Daytona Beach, Fla – The NASCAR season is already upon us, as the annual all-star race will once again kickoff Daytona Speedweeks for the 37th straight year. In 1979, the Busch Clash began Speedweeks consisting of only pole winners from the previous season. The few select drivers ran a race of 20 laps for the trophy.
Now, the annual season-opening event will be 75-lap race split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments.
Unlike previous years, the starting field for the 2017 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 2016 Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016, and drivers who qualified for the 2016 Chase are eligible.
Eligible drivers are:
2016 Pole Awards winners (14)
- Greg Biffle, Alex Bowman, 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.
Former Clash Race Winners (2)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart
Former DAYTONA 500 Pole Award winners (1)
- Danica Patrick
2016 Chase drivers (3)
- Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray
With Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards retiring, they won’t be in the race. Greg Biffle doesn’t have a ride and Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided to sit the race out and allow Alex Bowman who won the pole in his No. 88 Chevrolet at Phoenix last November race for him instead.
That means out of the 20 drivers eligible, only 17 will race. Daniel Suarez was given a clearance to race for Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota leaving just Stewart, Biffle and Earnhardt Jr. as the only ones not running.
5-5:55 p.m. ET Practice on FS1
6:30-7:25 p.m. ET Final Practice on FS1
8 pm ET Race FS1/MRN
2003-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2008-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The Advanced Auto Parts Clash At Daytona Tidbits
- The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009. Unlike previous years, the starting field for the 2017 Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. (20 drivers are eligible for this year’s event).
- Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona races, competing in 22 consecutive events from 1994-2015.
- Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in consecutive Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona starts with 14 (2003 – 2016).
- The top five drivers with the most Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona appearances: Mark Martin (24), Bill Elliott (23), Jeff Gordon (22), Ken Schrader (19) and Rusty Wallace (19).
- There have been nine multiple winners in the Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona:
- Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
- Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
- Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
- Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
- Denny Hamlin won in 2006, 2014 and 2016.
- Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008).
- Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Clash at Daytona races. No driver has won three consecutive Clash events.
- Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Clash at Daytona in which they competed.
- Only six times in the 33-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:
Bobby Allison (1982)
Bill Elliott (1987)
Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
Jeff Gordon (1997)
Denny Hamlin (2016)
- There have been four winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
- Two drivers have swept the Clash at Daytona, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2016: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)
- One driver has swept the Clash at Daytona, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2016: Bobby Allison (1982).
- Seven drivers have won the Clash at Daytona (1979-2016) and the championship in the same season. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times (four).
Tony Stewart (2002)
Jeff Gordon (1997)
Dale Earnhardt (1993, 1991, 1986 and 1980)
Darrell Waltrip (1981)
- Four drivers have won consecutive Clash at Daytona races (1979-2016). None went on to win that year’s Daytona 500.
Kevin Harvick (2009-10)
Tony Stewart (2000-01)
Ken Schrader (1990-91)
Neil Bonnett (1983-84)
- The format for The Clash at Daytona has changed 14 times since its inception into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1979.
- Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the Clash at Daytona (1979 –
The Clash At Daytona Manufacturer Wins Recap
Manufacturer Victories Last Victory – Driver
Chevrolet 20 2013 – Kevin Harvick
Ford 7 2004 – Dale Jarrett
Toyota 4 2016 – Denny Hamlin
Buick 2 1982 – Bobby Allison
Oldsmobile 2 1980 – Dale Earnhardt
Pontiac 2 2002 – Tony Stewart
Dodge 1 2011 – Kurt Busch
By the Numbers: The Advance Auto Parts Clash At Daytona
.013 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in the Clash at Daytona history
.058 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in the Clash at Daytona history
.08 – Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin of victory in the Clash at Daytona history
1 – Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Clash at Daytona races they won
2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts
4 – Number of drivers to win the Clash at Daytona from the pole position – Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)
6 – Number of the Clash at Daytona wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader (1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95)
7 – Number of fewest starters in the field for the Clash at Daytona (1981)
11 – Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)
14 – Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979
20 – Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Clash at Daytona, leads all manufacturers
22 – Most consecutive starts in the Clash at Daytona by Jeff Gordon (1994-2015).
27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history
28 – Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979
44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event
47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Clash at Daytona.
197.802 mph – The fastest average speed of the race for the Clash at Daytona was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.