Jimmie Johnson Starts 2019 with Exhibition Win at Advance Auto Parts Clash

Tanner Berryhill during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday Nov. 11 2018 in Avondale Ariz. More

Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon, Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott, Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola, Roush Fenway Racing's Ryan Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing's Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10 by finishing in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place in their #3 Chevrolet, #9 Chevrolet, #10 Ford, #6 Ford and #41 Ford, respectively.

Leading into Sunday, stories surrounding Jimmie Johnson concerned his potential to bounce back from a frustrating 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series campaign with new crew chief Kevin Meendering.

Hendrick Motorsports president Rick Hendrick thought that a change was necessary, and moved Knaus to driver William Byron. At this point in time, the race was past halfway and was official.

He said that given the fact that rain was imminent, he wasn't surprised to see drivers becoming more aggressive in the latter portion of the of the non-points race for pole winners from he previous season and others. Paul Menard was leading the race when Johnson made contact with Menard's vehicle sending it into the wall.

Right before the final red flag to call the race, all the cars were racing on the backstretch as Jimmie Johnson side-drafted Menard and caused him to wreck and 15 others.

Johnson said the partnership was already off to a good start.

To be eligible, drivers must meet one of five criteria: past Daytona 500 winners and past Daytona 500 pole winners who raced full-time last season, previous Clash winners who raced full-time a year ago, pole winners from last season and drivers who qualified for the playoffs in 2018.

One issue that was resolved during the offseason was the contentious relationship between Johnson and his crew chief, Chip Knaus.

No matter that the race ended with a big wreck - in which he played a starring role - or that heavy rain during the ensuing cleanup shortened the scheduled 75-lap event to 59 laps.

Kurt Busch finished second but thought he should've been declared the victor, as he disputed to NASCAR officials Johnson's move below the yellow line that gave Johnson the lead. NASCAR determined that Johnson was forced below the yellow line.

"I think Johnson had a legitimate run to go for the lead", Busch said. Wood was 93 and had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame when he died last month after a long illness.

As part of a policy change, the cars of the first-place and second-place finishers, plus at least one randomly selected auto, will undergo post-race inspection at the track. Just unfortunate. Led a lot of laps. He was down at least 25 laps in five straight Clashes, and understands just how quickly a race at Daytona can change. I made that move to the inside, and then, we kind of got together.

"I'm not really sure, I have to see a replay". He finished first in his 40 to 44 age division early Sunday in the Daytona Beach half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, 18.4 seconds.



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