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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. 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.
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Venue||Daytona International Speedway|
|Location||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||Advance Auto Parts|
|Distance||187.5 miles (301.752 km)|
|Previous names||Busch 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)|
|Length||2.5 mi (4.0 km)|
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.
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.
The 2018 Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. Only drivers who were Daytona Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2017, and drivers who qualified for the 2017 Playoffs are eligible.
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).
In 2017, the race was renamed the Advance Auto Parts Clash after Advance Auto Parts signed a multi-year deal to sponsor the event. 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.
The race consisted of a single twenty-lap (50-mile) green flag sprint with no pit stops required. Caution flag laps would not count.
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.
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.) 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.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|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|
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed|
|1998||February 8||Jimmy Spencer||Travis Carter Enterprises||Ford||25||62.5 (100.584)||0:20:50||180|
|1999||February 7||Mike Skinner||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||25||62.5 (100.584)||0:20:56||179.14|
|2000||February 13||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||25||62.5 (100.584)||0:20:43||181.014|
|# 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|
|# Wins||Team||Years 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|
|# 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|
|9||Ford||1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2017, 2018|
|4||Toyota||2012, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|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|
|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|
Advance Auto Parts Clash winners
Races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Note: The Cup Series has multiple events at the same racing venue.