|Monster Energy/Haas Automation Driver Avoids Last Lap Accident|
|Date: Feb. 11, 2018
Event: Advance Auto Parts Clash (non-points race)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: 75 laps, broken into two segments of 25 laps and 50 laps
Start/Finish: 14th/3rd (Running, completed 75 of 75 laps)
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
● Kurt Busch (Started 14th, Finished 3rd / Running, completed 75 of 75 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (Started 9th, Finished 9th / Running, completed 75 of 75 laps)
● On lap 25, while in 13th positon, Busch pitted for four tires and fuel. No adjustments were made.
● Busch made slight contact with Jamie McMurray on lap 33. He had to pit to repair the right-front of his car and get four tires and fuel. He restarted 16th.
● He ran fifth for the last third of the race.
● On the last lap of the race, Busch was on the backstretch when Kyle Larson’s car got into the car of Jimmie Johnson. Busch got by without any contact and brought his No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion to a third place finish.
● Field was comprised of 2017 pole winners, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and 2017 playoff participants.
Kurt Busch, Driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“Project number one was to do all the laps so that we could understand more about our tires and our setup and the way that the car was going to handle. Then step number two was to have fun. I had a blast. I wanted to make another move on the last lap but ran out of steam because the guys behind me got too wide. I couldn’t jump in there and go after the Penske guys. It is a good day for Ford and good day for us and Billy Scott, my new crew chief. Now we will go back and debrief about our car.”
The Can-Am Duel – twin 150-mile races which will set the Daytona 500 field – takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.