The Advance Auto Parts Clash
is an annual invitation-only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
exhibition event held at Daytona International Speedway
in February, the weekend before the Daytona 500
. It is the first competitive event of the season and serves as a kickoff event for the NASCAR portion of Speedweeks
The event was originally known as the Busch Clash
, and consisted of a 20-lap/50-mile, "all-out sprint" for the previous season's pole position winners (considered the de facto
"fastest drivers on the circuit"). In its current format, it is made up of three segments, culminating in a 20-lap sprint to the finish. Like the All-Star Race
held at Charlotte
, the race awards no championship points but instead offers a large cash purse – circumstances which are supposed to encourage an all-out driving style not seen in regular-season races.
The 2017 Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. Only drivers who were 2016 Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016, and drivers who qualified for the 2016 Chase are eligible.
The defending winner of the Clash at Daytona is Denny Hamlin
after winning in 2016
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