The lineup for The Clash at Daytona was set by a random draw Saturday night as the ARCA race was winding down. Whether the race runs on Sunday or Monday here is what the starting lineup will look like and it’s not great for non-Ford fans;
1) (21) Paul Menard, Ford 2) (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
3) (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford 4) (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
5) (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet 6) (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
7) (22) Joey Logano, Ford 8) (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
9) (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet 10) (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford
11) (40) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet 12) (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
13) (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet 14) (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
15) (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford 16) (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
17) (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota 18) (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
19) (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet 20) (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
*Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin will move to the back in back up cars. Not that it matters because they’re 16th and 17th but you know, rules are rules. Unless NASCAR decides they’re not.
Paul Menard on pole with Brad Keselowski starting behind him is bad news for the rest of the field. Alex Bowman might be the most lonely person in the field at the start because Joey Logano is going to dump him quicker than your 5th grade girlfriend. Ryan Blaney will jump down behind Logano and we’ll have 4 “Penske” cars lined up on the bottom. A 75-lap race could be settled in the first two laps.
There’s always an outside chance the Chevy cars get hooked up but there isn’t any recent evidence that they will do so. Actually they’ll attempt it and then bail out a lap later.
So congrats on a Ford driver for winning, probably Brad. There’s a chance of rain all day today because it’s Florida and that’s what happens. People seem befuddled by the fact it rains every day in Florida. The same people are surprised the desert is hot, LeBron is good at basketball, and Dale is dead. SINCE WHEN?!
Congrats to Brad on winning his second Clash though.
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