2020 Busch Clash

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2020 Advance Auto Parts Clash
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Race 1 of 2 exhibition races in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series
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Date February 9, 2020 (2020-02-09)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 88 laps, 220 mi (352 km)
Scheduled Distance 75 laps, 187.5 mi (300 km)
Average speed 134.9 miles per hour (217.1 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Laps 33
Winner
No. 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon
Nielsen Ratings 2.455 million[7]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle, and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)

The 2020 Busch Clash was a NASCAR Cup Series race held on February 9, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 88 laps — extended from 75 laps due to an overtime finish, it was the first exhibition race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race was won by Erik Jones, one of only six cars still running after a series of crashes late in the race.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, where the race is held.

The track, Daytona International Speedway, is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and Talladega Superspeedway. The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four–turn superspeedway that is 2.5-mile (4.0 km) The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.

Format and eligibility[edit]

The race is 75 laps in length, and is divided into two segments; the first is 25 laps and the second is 50 laps. The race is open to those drivers who won a pole in the 2019 season or had won "The Clash" previously.

The 2020 Busch Clash will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. Only drivers who were 2019 Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 champions, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full–time in 2019 and drivers who qualified for the 2019 Playoffs are eligible.

Entry list[edit]

Eighteen drivers were confirmed to be participating in this event. Although Daniel Hemric and Daniel Suárez were eligible to run the event, they chose not to run with Hemric moving back to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Suarez focusing in preparing for the 2020 Daytona 500.[8]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Official entry list

Practice[edit]

Erik Jones was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 45.055 seconds and a speed of 199.756 mph (321.476 km/h).[9]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.055 199.756
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.060 199.734
3 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.067 199.703
Official final practice results

Starting lineup[edit]

The lineup was determined by random draw, with Ryan Newman drawing the top spot.

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer
1 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
7 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
14 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
17 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Official starting lineup

Race summary[edit]

Race Results[edit]

Box score[edit]

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry 88 1:37:51
2 15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro 88 -.697 seconds
3 6 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang 88 Running
4 4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro 88 Running
5 1 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang 88 Running
6 18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry 87 -1 lap
7 11 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro 82 Accident
8 14 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Mustang 78 Accident
9 13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Mustang 78 Accident
10 5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang 77 Accident
11 16 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro 77 Accident
12 17 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro 77 Accident
13 10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang 77 Accident
14 7 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro 74 Accident
15 8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro 74 Accident
16 3 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry 72 Accident
17 2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Mustang 66 Accident
18 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry 65 Accident
Official race results

Statistics[edit]

Media[edit]

FS1 covered the race on the television side; Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon handled the call in the booth for the race; Michael Waltrip, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled pit road for the television side.

Television[edit]

A total of 2.46 million people watched the race, which earned it a 1.57 rating. This rating was 15% higher than the 2019 Clash.[10]

FS1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Michael Waltrip
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

Radio[edit]

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Winston Kelley
Steve Post
Dillon Welch
Kim Coon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Daytona International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. February 4, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Final Practice Results". NASCAR.com. NASCAR. February 8, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. February 8, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Busch Clash Results". NASCAR.com. NASCAR. February 9, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Busch Clash ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Archived from the original on 12 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  8. ^ "FAQ: Facts, info about Busch Clash at Daytona". The Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Utter, Jim (February 8, 2020). "Erik Jones, Toyotas lead only Busch Clash practice at Daytona". Motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "SKEDBALL: Weekly Sports TV Ratings 2.3-2.9.2020 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2020-02-11.