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Elliott Sadler posted the second fastest time in qualification for the Daytona 500 among non-chartered entrants and knows he will race next Sunday.

Sadler and Brendan Gaughan locked their cars in based on time, but their starting position will be determined by the qualification races. Sadler is running for Tommy Baldwin Racing in a part time role and a good run in the 500 might open possibilities to run more later in the year.
Feb 19 - 4:05 PM

With a speed of 189.294 mph, Brendan Gaughan was fastest among non-chartered drivers and that means he will race in the Daytona 500 regardless of how he finishes in the qualification races.

This will be Gaughan’s second start in the 500 and his third at Daytona International Speedway. His best result came in February 2004 when he finished 19th for Penske / Jasper.
Feb 19 - 4:00 PM

Kurt Busch was the first driver to retire from the Advance Auto Parts Clash Sunday after contact from Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson got loose on the outside of Busch on lap 16. The No. 48 spun into the side of the 41 and turned it into the wall. The good news is that Busch did not make a mistake, does not need the extra track time for experience, and may have gotten his bad luck behind him.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Daniel Suarez survived his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start to finish eighth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

A lot of attention was focused on the rookie in his first attempt at the plate track with the veterans. He made some solid moves and did not trigger an incident—but there is a huge difference between 75 laps and the 200 he will face next Sunday.
Feb 19 - 3:05 PM

Chase Elliott kept his nose clean in Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash and finished seventh.

Elliott did not spend a lot of time at the very front of the pack, so it will be difficult to use his performance in this race to help handicap the Daytona 500. Young Guns are often crash prone, however, and discretion suggests waiting to start him until Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Feb 19 - 3:04 PM

Brad Keselowski made contact with Denny Hamlin on the final lap of the Clash; he survived the incident to finish sixth.

Keselowski had a run on Hamlin entering turn one with a strong push from Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick. Hamlin attempted to block, drove the No. 2 onto the apron, and the two made contact. With no points on the line, drivers will often go for broke. It remains to be seen if they will take this much risk in next week’s Daytona 500.
Feb 19 - 3:04 PM

Kevin Harvick finished fifth in Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts.

Harvick was a much bigger factor than his fifth-place result suggests. He hooked up with fellow Ford drivers (and doesn’t that sound odd after all his years in a Chevrolet) to push Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano to the front. Keselowski’s contact with Denny Hamlin on the last lap broke the lead pack’s momentum, however, and Harvick was unable to capitalize on his new-found track position.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

Danica Patrick finished fourth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

Patrick stayed out of trouble all afternoon and was not mentioned until the checkered flag waved, but she got a run on the final lap and finished side-by-side-by-side with Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman. That knocked the rust off and makes her a more interesting pick for next week’s Daytona 500.
Feb 19 - 1:15 PM

Kyle Busch finished second to Joey Logano and ahead of Alex Bowman by a bumper in the Advance Auto Parts Clash Sunday night.

Busch was upset with Bowman at the end of the race because he chose to race for second instead of falling in behind the No. 18 to track down the leader. That level of fierce competitiveness is what makes Busch so powerful on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.
Feb 19 - 1:07 PM

Alex Bowman avoided the last-lap melee triggered by a Brad Keselowski / Denny Hamlin crash and finished third in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

Bowman was solidly in second until Kyle Busch banged into his side and stalled his momentum a few hundred yards from the end. Bowman does not have any firm plans for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017 and this was an opportunity to showcase his talent.
Feb 19 - 1:03 PM

Joey Logano won the first NASCAR race of the 2017 season with his victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday.

Logano won his first Clash in his ninth start and became the 22nd different driver to win this event. Logano assumed the lead when teammate Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin got together on the last lap in turn one. This is the third victory for Roger Penske in the specialty event.
Feb 19 - 12:57 PM

The Daytona 500 will be Jeffrey Earnhardt’s second career plate race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; he finished 34th in last fall’s Hellmann’s 500.

Earnhardt made last year’s start for BK Racing and will be teamed up with a new organization this year. While anything can happen on a plate track, there are simply less risky options for a low-budget dark horse.
Feb 19 - 12:39 PM

Kurt Busch should be considered a solid option on restrictor-plate, superspeedways with four top-10s in his last six starts.

Busch finished 10th in last year’s Daytona 500 and was fifth the previous summer. He missed the 2015 500 due to suspension, but two of his previous three events ended sixth or better. One niggling doubt might come in the form of last year’s 23rd in the Coke Zero 400, but he was running fourth in the final turn before he got spun by Joey Logano.
Feb 19 - 12:38 PM

Kasey Kahne has been losing a lot of place-differential points at Daytona International Speedway; he has finished worse than he started in 12 of his last 16 attempts there.

In the past three years, he has lost 11.5 spots on average at Daytona including a 26-position loss in the 2014 Daytona 500. His last two efforts in this race, however, ended in a four-spot improvement to ninth in 2015 and a 13th-place finish from a 13th-place start last year.
Feb 19 - 12:37 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has made three previous starts at Daytona International Speedway and his best result came in his first attempt; he was 26th in the 2015 Coke Zero 400.

That is also the only time DiBenedetto finished on the lead lap on this course. He has not been much better at Talladega SuperSpeedway with only one result better than 25th and that too came in his first start on that track. DiBenedetto is trending down and should be avoided on plate tracks.
Feb 19 - 12:37 PM


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