Pre-Race Info

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, (February 3, 2020) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Busch Clash at Daytona on Feb. 9. A total of 20 drivers are eligible to participate in the annual preseason, 75 lap, two segments, non-points race. A competition caution on Lap 25 will separate the two segments. The event will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 3 p.m. ET.

 

2020 Busch Clash Entries
In Alphabetical Order
Aric Almirola
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr.

 

Finishes of Drivers Starting from the Pole in The Clash
Season Driver Finish
2019 Paul Menard 13
2018 Austin Dillon 5
2017 Brad Keselowski 6
2016 Jimmie Johnson 22
2015 Paul Menard 21
2014 Denny Hamlin 1
2013 Carl Edwards 12
2012 Martin Truex Jr 19
2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr 19
2010 Carl Edwards 17
2009 Paul Menard 12
2008 Kurt Busch 18
2007 Dale Jarrett 18
2006 Ken Schrader 14
2005 Dale Jarrett 15
2004 Jeremy Mayfield 18
2003 Geoff Bodine 19
2002 Kurt Busch 14
2001 Ken Schrader 16
2000 Mark Martin 15
1999 Rusty Wallace 7
1998 Mark Martin 8
1997 Bobby Labonte 13
1996 Rick Mast 12
1995 Geoff Bodine 12
1994 Bobby Labonte 12
1993 Bill Elliott 9
1992 Rusty Wallace 14
1991 Geoff Bodine 6
1990 Jimmy Hensley 10
1989 Ken Schrader 1
1988 Geoff Bodine 4
1987 Bill Elliott 1
1986 Harry Gant 7
1985 Ricky Rudd 6
1984 Jody Ridley 7
1983 Bill Elliott 3
1982 Terry Labonte 2
1981 Darrell Waltrip 1
1980 Bobby Allison 4
1979 Benny Parsons 4
Average 10.7

 

The Clash at Daytona All-Time Winners
Date Winners Starting Pos.
2019 Jimmie Johnson 13
2018 Brad Keselowski 17
2017 Joey Logano 9
2016 Denny Hamlin 15
2015 Matt Kenseth 16
2014 Denny Hamlin 1
2013 Kevin Harvick 17
2012 Kyle Busch 2
2011 Kurt Busch 17
2010 Kevin Harvick 2
2009 Kevin Harvick 27
2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr 7
2007 Tony Stewart 14
2006 Denny Hamlin 15
2005 Jimmie Johnson 17
2004 Dale Jarrett 15
2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr 19
2002 Tony Stewart 3
2001 Tony Stewart 7
2000 Dale Jarrett 15
1999 Mark Martin 13
1998 Rusty Wallace 13
1997 Jeff Gordon 3
1996 Dale Jarrett 12
1995 Dale Earnhardt 2
1994 Jeff Gordon 10
1993 Dale Earnhardt 15
1992 Geoff Bodine 3
1991 Dale Earnhardt 14
1990 Ken Schrader 3
1989 Ken Schrader 1
1988 Dale Earnhardt 2
1987 Bill Elliott 1
1986 Dale Earnhardt 4
1985 Terry Labonte 11
1984 Neil Bonnett 8
1983 Neil Bonnett 15
1982 Bobby Allison 12
1981 Darrell Waltrip 1
1980 Dale Earnhardt 5
1979 Buddy Baker 3

 

 

2020 Eligible Drivers’ Performances

(In alphabetical order)

 

Aric Almirola

No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

(Four Clash appearances)

Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2013     6          8          43        75                                Running

2015     18        19        43        55                                Accident

2016     18        17        43        72                                Accident

2019     8          18        10        59                                Running

 

 

Ryan Blaney

No. 12 Team Penske Ford

(Two Clash appearances)

Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2018     4          15        12        75                                Running

2019     4          8          12        59                                Running

 

 

Alex Bowman

No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

(Two Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2017     3          8          88        75                                Running

2019     5          5          88        59                                Running

 

 

 

Clint Bowyer

No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

(Six Clash appearances)

Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2008     14        21        07        70                                Running

2011     9          7          33        75        2          4          Running

2012     8          17        15        82                                Running

2015     20        18        15        45                                Accident

2016     23        8          15        23                                Accident

2019     16        15        14        55                                Accident

 

Kurt Busch

No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

(16 Clash appearances)                                               

Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2002     14        1          97        70        1          3          Running

2003     11        3          97        70        1          11        Running

2005     6          6          97        70                                Running

2007     3          19        2          70        2          6          Running

2008     18        1          2          70                               Running

2009     9          12        2          78                                Running

2010     23        22        2          32                                Accident

2011     1          17        22        75        3          3          Running

2012     17        6          51        82                                Accident

2013     13        18        78        15                                Accident

2014     14        10        41        35                                Accident

2015     15        13        41        67                                Accident

2016     7          21        41        79                                Running

2017     17        10        41        16                                Accident

2018     3          14        41        75                                Running

2019     2          19        1          59                                Running

 

Kyle Busch

No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota                                                            

(12 Clash appearances)                                               

Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2006     15        14        5          72        2          4          Running

2007     7          6          5          70        3          39        Running

2009     10        10        18        78        2          6          Running

2010     4          17        18        76                                Running

2011     16        21        18        41        2          2          Accident

2012     1          2          18        82        2          3          Running

2013     16        13        18        14                                Accident

2014     3          4          18        75        1          6          Running

2015     8          5          18        75                                Running

2016     17        9          18        72                                Accident

2017     2          13        18        75        1          5          Running

2018     7          13        18        75                                Running

2019     14        2          18        55        1          1          Accident

 

 

 


William Byron

 

No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

(2020 will be Byron’s first Clash appearance)

 

 

Austin Dillon

No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

(Five Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2015     17        6          3          61                                Accident

2016     8          10        3          79                                Running

2017     12        4          3          75                                Running

2018     5          1          3          75        2          3          Running

2019     6          9          3          59        1          3          Running

 

 

Chase Elliott

No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

(Three Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2017     7          14        24        75                                Running

2018     13        12        9          74        3          17        Running

2019     7          16        9          59                                Running

 

 

Denny Hamlin

No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

(14 Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2006     1          15        11        72        3          16        Running

2007     17        21        11        70                                Running

2008     9          12        11        70                               Running

2009     13        5          11        78        2          4          Running

2010     5          24        11        76                                Running

2011     12        4          11        75                                Running

2012     5          16        11        82                                Running

2013     15        5          11        14                                Accident

2014     1          1          11        75        6          27        Running

2015     19        9          11        45                                Accident

2016     1          15        11        79        5          39        Running

2017     13        2          11        74        2          48        Running

2018     6          2          11        75        1          8          Running

2019     17        17        11        55                                Accident

 

 

Kevin Harvick

No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

(15 Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2003     9          16        29        70                                Running

2004     3          5          29        70        2          10        Running

2006     20        18        29        15                                Engine

2007     5          20        29        70        2          11        Running

2009     1          27        29        78        1          1          Running

2010     1          2          29        76        5          21        Running

2011     7          18        29        75                                Running

2012     22        22        29        54        3          4          Accident

2013     1          17        29        75        3          37        Running

2014     5          6          4          75        2          6          Running

2015     11        8          4          75        1          1          Running

2016     25        22        4          22                                Accident

2017     5          7          4          75                                Running

2018     9          9          4          75        1          2          Running

2019     12        6          4          57                                Running

 

Jimmie Johnson

No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

(17 Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2003     7          2          48        70        1          4          Running

2004     9          17        48        70                                Running

2005     1          17        48        70        1          16        Running

2006     5          2          48        72        3          12        Running

2007     4          8          48        70                                Running

2008     3          18        48        70                               Running

2009     14        21        48        77        1          2          Accident

2010     13        16        48        76                                Running

2011     4          23        48        75        2          7          Running

2012     14        18        48        74        1          1          Accident

2013     14        11        48        14                                Accident

2014     17        18        48        28                                Accident

2015     22        17        48        45                                Accident

2016     22        1          48        43                                Accident

2017     16        6          48        48                                Accident

2018     12        5          48        74                                Running

2019     1          13        48        59        1          4          Running

 

Erik Jones

No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

(Two Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2018     8          4          20        75                                Running

2019     20        20        20        55                                Accident

 

 

Brad Keselowski

No. 2 Team Penske Ford

(Seven Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2012     4          3          2          82                                Running

2014     2          5          2          75        3          8          Running

2015     25        4          2          22        1          2          Accident

2016     9          2          2          79        6          26        Running

2017     6          1          2          75        2          18        Running

2018     1          17        2          75        2          43        Running

2019     18        3          2          55                                Accident

 

 

Kyle Larson

No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

(Five Clash appearances)

Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2015     5          25        42        75                                Running

2016     4          4          42        79                                Running

2017     14        11        42        61                                Damage

2018     10        10        42        75        2          2          Running

2019     19        14        42        55                                Accident

 

 

Joey Logano

No. 22 Team Penske Ford                                                                      

(11 Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2009     28        19        20        3                                  Accident

2010     7          21        20        76                                Running

2011     18        22        20        27                                Accident

2012     18        10        20        54        1          1          Accident

2013     3          9          22        75                                Running

2014     4          11        22        75        2          11        Running

2015     6          3          22        75                                Running

2016     2          25        22        79                                Running

2017     1          9          22        75        2          4          Running

2018     2          3          22        75        1          1          Running

2019     3          7          22        59                                Running

 

 

Ryan Newman

No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

(15 Clash appearances)           

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2002     15        8          42        70                                Running

2003     4          15        12        70                                Running

2004     16        16        12        69        1          4          Accident

2005     2          7          12        70        1          4          Running

2006     17        7          12        68                                Accident

2007     20        9          12        46                                Engine

2008     17        23        12        70                                Running

2010     19        4          39        74                                Accident

2011     3          8          39        75        3          18        Running

2012     7          13        39        82                                Running

2014     8          17        31        75                                Running

2015     12        12        31        75                                Running

2016     19        5          31        69                                Accident

2018     11        11        31        75                                Running

2019     9          4          6          59                                Running

 

 

Martin Truex Jr.

No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

(Eight Clash appearances)

                                                            Times  Laps   

Year     Fin       St         Car      Laps    Led      Led      Status

2008     21        9          1          47                                Accident

2012     19        1          56        54        2          7          Accident

2013     9          6          56        75        1          2          Running

2015     2          10        78        75        4          29        Running

2016     13        7          78        78                                Running

2017     15        5          78        60                                Accident

2018     14        6          78        74                                Running

2019     15        12        19        55                                Accident

 

 

 

The Busch Clash At Daytona Tidbits

 

History

  • The first Busch Clash at Daytona was held on February 11, 1979, and the event was won by Buddy Baker (194.384 MPH).
  • This weekend’s event will be the 42nd running of the Busch Clash at Daytona.
  • The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009.
  • Like the past three seasons, the starting field for the 2020 Busch Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. (20 drivers are eligible for this year’s event).
  • The format for the Busch Clash at Daytona has changed 14 times since its inception in the NASCAR Cup Series in 1979.

Starts

  • In total, 116 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have competed in the Busch Clash at Daytona; 89 of the 116 drivers have participated in more than one.
  • The top 10 drivers (all-time) with the most Busch Clash at Daytona appearances: Mark Martin (24), Bill Elliott (23), Jeff Gordon (22), Ken Schrader (19), Rusty Wallace (19), Terry Labonte (18), Jimmie Johnson (17), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16), Geoff Bodine (16), Ricky Rudd (16), Tony Stewart (16) and Kurt Busch (16).
  • The top 10 (active) drivers with the most Busch Clash at Daytona appearances: Jimmie Johnson (17), Kurt Busch (16), Kevin Harvick (15), Ryan Newman (15), Denny Hamlin (14), Kyle Busch (13), Joey Logano (11), Martin Truex Jr. (8), Brad Keselowski (7) and Clint Bowyer (6).
  • Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Busch Clash at Daytona races, competing in 22 consecutive events from 1994-2015.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in consecutive Busch Clash at Daytona starts with 17 (2003 – 2019).

Wins

  • A total of 23 different drivers have won the Busch Clash at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in Busch Clash at Daytona wins with six victories (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
  • Denny Hamlin (three: 2006, 2014, 2016) and Kevin Harvick (three: 2009, 2010, 2013) lead all active drivers in the Busch Clash at Daytona wins with three each.

 

  • There have been 10 multiple winners in the Busch Clash at Daytona:
    • o Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
    • o Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
    • o Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
    • o Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
    • o Denny Hamlin won in 2006, 2014 and 2016.
    • o Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994, 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2008) Jimmie Johnson (2005, 2019).

 

  • Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Busch Clash at Daytona races.
  • No driver has won three consecutive Clash events.

 

  • Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Busch Clash at Daytona in which they competed.
  • Only six times in the 39-year history of the race has the Busch Clash winner gone on to win the Daytona 500: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000), Jeff Gordon (1997), Denny Hamlin (2016).
  • Two drivers have swept the Busch Clash at Daytona, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2018: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)
  • One driver has swept the Busch Clash at Daytona, the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 from 1979-2019: Bobby Allison (1982).
  • Seven drivers have won the Busch Clash at Daytona (1979-2018) and the championship in the same season. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times (four).

Tony Stewart (2002)

Jeff Gordon (1997)

Dale Earnhardt (1993, 1991, 1986 and 1980)

Darrell Waltrip (1981)

 

  • There have been four Busch Clash winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).

 

  • Four drivers have won consecutive Clash at Daytona races (1979-2018). None went on to win that year’s Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick (2009-10)

Tony Stewart (2000-01)

Ken Schrader (1990-91)

Neil Bonnett (1983-84)

 

The Busch Clash At Daytona Manufacturer Wins Recap

 

Manufacturer         Victories          Last Victory – Driver

Chevrolet                21                    2019 – Jimmie Johnson

Ford                       9                      2018 – Brad Keselowski

Toyota                    4                      2016 – Denny Hamlin

Buick                      2                      1982 – Bobby Allison

Oldsmobile             2                      1980 – Dale Earnhardt

Pontiac                   2                      2002 – Tony Stewart

Dodge                    1                      2011 – Kurt Busch

 

 

 

 

Wins By Busch Clash Starting Position

Starting Pos. Wins Win % Starting Pos Wins Win %
1 4 9.8% 11 1 2.4%
2 4 9.8% 12 2 4.9%
3 5 12.2% 13 3 7.3%
4 1 2.4% 14 2 4.9%
5 1 2.4% 15 6 14.6%
7 2 4.9% 16 1 2.4%
8 1 2.4% 17 4 9.8%
9 1 2.4% 19 1 2.4%
10 1 2.4% 27 1 2.4%
Additional Stats
Stats Total %
Wins From the Pole 4 9.8%
Wins From Front Row 8 19.5%
Wins From Top Five Start 15 36.6%
Wins From Top 10 Start 20 48.8%
Wins From Start Outside Top 10 21 51.2%

 

 

Lap Leader Stats

  • A total of 58 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Busch Clash at Daytona.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in laps led in the Busch Clash at Daytona with 149 laps led of his 1,073 laps completed (13.8%); Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers with 142 laps led.

 

Top 10 in Laps Led in the Busch Clash at Daytona (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Led Completed % Led Rank Active Drivers Led Completed % Led
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr 149 1,073 13.89% 1 Denny Hamlin 142 940 15.11%
2 Denny Hamlin 142 940 15.11% 2 Brad Keselowski 97 463 20.95%
3 Tony Stewart 120 1,075 11.16% 3 Kevin Harvick 96 962 9.98%
4 Jeff Gordon 108 1,039 10.39% 4 Kyle Busch 66 860 7.67%
5 Dale Earnhardt 98 288 34.03% 5 Jimmie Johnson 46 1,035 4.44%
6 Brad Keselowski 97 463 20.95% 6 Martin Truex Jr 38 518 7.34%
7 Kevin Harvick 96 962 9.98% 7 Ryan Newman 26 1,047 2.48%
8 Greg Biffle 69 712 9.69% 8 Kurt Busch 23 954 2.41%
9 Kyle Busch 66 860 7.67% 9 Chase Elliott 17 208 8.17%
10 Ken Schrader 63 842 7.48% 10 Joey Logano 17 673 2.53%

 

 

  • The most laps led in Busch Clash at Daytona by the race winner was 47 of the scheduled 70 laps (67.1%) by Dale Earnhardt Jr. on  Feb. 9, 2008 – he started from the seventh position.
  • The most laps led in the Busch Clash at Daytona by a driver that did not win was 51 of the scheduled 75 laps (68%) by Paul Menard on Feb. 10, 2019 – he started first and finished 13th. Note: this event was shortened to 59 laps due to rain.
  • The fewest laps led in the Busch Clash at Daytona by the race winner was one lap led (the final lap) and it has happened seven different times:

o   Kevin Harvick (2009)

o   Dale Jarrett (2004, 2000)

o   Rusty Wallace (1998)

o   Neil Bonnett (1984, 1983)

o   Dale Earnhardt (1980).

 

By the Numbers: The Busch Clash At Daytona

.013 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in the Clash at Daytona history

.058 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second-closest margin in the Clash at Daytona history

.080 – Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third-closest margin of victory in the Clash at Daytona history

1 – Fewest laps led by a winner – Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) – in the Clash at Daytona.

2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts

4 – Number of drivers to win the Clash at Daytona from the pole position – Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).

5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006) – William Byron is the only driver entered this season making his first Clash appearance.

6 – Number of the Clash at Daytona wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader (1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95)

7 – Number of fewest starters in the field for the Clash at Daytona (1981)

11 – Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)

14 – Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979

21 – Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Clash at Daytona, leads all manufacturers

22 – Most consecutive starts in the Clash at Daytona by a driver – Jeff Gordon (1994-2015).

27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history

28 – Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979

47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Clash at Daytona.

51Laps led by Paul Menard in 2019, the most by a driver who did not win the event

197.802 mph – The fastest average speed of the race for the Clash at Daytona was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.