Advance Auto Parts Clash in rain delay

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway is currently in a rain delay.

The 75-lap exhibition race to open the 2017 NASCAR season was set to start at 8:24 p.m. ET.

When the race does get underway, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin will lead the 17-car field to green.

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Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin top starting grid for Clash

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A random draw has resulted in Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin sitting on the front row for Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

Keselowski will start on the pole of the 75-lap exhibition.

Hamlin and Keselowski won both of the points races at Daytona last year, with Hamlin claiming the Daytona 500. Hamlin is also the defending winner of the Clash, which he has won three times.

The drivers in the field are eligible through multiple means:

Pole-sitters from last year’s 36 Cup races, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and all drivers who qualified for the 2016 playoffs.

Here’s how the rest of the field will take the green tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET

  1. Keselowski
  2. Hamlin
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Austin Dillon
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Alex Bowman (driving the No. 88)
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Kyle Larson
  12. Danica Patrick
  13. Kyle Busch
  14. Chase Elliott
  15. Matt Kenseth
  16. Daniel Suarez
  17. Chris Buescher

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NASCAR’s Friday schedule at Daytona International Speedway

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While the ARCA Racing Series got the first crack at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, NASCAR’s finest will be in action today.

Seventeen teams will take part in two practice sessions for Saturday’s Advanced Auto Parts Clash, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 75-lap exhibition.

Here is the schedule for Friday at Daytona, complete with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

1 – 9 p.m. – Cup garage open

5 – 5:55 p.m. – Clash practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)

6:30 – 7:25 p.m. – Final Clash practice (FS1, MRN)

NASCAR America: top-five moments from The Clash at Daytona

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The latest edition of the Advance Auto Parts Clash will take place Saturday night.

The 75-lap exhibition race has been held under various names since 1979. NASCAR America looks back at five memorable moments from its history, including Dale Earnhardt Sr. going from the rear of the pack to the lead in two laps to win the race in 1991.

The Clash begins at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox.

MORE: Entry list for the Clash

NASCAR America: Who benefits the most from the Clash?

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Only 17 teams will participate in the Advanced Auto Parts Clash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Who benefits the most from the race: the drivers in it or drivers who are watching on TV?

Two-time Clash winner Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman share their thoughts on the 75-lap race.

“In my mind there was always an advantage,” Jarrett said. “You’re getting in race condition a little bit sooner than some of the others that aren’t a part of that.”

Watch the video to see what Kligerman had to say about drivers who are left watching the race.