Worst To First, Keselowski Wins A Standard Clash At Daytona

The Clash at Daytona was the same as a short-lived relationship. The beginning was exciting, the middle was confusing and the end was missionary sex boring.

Brad Keselowski took home the checkered after starting last on Sunday in a 17-car field that saw only one major incident on the last lap. Team Penske lined up on the high line for much of the second half of The Clash leading an expensive parade of Fusions, Camaros, and Camrys.

The first 25 laps of the race were made up of stuff you’d write home about. Chase Elliott was high wide and handsome with the moves he was making. Leading, weaving and bobbing like a prizefighter. He even slammed the door on Denny Hamlin after he passed him for the lead provoking Eddie Gossage to get the banners ready.

Pit stops before the lap 25 caution shuffled the field up and would ultimately be a deciding factor for the rest of the race. Handling was a legit factor as well as tire wear.

Fords continued to look like they will be a force to be reckoned with on plater tracks this year as well. Team Penske showed the way most of the day while Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse looked competitive as well.

Stenhouse fell victim to a bad judgment call by NASCAR as he was forced below the yellow line and was penalized for passing the #18. According to the way NASCAR is enforcing the rules Stenhouse should have held his line and hooked the #18 Keselowski style at Talladega.

There were two cautions on the day. The first for Jamie McMurray when he got some encouragement to be a Formula D driver. It didn’t pan out for him and he stuffed it in the wall like Ken Block’s 13th take in a YouTube video.

The final caution of the day came on the last lap when everyone remembered they were in a race and a trophy was to be had. Kyle Larson who attempted to crash earlier in the day capped off the race by getting in Jimmie Johnson and ensuring the 7-time champ he wouldn’t finish The Clash for the 7th straight year.

Overall it was a pretty standard race at Daytona. Fords showed they were strong once again. Young guys made bold moves. A long run follows the leader parade was capped off by an uneventful finish that was overshadowed by a crash robbing the fans of a decent finish. However, it was still better than the 3 hours of ARCA at Daytona Saturday night.

Cup cars are back on track Thursday for the Duel 150’s at Daytona.

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