Top Tier Elite
Joey Logano – Joey Logano will be a strong competitor in the Clash. He’s the most recent winner at a plate track and he’s a past Daytona 500 champion. Last year on this track type he finished in the top ten in 3 of the 4 races, if he didn’t wreck at Talladega #1 while running well he likely would’ve scored the most points in the series (on this track type). Daytona has recently been a great track for Logano. In 3 of the last 4 races he’s finished in the top ten. Last year he recorded results of 4th and 6th. The clash has proven to be a good event for Logano. He finished runner-up last year and has four straight top six results. His average finish over these four events is 3.75.
Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski is poised to be one of the drivers to beat in the Clash. He’ll likely have standout speed and when you combine that with his elite drafting talent you can expect him to be a handful for the competition. Last year at plate tracks he won half the races and had a great chance to end the season with a three race win streak (on this track type) if his engine didn’t go south in the fall Talladega race that he dominated. Last summer when NASCAR most recently raced at Daytona he crushed the competition and nobody had anything for him (led 115 laps). Brad Keselowski has never won the Clash but he’s proven to be a solid performer. Minus 2015 when he crashed he has a 5th place average finish. Last year he finished 9th, in his first two starts in this exhibition race he had results of 2nd and 4th.
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch should be viewed as one of the favorites to win on Saturday night. He’s a past champion of this event and ranks as one of the elite restrictor plate drivers in the sport. Last year on this track type he finished in the top five in 3 of the 4 races. The one race he didn’t finish in the top five he raced with zero effort. Last year at Daytona in points paying races Busch had results of 2nd and 3rd. In the 2016 Clash Busch wrecked and finished 17th, in the two prior seasons he had results of 3rd and 8th. In 2012 he raced his way to victory lane. One attribute that should be noted about Kyle Busch is that him and his Toyota teammates comprise 29% percent of the field.