Eligibility for The Advance Auto Parts Clash remains unchanged for 2018.
The 75-lap event at Daytona International Speedway will be split into two segments, separated by a competition caution at lap 25. It will be held the Sunday before the Daytona 500 (Feb. 11) after Daytona 500 qualifying.
“A double-header, featuring The Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, is a great way to start the 2018 season,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The urgency created by the non-points race sets a tone for the season, providing a strong preview of the competition we expect will be a mainstay all year long.”
There is no pre-determined number of cars. Eligible drivers are those who claimed a Coors Light Pole Award in 2017, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time last season and drivers who made the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs.
Eligible drivers are:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (not expected to compete)
Matt Kenseth (not expected to compete)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
“For four decades, the Advance Auto Parts Clash has been a staple of the Speedweeks lineup,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “The event has a rich history and serves as a preview to the Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the Daytona 500. Combining the Advance Auto Parts Clash and Daytona 500 Qualifying on the same day will deliver race fans a full day of NASCAR action.”