NASCAR announces 2021 Busch Clash field at Daytona

    24 drivers eligible for the season opening exhibition race

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    NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway announced the eligibility criteria for NASCAR Cup series drivers who will be competing in the 2021 Busch Clash on Daytona’s road course which will be held under the lights Tuesday, Feb.9.

    The exhibition race will be held for the first time on the track’s 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course, which was raced on by all three of NASCAR’s top touring series this past August. The Clash will kick off the 2021 edition of Speedweeks. Normally held on the weekend prior to the season opening Daytona 500, for 2021 the Speedweeks schedule is being compacted. The Clash will kick off the week with qualifying for the Daytona 500 being held the following night.

    The eligibility for the Clash is normally determined by pole winners from the previous years. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR adjusted the format for setting the field for most of its races in 2020. As such, the eligibility for the Clash has also been adjusted.

    The eligibility requirements for the 2021 edition are:

    · 2020 Pole 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

    Under these rules the 24 drivers eligible to compete in the ’21 Clash include:

    1 Aric Almirola

    2 Ryan Blaney

    3 Alex Bowman

    4 Clint Bowyer

    5 Chris Buescher

    6 Kurt Busch

    7 Kyle Busch

    8 William Byron

    9 Cole Custer

    10 Matt DiBenedetto

    11 Austin Dillon

    12 Ty Dillon

    13 Chase Elliott

    14 Denny Hamlin

    15 Kevin Harvick

    16 Jimmie Johnson

    17 Erik Jones

    18 Matt Kenseth

    19 Brad Keselowski

    20 Joey Logano

    21 Ryan Newman

    22 Tyler Reddick

    23 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

    24 Martin Truex, Jr.

    “The excitement by both the drivers and our fans leading up to the 2021 Busch Clash At DAYTONA is unprecedented,” said Speedway President Chip Wile. “NASCAR’s initial visit to the Daytona Road Course in August delivered big time, with incredible competition, adding to the legacy of the famed road course made famous with sports cars and motorcycles.

    “Having the Busch Clash at Daytona on Tuesday night also adds to the anticipation of an action-packed Speedweeks calendar. With the talent level in the field, the race will now clearly have its own look and feel during Daytona Speedweeks in 2021 and beyond.”

    The 2021 NASCAR Daytona Speedweeks schedule

    · Tuesday, Feb. 9: 43rd Annual Busch Clash At DAYTONA (DAYTONA Road Course under the lights)

    · Wednesday, Feb. 10: Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger

    · Thursday, Feb. 11: Duel At Daytona qualifying races

    · Friday, Feb. 12: NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

    · Saturday, Feb. 13: NASCAR Racing Experience 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire (ARCA Menards) doubleheader

    · Sunday, Feb. 14: Daytona 500, The Great American Race

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    Comments (3)

    • It's a shame that it'll only be 21 drivers with Johnson, Kenseth and Bowyer retiring. But it'll be a special race on a road curse under the lights. I'm looking forward to it!

        7 days ago
      • I wouldn't count out those drivers... In years past I've seen drivers who retire come back to compete in this race as a one-off.

          6 days ago
      • That would be awesome if Bowyer competed for a last time. I can't imagine Kenseth competing in it though, but it would be great if he did. And I hope Johnson doesn't discard his plans of competing in some road curse races this year, so the clash...

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          6 days ago

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