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NASCAR results at Daytona: Brad Keselowski avoids last-lap crash, wins The Clash

Brad Keselowski went from last to first Sunday at Daytona to win the unofficial first race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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12 Feb 2018, 03:20 IST
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Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski went from last to first Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to win the The Clash, the unofficial first race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Penske teammates Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano ran 1-3 late in the 75-lap, 17-driver event at the 2.5-mile restrictor-plate track. Blaney tried to make a race-winning move with one lap remaining but by breaking the draft without any help, he quickly dropped to sixth. 

On the backstretch of the final lap, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson touched, sending Larson's car into the rear of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48, initiating a wreck that damaged nearly a third of the cars. 

Logano finished second, followed by reigning Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch and Blaney, giving Ford a 1-4 finish. Ford swept the restrictor-plate races last year and appears to be ready to capture another Daytona 500 win next Sunday. 

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th in The Clash, which is held annually for full-time drivers who won a pole last season, made the playoffs last year or are former Daytona 500 pole-winners. 

Results from NASCAR's Clash at Daytona

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. Austin Dillon
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Erik Jones
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Kyle Larson
  11. Ryan Newman
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Chase Elliott
  14. Martin Truex Jr. 
  15. Kasey Kahne
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  17. Jamie McMurray
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