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Brad K Dominates Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For once, as he put it, Brad Keselowski didn’t “choke away” a chance at victory during Speedweeks at Daytona. 

Just the opposite. Taking the lead on Lap 39 of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway, Keselowski held it the rest of the way to win the exhibition kick-off race to the 2018 season, leading Team Penske to a 1-2-4 finish. 

And Keselowski, who led 41 of the 75 laps, took the checkered flag with a large piece of debris on the nose of his No. 2 Ford Fusion, with the water temperature in the engine rising to dangerous levels. 

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, lead the field during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

“I was worried about the run (of cars behind him), but the car was way overheating there at the end, and I was more worried about it blowing up than anything else,” Keselowski said. “(Engine builder) Doug Yates and his guys did a good job giving me something real durable to take all that and keep digging.

 “I’m really proud of the whole effort here. What a way to start Speedweeks, putting the Miller Lite Ford in Victory Lane. I’m really proud of my team… I felt like we were due today.” 

Keselowski has five victories at Talladega, but his only other superspeedway win came in the July 2016 race at Daytona. During February, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was batting .000, making Sunday’s start to Speedweeks a special occasion. 

“It means a lot,” Keselowski said. “I’ve never won anything here during Speedweeks, and I feel like I’ve choked them away, to be quite honest. You need one to break through. Hopefully, this is our breakthrough.” 

Last year’s Clash winner, Joey Logano, finished second to his teammate, with Kurt Busch running third and Team Penske newbie Ryan Blaney fourth—with Ford drivers sweeping the top four positions. 

Austin Dillon, who started from the pole, came home fifth in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, avoiding a last-lap melee that started when contact from Kyle Larson’s Chevrolet turned Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 into the outside wall on the backstretch. 

Johnson failed to finish the Clash for the seventh straight year. 

After Keselowski grabbed the lead, the field gradually strung out to single file in the top lane, with smaller groups of cars unable to make significant runs on the bottom. On the final lap, however, Kurt Busch darted past Blaney, who had dropped to the inside in a last-ditch effort to win the race. 

Behind the lead cars, Larson tagged Johnson and turned him into the wall, collecting the cars of Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. in the wreck. 

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, the defending Daytona 500 winner, was pleased with his third-place result and what it might portend for his defense in the Great American Race. 

“Project number one was to do all the laps so that we could understand more about our tires and our setup and the way that the car was going to handle,” Busch said. “Then step number two was to have fun. I had a blast. 

“I wanted to make another move on the last lap but ran out of steam because the guys behind me got too wide. I couldn’t jump in there and go after the Penske guys. It’s a good day for Ford and good day for us and Billy Scott, my new crew chief. Now we’ll go back and debrief about our car.” 

William Byron Leads The Pack Practice at Daytona in Final Practice before the 2018 Clash

William Byron leads the way in his #24  Axalta sponsored Chevrolet the final practice  before Sundays Advanced Auto Parts Clash.

Like last season, the starting field for the 2018 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.

A total of 20 drivers are eligible to participate in the annual preseason, 75 lap, two segments, non-points race. A competition caution on Lap 25 will separate the two segments. The event will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

3 drivers will not expected to race are  Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick making it a 17 car field.

The Clash had become a traditional night race is now moved back to the day time. Driver intros are scheduled for 2:30  on Sunday and they will go green at 3:00PM.

Eligible Drivers

2017 Coors Light Pole Winners

Ryan Blaney

Kurt Busch

Kyle Busch

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chase Elliott

Denny Hamlin

Kevin Harvick

Erik Jones

Matt Kenseth

Brad Keselowski

Kyle Larson

Joey Logano

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

Former Daytona 500 Pole Winners

Austin Dillon

Jimmie Johnson

Danica Patrick

2017 Monster Energy Playoff Participants

Kasey Kahne

Jamie McMurray

Ryan Newman

Daytona International Speedway Complete Feb. 2018 Race Schedule

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
ARCA RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY MENARDS
EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 7
7:00 AM 4:00 PM ARCA CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:30 AM ARCA HAULERS ENTER
9:00 AM 6:00 PM ARCA GARAGE OPEN

Thursday, February 8
8:00 AM 5:00 PM ARCA CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM 7:00 PM ARCA GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM 11:30 AM Pace Vehicle Rides
12:00 PM 3:00 PM BROADCASTING SET-UP
1:30 PM ARCA ROOKIE MEETING
2:00 PM ARCA DRIVER / SPOTTER MEETING
2:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:15 PM 3:45 PM ARCA ROOKIE TRACK RIDE
4:00 PM 6:00 PM ARCA PRACTICE

Friday, February 9
7:00 AM 4:00 PM ARCA CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM 5:30 PM ARCA GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
9:30 AM 10:30 AM ARCA FINAL PRACTICE
10:00 AM 12:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM 5:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
12:00 PM 5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 PM ARCA QUALIFYING (GROUP QUALIFYING)

Saturday, February 10
8:00 AM 4:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM 7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM 10:00 AM TRACK LAPS (DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY)
9:00 AM 3:00 PM ARCA CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
9:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM ARCA GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM 4:30 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
10:35 AM 11:55 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE (CLASH)
12:00 PM 12:30 PM TV TELEVISION EXHIBITION RUNS
12:30 PM 2:00 PM ARCA GARAGE OPEN TO FANS
1:05 PM 1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:45 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (PIT ROAD)
2:00 PM 2:30 PM TV TELEVISION EXHIBITION RUNS
2:45 PM ARCA DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:05 PM 3:55 PM MENCS PRACTICE
4:15 PM ARCA DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
4:45 PM ARCA RACE (80 LAPS, 200 MILES)
6:30 PM MENCS RANDOM DRAWING FOR STARTING POSITION (FAN ZONE) & DRAWING FOR PIT
SELECTION (FAN ZONE)

Sunday, February 11
7:00 AM 3:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM 7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM 8:30 AM NASCAR MEDIA RIDES
8:30 AM 9:30 AM NASCAR PACE VEHICLE RIDES
9:30 AM 11:00 AM Pace Vehicle Rides (Daytona International Speedway)
10:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
10:45 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
11:30 AM 5:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
2:30 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (75 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
Monday, February 12
8:00 AM 5:00 PM RIDE-ALONG PROGRAM (DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY)
Tuesday, February 13
8:00 AM 5:00 PM RIDE-ALONG PROGRAM (DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY)

Wednesday, February 14
8:00 AM 5:00 PM RIDE-ALONG PROGRAM (DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY)
9:00 AM 4:00 PM NCWTS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
10:00 AM 12:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
12:00 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
2/2/2018 (EASTERN) Eastern Standard Time
When vehicles are not moving, properly credentialed and accompanied Minors are welcomed in the NASCAR Garage.

Thursday, February 15
9:00 AM 11:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
9:00 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM 5:00 PM NXS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM 7:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:30 AM 8:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM 10:30 AM MEDIA RIDES
10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
10:15 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM 11:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE TRACK RIDE
10:30 AM NCWTS SPOTTERS MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
11:00 AM 5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:35 AM 12:55 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
1:00 PM 1:30 PM NASCAR PACE VEHICLE RIDES
1:30 PM 2:00 PM Pace Vehicle Rides (Daytona International Speedway)
2:25 PM 3:25 PM NCWTS 2ND PRACTICE
3:30 PM 4:30 PM TV TELEVISION EXHIBITION RUNS
3:30 PM 11:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
3:45 PM MENCS SPOTTERS MEETING
4:35 PM 5:25 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (PIT ROAD)
5:15 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
6:00 PM 11:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
6:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM MENCS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES)
8:45 PM Approx MENCS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES)

Friday, February 16
9:00 AM 5:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM 5:00 PM NXS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM 8:00 PM NCWTS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM 9:30 AM NASCAR MEDIA RIDES
9:00 AM 6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM 10:00 AM NASCAR PACE VEHICLE RIDES
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Pace Vehicle Rides (Daytona International Speedway)
10:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (STATION 3)
10:30 AM 8:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
10:45 AM NXS SPOTTERS MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
11:00 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:15 AM 11:30 AM NXS ROOKIE TRACK RIDE
12:05 PM 12:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 PM 4:30 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
1:05 PM 1:55 PM MENCS PRACTICE
2:05 PM 2:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
3:05 PM 3:55 PM MENCS PRACTICE
4:30 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
6:00 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (PIT ROAD)
6:15 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NCWTS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)
Saturday, February 17
8:00 AM 9:00 AM NASCAR MEDIA RIDES
8:00 AM 3:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM 3:00 PM NXS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
8:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Pace Vehicle Rides (Daytona International Speedway)
9:35 AM NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
10:00 AM 3:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM 11:30 AM TV TELEVISION EXHIBITION RUNS
11:30 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
11:30 AM 1:30 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:05 PM 12:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
1:00 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (PIT ROAD)
2:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM NXS RACE (120 LAPS, 300 MILES)

Sunday, February 18
7:00 AM 8:00 AM NASCAR PACE VEHICLE RIDES
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Pace Vehicle Rides (Daytona International Speedway)
7:30 AM 3:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES GARAGE
AREA TENT)
2/2/2018 (EASTERN) Eastern Standard Time
When vehicles are not moving, properly credentialed and accompanied Minors are welcomed in the NASCAR Garage.
1:30 PM 7:30 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
1:45 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE (200 LAPS, 500 MILES)