At what point is enough just that, enough? The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona has become nothing but a wreckfest lately. Sunday’s rain shortened race at the Daytona International Speedway was a high speed parade until a 17 car melee broke out just minutes before rain started falling again.
That’s led one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver to think that it may be time to scrap the whole Clash to begin with.
During his weekly SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show titled “Happy Hours” Kevin Harvick said that it’s time we revisit the Clash moving forward.
“The Clash is one of those things that I think we could probably eliminate as we go forward and look at the new schedule,” said the 2014 series champion. “The reason I say that is you’re trying to bring a lot of guys into the race.
“Originally when The Clash was brought about, it was about the pole winners and past winners of that particular race. They had a lot of guys that weren’t pole winners. And you have guys in the playoffs that were in the race.”
He’s right too. The initial Clash in 1979 had just nine drivers racing in it. Granted for a while, it was just a race for pole winners. As NASCAR has wanted to grow the race, they expanded the requirements to enter.
20 cars raced on Sunday. There were 28 for the 2009 race.
Harvick also said that another positive to ending the Clash was for the money it would save. He cited that Joe Gibbs Racing lost five cars this past weekend alone. When more cars crash than actually finish, at what point do teams need to keep wasting money?