NASCAR names drivers for 2018 Clash at Daytona

The field is set for the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2018 season, the 75-lap exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway known as "The Clash." The Advance Auto Parts Clash is part of a Sunday, Feb. 11 season-opening doubleheader, which kicks off with pole qualifying for the 60th annual Daytona 500 (Noon ET, Fox).

Featuring an elite field of drivers, The Clash (3 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) will be broken up into two stages with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. The exclusive lineup is limited to drivers who were 2017 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2017 and drivers who qualified for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The criteria above includes Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from full-time racing at the end of the 2017 season and is unlikely to participate in the exhibition race, and Danica Patrick, who announced the 2018 Daytona 500 will be her last NASCAR Cup Series race before ending her racing career at the 2018 Indianapolis 500 in May.

The full list of eligible drivers:

2017 pole winners (14): Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr.

Former Daytona 500 pole winners (3): Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick.

2017 playoff drivers (3): Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman.

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