Busch Clash Preview: NASCAR's 2021 Kickoff

Busch Clash Preview: NASCAR's 2021 Kickoff

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The 2021 NASCAR season kicks off with the annual exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway, the Busch Clash, on Tuesday.  Most fantasy racing leagues don't recognize this NASCAR exhibition event in the fantasy racing season, but some do along with many daily fantasy racing games and racing pools that form specifically for this race and its unique format.  

The Busch Clash is a much shorter race than the 500-mile event the following Sunday, the Daytona 500.  In fact, new for this season, the Cup Series will race this exhibition event on the road course at Daytona.  This new wrinkle will put some new faces at the front of the pack, and potentially a new driver in victory lane.  Thanks to the one-million-dollar purse that is paid to the field, and around $200,000 of that to the winner of this event, the competition seen in this exhibition race in some ways will be more heated than what we will witness in parts of the Daytona 500 the following week.

The racing consists of a 35-lap event that equates to 126.35 miles of racing on the 3.61-mile Daytona road circuit.  The racing is divided into two stages with the break coming at lap 15 and the checkered flag coming at lap 35.  The criteria to make the 2021 Busch Clash are based upon the following qualifications, with eligibility based on a driver having competed in the NASCAR Cup Series within the last two seasons:

  • Pole winners from the 2020 season.
  • Past Busch
Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NASCAR Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NASCAR fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
DFS NASCAR: Pennzoil 400
DFS NASCAR: Pennzoil 400
DFS Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 300
DFS Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 300
DFS NASCAR Trucks: Bucked Up 200
DFS NASCAR Trucks: Bucked Up 200
Pennzoil 400 Preview: Heading West
Pennzoil 400 Preview: Heading West