Bowman, Patrick among top-five in Clash

By Dominic Aragon
February 19, 2017

Alex Bowman and Danica Patrick picked up top-five finishes in the first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season at Daytona International Speedway Sunday.

In a side-by-side battle with Kyle Busch on the frontstretch on the final lap, Alex Bowman was edged for third and Danica Patrick came across the line in fourth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race.

Both drivers were running outside the top-five on the final lap prior to contact between race leader Denny Hamlin and second-place Brad Keselowski in Turns 1 and 2.

In his only scheduled MENCS race of 2017, Bowman shared his thoughts post race on his top-five finish.

“To come home third is solid, and not bad by any means,” he said. “We will learn from it and hopefully give Greg [Ives] and Dale [Earnhardt Jr.] some information for the Daytona 500.

“It is a day race. I am just happy to be a part of the Clash.”

In her fourth appearance in The Clash, Patrick produced her best finish in the event after starting 12th.

She said running The Clash during the day gives her an advantage over the drivers who did not compete in it.

“It’s good practice for the 500, more so than it would have been if we would have run at night by all means,” Patrick said.

The rain-postponed Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race featured a combination of 2016 pole winners, 2016 Chase drivers, former Daytona 500 pole winners and former Clash winners making up the 17-car field.

Joey Logano scored his first career Clash victory.

1) No. 22 Joey Logano
2) No. 18 Kyle Busch
3) No. 88 Alex Bowman
4) No. 10 Danica Patrick
5) No. 4 Kevin Harvick
6) No. 2 Brad Keselowski
7) No. 24 Chase Elliott
8) No. 19 Daniel Suarez
9) No. 37 Chris Buescher
10) No. 1 Jamie McMurray
11) No. 20 Matt Kenseth
12) No. 3 Austin Dillon
13) No. 11 Denny Hamlin
14) No. 42 Kyle Larson
15) No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.
16) No. 48 Jimmie Johnson
17) No. 41 Kurt Busch Thanks to: Ford Performance Team Chevy NASCAR Media Group

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