On March 4, NASCAR announced a schedule change for the 2021 schedule. The Busch Clash exhibition race will move to the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. It will take place on Tuesday night, Feb. 9.
This is the same course where the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona is held. Some may consider the move a gamble but it was made in response to increasing fan interest in road-course races. If you like playing the odds, race over to claim your Caesars Casino bonus code today.
“The famed road course at Daytona has a long and storied history with sports cars and motorcycles, and now we can write a new chapter on it with stock cars,” NASCAR Vice President of Racing Development Ben Kennedy said. “Fans coming to the track will get to see six consecutive days of exciting NASCAR action, with no two days being the same.”
The new version of the Busch Clash will use approximately three-quarters of the speedway’s 2.5-mile track and the infield portion of the road course. It will consist of 12 turns featuring a high-speed entrance into Turn 1 as the competitors leave the front straightaway to navigate the tricky turns. The back stretch chicane will lead upward to the bank in Turn 3.
NASCAR Hall of Famer, four-time Cup Series champion and current FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon says, “Having driven on the road course at Daytona in the Rolex 24, I know how difficult the circuit can be. It will present a real challenge to the drivers and teams, and I’m looking forward to calling what I believe will be a lot of action from the booth.”
Daytona International Speedway president Chip Wile believes the date will add excitement and be a unique addition to the Speedweeks schedule.
“NASCAR fans have asked for more road-course competition and the industry is listening,” Wile said. “With the talent level the Busch Clash brings to the table, the race will now clearly have its own look and feel during DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth in 2021 and beyond.
“The new placement on the Speedweeks schedule also adds to the anticipation. That switch will make for a fuller Speedweeks calendar. Fans also will have the opportunity to engage in a festive infield atmosphere, similar to the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, with many prime viewing opportunities.”
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The sponsor of the event, Busch Beer, anticipates that the change will bring racing fans a one of a kind experience.
“Busch Beer is excited to play an integral role in this historic shift for NASCAR and its fans,” said Nick Kelly, vice president partnerships, beer category and community, Anheuser-Busch. “Moving the Busch Clash to Daytona’s road course will differentiate the event from every other race during DAYTONA Speedweeks and drive even more attention to the first NASCAR Cup Series race of 2021.”
“We know how passionate our viewers are about both Daytona International Speedway and road course racing,” said Brad Zager, FOX Sports Executive Producer, EVP/Head of Production & Operations. “Additionally, fans have been craving mid-week races. These changes to the 2021 opening slate of races will provide new and unique story-telling opportunities when we kick off the season on FOX Sports.”
Tickets for the 43rd annual Busch Clash and all other speedway events can be purchased online at the Daytona International Speedway website.