20 drivers eligible for 2019 Clash

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20 drivers eligible for 2019 Clash

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20 drivers eligible for 2019 Clash

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NASCAR has announced the 20 drivers who are eligible to compete in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona.

The exhibition event will again take place the Sunday afternoon of Daytona 500 qualifying on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. ET. Qualifying will be held that morning.

“There’s no better way to start the season,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The close, door-to-door action you see in the Advance Auto Parts Clash is a precursor to the intense competition you’ll see in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series throughout 2019.”

Eligibility for the race is earned by pole winners from the 2018 season, former Clash winners who competed full-time in 2018, former Daytona 500 winners who competed full-time in 2018, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2018 and drivers who qualified for the 2018 Cup Series playoffs.

Drivers eligible under those criteria are: Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, and Brad Keselowski.

Keselowski is the defending race winner.

“It’s a tremendous day of racing for our fans,” said Daytona International Speedway president Chip Wile. “Having Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger followed by the Advance Auto Parts Clash makes for a sweet first Sunday of Speedweeks and will have fans fully tuned up for the 61st running of the ‘Great American Race’ on February 17.”

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