How NASCAR's Busch Clash at Daytona works; Ryan Blaney on the pole

How NASCAR’s Busch Clash at Daytona works — everything you need to know about the Cup Series’ annual season kickoff exhibition race.

The Busch Clash at Daytona is NASCAR’s annual exhibition race that kicks off Speedweeks and the final countdown for the Daytona 500. This year’s Clash, the 43rd such race, is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ET and will run for the first time on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course.

Television coverage will start at 6 p.m. ET on FS1 with the RaceDay Daytona pre-race show. Then coverage of the Busch Clash will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. Radio coverage will start on MRN at 6 p.m. ET. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will also have coverage.

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The lineup for the Busch Clash was determined on Monday, Feb. 8 with a drawing held virtually at Daytona International Speedway. Track president Chip Wile and the crew chiefs were with’s Alex Weaver on Daytona’s Facebook page to reveal the results. Each crew chief picked a Busch Beer can that Wile turned over to reveal the lineup spot, and Ryan Blaney’s crew chief Todd Gordon picked the pole-winning can. Here’s the full lineup:

Lineup Driver Team
1. Ryan Blaney Team Penske
2. Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports
3. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
4. Brad Keselowski Team Penske
5. William Byron Hendrick Motorsports
6. Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing
7. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
8. Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing
9. Erik Jones Richard Petty Motorsports
10. Joey Logano Team Penske
11. Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing
12. Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing
13. Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing
14. Ty Dillon 23XI Racing
15. Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing
16. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
17. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
18. Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing
19. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing
21. Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing

With the lineup set, the drivers are one step closer to the race. This year’s race will feature 35 laps with one scheduled caution at Lap 15. As mentioned, this will be the first time the Clash is run on the road course, a 14-turn, 3.61-mile course that was introduced for the first time in NASCAR’s top three national series last August.

Entrance into the Busch Clash is by invitation only, and here’s how drivers qualified for the race:

  • 2020 Busch Pole Award winners
  • Past Busch Clash winners who competed full-time in 2020
  • DAYTONA 500 champions who competed full-time in 2020
  • Former DAYTONA 500 Busch Pole winners who competed full-time in 2020
  • 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers
  • 2020 NASCAR Cup Series race winners
  • 2020 NASCAR Cup Series stage winners

There are 21 drivers on the entry list to compete in the 2021 Busch Clash, and they include:

  1. Aric Almirola
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Alex Bowman
  4. Chris Buescher
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. William Byron
  8. Cole Custer
  9. Matt DiBenedetto
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Ty Dillon
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Denny Hamlin
  14. Kevin Harvick
  15. Erik Jones
  16. Brad Keselowski
  17. Joey Logano
  18. Ryan Newman
  19. Tyler Reddick
  20. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
  21. Martin Truex, Jr.

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