Well that was a relatively forgetful race.

The 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash basically had two parts: single-file “follow the leader” racing and rain delays. The race was red flagged twice for rain, and it was a wreck (and ultimately rain again) that ended the Clash after just 59 of the scheduled 75 laps.

Pole sitter Paul Menard led for most of the race, leading 51 of the 59 laps, as it was extremely difficult for the bottom lane of traffic to get any kind of momentum. Kyle Busch led the first lap of the race but was quickly passed by Menard who went on to cruise after that (save 3 laps led for Austin Dillon during a caution break).

With heavy rain on the horizon, thus time running out, Jimmie Johnson made his move on lap 57, using an aggressive side draft that ultimately sent Paul Menard spinning in front of the entire field and taking out more than half of the 20-car field.

Other than that, it was a boring race that has to make fans a little apprehensive for Thursday’s two Duel races as well as Sunday’s Daytona 500. If we’re in store for more “follow the leader,” it’s going to be an extremely rough start to a season in which NASCAR is already getting hammered by fans for its upcoming changes to the cars.

Daytona Advance Auto Parts Clash Results

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. Alex Bowman
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Chase Elliott
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Daniel Suarez
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Kevin Harvick
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Kyle Busch
  15. Martin Truex, Jr.
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Denny Hamlin
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. Kyle Larson
  20. Erik Jones
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