While most sporting events and their season with the sports biggest events NASCAR begins their season with two weeks of racing known as Speedweeks and includes some of the biggest events of the racing season that culminates with the running of the Daytona 500.
NASCAR will kick off the 2019 racing season on February 10 with the Busch Pole Qualifying and the running of the Advance Auto Parts Clash.
The Clash is a shootout race of only 75 laps around the two and a half mile tri-oval that includes a competition caution.
But to be one of the drivers in The Clash, a racer must have been a full time driver during the 2018 racing season and have won a Busch Pole during the 2018 racing season, be a former Clash winner, a former Daytona 500 Pole or race winner, or one of the 16 drivers who qualified for the Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs.
Twenty drivers have qualified to run in the 2019 Clash:
Martin Truex Jr
While there are 20 drivers who are eligible to run, there is some question if all of them will participate in the race since a few of the drivers are no longer active drivers.
Speaking on the Advance Auto Parts Clash; NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said, “there’s no better way to start the season. 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.”
Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile added, “it’s a tremendous day of racing for our fans. 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 Feb. 17.”