Ryan Blaney: Fast Clash Practice at Daytona

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Stenhouse showed consistency all day Saturday in practice for both the Advance Auto Parts Clash the Daytona 500, finishing third, eighth, and second. If you're a big NASCAR fan, you're probably saying that it's about time. However, the change to 3.50 will be mandatory for the second 500 practice and the race.

For 2018, there's another change in the air that is a bit of a flashback, one that will actually have an effect on the track.

Shea's performance spurred Texas Motor Speedway to feature him in its TV ad campaign that kicks off this weekend in select markets around Sunday's The Clash at Daytona International Speedway (2 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1). Stenhouse won two plate races last season, at Talladega in the spring and at Daytona in July. Qualifying for the first two spots in the February 18 season-opening race is Sunday. Seeing it back under the sun is a welcome sight and sets the right tone for what should be a thrilling Speedweeks.


Denny Hamlin trailed Busch by 0.027s, with Daniel Suarez (+0.133s) and Erik Jones (+0.226) not far behind.

Joey Logano was third in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford at 201.608 miles per hour, while Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 201.464 miles per hour.

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