for the 2020 Busch Clash, Daniel Hemric closed a deal that saw the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year return to the Xfinity Series.
Though Daniel Suarez recently inked a new deal with Gaunt Brothers Racing to pilot the No. 96 Toyota during the 2020 Cup Series season, the team has opted not to compete in preparation for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel and the Daytona 500.
The official entry list will be out later this week.
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Who are the active winners of The Clash?
Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner and is a two-time Clash winner. Here is the list of other active drivers with Clash wins: Brad Keselowski (2018), Joey Logano (2017), Denny Hamlin (2016, 2014, 2006), Kevin Harvick (2013, 2010, 2009), Kyle Busch (2012) and Kurt Busch (2011).
2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash
|Date||February 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Course|| Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4 km)
|Distance||59 laps, 147.5 mi (236 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||75 laps, 187.5 mi (300 km)|
|Average speed||110.602 mph (177.997 km/h)|
|Driver||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Driver||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing|
|No. 48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon, and Darrell Waltrip|
|Nielsen Ratings||2.294 million|
|Booth Announcers||Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle, and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)|
Motor car race
The 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash was the 42nd edition of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesrace held on February 10, 2019, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 59 laps, shortened from 75 due to rain, it was the first exhibition race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
The track, Daytona International Speedway, is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and Talladega Superspeedway. The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four–turn superspeedway that is 2.5-mile (4.0 km) The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.
Format and eligibility
The race is 75 laps in length, and is divided into two segments; the first is 25 laps and the second is 50 laps. The race is open to those drivers who won a pole in the 2018 season or had won "The Clash" previously.
The 2019 Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. Only drivers who were 2018 Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 champions, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full–time in 2018 and drivers who qualified for the 2018 Playoffs are eligible.
Joey Logano was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 45.735 seconds and a speed of 196.786 mph (316.696 km/h).
The lineup was determined by random draw, with Paul Menard drawing the top spot.
The race, scheduled for 75 laps, was run in two segments, one of 25 laps and one of 50 laps.
Prior to the start, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin, both of whom were involved in practice incidents, were sent to the rear for backup cars.
Kyle Busch held the lead for the first lap before the Team Penske tandem of Paul Menard (in a satellite) and Brad Keselowski overtook him, holding the lead into the first safety car on Lap 8 for weather, resulting in a red flag of 21:31. The race restarted on Lap 12 and the Penske dominance continued. The strategy, similar to another Ford team (Stewart-Haas Racing) dominance at the previous Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, continued until all but five cars pitted on Lap 25 to beat the competition caution safety car period. Those five -- Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex, Jr. -- were the top five at the end of session break on Lap 26. After the five non-pitting cars pitted under the safety car, the race restarted on Lap 33 with Menard continuing his dominance.
Rain struck again for the third safety car session, the second for rain, on Lap 40. After another red flag session of 8:05, the race restarted on Lap 48. Teams were warned of a longer rain cell that could end the race at any time, leading to a more aggressive race in the final laps, knowing that the race could end at any time. With the weather, the fairly single-file high side racing moved to two-lane racing.
On Lap 56, the aggressive racing began. Off a well-timed push from Hendrick Motorsports-affiliated driver Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson was able to pull up aside Menard. Menard attempts the overtly aggressive "side draft" blocking maneuver to slow Johnson, but the two cars make contact. With the field bunched, a massive pileup ensues, with Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Harvick, Ryan Newman, Elliott, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Erik Jones, McMurray, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman also involved. Johnson and are first and second when the safety car was called as a result of the Turn 3 crash.
The rains came while cleanup from this incident was taking place, and the race was called. Johnson was declared the winner, his final NASCAR-sanctioned (but non-championship) race win.
|1||13||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||59|
|2||19||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||59|
|3||7||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||59|
|4||8||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||59|
|5||5||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||59|
|6||9||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||59|
|7||16||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||59|
|8||18||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||59|
|9||4||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||59|
|10||10||41||Daniel Suárez||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||58|
|11||11||40||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||58|
|12||6||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||57|
|13||1||21||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||55|
|14||2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||55|
|15||12||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||55|
|16||15||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||55|
|17||17||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||55|
|18||3||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||55|
|19||14||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||55|
|20||20||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||55|
|Official race results|
FS1 covered the race on the television side; Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Jeff Gordon handled the call in the booth for the race; Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled pit road for the television side.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Alex Hayden|
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Turns 1 & 2:Dave Moody|
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
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2019 nascar clash
Joe Gibbs Racing dominated Saturday’s sole practice for the 2020 Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway, claiming the top four spots on the leaderboard.
Erik Jones held the No. 1 spot at 199.756 mph. Denny Hamlin was then runner-up at 199.734 mph. Martin Truex Jr. was the last in the top three at 199.703 mph, while reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was then fourth at 199.645 mph.
The four JGR Toyotas were the only cars to break 199 mph.
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Six Fords then followed, starting with Ryan Blaney in fifth (198.667 mph). Brad Keselowski (198.544 mph), Joey Logano (198.509 mph), Kevin Harvick (198.439 mph), Clint Bowyer (198.199 mph) and Aric Almirola (197.624 mph) round out the top 10.
Chase Elliott had the best-performing Chevrolet in 11th at 197.347 mph.
Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion who will retire from full-time racing at the end of the 2020 season, came in 17th at 191.910 mph.
Five factors determine Busch Clash eligibility: 2019 Busch Pole Award winners, former Clash winners who competed full time the previous season, former Daytona 500 winners who competed full time the previous season, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time the previous season or drivers who qualified for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
The starting lineup will be determined via random drawing at 6:30 p.m. ET in the Fan Zone. The 75-lap exhibition is then Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (FS1/FOX Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash
|To the back:|
|Chase Elliott||9||backup car|
|Denny Hamlin||11||backup car|
|Caution flag breakdown:|
|27||32||6||end of segment 1||none|
|57||59||3||#2,3,4,6,9,10,11,14,18,19,20,21,40,41,42,48,88 accident backstretch||none|
|Percent of race run under caution: 33.9% Average green flag run: 9.8 laps|
|Lap leader breakdown:|
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