Johnson wins rain-shortened Clash at Daytona

Hendrick's Byron wins Daytona 500 pole

Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 last season for Richard Childress Racing.

The other incident that gave Johnson the victory was a huge crash that he triggered that affected nearly every auto in the race. It wasn't the rain, however, that will plastor the headlines following this race.

Johnson triggered a wreck that wiped out almost the entire 20-car field at Daytona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-shortened exhibition Clash on Sunday. The field remained single file on the high lane until another short stoppage in the action due to rain once again.

All but three of the 20 cars on the track at the time of the wreck suffered damage.

Multiple drivers, including Paul Menard and Kyle Busch, were involved in a major wreck on the 55th lap. Second place Jimmie Johnson, with a feeling of urgency of impending rain, dove low. "So this year to have them right on top of each other just means that the organization did a heck of a job, engine shop, body shop, teams working together".

Soon thereafter, the skies opened up, and the track was lost - ending the event.

Johnson said the partnership was already off to a good start. Just as Knaus used qualifying to prove he's motivated in his new role, Johnson used the Clash to prove he's got a lot of fight left in him. "I saw my move and I had to take it".

Byron's strong showing on an overcast, misty Sunday at Daytona International Speedway secured the pole position for Hendricks Motorsports for a record fifth straight year. Kevin Meendering leading this team.

"To win at Daytona is so special", Burton said.

"We still need a points race win to say we've been back to victory lane".

Paul Menard took some of the blame for the multi-car crash, but was not very happy with the level of aggressiveness by Johnson. Coming off a 2018 season with only two top-five finishes, Johnson is running on a 59-race winless streak.

"Jimmie's a seven time champion", said Menard.

Kurt Busch drove a Ford previous year with Stewart-Haas and now he's on the receiving end while driving a Chip Ganassi Chevrolet.

Once again, it seems like the only cars that could make headway on the bottom were the Penske Fords, when that group was led by Joey Logano.

"I really feel like we'll be able to be competitive", Mears said. We can kind of chill out throughout the Duel races and learn a little bit. "It shows that we've got speed in our race cars". Listen to us discuss the Great American Motorsport, NASCAR!

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