Race Recap for the Advance Auto Parts Clash

Date: Feb. 19, 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/2nd (Running, completed 75 of 75 laps)
Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
●  Busch finished second in Sunday afternoon’s rain-delayed Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. 
●  The M&M’S driver led once for a total of five laps.
●  Busch now has four top-five finishes in the Clash, with his lone win of the non-points race coming in 2012. 
●  Busch started the 75-lap exhibition race in 13th, but was quickly able to move up through the field to third by lap 16.
●  Busch took the lead for the first time when the M&M’S team got him off pit road first under caution on lap 19.
●  The lead was short lived, as when Busch pitted again under green on lap 24, he was assessed a penalty by NASCAR for too fast entering pit road and sent to the tail end of the longest line on the ensuing restart.
●  Busch didn’t stay in the back of the field for long, working his way to fourth on lap 52 behind Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez.
● While riding in fifth place on the final lap, leaders Hamlin and Brad Keselowski made contact and spun, allowing Busch to race to the finish line door-to-door with Alex Bowman, with Busch nipping Bowman at the line for second-place behind race-winner Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

What did you see from your perspective on the final lap of the race? 

“Just that when the 22 (Logano) got so far out in front that he was a lone duck and I feel like if we both could’ve worked together then we could have tracked them back down and then the three of us could’ve gone for the win instead of just automatically giving it to the 22. Just trying to see what his (Bowman) mindset was with it all and figure out what got him to that decision. Overall, good day and I need to eliminate some mistakes here for myself on this M&M’s team. The guys did a great job, they executed really well. I have a really fast car so I can’t say enough about my guys at Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota – everybody’s done a really good job and we have some good stuff. It’s cool to be able to have the opportunity to race for a win like that, but it kind of snuck away from us there at the end. All in all, real pumped for the opportunity to qualify later and we’ll see where we stack up and get after it next week.”
How strong was your car in the race? 

“The 2018 M&M’S Camry is awesome. It’s fast and it’s got some good speed in it. It’s fun to drive. It’s going to be a true testament when we get to the downforce tracks and having the reduced downforce of this package this year at those places. So far here for Speedweeks, it’s really good and it’s really fast. I have some cleanup to do on my side to not get a pit road penalty and keep ourselves up front and keep that track position more in the race. We were able to rebound and battle back, fortunately nothing happened to where we were able to get back up there and get ourselves in position and have a shot to win.”

JGR Finish:
●  Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 Toyota, finished eighth.  
●  Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished 11th.
●  Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished 13th.
Next Up: 
The Can-Am Duel – twin 150-mile races which will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field – take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the Daytona 500 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.