Advance Auto Parts Clash Recap
Date: Feb. 11, 2017
Event: Advance Auto Parts Clash (non-points race)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Format: 75 laps, broken into two segments of 25 laps and 50 laps
Start/Finish: 13th/7th (Running, completed 75 of 75 laps)
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske(Ford)
● Kyle Busch finished seventh in Sunday afternoon’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona.
● Busch started the 75-lap exhibition race in 13th, but was quickly able to move up through the field to fifth by lap 30.
● The race went caution free for 37 laps with much of the field single file line until the closing lap.
● The M&M’S driver found himself in fifth-place as the field headed to turn three on the final lap when Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson made contact directly in front of him.
● Busch couldn’t get out of the way in time of Johnson ahead of him and made contact. From there, all Busch could do was drive his battered car across the start/finish line for a seventh-place finish.
Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“The 42 (Kyle Larson) got into the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and messed him up a little on the straightaway there and then it was on after that on the final lap. Overall, the beginning part of the race was interesting, guys were moving around and making some moves that felt pretty racey and then the second half of the race it kind of single-filed out. It was more backwards than what we’re accustomed to here and how the race kind of transpired. Certainly I would have liked to see a little more separation in the long run to where guys can kind of slide job each other and move around a little bit and try to pass and have the drivers go after one another, but the cars are just so equal there that you have to drive the heck out of it and there was never enough of a gap that you could slide back up into. Overall, I feel like we learned a few things there with our car and we’ll go into the 500 with the M&M’s Camry now and give it our best shot.”
● Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished sixth.
● Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished eighth.
Next Up: The Can-Am Duel – twin 150-mile races which will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field –will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, with live coverage provided by FOX.