Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Daytona Track Facts: 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash

The Advanced Auto Parts Clash At Daytona Tidbits
·        The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009.
·        Like last season, the starting field for the 2018 Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. (20 drivers are eligible for this year’s event).
·        Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona races, competing in 22 consecutive events from 1994-2015.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in consecutive Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona starts with 15 (2003 – 2017).
·        The top five drivers (all-time) with the most Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona appearances: Mark Martin (24), Bill Elliott (23), Jeff Gordon (22), Ken Schrader (19) and Rusty Wallace (19).
·        The top five active drivers with the most Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona appearances: Jimmie Johnson (15), Kurt Busch (14), Kevin Harvick (13), Ryan Newman (13) and Denny Hamlin (12).
·        There have been nine multiple winners in the Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona:
o   Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
o   Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
o   Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
o   Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
o   Denny Hamlin won in 2006, 2014 and 2016.
o   Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008).

·        Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Clash at Daytona races.

·        No driver has won three consecutive Clash events.

·        Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Clash at Daytona in which they competed.
·        Only six times in the 38-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:
                    Bobby Allison (1982)
                    Bill Elliott (1987)
                    Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
       Jeff Gordon (1997)
       Denny Hamlin (2016)
·        There have been four winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader(1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
·        Two drivers have swept the Clash at Daytona, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2017: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)
·        One driver has swept the Clash at Daytona, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2017: Bobby Allison (1982).
·        Seven drivers have won the Clash at Daytona (1979-2017) and the championship in the same season. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times (four).
Tony Stewart (2002)
Jeff Gordon (1997)
Dale Earnhardt (1993, 1991, 1986 and 1980)
Darrell Waltrip (1981)
·        Four drivers have won consecutive Clash at Daytona races (1979-2017). None went on to win that year’s Daytona 500.
Kevin Harvick (2009-10)
Tony Stewart (2000-01)
Ken Schrader (1990-91)
Neil Bonnett (1983-84)
·        The format for The Clash at Daytona has changed 14 times since its inception into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1979.
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver who has competed in the Clash at Daytona (1979 – 2017). Her best finish in the Clash is fourth last season.
     
      The Clash At Daytona Manufacturer Wins Recap

Manufacturer         Victories          Last Victory - Driver
Chevrolet                20                    2013 – Kevin Harvick
Ford                       8                      2017 – Joey Logano
Toyota                    4                      2016 – Denny Hamlin               
Buick                      2                      1982 – Bobby Allison
Oldsmobile             2                      1980 – Dale Earnhardt
Pontiac                   2                      2002 – Tony Stewart
Dodge                    1                      2011 – Kurt Busch 

 
By the Numbers: The Advance Auto Parts Clash At Daytona
.013  Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in the Clash at Daytona history
.058  Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in the Clash at Daytona history
.08  Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin of victory in the Clash at Daytona history
– Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Clash at Daytona races they won
2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts
 Number of drivers to win the Clash at Daytona from the pole position – Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)
 Number of the Clash at Daytona wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader (1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95)
 Number of fewest starters in the field for the Clash at Daytona (1981)
11  Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)
14  Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979
20  Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Clash at Daytona, leads all manufacturers
22  Most consecutive starts in the Clash at Daytona by a driver - Jeff Gordon (1994-2015).
27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history
28 – Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979
44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event
47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Clash at Daytona.
197.802 mph – The fastest average speed of the race for the Clash at Daytona was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.   

Breakdown of Clash at Daytona Winners:
Year
Driver
 
Year
Driver
1979
Buddy Baker

1999
Mark Martin
1980
Dale Earnhardt

2000
Dale Jarrett
1981
Darrell Waltrip

2001
Tony Stewart
1982
Bobby Allison

2002
Tony Stewart
1983
Neil Bonnett

2003
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1984
Neil Bonnett

2004
Dale Jarrett
1985
Terry Labonte

2005
Jimmie Johnson
1986
Dale Earnhardt

2006
Denny Hamlin
1987
Bill Elliott

2007
Tony Stewart
1988
Dale Earnhardt

2008
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1989
Ken Schrader

2009
Kevin Harvick
1990
Ken Schrader

2010
Kevin Harvick
1991
Dale Earnhardt

2011
Kurt Busch
1992
Geoff Bodine

2012
Kyle Busch
1993
Dale Earnhardt

2013
Kevin Harvick
1994
Jeff Gordon

2014
Denny Hamlin
1995
Dale Earnhardt

2015
Matt Kenseth
1996
Dale Jarrett

2016
Denny Hamlin
1997
Jeff Gordon

2017
Joey Logano
1998
Rusty Wallace