Keselowski Wins Controversial Clash at Daytona
Brad Keselowski has won the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. The race lasted just over an hour, and featured three cautions: the first ended stage one, the second was for Jamie McMurray’s crash midway through the race, and the final was for a final-lap wreck which collected six cars.
Keselowski led 43 of the race’s 75 laps en route to victory. Six other drivers led laps in the event, but only Chase Elliott led more than ten laps. Fords dominated, with a 1-2-3-4 finish, but all three manufacturers showed some speed, including Chevy and their new Camaros.
One item of contention was the collision between Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., which sent Stenhouse below the yellow line. According to NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell, because Stenhouse completed a pass while below the line, Stenhouse was penalized, and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty. He would finish 16th out of 17 cars, unable to recover from the penalty. Stenhouse was understandably confused after the race, as was Dale Earnhardt Jr., as O’Donnell tried to explain the ruling.
Next time I’ll turn him crash the 17 car field and then be the arca race cool https://t.co/6wIDgyEfWy
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) February 11, 2018
The six-car pileup ruined a few days as well. It began when Kyle Larson gave Jimmie Johnson a big shove, turning Johnson into the wall. The incident collected Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr. as well. Larson took responsibility for the accident after the race.
Yes race fans I caused that one. I admitted it and apologized. Lots of learning about new package that race. 💩 happens. Got some work to do before 500.
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) February 11, 2018
View the full Clash results here.