Event: Advance Auto Parts Clash (non-points race)
Series: Monster EnergyNASCAR 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: 10th/10th (Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)
Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Note: Rain cut the race 16 laps short of its scheduled 75-lap distance
● Aric Almirola (Started 18th, Finished 8th / Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)
● Daniel Suárez (Started 10th, Finished 10th / Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 12th / Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)
● Clint Bowyer (Started 15th, Finished 16th / Accident, completed 55 of 59 laps)
● Daniel Suárez started the Clash from the 10th position and ended the event in 10th.
● The Mexico native was 13th when the first caution was displayed for rain. Crew chief Billy Scott made the call for the No. 41 Mustang to stay out on the track.
● Suárez made his first scheduled stop of the race on lap 24 for two right-side tires and fuel. The Ford driver was penalized for crew members over the wall too soon. The penalty moved him to the rear of the field for the restart on lap 32.
● On lap 39 Suárez worked his way to the seventh position, then the second caution came out for precipitation on lap 41.
● The race restarted on lap 47, and Suárez was shuffled out to the bottom lane. He fell back to 20th in the Haas Automation Ford.
● Before Suárez could work his way back through the field, calamity broke out on lap 55, which resulted in 17 of the 20 cars in the field receiving damage, including the No. 41 of Suárez.
● The Clash field was comprised of 2018 pole winners, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and 2018 playoff participants.
● A random draw determined starting positions.
Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“The car is good. Our Mustang was very, very fast, so I’m pleased. We had a lot of good speed but just got caught up in something with that wreck right there at the end, but the car was pretty fast. That’s what I’m going to keep from today’s race. The car had pretty good speed and was handling pretty good, as well. I was able to make good, aggressive moves, but we just have to make sure that we are there at the end to be able to contend for the 500.”
The Gander RV Duel – twin 150-mile races which will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field – takes place at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 14 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the 61st running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.