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Daytona International Speedway

Busch Clash at DAYTONA Results

February, 9, 2020

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Erik Jones

20 |

12

Running

88

1

0

0

2

Austin Dillon

3 |

15

Running

88

6

0

0

3

Clint Bowyer

14 |

6

Running

88

0

0

0

4

Kyle Larson

42 |

4

Running

88

2

0

0

5

Ryan Newman

6 |

1

Running

88

7

0

0

6

Denny Hamlin

11 |

18

Running

87

12

0

0

7

Chase Elliott

9 |

11

Accident

82

7

0

0

8

Ryan Blaney

12 |

14

Accident

78

0

0

0

9

Joey Logano

22 |

13

Accident

78

7

0

0

10

Aric Almirola

10 |

5

Accident

77

0

0

0

11

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

16

Accident

77

0

0

0

12

Kurt Busch

1 |

17

Accident

77

0

0

0

13

Kevin Harvick

4 |

10

Accident

77

0

0

0

14

William Byron

24 |

7

Accident

74

4

0

0

15

Alex Bowman

88 |

8

Accident

74

2

0

0

16

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

3

Accident

72

7

0

0

17

Brad Keselowski

2 |

2

Accident

66

33

0

0

18

Kyle Busch

18 |

9

Accident

65

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Erik Jones

    #1

    LEADER

    Erik Jones

    20|

  • #2 | 0.697

    Austin Dillon

    #2

    0.697

    Austin Dillon

    3|

  • #3 | 0.717

    Clint Bowyer

    #3

    0.717

    Clint Bowyer

    14|

Erik Jones wins crash-filled Busch Clash at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin couldn‘t win the Busch Clash at Daytona for himself, but he made sure his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate did.

For nearly the entire final lap in the third attempt at overtime, Hamlin pushed the mangled Toyota of Erik Jones all the way to finish line in a race that saw only six of 18 cars running at the finish.

With the nose of his car caved in and held together with tape, Jones led only the final lap—the 88th of the race and the 13th of overtime—in collecting his first victory in the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series exhibition race.

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Jones‘ No. 20 Toyota Camry sustained heavy damage during a spate of wrecks that started on Lap 66 of a scheduled 75 and continued into the extra circuits. Hamlin, whose No. 11 Toyota was damaged in the Lap 66 wreck and spun with a flat tire in the first overtime attempt, lost two laps on pit road after the incident.

But Hamlin‘s car was still running at the finish, and he was there to push Jones past the lead-lap cars of Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer on the last circuit.

“I knew he was going to be in for a ride,” Hamlin said. “It was just a matter of whether he could handle it … I knew that last lap he needed to strap in, because I was going to push him. I didn‘t care if I pushed him into a wreck — I was going to push him.”

That‘s exactly what Jones did, even though his battered machine looked more like a refugee from a salvage yard than the sleek race car that started the race.

“It was an awesome race,” Jones said. “I‘ve got to give a huge thanks to Denny. He gave us a huge push that last run. It wasn‘t the fastest car in the race, but we brought it home.

“I think, honestly, it was so draggy it wasn’t too much for him to lock on and push us to the win. Hopefully, next Sunday (in the Daytona 500) we can cap off another one.”

Five drivers have completed a Clash/Daytona 500 double. Hamlin accomplished the feat most recently, in 2016.

By the time Dillon led the field to green to start the third overtime on Lap 87, 11 cars already had gone to the garage in various stages of disrepair. The mayhem began on Lap 66 when Joey Logano tried to block Kyle Busch in Turn 4 and contact between their two cars triggered a six-car crash that eliminated Busch and Brad Keselowski, Logano‘s Team Penske teammate.

Six laps later, the majority of the field wrecked on a restart, when the “accordion effect” produced a chain-reaction incident near the start/finish line.

The first two overtime attempts pared the field to six cars on the track, with Dillon coming home second, .697 seconds behind Jones. Bowyer was third, followed by Kyle Larson, who held the lead briefly in the final overtime but lost ground on the final lap. 

Newman came home fifth, followed by Hamlin, who finished one lap down.