Penske Looking For 3rd Straight Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASC
Team Penske has been one of the best restrictor plate teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lately. That’s shown in the opening Cup Series race of the year too.
On Sunday, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney will look to give Penske their third consecutive Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) victory.
In 2017, Logano led only four laps en route to a victory in his No. 22 Ford. Last year, Keselowski dominated in leading 43 laps in his dominating victory. Keselowski, beat Logano in a 1-2 Penske finish in 2018.
Keselowski, has brought his No. 2 Ford home in the top 10 in five of his six tries. Hes led laps in five straight races too. In fact, he’s led 97 laps in total and if he can lead at least two laps on Sunday, he will pass Dale Earnhardt for fifth on the all-time lap leaders chart for the Clash. If he can lead at least 12 laps, he will pass Jeff Gordon for fourth. Furthermore, he’s 24 laps away from getting by Tony Stewart for third. Keselowski, has led at least 26 laps in two of his last three Clash starts, so there’s a good chance he rises up.
Logano, has three consecutive top two finishes in the season opening race and six straight top sixes.
The third driver in Blaney has once career Clash start and he finished fourth in that last year.
With those stats, want to bet against them on Sunday?
Joe Gibbs Racing
If anyone is going to beat Penske, it’s JGR. They’ve won three of the last five Clashes with Denny Hamlin winning two of them. Hamlin, has three top six finishes in his last five Clash races and led 27 laps in 2014, 39 in 2016 and 48 more in 2017. He’s eight laps led away from passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the most laps led ever in the Clash.
His JGR teammate of Kyle Busch is a past winner (2012) and came home second in 2017. He has four top eight finishes in his last five Clash appearances.
Erik Jones has one Clash start (last year) where he started fourth and finished eighth. He won the last Cup race at Daytona in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in July.