The 2017 CLASH at Daytona

The exhibition event known as the Advance Auto Parts Clash (Feb. 18, 8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is the kickoff to the 2017 NASCAR season. The non-points paying event at Daytona International Speedway features a select field of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers at the 2.5-mile track. How does the race work? What is the format? How does one qualify for the event? NASCAR.com answers those questions and more.

When: Feb. 18, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Daytona International Speedway
TV: FS1
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Defending race winner: Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing

The Format
The 75-lap, 187.5-mile race will be split into two segments. A competition caution at Lap 25 will separate the segments.

Qualifying

Drivers are eligible for this event by the following ways: 2016 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016. All 16 drivers from the 2016 playoffs are also eligible.

Eligible Drivers 

20 drivers meet the requirements. They are:
Chris Buescher (2016 playoff qualifier)
Greg Biffle (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Alex Bowman (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Kurt Busch (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Kyle Busch (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Austin Dillon (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Former Clash Race winner)
Carl Edwards (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Chase Elliott (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Denny Hamlin (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Kevin Harvick (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Jimmie Johnson (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Matt Kenseth (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Brad Keselowski (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Kyle Larson (2016 playoff qualifier)
Joey Logano (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Jamie McMurray (2016 playoff qualifier)
Danica Patrick (Former Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award winner)
Tony Stewart (Former Clash Race winner)
Martin Truex Jr. (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

Some Drivers Not Driving Include

That’s a good point. Biffle does not have a ride as of yet for the 2017 season, so he will not be competing. Edwards stepped away from racing last month, but NASCAR has allowed his replacement, Daniel Suarez, to drive in the race. Stewart has retired from NASCAR competition. So that puts the field at 18.

Bowman and Dale Jr. 
They won’t. Alex Bowman will drive the No. 88 in The Clash as a nod to the work he did as a substitute driver while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was out last season with concussion-like symptoms. Instead, Dale Jr. will be in the TV booth calling the action on FS1 with commentators Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip.

Number of cars

Seventeen drivers will make up the field: Buescher, Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Elliott, Hamlin, Harvick, Johnson, Kenseth, Keselowski, Larson, Logano, McMurray, Patrick, Suarez and Truex Jr.

The Line-up

A draw will be held to determine drivers’ starting positions. In past years, the crew chiefs have drawn for position. Hamlin, last year’s winner, started the race 15th.

Points
No, this is a non-points event, just like the Monster Energy All-Star Race in May.

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