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Tonight’s Clash at Daytona: Start time, lineup and more

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Editor’s Note: Rain postponed the Clash to Sunday morning. Click here for the updated info for Sunday’s Clash.

NASCAR’s hibernation ends with the first race since November. Yes, it’s a non-points race and has a 17-car field, but it marks the first race of Daytona Speedweeks and comes eight days before the Daytona 500.

Here is all the information for tonight’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Marcus Herman, owner of Triangle Auto of Merritt Island, will give the command to start engines at 8:12 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 8:24 p.m.

DISTANCE: The non-points race is scheduled for 75 laps (187.5 miles) around the 2.5-mile track.

SEGMENTS: A competition caution will split the race into two segments. The first segment will be 25 laps. The second segment will be 50 laps.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m.. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 6:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:40 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Candace Walker will perform the National Anthem at 8:06 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 67 degrees with a 35 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin won a crash-filled race last year. Ten of the 25 cars in last year’s field failed to finish because of an accident. Hamlin’s victory was his second in three years in the event. Joe Gibbs Racing has won this event three consecutive years.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting grid.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.