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Busch Light Clash
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NASCAR Cup Series
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
LocationLos Angeles, California, United States
Corporate sponsorAnheuser-Busch
First race1979
Distance150 laps (37.5 mi)
Laps350 (six races total)
Previous namesBusch Clash (1979–1997; 2020–2021)
Bud Shootout (1998–2000)
Budweiser Shootout (2001–2012)
Sprint Unlimited (2013–2016)
Advance Auto Parts Clash (2017–2019)
Most wins (driver)Dale Earnhardt (6)
Most wins (team)Joe Gibbs Racing (10)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (21)
Circuit information
Length0.25 mi (0.40 km)

The Busch Light Clash is an annual pre-season NASCAR Cup Series exhibition event held in February before the season-opening Daytona 500. The event was held each year at Daytona International Speedway since the race's inception in 1979 until 2022, when it was moved to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At Daytona, the race, along with the ARCA Menards Series' season-opening Lucas Oil 200, served as the kickoff events for Daytona Speedweeks. The event is one of two non-points races on the Cup Series schedule, the other being the NASCAR All-Star Race.

The event has been sponsored by Anheuser-Busch (which own the Busch Beer and Budweiser brands) for most of its history. In 2013, Anheuser-Busch moved their Daytona Speedweeks race sponsorship to the Duel races after the departure of longtime Duel title sponsor Gatorade. Cup Series title sponsor Sprint became the title sponsor for this race, which was renamed from "The Shootout" to "The Unlimited" (to promote Sprint's cell phone unlimited plan). When Sprint left NASCAR after the 2016 season, Advance Auto Parts became the title sponsor in 2017 and the event was renamed to its original name of "The Clash". Advanced Auto Parts did not return as the title sponsor in 2020, which opened the door for Anheuser-Busch (which dropped its sponsorship of the Duel races in 2016) returned for a second stint as the title sponsor, and the Busch Clash name was brought back.

After being held on the Daytona oval for its entire history, the event was moved to the Daytona Road Course beginning 2021 as a result of logistics issues relating to both Super Bowl LV and the planned launch of the seventh-generation chassis, the latter which was later postponed because of a global pandemic, but the race changes were kept. The event was moved out of Daytona International Speedway for the first time in its history for the following year, where it was held inside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stadium as part of launching the seventh-generation chassis. It was NASCAR's first race inside a sports stadium since 1956 race at Soldier Field. The 2022 race also marked the first year that it was not an invitation-only event.

Background and history[edit]

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.

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.

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).

The 2013 race (renamed the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona) introduced a new format incorporating the results of fan voting into certain aspects of the race.[1][2]

In 2017, the race was renamed the Advance Auto Parts Clash after Advance Auto Parts signed a multi-year deal to sponsor the event.[3] The 2017 race was delayed to Sunday due to persistent rain, marking the first time the race has been run during the day since 2006.

In 2020, Busch Beer returned to assume naming rights for the race, once again dubbing it the Busch Clash.[4]

In 2021, the race was run on the road course layout, originally intended as a temporary effort in order to have teams use a sixth-generation chassis when the seventh-generation chassis was to have debuted at the Daytona 500 that year. Teams would not have had enough seventh-generation cars available for the Daytona 500, so NASCAR intended to use the sixth-generation road course car (which can be repurposed into an Xfinity Series chassis) at Daytona for cost savings.[5]

Spectators at the LA Memorial Coliseum for the 2022 Clash

Originally, it was planned that the 2022 Clash would return to a standard schedule (the 2021 Speedweeks schedule was shortened because of Super Bowl LV in nearby Tampa), taking place with sixth-generation cars on the road course. That changed when the 2021-22 NFL year moved Super Bowl LVI back a week and into the traditional Speedweeks date after the 2022 Daytona 500 date was announced. NASCAR then moved the renamed Busch Light Clash to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, meaning the event would be held away from Daytona for the first time, and during the NFL's off-week between the conference championship games and Super Bowl LVI, which was held in nearby Inglewood for the first time. In June 2022, NASCAR announced that the Clash at the Coliseum would return for 2023.

Race format[edit]


The race consisted of a single twenty-lap (50-mile) green flag sprint with no pit stops required. Caution flag laps would not count. A development series race, the Automobile Racing Club of America series, usually was featured as part of the event.


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. Again, the Clash was the support race for paying fans, as the ARCA 200 was usually held after the Clash.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


The race still kept its 75-lap distance, and returned to the 2003 format with one exception; the first segment was now 25 laps instead of 20 laps. The race originally 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") and added previous Daytona Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners, and drivers who qualified for the preceding season's NASCAR playoffs. Any driver in the field had to have competed full-time in the Cup Series in 2016.


With the change to the road course, the race was shortened to 35 laps, or just over 200 kilometers (126.35 miles). The race consisted of two segments: a 15-lap first segment and a 20-lap second segment.


On September 14, 2021, NASCAR announced that the Busch Clash would move to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[6][7] On November 9, 2021, the format for the 2022 Clash was announced:[8]

  • The event was open for all teams and drivers for the first time in its history.
  • A total of 350 laps in seven races.
  • The 36 charter teams and up to four open teams participated in qualifying. Should more than 40 teams enter the race, it was unknown if qualifying would determine who advances to heat races.
  • Based on lap times, cars were put in one of four heat races of 25 laps each.
  • The top four drivers in each 25 lap heat advanced to the feature.
  • All non advancing drivers in the 25 lap heats were assigned to one of two 50 lap heat races.
  • The top three drivers in each 50 lap heat advanced to the feature.
  • The highest driver in 2021 Cup Series points standings not already advanced advanced to the feature in the last position.
  • The feature thus had 23 drivers who race 150 laps.

Race eligibility[edit]

  • 1979–2008: Pole position winners from the previous season clinched automatic berths. From 1979 to 2000, qualifying consisted of two rounds, one driver based on the second round qualifying format was automatically admitted.
    • 1979-1997, 2001: The drivers that were the fastest qualifiers for the previous year's races' during Busch Second Round Qualifying (except for those who had won awards for first round qualifying had their names omitted) were eligible for one wild card spot. The wild card driver was selected by blind draw during the week of the January media tour (until 1981), or at NASCAR's end of season prizegiving banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria in December (1982-1997).
    • 1995-96: The winner of the most pole positions in the secondary NASCAR Busch Series won an entry into the Busch Clash as a wild card, driving a Busch-sponsored car. David Green won the right both times.
    • 1998–2000: Drivers eligible from Second Round Qualifying participated in the Bud Shootout Qualifier, with the winner advancing to the main event Bud Shootout.
  • 2002–2008: All former winners of the event not already qualified received automatic berths.
  • 2009: With the 2008 season being the first where Coors replaced Anheuser-Busch as the series' pole award sponsor, pole winners were no longer part of qualifying formats. The field consists of 28 cars. The top six teams from each manufacturer (Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Toyota) based on owners' points from the previous season clinch berths, for a total of 24 cars. Unlike previous formats, the entry (team) receives the berth, not the driver. In addition, each of the four manufacturers receive one "wild card" berth for a car/driver not already qualified, to bring the grand total to 28 cars. The other four "entries" were for previous champions and past Shootout winners. This system was discarded after only one year as it was largely unpopular.
  • 2010–2011: A new qualifying format was introduced, which expanded the field, with no size limitations:
  • 2012: The field was once again expanded. Automatic bids went to the top 25 in series points (every driver from defending series champion Tony Stewart through 25th place Brian Vickers), as well as any Daytona race winner who was not otherwise qualified and who competed in at least one race in 2011 (which enabled Bill Elliott, Geoff Bodine, Derrike Cope, Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne, Terry Labonte, and Ken Schrader to make the race if they decide to run).
  • 2013–2014: With Sprint now taking over sponsorship of the race, the Speedway reverted to the 2002-08 format where all drivers who won pole positions via time trials (does not include winners of practice one, should qualifying not be held because of inclement weather) and previous winners of the event that have attempted to qualify for any of the 36 points races in the previous season are eligible. The driver does not have to win the then-Coors Light Pole Award (which could happen if the driver does not have a beer sticker) in order to claim an Unlimited seat, just set the fastest time in pole qualifying. The beer sticker mandate was also eliminated by the track.[9]
  • 2015–2016: Eligibility was once again changed, with a minimum of 25 eligible entries. In addition to the traditional pole winners and former race winners, additional eligibility was added. These additional slots were awarded to:[10]
    • The 16 drivers who made the Playoffs.
    • Previous Daytona 500 front row starters (both inside and outside polesitters) if they did not win a pole position at any of the other 35 races during the previous season
    • To ensure the field was 25 cars, if there were fewer than 25 drivers eligible, any remaining spots are filled by the highest drivers in the previous season's final point standings to not be automatically entered into the Unlimited on any of the other qualifications
  • 2017–2018: The minimum number of cars rule and the outside pole winners for the Daytona 500 rule were removed. The field consisted of pole winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners, and drivers who qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs. Similar to the 2009 format based on teams, NASCAR gave a special exemption for rookie Daniel Suarez since Joe Gibbs Racing already had a car prepared for Carl Edwards who surprisingly retired just a month before the race.
  • 2019–2020: Daytona 500 champions were also eligible to participate in the Clash. In addition, drivers in categories other than the traditional pole winners from the previous season (former Clash, Daytona 500 pole, and race winners, in addition to playoff drivers) must have participated full-time in the previous season.
  • 2021: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 where only five races (Daytona 500, Auto Club, and the first races at Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Charlotte) had pole qualifying, the eligibility requirements for the 2021 Clash were changed to the following:[11]
    • Busch Pole Award winners from the five races where it was held.
    • Busch Clash winners who raced full-time in the previous season
    • Daytona 500 winners who raced full-time in the previous season
    • Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award winners who raced full-time in the previous season
    • Playoff drivers of the previous season
    • Race winners of the previous season
    • Stage winners of the previous season
  • 2022: As part of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum race, the 36 chartered teams will participate, and up to four open teams (if more than 40 cars enter, it is uncertain if it will be determined by which teams on the entry list finished higher in 2021 owner points or if all cars on the entry list will be allowed in qualifying) will participate in the heat races. The heat races will be determined by qualifying, where times are calculated and drivers are assigned into one of four heats. The four fastest qualifiers (1-4) will each get the pole-position in each of the four heat races. The next four fastest (5-8) will get the second position in each of the four heats, and so on.[12] The 150-lap main event consists of a 23-car field:[13]
    • Top four from each of four heat races
      • Ten cars in each 25-lap heat race.
      • Those that fail to advance in the first and third heat races are allocated to one B Main, while the others from the second and fourth are assigned to the other B Main.
    • Top three from each of two Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ) races ("B Main").
      • Twelve cars in each 50-lap LCQ, B Main.
    • Highest ranked driver in 2021 NASCAR Cup Series not yet qualified. (This means that only 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson is guaranteed to race in the main event.)

Race history[edit]

  • 1979: The race debuted on Sunday, broadcast live on CBS. Pole position qualifying for the Daytona 500 would start Sunday at 10 am, followed by the ARCA 200. The Busch Clash would be held after the ARCA race at 3 pm.
  • 1980: Heavy winds during Daytona 500 pole qualifying delayed the proceedings and the ARCA 200 began 90 minutes later than scheduled. As 3 pm approached, the ARCA race was red flagged and halted so that the Busch Clash could be held as scheduled and be shown on live television. After the Clash was finished, the ARCA race resumed.
  • 1981: Morning rain washed out Daytona 500 pole qualifying, which was rescheduled for the following day. After the track dried Sunday, the ARCA race began at 2:30 pm. The Busch Clash, scheduled for 3 pm, was held following the delayed ARCA race.
  • 1983: Rain washed out all scheduled activities for Sunday. The Busch Clash was rescheduled and run the following day, Monday.
  • 1984: Ricky Rudd was spun off the track at turn four at a very high speed, resulting in a blowover, then a series of violent flips. Ricky suffered a concussion, and his eyes were so swollen that he had to tape them open so he could race in that Thursday's UNO Twin 125 and subsequent races.
  • 1985: Track officials reorganized the schedule for track activities for the weekend. Daytona 500 pole qualifying was moved from Sunday to Saturday, and the Busch Clash was moved from 3 pm to 12 pm on Sunday. The ARCA 200 was then held after the Busch Clash rather than before.
  • 1992: For one year, Daytona 500 pole qualifying and the Busch Clash swapped days. The Busch Clash was held Saturday, and qualifying was held Sunday. This move was made at the request of CBS, who wanted the additional time on Sunday for their coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
  • 1995: Morning rain delayed the start by 30 minutes.
  • 2001: FOX broadcasts the race for the first time. It also marked the first race televised on Fox. The start time was shifted to 2 pm on Sundays.
  • 2002: TNT broadcast the race for the first time.
  • 2003: The race was run at night for the first time.
  • 2004: A crash at the final lap resulted in controversy. A 2003 incident at Loudon involving Dale Jarrett and Casey Mears had resulted in the banning of racing back to the caution. In this case, NASCAR did not wave the caution at the end of the race despite a crash involving Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray, and allow the race to run to the finish, creating a potentially dangerous situation. Ironically, Dale Jarrett won the race.
  • 2005: The ARCA race was stopped for 45 minutes because of repairs to the catchfencing, and was stopped 15 laps short in order to prepare for the Budweiser Shootout.
  • 2006: The event was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain. This was also the first shootout to feature the green-white-checkered finish. Denny Hamlin became the first rookie to win the event in 2006 in his #11 car.
  • 2007: Tony Stewart won the race for the third time driving his No. 20 car. It was the second win in a row for Joe Gibbs Racing because Denny Hamlin won in 2006.
  • 2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race for the second time, and won in his first start with Hendrick Motorsports. He also made the record of leading the most laps, 47, during the shootout.
  • 2009: Kevin Harvick, won the race for the first time on a last-lap pass reminiscent of his 2007 Daytona 500 last-lap pass on Mark Martin. This time however Harvick passed Jamie McMurray in Turn 3 for the win as an accident would occur behind Harvick, also the same scenario happened in the 500 for Harvick.
  • 2010: All Daytona 500 qualifying weekend activity was moved to Saturday, as not to conflict with Super Bowl XLIV. Daytona 500 qualifying started at 12 noon, then the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at 4:30 pm, and the Budweiser Shootout was held at 8 pm. Kevin Harvick won the race for the second time in a row, becoming the first driver to win it consecutively since Tony Stewart. A crash caused by Jeff Gordon during the one attempt at the green-white-checkered finish led the race to finish under caution.
  • 2011: After the track was repaved in the off-season, teams found tandem drafting to become prevalent at the restrictive plate tracks during the preseason. During the final laps, the lead pack of four cars ran single file, with Ryan Newman in the lead, followed by Denny Hamlin, then Kurt Busch, and then Jamie McMurray. Coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap, Busch and McMurray pulled to the outside, while Denny Hamlin pulled to the inside. Hamlin exceeds track limits in passing Newman for the win, with Busch and McMurray passing Newman legally. Upon as review, Hamlin was dropped to the last car on the lead lap, in 13th, for exceeding track limits and all other drivers on the lead lap gained a position, giving Busch the win.
  • 2012: Kyle Busch won the race after passing Tony Stewart at the finish line.[14] It was the closest finish in Bud Shootout history. The race itself, being the first Sprint Cup event under a new rules package designed to break up the controversial two-car tandem drafting of the previous year, was marked by three multi-car crashes during the race caused by drivers getting into the left-rear quarter panel of another car. The first crash happened in the first 25 lap segment when Paul Menard got into David Ragan in turn 2, starting an eight car crash. The drivers involved were: Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Jeff Burton, David Ragan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Waltrip. The second one happened on lap 55, also in turn 2. This one started when Marcos Ambrose turned Joey Logano loose. Several other drivers were collected trying to avoid Logano, including Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Harvick's brakes failed, and he ended up coasting down the apron with flames coming out from under his car, though they extinguished themselves before Harvick reached the garage. A third crash happened with two laps to go within regulation, when Jeff Gordon got into the back of eventual winner Kyle Busch on turn 4. While Kyle retained control of his car, Gordon shot up the banking and collected Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch, and turned sideways on the driver's side door. Gordon was pushed down the track on his side for several hundred feet before his car barrel-rolled three times and came to a rest on his roof.
  • 2013: Kevin Harvick won for the third time in the race. This was the first time the event was named the Sprint Unlimited. This race also marked the debut of the Sixth Generation car.
  • 2014: Denny Hamlin won his second Unlimited by overtaking Brad Keselowski with drafting help from Kyle Busch with two laps to go. The first race under a new rules package that included a slightly taller spoiler, there were numerous wrecks, including a frightening wreck on lap 35 when Matt Kenseth was turned by Joey Logano in the trioval, collecting Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., which saw Stenhouse's car first drive under Busch's rear wheels, lose its brakes and steering, before t-boning Patrick on the apron. The race also saw an incident during the break between the second and third segments in which the Holden Commodore safety car suffered an electrical fire with the wiring harness used to control the safety car lights suffered a wiring short circuit. There were 16 lead changes among seven drivers.
  • 2015: Matt Kenseth won the race with Martin Truex Jr. challenging in the final laps. Brad Keselowski crashed hard on the front straight at lap 25, and Jamie McMurray caused the big one later in the race. After the race, defending series champion Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano were involved in an altercation after Logano's 22 sent Harvick's 4 into the turn four wall coming to the white flag.
  • 2016: Hamlin took command of the field and moved ahead of the No. 2 car. Eventually, Keselowski moved by him coming to the line and took the lead on lap 34. Hamlin shot ahead of Keselowski on the backstretch to take the lead back the next lap. Keselowski used a push from teammate Joey Logano to retake the lead on lap 37. Just like his first stint in the lead, he picked up another piece of debris that covered his grill. The third caution of the race flew on lap 44 for a single-car spin on the backstretch. Going down the backstretch, Johnson made contact with Mears that sent him spinning through the grass.[15] His car dug into the ground and ripped off the front fender.[15] He said afterwards that he "did a decent job of backing out of there and not causing a big one as the door shut on me."[16] Keselowski opted to stay out while the rest of the field opted to pit, The race restarted with two laps to go in overtime, The field passed the overtime line and the race was official at that point. After a multi-car wreck in turn 1, Hamlin was declared the race winner.[17]
  • 2017: For just the second time in the event's history, the race was postponed from Saturday Night to Sunday Afternoon due to rain. Kurt Busch lasted just shy of 20 laps as Jimmie Johnson got loose off of turn 4 and spun Busch. Denny Hamlin dominated and looked to be on his way to his fourth win in the event leading 48 laps. After leading at the white flag, Brad Keselowski made a move to the inside that Hamlin left open, which led to Hamlin driving into Keselowski in a failed attempt to block him, ultimately ending their chances at winning. As the collision happened, Keselowski's teammate Joey Logano was able to avoid the incident on the high side and ultimately won the event for the first time in his career over Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman. Danica Patrick managed to finish 4th after running 10th at the white flag.
  • 2018: Unlike all the other years, except for 2006 and 2017, the race was held on Sunday Afternoon. The race saw only two caution flags, one for the end of the segment, and the other caused by Jamie McMurray crashing in turn 4 after contact with Kurt Busch on lap 34. He would ultimately be the only one not running at the end of the race. This was the first race where crew members only allow five men over the wall instead of six, with the fastest pit stop going to Kurt Busch at 16.9 seconds. Brad Keselowski would win his first Clash race as a big wreck happened on the last lap where Kyle Larson turns Jimmie Johnson into the outside wall on the back straightaway collecting Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne, and Martin Truex Jr.
  • 2019: For the first time in the race's history, it was truncated due to rain. Paul Menard drew the pole and led 51 laps all through the rain-plagued race, breaking the record held by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for most laps led in the event. Rain red-flagged the race three times, first on lap 10, and a second time on lap 45. Racing was very tame as Menard led the entire 20 car field single file in the high groove. With more rain on the horizon, drivers were starting to make their moves. On lap 56 Jimmie Johnson got a run on Menard and in an attempt to get the lead by side-drafting, made contact with Menard. The ensuing contact triggered the "Big One" that involved 17 of the 20 cars in the field when Menard spun back across the track. As the field with Johnson now out in front circled the track under caution, rain began to fall once again. After being brought down pit road with 59 of the scheduled 75 laps completed and red-flagged for a third time, NASCAR called the race over, with Johnson taking home his second Clash triumph with controversy. Only 8 of the 17 cars involved continued and were scored as having finished the race, resulting in only 11 of the 20 starters finishing the race. The race would ultimately be Johnson's last NASCAR-sanctioned victory.

Race notes[edit]

  • Six times the winner of the Clash at Daytona has gone on to win the Daytona 500 the following weekend: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000), Jeff Gordon (1997), and Denny Hamlin (2016).
  • Though there have been drivers who have won all three of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events of Speedweeks at Daytona – the Clash at Daytona, the Can-Am Duel, and the Daytona 500 – there has not yet been a driver who won all three events in the same year. Twice, an Earnhardt won two of the events, but came up short by losing to Dale Jarrett in the third: in 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Budweiser Duel and the Daytona 500, but finished second to Jarrett in the Unlimited. In 1993, Dale Earnhardt won the Unlimited and the Budweiser Duel, but finished second to Jarrett in the Daytona 500. In 2014, Denny Hamlin joined this group, winning the Unlimited and the second Duel race, but losing to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 500.
  • While it was still named the Busch Clash, on two occasions, the race had the year in its official title. The Busch Clash of '89 and the Busch Clash of '93 were the respective advertised titles.
  • From 1979 until 2008, the drivers themselves qualified as eligible for the Budweiser Shootout, not the teams. If an eligible driver for the upcoming Shootout switches teams in the off-season, the driver, not the team, is eligible for the race. That driver competes in the race with his new team.
  • Until 2008, drivers who win the pole award at a race must have had an Anheuser-Busch decal (the Busch brand from 1979 to 1997, and the Budweiser brand 1998–2007), or the corporate logo affixed to their car (for drivers under 21 years of age) at the time in order to earn the berth for the Budweiser Shootout. If the car does not carry the sticker, the Budweiser Pole Award goes to the next car eligible, but the driver which wins the Budweiser Pole Award does not earn a Shootout spot.
    • In 1998, John Andretti was eligible to race in the Bud Shootout for having won a pole position in 1997 racing for Cale Yarborough. In the off-season, Andretti switched to Petty Enterprises, which was not allowed to participate, since they chose not to affix the proper decals to their cars – it was Petty family tradition to not permit alcohol decals or sponsorship on their cars. Andretti participated in the race in a one-off ride with Hendrick Motorsports. (Ricky Craven, the regular driver for Hendrick's Budweiser-sponsored Chevrolet, did not qualify for the race; Andretti drove the Hendrick car, which carried the usual No. 25 instead of the No. 50 otherwise used by the team for NASCAR's 50-year celebration in 1998.)
    • Bobby Hamilton won the pole position for the 1997 Miller 400 racing for Petty Enterprises, but was not eligible for the 1998 Bud Shootout since the team chose not to affix the proper decal.
    • John Andretti won the pole position for the 1998 Primestar 500 racing for Petty Enterprises, but was not eligible for the 1999 Bud Shootout since the team chose not to affix the proper decal. Todd Bodine was the official winner of the Bud Pole Award by NASCAR rule, but not awarded a Budweiser Shootout position.
    • Jeff Green won the pole position for the 2003 Daytona 500 racing Richard Childress Racing's No. 30 AOL Chevrolet, but did not participate in the 2004 Budweiser Shootout. Green changed teams twice in 2003 ending up in the No. 43 Petty Enterprises Dodge (which he also signed to drive in 2004). As usual, since the team chose not to affix the proper decal the No. 43 was ineligible for the Shootout. Green could have driven for another team, but chose not to do so.
    • Aric Almirola drove the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43, which does not have the (since 2008) Molson Coors Brewing Company-provided Pole Award sticker (Coors Light or Coors Brewing 21 Means 21), per Petty policy. With InBev withdrawing sponsorship of the Shootout, the 2013 Shootout does not have an alcohol sticker mandate, the circuit he will be in the first race of the new 2013 format.
  • Drivers must carry a special decal without the alcohol brand if they are under 21 years of age, but could race in the Shootout. Drivers must be 21 or older to wear alcohol decals, and those under 21 must wear a special sticker, which during Anheuser-Busch era was a corporate logo Pole Award sticker, without any brand indication, and since Molson's Coors Light took over in 2008, a "Coors Brewing Company 21 Means 21" sticker. Special stickers are made to cover up alcohol for such drivers, which has happened four times involving two drivers:
  • Between 2013 and 2019, drivers under 21 were not permitted to participate in formal activities relating to the race, such as the draw for position and other activities such as conferences related to the race because of the alcohol sponsorship. In those cases, the crew chief will participate in such activities. The suspension of the alcohol sponsorship between the time period eliminated the rule.
    • In the 2005 Shootout (Vickers under age), Lance McGrew, who was the new crew chief for Vickers that season, participated in the Shootout draw.
    • In the 2006 Shootout (Busch under age), Alan Gustafson participated in the Shootout draw.
    • In the 2009 Shootout (Joey Logano under age), Greg Zipadelli participated in the Shootout draw.
  • Dale Jarrett (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002, 2007) are the only drivers to win the Budweiser Shootout without having won a pole position the previous year. Jarrett advanced to the Shootout by winning the Bud Shootout Qualifier, and Stewart was eligible for the Shootout via the 2001 rule change adding a lifetime exemption for former winners.
  • 2006 Shootout winner Denny Hamlin was the first rookie to win the event. He had won the pole at Phoenix in a seven-race tryout for Joe Gibbs Racing to find a driver for the FedEx No. 11 car late in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. A driver can make up to five (until 2000) or seven (since 2001) starts in a season, or run portions of a season and not be declared in that series (since 2011), without giving up their eligibility to be a rookie in that series.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
Daytona International Speedway Oval, 2.5 miles (4.0 km)
1979 February 11 28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Oldsmobile 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:26 194.384 Report
1980 February 10 2 Dale Earnhardt Osterlund Racing Oldsmobile 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:39 191.693 Report
1981 February 8 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Buick 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:52 189.076 Report
1982 February 7 88 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:39 191.693 Report
1983 February 14* 75 Neil Bonnett RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:35 192.513 Report
1984 February 9 12 Neil Bonnett Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:33 195.926 Report
1985 February 10 44 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:19 195.865 Report
1986 February 8 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:19 195.865 Report
1987 February 8 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:10 197.802 Report
1988 February 7 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:40 191.489 Report
1989 February 12 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:33 192.926 Report
1990 February 11 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:36 192.308 Report
1991* February 10 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:50 189.474 Report
1992* February 8 15 Geoff Bodine Bud Moore Engineering Ford 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:52 189.076 Report
1993* February 7 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:16:03 186.916 Report
1994* February 13 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:53 188.877 Report
1995* February 12 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:15:55 188.482 Report
1996* February 11 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 20 50 (80.467) 0:16:13 184.995 Report
1997* February 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20 50 (80.467) 0:16:11 185.376 Report
1998 February 8 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 25 62.5 (100.584) 0:20:57 178.998 Report
1999 February 7 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 25 62.5 (100.584) 0:20:38 181.745 Report
2000 February 13 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 25 62.5 (100.584) 0:20:34 182.334 Report
2001 February 11 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 70 175 (281.635) 0:58:00 181.036 Report
2002 February 10 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 70 175 (281.635) 0:57:55 181.295 Report
2003 February 8 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 70 175 (281.635) 0:58:04 180.827 Report
2004 February 7 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 70 175 (281.635) 1:09:37 150.826 Report
2005 February 12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70 175 (281.635) 0:57:53 181.399 Report
2006 February 12* 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 72* 180 (289.681) 1:10:18 153.627 Report
2007 February 10 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 70 175 (281.635) 1:03:12 166.195 Report
2008 February 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70 175 (281.635) 1:14:36 140.751 Report
2009 February 7 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 78* 195 (313.822) 1:31:57 127.243 Report
2010 February 6 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76* 190 (305.775) 1:18:48 144.742 Report
2011 February 12 22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 75 187.5 (301.752) 1:13:15 153.584 Report
2012 February 18 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 82* 205 (329.915) 1:39:07 124.096 Report
2013 February 16 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 75 187.5 (301.752) 1:03:22 177.538 Report
2014 February 15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75 187.5 (301.752) 1:18:35 143.16 Report
2015 February 14 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75 187.5 (301.752) 1:22:59 135.569 Report
2016 February 13 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 79* 197.5 (317.845) 1:32:16 128.432 Report
2017 February 19* 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 75 187.5 (301.752) 1:18:13 143.831 Report
2018 February 11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 75 187.5 (301.752) 1:06:19 169.641 Report
2019 February 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 59* 147.5 (236) 1:20:01 110.602 Report
2020 February 9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 88* 220 (354.055) 1:37:51 134.9 Report
Daytona International Speedway Road Course, 3.61 miles (5.81 km)
2021 February 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35 126.35 (203.341) 1:30:25 83.845 Report
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Oval, 0.25 miles (0.40 km)
2022 February 6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 150 37.5 (60.35) 0:57:39 39.029 Report
  • 1983: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2006 & 2017: Race postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
  • 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016 & 2020: Race extended due to an overtime.
  • 2019: Race shortened due to rain.

Segment winners[edit]

  • 1991: Earnhardt won first 10-lap segment, and second 10-lap segment
  • 1992: Sterling Marlin won first 10-lap segment, and Bodine won second 10-lap segment
  • 1993: Earnhardt won first 10-lap segment, and second 10-lap segment
  • 1994: Dale Earnhardt won first 10-lap segment, and Gordon won second 10-lap segment
  • 1995: Jeff Gordon won first 10-lap segment, and Earnhardt won second 10-lap segment
  • 1996: Sterling Marlin won first 10-lap segment, and Jarrett won second 10-lap segment
  • 1997: Terry Labonte won first 10-lap segment, and Gordon won second 10-lap segment

Bud Shootout Qualifier[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
1998 February 8 Jimmy Spencer Travis Carter Enterprises Ford 25 62.5 (100.584) 0:20:50 180 [18]
1999 February 7 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25 62.5 (100.584) 0:20:56 179.14 [19]
2000 February 13 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 25 62.5 (100.584) 0:20:43 181.014 [20]

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years 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
Kyle Busch 2012, 2021
Joey Logano 2017, 2022

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
10 Joe Gibbs Racing 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021
8 Richard Childress Racing 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010, 2013
7 Hendrick Motorsports 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2019
5 Team Penske 1998, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2022
3 Robert Yates Racing 1996, 2000, 2004
2 Junior Johnson & Associates 1981, 1984

Multiple winners (manufacturers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
21 Chevrolet 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2019
10 Ford 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2017, 2018, 2022
6 Toyota 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021
2 Oldsmobile 1979, 1980
Buick 1981, 1982
Pontiac 2001, 2002


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