(19) wreck during the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. It wasn't the rain, however, that will plastor the headlines following this race.
Harvick's idea to fix the perceived problem is to take the Clash's goal - rewarding pole winners - and combine it with the current All-Star Race format, offering one or potentially more spots in the field to Busch Pole Award winners from the previous season.
All but three of the 20 cars on the track at the time of the wreck suffered damage.
Paul Menard started from the pole and led the most laps and couldn't be touched once he got out front. Second place Jimmie Johnson, with a feeling of urgency of impending rain, dove low.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and veteran crew chief Chad Knaus showed one thing Sunday at Daytona International Speedway: They can be successful without each other.
Johnson acknowledged he caused the contact, and said after the race he felt bad for the cars that crashed, but also said he was justified. "I saw my move and I had to take it".
William Byron climbs out of his vehicle after his qualifying run for the Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Kevin Meendering leading this team.
"Extremely excited to win", Johnson said.
"We still need a points race win to say we're back in victory lane", Johnson said. The move turned Menard in front of the field, triggering a 17-car crash.
Additionally, Harvick pointed out the cost of more than 20 crashed race cars as another reason to ax the Clash after this year's running. After going winless a year ago, he heard the calls that he was past his prime and should retire. I got below him before he blocked him. The two had bickered in recent years and at one point had to be separated during a verbal altercation.
Once again, it seems like the only cars that could make headway on the bottom were the Penske Fords, when that group was led by Joey Logano. After being shuffled back during the final stint, he was able to miss this chaos, and finished third. "We work good together". I think it was more a racing thing than anything. The mental energy ... of the whole race is very long, so you really don't know who's going to be around once you get to 15 or 10 (laps) to go. "So for this week and the success that we had today in qualifying and today on track, absolutely, it was a great sign for the week ahead." said Johnson. No secret we didn't have the year we wanted last year, so coming out of the gate, no matter what happens, we get to celebrate this for a week.