Daytona Beach, Fla – NASCAR fans were treated to a classic matinee event on Sunday afternoon as the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona was run during the day time hours for the first time in 15 years. To make matters even better, the season opening all-star event at the Daytona International Speedway has “The Clash” name back as well.
In the offseason, with Sprint no longer was the title sponsor of NASCAR’s premiere series, which in turn, meant the name of the season opening race at the 2.5-mile high banked track would need a new name as well. That’s when NASCAR decided to rename it “The Clash” and for the first time since 1997.
Basically, for the first time since 2002, the race was run during the day, and for the first time since 1997, the race was called “The Clash.”
It was a perfect marriage back. Now, NASCAR just needs to do the right thing and run this event during the day from here on out.
I get running this race at night. The ratings and anticipation are higher. But, Speedweeks needs to get back to daytime events. That’s how it used to be and how it needs to be. With the Daytona 500 being run during the day, why not move the preliminary events back to the daytime hours as well.
First off, Daytona is a finicky track and running a race during the day will make cars run much differently than running at night. During the day, the track gets hot and slick and makes this much more entertaining. At night, it’s basically hold the throttle down and hold on.
The cream rises to the top in this race during the day and actually gives great feedback for what these drivers need for the Daytona 500.
Which brings me to my next point, with this being an all-star type event and these drivers being the top of their game, why not give them extra reward by getting a true legitimate track time experience to help for the ‘500 later in the week. This is a true practice session per say to get these guys ready and what they need to adjust for their Daytona 500 cars.
The racing was phenomenal all day and should just be left as a daytime event from here on out.