Almirola Finishes Eighth in Clash at Daytona

Almirola Finishes Eighth in Clash at Daytona NK Photography Photo

SHR Finish:      

● Aric Almirola (Started 18th, Finished 8th/ Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)

● Daniel Suárez (Started 10th, Finished 10th/ Running, completed 58 of 59 laps)

● Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 12th/ Running, completed 57 of 59 laps)

● Clint Bowyer (Started 15th, Finished 16th/ Accident, completed 55 of 59 laps)

 

Notes:               

● Aric Almirola started in 18th and drove to 16th by lap seven.

● Inclement weather postponed the race on lap eight. Almirola pitted for four tires and fuel under caution when racing resumed.

● The No. 10 Prime Fresh Smithfield Ford came to the pits on lap 24 for fuel only before the competition caution came out on lap 25.

● Almirola was caught speeding while exiting pit road and brought the No. 10 Ford Mustang back to the pits for fresh new tires.

● On lap 40, the second caution for rain postponed the race with Almirola in 18th place.

● When racing continued, the Ford Mustang driver stalked the field in and around the 17th position until a multicar accident on lap 57 involving 17 of the 20 cars brought out the final caution of the race.

● Inclement weather continued to dampen the racing surface while under caution, ultimately ending the race early.

● This was Almirola’s fourth career Clash appearance. His best finish was sixth in 2013.

● Jimmie Johnson won the Clash to score his second career Clash victory. His first Clash win came in 2005.

● The field was comprised of 2018 pole winners, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and 2018 playoff participants. A random draw determined starting positions.

 

Next Up: 

The Gander RV Duel – twin 150-mile races that will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field – takes place at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 14 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the 61st running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 1 p.m.

 

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