The 2017 NASCAR racing season ended last month with the crowning of Martin Truex Jr as the champion. And while the drivers will park their cars until February, there is still much to be done in preparation for the 2018 racing season.
The first race of the season is a non-points race – The Advance Auto Parts Clash – open to only a select few drivers – those who have won a pole in the previous season, any Daytona 500 pole sitter, Clash winners active during the season, and playoff drivers.
There is a total of 20 drivers who are eligible for the running of the 2018 Clash.
The Clash is set for Sunday February 11 after qualifying for the 60th running of the Daytona 500 where the front row drivers will be set.
The Clash is a 75 lap shootout in two segments.
NASCAR playoff drivers eligible for running The Clash are:
Former Daytona 500 pole sitters:
Drivers who sat on the pole during the 2017 season:
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
After announcing his retirement at the end of the 2017 racing season, it is unclear whether or not Dale Earnhardt Jr will participate in the race. If he chooses not to race, he will not be replaced.