Logano nabs victory in 'The Clash' after wild final lap
RELATED: Results " SHOP: Logano gear BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 Live! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin collided in Turn 2 on the final lap of Sunday's rain-delayed Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway , Joey Logano was there to seize the moment. Charging to the outside and grabbing the lead near the entry to the Superstretch at the 2.5-mile speedway, Logano took the checkered flag 1.121 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch , who beat third-place finisher Alex Bowman to the stripe by .018 seconds. Danica Patrick dodged the Turn 2 melee to surge from 10th to fourth on the final lap to post her first top-five finish in any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, though the result is not official because " The Clash" is an exhibition event with a limited field. Kevin Harvick , driving a Ford for the first time at NASCAR's highest level, came home fifth. Daniel Suarez , in his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, finished eighth. Logano's victory was the first in " The Clash" for a Ford driver since Dale Jarrett took the checkered flag in 2004. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas settled into the first four spots after a restart on Lap 65, but Team Penske teammates Keselowski and Logano sped toward the front in the outside lane, successfully side-drafted and broke up the Camry armada. The race was decided when Keselowski challenged defending winner Hamlin for the lead on the final lap. Keselowski, who came home sixth, powered his Ford to the bottom of Turn 2. Hamlin tried to protect his position, and the cars collided, Hamlin's Toyota spinning wildly and Keselowski's Ford losing momentum off the corner. Logano pulled out to a 100-yard lead and maintained it as Busch and Bowman battled side- by -side behind him. "That was the play," Logano said of the side-drafting strategy. " The Toyotas are so selfless, I guess is the way to look at it. They're able to work together and think of one car winning, and they're really good at that. "We had to think that same way as Ford (drivers), and we Stewart-Haas and the Penske cars, we were able to get a good enough run to work together enough to break them up and make the passes, and then there at the end, it was kind of a mess. "Everything was going really fast, and I was just in the right place at the right time." Even though " The Clash" featured a mandatory caution at Lap 25, and even though the cars had been set up for racing under the lights, drivers were uniformly aggressive in the opening segment, often running three-wide in an attempt to gain track position. On Lap 17, Kurt Busch fell victim to a handling problem with reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Jimmie Johnson 's No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson got loose in Turn 4 and spun into the right rear of Busch's No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, turning Busch hard into the outside wall. "I was just minding my own business in the low groove and we got tagged in the right rear," Kurt Busch said after exiting the Infield Care Center. "It's kind of a shame -- all of the hard work and the effort everybody puts into the off-season -- Doug Yates and his engines and everybody from Ford and everybody at Stewart-Haas, all of the effort put toward building a car and we didn't even make it to the first pit stop, so it's kind of a bummer." Johnson car survived that wreck, but the handling remained evil, and on Lap 49 he spun again off Turn 4 and clobbered the inside wall near the entrance to pit road. The wreck put Johnson out of the race, his sixth straight DNF in the season-opening exhibition event. With 14 laps left, Martin Truex Jr . tried to fill a hole that wasn't there and clipped the right front of Kyle Larson 's No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Truex spun in Turn 3, rocketed toward the outside wall and caught the left rear of Chris Buescher 's No. 37 Chevrolet, which needed two trips to pit road to repair the damage. That wreck set up the wild 11-lap run to the finish that saw the opportunistic Logano take advantage of the last-lap tangle between Keselowski and Hamlin. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Get ready for the Daytona 500 with driver interviews
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! " Speedweeks schedule Drivers take center stage starting at 8:30 a.m. ET Wednesday for the Media Day live stream presented by NAPA as excitement builds toward Sunday's Daytona 500 . Don't miss any of the stories, banter and laughs as NASCAR.com live streams the event til 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch here . Hosts Jonathan Merryman and Kim Coon will talk with drivers about the Daytona 500 and the 2017 season. Here's the event lineup (all times Eastern): 8:30 a.m.: Aric Almirola 8:40 a.m.: Austin Dillon , Matt DiBenedetto 8:45 a.m.: Chris Buescher 8:50 a.m.: Joey Gase BREAK (35 min) 9:35 a.m.: Michael McDowell , AJ Allmendinger 9:40 a.m.: David Gilliland 9:45 a.m.: Joey Logano BREAK (25 min) 10:20 a.m.: Chip Wile 10:30 a.m.: Brendan Gaughan , Darrell Wallace Jr . 10:35 a.m.: Cole Custer 10:40 a.m.: Blake Koch 10:50 a.m.: Brennan Poole 11:05 a.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr . 11:10 a.m.: Daniel Hemric , Brandon Jones 11:20 a.m.: Spencer Gallagher , Ben Kennedy BREAK (1 hr. 40 min) 1:10 p.m.: Ryan Blaney 1:20 p.m.: Chase Elliott 1:50 p.m.: Kevin Harvick 1:55 p.m.: Justin Allgaier , Michael Annett 2 p.m.: John Hunter Nemechek , Denny Hamlin 2:10 p.m.: Ty Dillon , Matt Kenseth , Kurt Busch 2:20 p.m.: Landon Cassill , Kasey Kahne BREAK (15 min) 2:45 p.m.: Erik Jones BREAK (10 min) 3:05 p.m.: Ryan Reed BREAK (5 min) 3:15 p.m.: Brad Keselowski
Numbers crunch: Can Logano, Busch keep trend?
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! While we understand this may be more of a coincidence than a correlation, results from the season-opening Advance Auto Parts Clash could be an accurate predictor for a championship push. Since the postseason format shifted to an elimination-style setup prior to the 2014 season, one finisher in the top three of the season-opening, non-points race has advanced to the four-driver Championship Round at Miami. That's good news for Sunday's winner Joey Logano , runner-up Kyle Busch and third place … uh, Alex Bowman . Bowman doesn't have a full-time ride for 2017, so while he filled in beautifully for Dale Earnhardt Jr . in " The Clash," we don't expect him in the championship round. That leaves Logano and Busch as the drivers looking to carry the torch here, and they are two perfect candidates. In three postseasons, Busch (2016, 2015) and Logano (2016, 2014) have each made it to the championship battle twice. Both were in the field last year when Jimmie Johnson sped to his record-tying seventh title. Here's a look back at the previous three years in the Advance Auto Parts Clash: 201 6 1. Denny Hamlin 2. Joey Logano (Made Championship 4) 3. Paul Menard 2015 1. Matt Kenseth 2. Martin Truex Jr . (Made Championship 4) 3. Carl Edwards 2014 1. Denny Hamlin (Made Championship 4) 2. Brad Keselowski 3. Kyle Busch
The 2016 NASCAR season by the numbers
.010: The margin of victory (in seconds) for Denny Hamlin over Martin Truex Jr . in the season-opening Daytona 500 , the closest finish in the 58-year history of the Great American Race. .010: The margin of victory (in seconds) for Kevin Harvick over Carl Edwards three weeks later at Phoenix International Raceway , the closest finish ever at the 1-mile track. We hear a lot about door-buster deals this time of year, but this finish was a door-banging deal instead. $20,000: The amount NASCAR officials fined Danica Patrick for walking toward the racing surface and gesturing at Kasey Kahne 's passing car during the Auto Club 400 in March at Auto Club Speedway . $10,000: The amount NASCAR officials fined Kyle Busch for failure to fulfill his post-race media obligations following the XFINITY Series race at Auto Club. Not sure what was going on under the California sun that weekend, but both drivers managed to avoid similar situations the rest of the season, which was good for everyone involved. .75 miles: That's how close Kyle Busch was to victory in April at Richmond before teammate Carl Edwards used his No. 19 Toyota to nudge Busch's No. 18 out of the way. It was Edwards' second win in a row for the season and it was the first last-lap win in the track's history. The silence on Busch's radio afterward was deafening. " Listen to in-car audio 18 (Part 1): The number of cars that wrecked during a restart pileup in May at Dover when Jimmie Johnson 's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had a mechanical failure. This opened the door for Matt Kenseth to hold off a hard-charging Kyle Larson for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team's first win of the season. 392: The number of laps Martin Truex Jr . led out of 400 laps in the Coca-Cola 600 in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway . He spent 588 of the 600 miles at the front, which set a record for a NASCAR race. Pity to the poor souls who removed him from their NASCAR Fantasy Live lineups right before the green flag. 23.0: The average age of the podium finishers in the June race at Michigan International Speedway , a record for the youngest first-, second- and third-place finishers in NASCAR history. Joey Logano (26) won the race and was followed by Chase Elliott (20) and Kyle Larson (23). 49: Tony Stewart 's win total in the NASCAR premier series after he bumped Denny Hamlin out of the way in the final corner in June at Sonoma for what turned out to be his last victory. The win ended an 84-race drought for Stewart and wrapped up with him in Victory Lane drinking wine from a crystal goblet. 18 (Part 2): The number of races Dale Earnhardt Jr . would eventually miss because of concussion-related symptoms believed to be brought on after a crash at the season's first race at Michigan. Alex Bowman drove the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet starting with the July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , and Jeff Gordon also filled in for his former teammate starting at Indianapolis. 1: The number of road-course races Denny Hamlin has won in his career after he took the checkered flag in August at Watkins Glen International . Hamlin rebounded from his last-lap disappointment at Sonoma to hold off Martin Truex Jr ., whose No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota wiped out on the last lap after contact with Brad Keselowski 's No. 2 Team Penske Ford. 99: It took Kyle Larson this many starts before reporters could finally stop writing stories about when the talented Chip Ganassi Racing driver would win a premier series race, because he did so in August at Michigan International Speedway . And with Brett Moffitt winning in the Camping World Truck Series at Michigan and Michael McDowell winning at Road America that weekend, it marked the first time in history that there were first-time winners in all three NASCAR national series in one weekend. 17: The number of spots Kevin Harvick lost on pit road throughout the Bojangles' Southern 500 -- giving new meaning to the term "throwback" at Darlington Raceway 's annual nod to racing's past. So despite leading a race-high 214 laps, Harvick was unable to win -- with that honor instead going to Martin Truex Jr ., whose pit crew was on point when it mattered most. .006: The margin (in seconds) that Denny Hamlin finished ahead of Kurt Busch for third place in October at Talladega Superspeedway , allowing Hamlin to tie Austin Dillon for the final Round of 8 transfer spot -- with the best finish tiebreaker propelling Hamlin into the next round. All three of Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates also made the Round of 8. Those teammates rode in the back of the field for much of the race, employing a controversial strategy with the potential aim of avoiding the "Big One." 9: Jimmie Johnson won for the ninth time at Martinsville Speedway in the October Chase race that guaranteed him a berth in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The win also gave the green light for pundits to ponder, along with the driver, the possibility of a seventh championship. 7: Three weeks later at Homestead-Miami Speedway , Jimmie Johnson earned the new nickname "Seven-Time" with his dramatic come-from-behind win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 . Johnson's seventh championship tied him with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all-time and came after a wreck by Carl Edwards , who was trying to block Joey Logano following a late restart. For Johnson, it was career win No. 80, and now, the key stat entering next year is eight, as in Johnson attempting to stand alone in greatness. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
From The Vault: The last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500
Relive the last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500. A race that saw Richard Petty win his sixth Great American Race, and the fight that launched stock car racing to new heights.
Logano wins 'The Clash' in a thrilling finish
Joey Logano passes for the lead and wins The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway after Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski make contact on the final lap.
By the Numbers : Petty vs. Earnhardt vs. Johnson
Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with his seventh premier series title this year. Below is a comparison of stats between the three drivers, with the obvious caveat that Johnson is still an active driver. Note : Graphic by Mike Sales
How the Can-Am Duels work, set Daytona 500 field
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Complete lineups for each Duel The Can-Am Duels are a pair of qualifying races held on Feb. 23 (starting at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) that will determine the bulk of the field for the 2017 Daytona 500 (Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR.com offers a look at how the twin qualifying races work and how they impact the Daytona 500 . Programming info for Can-Am Duels: When: Feb. 23, starting at 7 p.m. ET Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FS1 Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? There are two 60-lap, 150-mile races. Who is in which Duel is determined based on qualifying speeds from Sunday's single-lap qualifying runs. How do the Duels set the Daytona 500 lineup? The Duels determine who will line up in spots 3-38 on the starting grid for the "Great American Race" after Sunday's qualifying speeds saw the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr . earn front row spots for the 2017 Daytona 500 . Drivers in the first Duel race will line up on the inside row for the Daytona 500 (odd-numbered starting position), based on the order in which they finish the first Duel race. Drivers in the second Duel race will line up on the outside row for the Daytona 500 (even-numbered starting positions), based on the order in which they finish the second Duel race. Remember, all 36 Charter teams are guaranteed spots in the Daytona 500 . RELATED: Which teams have Charters? How can open teams make the Daytona 500 ? Two open teams will make the field based on their qualifying speed from Sunday's single-car qualifying runs. The other two open spots come from the best finishing open teams in each Duel. Should the fastest qualifying open team driver earn a spot based on his or her Duel result, then the next fastest open team would get in based on qualifying speed. Sadler and Gaughan had the fastest entries among the open teams in single-car qualifying and are locked into the Daytona 500 field. RELATED: Sadler, Gaughan lock in spots The open team entries that will battle for two Daytona 500 spots in the Duels are Timmy Hill (No. 51 Chevrolet), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Toyota), Corey LaJoie (No. 83 Toyota) and DJ Kennington (No. 96 Toyota). How important are the Duels for drivers locked into the front row? Very important because of the race enhancements NASCAR announced last month. While a Duel win doesn't put you in the Chase, the top 10 drivers in each Duel will earn points heading into the Daytona 500 . Points for Duel results have not occurred before this year. Drivers locked into the front row need to avoid any sort of calamity to keep their starting spot. With qualifying day so early in Speedweeks and a multitude of practices over three days leading up to the Daytona 500 , wrecks resulting in backup cars, engine changes and more are all likely to pop up at some point to affect the green-flag order once on the grid. How are points awarded ? It's similar to stages in the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Meaning the winner of each Duel will get 10 points down to the 10th-place driver, who will get one point. Two drivers -- each Duel winner -- will head into the Daytona 500 with a share of the point lead.
Tweets to the Winner: Everything is Joey's fault
MORE BLOGS: Inside Groove page Joey Logano took advantage of a last-lap incident to win the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, injecting momentum into the No. 22 team's Speedweeks. While Logano and his fans were ecstatic to watch the familiar red and yellow Ford drive into Victory Lane to end the long offseason, others didn't have such nice things to say. Some folks were just flat-out mean -- and weirdly specific. #joeylagano won the race! What a weasel! — Paula Sandt Miller (@FlyDC989) February 19, 2017 @joeylogano PUKE IN DAYTONA — susieq (@kbuhurico) February 19, 2017 @NASCAR @joeylogano Joey Joey Joey is a kids name — Joe Post (@Joepost43) February 19, 2017 Other Logano haters felt it was more appropriate to dismiss the win altogether, despite the fact that the No. 22 wasn't involved in the late-race crash between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski . @NASCAR @joeylogano you only got that win because others crashed. @joeylogano the way you were driving out there. — al provost (@ambergriffin123) February 19, 2017 Way to go Logano - payback won't be fun. #NASCAR — Koreen M (@czarinakem) February 19, 2017 At least some fans had Joey's back ... @MonsterEnergy the girl who offered @joeylogano the towel, wiped herself first then offer it to him? Gross. Good thing Joey didn't take it — Bridget Reeves (@trakmom2013) February 19, 2017 Logano? More like LoWINgo — ÿøęł (@novus_discipula) February 19, 2017 ... but there always will be the people who don't like when you have a good day. Will someone please Punch Joey Lagano he is always so happy — David Kemp (@davidkemp88) February 19, 2017
O'Donnell explains reasoning behind new over-the -wall pit road rule
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell discusses the reasoning behind the new over- the -wall pit road rule and how it was applied in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.
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