Hendrick's Byron wins Daytona 500 pole

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

Alright it's not fully back until next week when the Daytona 500 kicks off the season as far as points-races go, but that won't stop us from playing DFS for the Advance Auto Parts Clash as both Fanduel and DraftKings have contests for it. They edged the other two Hendrick drivers: seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

Contact between the cars in Turn 3 sent Menard spinning and caused a massive pileup behind him, damaging 17 of the 20 cars to varying degrees. Johnson took the lead in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and was declared the victor after NASCAR red-flagged the race because of rain for the third time.

Sunday's effort was Johnson's second-career Clash win and first since 2005, when the race was still known as the Budweiser Shootout.

"That was a product of knowing the rain was coming", said Johnson. "I had a great run down the back".

"I got turned to the inside and hooked to the right and all hell broke loose".

"I think it was more of a racing thing than anything", Johnson added. I feel sorry for Paul.

"We had a really fast Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang and led a lot of laps, but I'm bummed we tore up a new vehicle for no reason".

The rain that ended the race hit not long after the decisive move and Johnson won for the first time with new crew chief Kevin Meendering and new primary sponsor Ally. Teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman locked in the front row for the Daytona 500 earlier in the day in qualifying.

"I'm really happy for those guys".

Kurt Busch, who was following Johnson on the backstretch, dodged the melee and finished second.

Only four cars survived the race-ending crash without damage, with Johnson leading Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney across the finish line before the incoming rain washed out the final laps.

"Just aggressive. Jimmie does that a lot at these tracks". I had a really fast Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang. Led a lot of laps but tore up a vehicle for no reason.

"It was a pretty tame race up until that point".

It's a 75-lap exhibition race with a competition caution 25 laps in (unless a caution happens sooner) with 20 drivers in the field.

Caution Flags: 4 for 20 laps.

Even though it's a limited number of laps in the sample we're using, two drivers have broken the 95+ laps led mark and no one else in this field is over 30 laps led in that same time frame and those two drivers account for three of the last five wins as well.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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