The 2020 Busch Clash, an exhibition race featuring 18 NASCAR Cup Series drivers at Daytona International Speedway, will take the green flag Sunday afternoon with an all-Ford front row. Ryan Newman will start on the pole with Brad Keselowski alongside in the second position.
The starting grid was determined by blind draw among participating crew chiefs, each paired with a fan, Saturday.
Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson’s crew chiefs drew the third and fourth starting positions for second row spots on the grid. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer will start in the third row, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman in the fourth row in the seventh and eighth starting positions.
Drivers in the 2020 Clash are eligible for the race based on criteria that included being a 2019 playoff driver, winning a pole last season, being a former Daytona 500 race or pole winner or being a former Clash winner, provided they competed full-time in the Cup Series last season. Twenty drivers were eligible by that criteria, including Daniel Hemric and Daniel Suarez, but neither Hemric nor Suarez entered the 2020 Clash. Hemric does not have a Cup Series ride for 2020. Surez does, but his new Gaunt Brothers Racing team elected to not enter the non-points-paying event.
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