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Keselowski and Ford dominate the Clash

Brad Keselowski went from last to first to take his first ever Daytona Speedweeks victory on Sunday evening in a dominant performance by the Penske Racing Team. “This is the first time I’ve won anything in speedweeks,” Keselowski said. “ I feel like I’ve choked them away. Its nice to not choke this one away.” He certainly didn’t choke this one away. He led all of the last 39 laps to comfortably take the chequered flag with his teammates, Joey Logano second and Ryan Blaney fourth in his first outing for Penske Racing. Kurt Busch, last year’s Daytona 500 winner, took third place. The top four places all going to Fords which continues their great performances on Superspeedways over the past three seasons.

Austin Dillon in the iconic number 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet took the pole and finished in fifth place after a strong showing which saw him run near the front most of the race.

On the last lap of the race, a huge run from Kyle Larson resulted in a bump to Jimmie Johnson which turned him into the wall and took Larson, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr along too. Elliott had led 17 laps before getting caught up in the last lap melee. Unfortunately for Jimmie Johnson, that is his seventh straight DNF in the last seven years of the clash.

The Advance Auto Parts Clash is a precursor to the Can Am Duel qualifying races and the legendary Daytona 500. The 75 lap race is only for drivers that were eligible by either starting on pole in 2017, previously winning the Clash, Starting on the pole for the Daytona 500 or finishing in the playoffs in 2017.

Results for the Advance Auto Parts Clash

Daytona International Speedway, Florida

  1. Brad Keselowski, Ford

  2. Joey Logano, Ford

  3. Kurt Busch, Ford

  4. Ryan Blaney, Ford

  5. Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

  6. Denny Hamlin, Toyota

  7. Kyle Busch, Toyota

  8. Erik Jones, Toyota

  9. Kevin Harvick, Ford

  10. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

  11. Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

  12. Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

  13. Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

  14. Martin Truex Jr, Toyota

  15. Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet

  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford

  17. Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

 

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