Brad Keselowski Wins 2018 Daytona Clash

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 - Practice DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 10: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski kicks off his 2018 season with a dominant Clash win. The 75 lap race at Daytona was action packed and very competitive. Keselowski battled the front of the pack on the last lap as the back of the pack crashed in dramatic fashion.

Brad Keselowski Wins 2018 Daytona Clash

Early on in the race, there was many race leaders. Kyle Larson had an amazing save after being run off the track slightly. Around Lap 13-14, Austin Dillon got to the front. At Lap 22, Logano gained the lead while battling Dillon and Chase Elliott. On Lap 25, everyone pitted under a yellow. After the caution was over, Keselowski had gained the lead. Keselowski was able to keep the lead until the checkered flag.

Jamie McMurray had issues during Lap 34, hitting a wall after his left rear being tapped by Kurt Busch. McMurray did not finish the race. With 7 laps to go, Keselowski had a big piece of debris on the nose of his car. But his team assured him that it won’t slow him down significantly.

On the final lap, Kyle Larson turned Jimmie Johnson, causing a 6 car wreck including Kyle Busch, Kyle Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

In victory lane, Keselowski reflected on his Clash race compared to the previous one. “Last year we started first and it didn’t go our way. We said this year will be the year we will win and sure enough”. The first race is in the books, giving insight into what we might see at the Superspeedway next week.

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