Kyle Busch scored an unlikely victory in the exhibition NASCAR Clash dawdle on the Daytona toll road course, after final lap contact between leaders Ryan Blaney and Crawl Elliott.
Heading onto the final tour of the 35-lap Speedweeks curtain-raiser develop to the Daytona 500, Blaney had snatched the lead away from Hendrick Motorsports’ Elliott in the infield of the 14-flip course and tried to use his seven-lap brisker tyres to tug away from the reigning Cup champion.
On the replacement hand, Blaney locked up and ran huge at Flip 1 on the final tour, allowing Elliott to shut up throughout the infield, even though the Penske Ford Mustang exponent streaked obvious out of Flip 6 and looked to delight in ample margin in hand as he re-joined the oval piece of track.
Nonetheless in the final NASCAR-most efficient chicane out of the oval’s Flip 4, Elliott divebombed Blaney, with the worn squirming to withhold control of his automobile as he suffered from an absence of grip.
Elliott then tagged Blaney, tipping him into the wall and misplaced wanted momentum on the plug to the line, which allowed two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch to capture the first-ever Clash dawdle on the toll road course.
The dawdle had boiled all the arrangement down to 5 lap shootout after leader Martin Truex Jr had crashed exiting the bus-pause chicane on the lend a hand-straight, moments after passing Joe Gibbs crew-mate Denny Hamlin.
With six vehicles, alongside side Elliott electing to cease out and no longer buy recent tyres, Blaney restarted in seventh as the lead automobile on recent Goodyear rubber, with the #12 hasty dispatching the replacement non-stoppers to latch onto the lend a hand of toll road course specialist Elliott with three laps closing.
After Elliott made a mistake, Blaney scythed past to buy the lead before the incident came about next time spherical.
Because of the the contact that allowed Busch through to capture, Elliott stayed in second, as Joey Logano salvaged a creditable third for Penske in a sophisticated evening for the #22.
Early on, he closely clouted a kerb after being inadvertently squeezed by crew-mate Brad Keselowski in direction of it and later clogged up his radiator with mud, a legacy of the pack continuously lowering the bus-pause chicane and churning up the grass.
Powerful to his bemusement, he became also despatched to the rear for no longer getting into the pits in single-file – in a warning length after Cole Custer’s Stewart Haas stalled and hasty caught fire.
In his first Clash look, Tyler Reddick took fourth, despite stalling in the pits after accidentally turning the ignition switch off, with William Byron claiming fifth for Hendrick.
Denny Hamlin, who looked stable in the early blows lumbered to seventh, as Alex Bowman, in his first dawdle in the #48 Hendrick survived a hefty whack to buy seventh.
Erik Jones (Richard Petty), Ricky Stenhouse (JTG Daugherty) and Matt DiBenedetto (Wood Brothers) rounded out the head 10.
2020 new season champion Kevin Harvick persisted a unhappy dawdle, spinning twice on his technique to an nameless 15th, with fellow Ford driver Keselowski 17th.
In its first competitive dawdle, the recent Hamlin/Michael Jordan-owned 23XI Racing posted an 18th-space enact, however no longer with planned new driver Bubba Wallace on the wheel.
As he did no longer meet the requirements to qualify for the dawdle, the crew fielded Ty Dillon, victor of a stage at some stage in the 2020 Charlotte ‘roval’ dawdle.
He beat home Kurt Busch, who persisted a sophisticated afternoon, and became final of the vehicles on the lead lap, with Custer and Truex three and eight laps down, respectively.
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