Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Advance Auto Parts Clash
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Venue Daytona International Speedway
Location Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Corporate sponsor Advance Auto Parts
First race1979
Distance187.5 miles (301.752 km)
Laps75
Previous namesBusch Clash (1979–1997)
Bud Shootout (1998–2000)
Budweiser Shootout (2001–2012)
Sprint Unlimited (2013–2016)
Most wins (driver) Dale Earnhardt (6)
Most wins (team) Richard Childress Racing Joe Gibbs Racing (8)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (21)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Turns4

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.

Daytona International Speedway Motorsport track in the United States

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95-mile (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320-foot (400 m) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

Daytona 500 Auto race held in Daytona, Florida, United States

The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the first of two Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second being the Coke Zero 400, and one of three held in Florida, with the annual championship showdown Ford EcoBoost 400 being held at Homestead south of Miami. It is one of the four tapered spacer races on the Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.

Daytona Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth is a series of racing events that take place during January and February at Daytona International Speedway. The events lead up to and conclude with the Daytona 500.

Contents

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 two segments, a 25 lap start that then culminates in a 50 lap final segment.

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.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Motorsport track in North Carolina, USA

Charlotte Motor Speedway, formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway, is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina 13 mi (21 km) from Charlotte. The complex features a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, the NASCAR All-Star Race, and the Bank of America Roval 400. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) with Marcus G. Smith as track president.

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The 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on February 11, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 75 laps, it was the first exhibition race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

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Jimmie Johnson American racing driver

Jimmie Kenneth Johnson is an American professional stock car racing driver and a seven-time champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports.

The 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on February 10, 2019, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 59 laps, shortened from 75 due to rain, it was the first exhibition race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Background and history

The event was first known as the Busch Clash and was the brain child of Monty Roberts. Roberts was the brand manager of the newly formed Busch Beer (which had formerly been Busch Bavarian Beer). And the race was seen as a way to promote the new brand. Roberts had been successful introducing Mercury into racing while working at Ford, and had also been a part of Ontario Motor Speedway. His experiences led him to believe that racing fans were loyal brand followers. The initial format was set up as a 50-mile sprint race, with no pit stops, with a field consisting of the previous season's pole position winners. Inviting the fastest drivers from the previous season headlined the event as the "fastest race" of the season. The race established an incentive for drivers to earn pole positions during the NASCAR season, which up to that time, still offered relatively tiny cash prizes. Likewise, at no time have pole winners earned bonus championship points.

Mercury (automobile) Automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company

Mercury is a defunct division of the U.S. automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company. Marketed as an entry-level premium brand for nearly its entire existence, Mercury was created in 1938 by Edsel Ford to bridge the price gap between the Ford and Lincoln vehicle lines. In a similar context, Buick and Oldsmobile served the same role within General Motors while Mercury competed against the namesake brand of Chrysler.

Ford Motor Company American automobile manufacturer

Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker that has its main headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom and a 32% stake in Jiangling Motors. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.

Ontario Motor Speedway was a motorsport venue located in Ontario, California. It was the first and only automobile racing facility built to accommodate major races sanctioned by all of the four dominant racing sanctioning bodies: USAC for open-wheel oval car races; NASCAR for a 500-mile (800 km) oval stock car races; NHRA for drag races; and FIA for Formula One road course races. Constructed in less than two years, the track opened in August 1970 and was considered state of the art at the time.

The event was also seen as a way to expand the Speedweeks activities leading up to the Daytona 500. Previously, the weekend before the Daytona 500 featured only minor support events, and the Winston Cup competitors ordinarily would not have taken to the track until Wednesday. The Busch Clash allowed the Winston Cup regulars to kick off the week live on CBS.

NASCAR on CBS is the branding formerly used for broadcasts of NASCAR races produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States from 1960 to 2000.

The 1987 race, won by Bill Elliott was completed at an average speed of 197.802 mph. It stands as the fastest sanctioned race in the history of NASCAR (though it was not an official points-paying event).

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Race format

1979–1990

The race consisted of a single twenty-lap (50-mile) green flag sprint with no pit stops required. Caution flag laps would not count.

1991–1997

The race was broken into two ten-lap, green flag segments. The field was then inverted for the second ten-lap segment. Prize money was awarded for both segments for all positions. The race was broken up into two segments mainly because it had been lacking competitiveness since restrictor plates were introduced in 1988. The inversion rule added some needed excitement to the event, but its popularity continued to wane.

1998–2000

The event was renamed the Bud Shootout, and consisted of two 25-lap (62.5-mile) races, the Bud Shootout Qualifier at 11 am, and the Bud Shootout itself at 12 pm. One two-tire pit stop was required for each race. The winner of the qualifier advanced to the main event.

2001–2002

The event was renamed the Budweiser Shootout and expanded to a new distance, 70 laps (175 miles). Caution laps would be counted, but the finish had to be under green, with the Truck Series green-white-checker rule used if necessary. A minimum of one two-tire green flag pit stop was required. The Bud Shootout Qualifier was discontinued because second round qualifying for Cup races had been eliminated.

2003–2008

The race was broken up into two segments: a 20-lap segment, followed by a ten-minute intermission, concluding with a 50-lap second segment. While a pit stop was no longer required by rule, a reduction in fuel cell size (from 22 gallons to 13.5 gallons) made a fuel stop necessary. (In 2007, fuel cells were expanded to 18.5 gallons.) Many drivers also changed two tires during their fuel stop, as the time required to fuel the car allowed for a two-tire change without additional delay.

2009–2012

The first segment was expanded to 25 laps, followed by the 50-lap second segment. The total race distance was 75 laps (187.5 miles).

2013–2015

The race was divided into three segments (30 laps, 25 laps, 20-laps), with online fan voting deciding certain aspects of the race specifics (lengths of the segments, requirements for mandatory pit stops, number of drivers eliminated, etc.) [1] The total race distance was 75 laps (187.5 miles). For 2013, the vote resulted in a mandatory four-tire pit stop, and no cars were eliminated. For 2014, voting set the starting lineup per final practice speeds and required mandatory pit stops after the second segment.

Race eligibility

Race history

Race notes

Past winners

YearDateNo.DriverTeamManufacturerRace DistanceRace TimeAverage Speed
(mph)
Report
LapsMiles (km)
1979 February 1128 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Oldsmobile 2050 (80.467)0:15:26194.384 Report
1980 February 102 Dale Earnhardt Osterlund Racing Oldsmobile 2050 (80.467)0:15:39191.693 Report
1981 February 811 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Buick 2050 (80.467)0:15:52189.076 Report
1982 February 788 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 2050 (80.467)0:15:39191.693 Report
1983 February 14*75 Neil Bonnett RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:35192.513 Report
1984 February 912 Neil Bonnett Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:33195.926 Report
1985 February 1044 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:19195.865 Report
1986 February 83 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:19195.865 Report
1987 February 89 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 2050 (80.467)0:15:10197.802 Report
1988 February 73 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:40191.489 Report
1989 February 1225 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:33192.926 Report
1990 February 1125 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:36192.308 Report
1991*February 103 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:50189.474 Report
1992*February 815 Geoff Bodine Bud Moore Engineering Ford 2050 (80.467)0:15:52189.076 Report
1993*February 73 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:16:03186.916 Report
1994*February 1324 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:53188.877 Report
1995*February 123 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:15:55188.482 Report
1996*February 1188 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 2050 (80.467)0:16:13184.995 Report
1997*February 924 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2050 (80.467)0:16:11185.376 Report
1998 February 82 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 2562.5 (100.584)0:20:57178.998 Report
1999 February 76 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 2562.5 (100.584)0:20:38181.745 Report
2000 February 1388 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 2562.5 (100.584)0:20:34182.334 Report
2001 February 1120 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 70175 (281.635)0:58:00181.036 Report
2002 February 1020 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 70175 (281.635)0:57:55181.295 Report
2003 February 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 70175 (281.635)0:58:04180.827 Report
2004 February 788 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 70175 (281.635)1:09:37150.826 Report
2005 February 1248 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70175 (281.635)0:57:53181.399 Report
2006 February 12*11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 72*180 (289.681)1:10:18153.627 Report
2007 February 1020 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 70175 (281.635)1:03:12166.195 Report
2008 February 988 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70175 (281.635)1:14:36140.751 Report
2009 February 729 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 78*195 (313.822)1:31:57127.243 Report
2010 February 629 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76*190 (305.775)1:18:48144.742 Report
2011 February 1222 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 75187.5 (301.752)1:13:15153.584 Report
2012 February 1818 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 82*205 (329.915)1:39:07124.096 Report
2013 February 1629 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 75187.5 (301.752)1:03:22177.538 Report
2014 February 1511 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75187.5 (301.752)1:18:35143.16 Report
2015 February 1420 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75187.5 (301.752)1:22:59135.569 Report
2016 February 1311 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 79*197.5 (317.845)1:32:16128.432 Report
2017 February 19*22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 75187.5 (301.752)1:18:13143.831 Report
2018 February 112 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 75187.5 (301.752)1:06:19169.641 Report
2019 February 1048 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 59*147.5 (236)1:20:01110.602 Report

Segment winners

Bud Shootout Qualifier

YearDateDriverTeamManufacturerRace DistanceRace TimeAverage Speed
(mph)
LapsMiles (km)
1998 February 8 Jimmy Spencer Travis Carter Enterprises Ford 2562.5 (100.584)0:20:50180
1999 February 7 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2562.5 (100.584)0:20:56179.14
2000 February 13 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 2562.5 (100.584)0:20:43181.014


Multiple winners (drivers)

# WinsDriverYears Won
6 Dale Earnhardt 1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995
3 Dale Jarrett 1996, 2000, 2004
Tony Stewart 2001, 2002, 2007
Kevin Harvick 2009, 2010, 2013
Denny Hamlin 2006, 2014, 2016
2 Neil Bonnett 1983, 1984
Ken Schrader 1989, 1990
Jeff Gordon 1994, 1997
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2003, 2008
Jimmie Johnson 2005, 2019

Multiple winners (teams)

# WinsTeamYears Won
8 Richard Childress Racing 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
7 Hendrick Motorsports 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2019
4 Team Penske 1998, 2011, 2017, 2018
3 Robert Yates Racing 1996, 2000, 2004
2 Junior Johnson & Associates 1981, 1984

Multiple winners (manufacturers)

# WinsManufacturerYears Won
21 Chevrolet 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2019
9 Ford 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2017, 2018
4 Toyota 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
2 Oldsmobile 1979, 1980
Buick 1981, 1982
Pontiac 2001, 2002

Television broadcasters

YearNetwork Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1979 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1980 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1981 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1982 CBS Ken Squier Richard Petty and A. J. Foyt
1983 CBS Ken Squier Richard Petty and A. J. Foyt
1984 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
1985 CBS Ken Squier Chris Economaki
1986 CBS Ken Squier Chris Economaki
1987 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
1988 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
1989 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
1990 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
1991 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
1992 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Neil Bonnett
1993 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Neil Bonnett
1994 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip
1995 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip
1996 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Kenny Wallace
1997 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip
1998 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
1999 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip
2000 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2002 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2003 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2004 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2006 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2007 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2008 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2009 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2010 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2011 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2012 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2013 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2014 FS1 Mike Joy Michael Waltrip* and Larry McReynolds
2015 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2016 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon
2017 FS1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.*
2018 FS1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon
2019 FS1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon

Bud Shootout Qualifying Race

YearNetwork Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1998 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Kyle Petty
1999 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Kyle Petty
2000 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ray Evernham

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