The offseason has come and gone. One Super Bowl is over; now it’s the Monster Energy Cup Series’ turn. NASCAR is back for the 60th running of the Daytona 500 next Sunday. But first, Daytona kicked things off this weekend with the running of the “Clash.” Consider it a pre-season game if you will, 17 drivers just looking to kick 2018 off with a win. Michigans own, Brad Keselowski, was picked by drawing to start dead last. Then, Brad K. pulled the ole Babe Ruth and called his shot on Twitter.
I believe that we will win 😁🏁 https://t.co/uZd2qb6Piz
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 11, 2018
Brad, along with teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, held off the competition for 3 of the top 4 spots for Team Penske. Ford looks great out of the gate, along with Joe Gibb’s team of Toyotas. Both Ford and Toyota captured eight spots out of the top 10. Reigning Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th after a last-lap crash with Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie Johnson, the driver of the Lowe’s #48 Chevrolet, has failed to finish the last 7 Clash races.
They don't call it "The Clash" for nothing. Things got WILD Sunday on the last lap at Daytona.https://t.co/pl5ws6RUOY
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 11, 2018
Qualifying for the 500 was also held on Sunday. The 88 team didn’t miss a beat after Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired in November. Alex Bowman is the new guy to replace the sports most popular driver…and the kid didn’t flinch. Bowman captured the pole, beating out 2016 Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin. Thursday, the Duels at Daytona will set the rest of the field for Sunday’s big race.