Advance Auto Parts Clash

Results, stats for Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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Brad Keselowski led 43 laps and beat teammate Joey Logano to win Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

Team Penske is the first team since 1990 to finish 1-2 in the exhibition race.

The race was marred by a last-lap crash that involved Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr.

Elliott led 17 laps in the race before being caught in the wreck.

Austin Dillon, who started from the pole, finished fifth.

Click here for the race results.

Brad Keselowski wins Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Brad Keselowski beat Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to win the Advance Auto Parts Clash as a multi-car wreck broke out on the backstretch on the last lap.

Keselowski, who started last due to a random draw on Saturday, led 43 of 75 laps to earn his first victory in the exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.

Keselowski won over Logano, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and pole-sitter Austin Dillon.

The 2012 Cup champion fulfilled a pre-race tweet saying he believed he would win the race.

“It feels really good,” Keselowski told Fox. “Last year we started first and it didn’t go our way. We were joking after the drawing, (crew chief) Paul Wolfe usually does the drawings, he didn’t do it this year and we got last. So we said, ‘Look, this will be the year that we win it,’ and sure enough, here we are.”

Keselowski made it to the checkered flag despite a large piece of debris covering the right side of the nose on his No. 2 Ford in the closing laps.

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Team Penske is the first team to finish 1-2 in the Clash since Hendrick Motorsports in 1990.

The crash on the backstretch included Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. It began when Larson turned Johnson into the outside wall, causing a chain reaction.

“I got turned pretty quick,” Johnson told Fox. “Half a lap before that the 41 (Kurt Busch) got to me and pushed me pretty hard and everything was fine. In my head I kind of cleared that concern and was looking out the windshield sitting in a good spot. Unfortunately, didn’t make it back.”

MORE: Race results

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Joey Logano finished in the top two in the Clash for the second year in a row. He won the event last season … Austin Dillon earned his first top five in the Clash in his third start … Denny Hamlin, who started second, led eight laps and finished sixth.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Jamie McMurray brought out the first caution on Lap 35 when Kurt Busch made contact with McMurray as he passed him low in Turn 3. After dipping low, McMurray glanced off the outside wall before plowing through the grass in Turn 4. He placed last with a DNF … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 16th, two laps down after being penalized for passing Kyle Busch below the yellow line on the backstretch with 33 laps to go. He had to pass through the pits as punishment.

NOTABLE: Brad Keselowski is the sixth driver to win the Clash after starting 17th or worse … Jimmie Johnson, who finished 12th, crashed in The Clash for the seventh year in a row … There were three cautions totaling eight laps.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is the first time I’ve won anything in Speedweeks. I feel like I’ve choked them away. It’s nice to not choke this one away.” – Brad Keselowski.

NEXT: Can-Am qualifying races, 7 p.m. ET on Thursday on Fox Sports 1

Today’s Clash at Daytona: Start time, lineup, TV/Radio and more

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The first NASCAR race of 2018 is set for this afternoon with the Cup Series’ Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

The exhibition race has a 17-car field made up of pole-winners from 2017, playoff drivers in 2017 and past Daytona 500 pole-sitters who competed full-time last season.

The Clash comes after Daytona 500 pole qualifying.

Here’s all the info you need ahead of the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Command to start engines will be given by Scott Borchetta, founder & CEO of Big Machine Label Group at 3:12 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 3:24 p.m.

PRERACE CEREMONIES: Driver introductions begin at 2:40 p.m. Sonny Gallman from Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida will give the Invocation at 3:05 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed by Melissa Trumble of Palm Coast, Florida, at 3:06 p.m.

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

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

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com predicts a temperature of 81 degrees with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano won his first Clash in 2017 after race leader Denny Hamlin crashed from contact with Brad Keselowski on the last lap.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here to see the starting lineup

Danica Patrick explains why she isn’t racing in The Clash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick answered the question before it was even asked.

Introduced as “a former pole winner” in a news conference Saturday morning about her final NASCAR start in the Daytona 500, Patrick immediately interrupted the moderator.

“Being a former pole winner and watching myself not out there in Clash practice, you mean?” Patrick asked, glancing at a TV monitor showing cars turning laps at Daytona International Speedway for Sunday’s season-opening exhibition race.

Well, yes. Exactly.

Patrick, who became the first woman to win a pole position and lead laps in NASCAR’s premier series when she qualified first for the 2013 Daytona 500, is eligible for The Clash, and the 75-lap warmup on the 2.5-mile oval provides a good refresher for drivers getting re-acclimated to the draft.

But the No. 7 Chevrolet is here only for the Great American Race, a fact that Patrick recently was lamenting.

“A couple of days ago I was thinking to myself that we should have run the backup car in the Clash,” said Patrick, who had made four consecutive starts in The Clash with a best finish of fourth last year. “We don’t want to crash the primary anyway, so we are going to be careful in the (Can-Am Duel qualifying races Thursday), then you don’t have to worry about practicing too hard because you will have already had The Clash race.

“I was like, ‘Man, where was I on that one?’ It would have just been a good gamble to use the backup but didn’t think of it soon enough and was honestly just really concerned about the work getting done to put the primary car out there for the 500. Just came together too late and thought of it too late. It would have been good practice. It always is. It’s good for these guys too.  It’s good for everybody.”

A sponsorship deal with GoDaddy to close her racing career with Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 was announced last month and was followed by confirmation of Premium Motorsports as the NASCAR team fielding her car. Patrick has said the hunt for funding took longer than expected and The Clash wasn’t offered as part of the sponsorship package.

“It was really just to do Daytona and Indy and The Clash wasn’t a priority,” she said. “If it would have come together sooner, I’m sure that we would have been able to put something together for The Clash. But I’m sure it would have been extra, you know what I mean? It’s not free. Turning a wheel, turning the engine on, it’s never free.

“So, we would have surely found a way to put something together, but it just didn’t come together fast enough.”

Because NASCAR is using a new optical scanning inspection system, the team also considered it prudent to focus on car preparation for the one-off.

“There was no time to really worry too much about anything other than the primary (car),” Patrick said.

Patrick will have the comfort of being reunited with Tony Eury Jr., her 2010-12 crew chief with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series.

“It should all be familiar, but it’s a new team, and it is new stuff to sit in,” she said. “It should all be really, really, close, but hopefully it feels familiar and I slip right into it.”

Schedule for Advance Auto Parts Clash, Daytona 500 pole qualifying

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Day two of Speedweeks brings us pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the first (non-points) NASCAR race of the year.

Cup teams will determine the front row of the 60th Daytona 500 and hold the annual Advance Auto Part Clash afterward.

After today, Daytona will go quiet until Thursday.

Here’s the day’s full schedule, including TV and radio info.

All times are Eastern

SUNDAY, Feb. 11

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Cup garage open

10 a.m. – Driver/crew chief meeting

12:15 p.m. — Daytona 500 qualifying; single car/two rounds (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

2:30 p.m. — Driver introductions

3 p.m. — Advance Auto Parts Clash; 75 laps/187.5 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)