The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is set to begin on Tuesday with the Busch Clash at Daytona.
Though Tuesday’s exhibition is a non-points race, it should still be a competitive race to start the 2021 season, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s especially true in this event, which last year concluded with only six cars still running after a series of late crashes. Erik Jones was the victorious driver at the 2020 Clash, limping across the finish line with a notably banged-up car.
Ryan Blaney earned the pole for Tuesday’s 35-lap Clash; he is followed by Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and William Byron in the second through fifth positions, respectively.
SN is tracking live updates and highlights from Tuesday’s 2021 Clash at Daytona. Follow along below:
Clash at Daytona 2021: Highlights
All times Eastern
7:35 p.m.: The majority of racers are taking their pit stop with the caution, including Hamlin. Because this isn’t an event caution, no fuel can be added.
7:34 p.m.: There’s a caution in effect; crews are sweeping at the bus stop, where plenty of dirt has been kicked up by racers.
7:33 p.m.: Logano’s pit crew looking good.
7:28 p.m.: DiBenedetto isn’t the only one pitting; Logano is as well for overheating issues. Kurt Busch is coming in for service as well.
7:27 p.m.: Oh, now Matt DiBenedetto has missed the front chicane turn. He’s served with a stop and go penalty, forcing him to pit on Lap 6. Not ideal.
7:25 p.m.: Hamlin, meanwhile, has led every lap thus far (five through thus far). He has over a second lead over Blaney in second place.
7:20 p.m.: And now Kevin Harvick is in the grass exiting the bus stop on Lap 3. No caution. He’s in last place heading into Lap 4.
7:19 p.m.: Looks like Joey Logano already has some nose damage after after hitting the curb on the front straightaway; the Fox Sports 1 telecast is reporting that he’s talked to his crew chief that the car feels and his handling differently.
7:16 p.m.: Denny Hamlin takes an early lead over pole position holder Ryan Blney coming out of the infield.
7:15 p.m.: And there’s the green flag! Let’s see how the racers adjust to moving through the infield … and they all made it through Turn 1.
7:14 p.m.: Chase Elliott, originally slated to start at the seventh position, has been moved to the rear by NASCAR for inadmissable adjustments to his car.
7:09 p.m.: Engines fired:
7:04 p.m.: Our first look at Clint Bowyer in the Nascar on Fox booth:
Clash at Daytona start time 2021
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9
- Start time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.), TSN3/4 (Canada)
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go
- Radio: MRN
Clash at Daytona 2021: Format, lineup, entry list
The Busch Clash is scheduled for 35 laps (126.3 miles), with a scheduled caution at Lap 15. Drivers for the invitational must meet at least one of the following criteria to compete:
- Pole winner from any race last season
- Past Clash winner who raced full time last season
- Past Daytona 500 winner who raced full time last season
- Past Daytona 500 pole winner who raced full time last season
- Qualified for last season’s Cup Series playoffs
- Won a Cup Series race in 2020
- Won a Cup Series race stage in 2020
Twenty-four drivers were eligible to race in the Clash after the end of the 2020 Cup Series season, but three won’t race on Tuesday: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer.
Below is the starting lineup for the 2021 Busch Clash at Daytona, the positions for which were drawn at random on Monday.
|1.||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|2.||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4.||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|5.||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6.||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|7.||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8.||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9.||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|10.||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|11.||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|12.||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|
|13.||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
|14.||23||Ty Dillon||23XI Racing|
|15.||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16.||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|17.||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|18.||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|19.||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|20.||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|21.||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing|