Johnson Wins Season-Opening Clash at Daytona

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Hendrick has been outspoken about how hard the 2018 season was on the organization, calling it one of the worst in team history.

When he sent his teams to Daytona for the 36th time, he sent them to win.

Alex and Steve sit down and discuss Daytona 500 qualifying and The Clash at Daytona! Coming off a 2018 season with only two top-five finishes, Johnson is running on a 59-race winless streak.

There was one full DAYTONA 500 practice session on Saturday, led by the 2017 Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Jr. It's a great first step today to get first reps with Kevin, a lot of new members on the team, to bring Ally into the sport with a victory and qualifying third.

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When Hendrick announced last year that after 17 years together and seven record-tying championships Knaus and Johnson would be separated, many questioned whether they would be successful without each other.

Not unlike the 2018 Daytona 500, the victor of The Clash earned that distinction by wrecking the leader on what proved to be the final lap of the race.

Here are the full race results of the 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

He is the driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports.

Rolling off the trucks as the four fastest cars for the Daytona 500 was an important message for the carmaker and its flagship team.

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Johnson said he knew he had to make a move with the rain on the horizon. "That was my first dealership". The position differential points are also less this week since the max someone can get is 19 if they start last and win, all of that leads to less overall points being posted so adjust accordingly. It's all my dad ever raced.

It was a big day for the ARCA organization overall at the "World Center of Racing".

Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton, was hoarse from his celebratory screaming when he reached victory lane.

The green flag waved on lap 28 with Menard and Blaney on the front row, though action only lasted for eleven laps until rain returned to Daytona International Speedway. Paul Menard was leading the race when Johnson made contact with Menard's vehicle sending it into the wall. It was what he had to do to win an exhibition race worth little more than a trophy, and he was unremorseful as he watched video replays that showed him causing the crash. Johnson said he will gladly take the win. And the racing formula for the showcase race is unlike the remainder of the NASCAR schedule, in which a completely different rules package will be used to determine the champion.

The coveted starting spot hasn't meant much for NASCAR's season opener over the last two decades, though. But it's exactly what Hendrick needed for his team to show it will be better this year.

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