Jimmie Johnson Wins Advanced Autoparts Clash, Preview To The Daytona 500
Feb 14 2019
The withdrawal leaves series Rookie of the Year candidate Tanner Berryhill without a vehicle to drive in the first race of the season.
By the end of the day, he was in Victory Lane after a very freakish Advance Auto Parts Clash.
The race only featured 20 cars and was shortened due to rain.
The caution flag period that took place as a result of this massive wreck effectively ended the race, as the race was deemed complete just four laps later as a result of the rain. Johnson's win continued a banner day for Hendrick Motorsports. Those two races were Berryhills on Cup Series races, to this point. Even though it's a limited number of laps in the sample we're using, two drivers have broken the 95+ laps led mark and no one else in this field is over 30 laps led in that same time frame and those two drivers account for three of the last five wins as well.
Johnson triggered a wreck that wiped out almost the entire 20-car field at Daytona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-shortened exhibition Clash on Sunday.
Menard wasn't happy that he got bumped out of the race. "This is really special for me". "Jimmie pulled out I moved down a little bit and the next thing I know is I'm getting turned into the left rear", Menard said.
"Jimmie's a seven-time champion, I got a lot of respect for him".
Following 17 years together, a legendary pairing of crew chief Chad Knaus and driver Jimmie Johnson split to start the 2019 season.
"Well, you know, Chevrolet has been awfully good to me", Hendrick said. "I've got a lot of respect for him but we come to these plate tracks and he causes at least one wreck at every plate track".
This season is one of change, and hopefully redemption for Johnson. "What I thought and hoped was the opportunity of a lifetime wasn't". "It did weigh on me and I can't wait to win and win often".
But the voices started to creep in his head, and there was a period when he wondered if he could still win.
"I think it's huge", Knaus said.
Kurt Busch drove a Ford a year ago with Stewart-Haas and now he's on the receiving end while driving a Chip Ganassi Chevrolet.
Most notably, the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets are really good in single vehicle runs, while the new Ford Mustangs are really good running nose-to-tail in a single-file line. Xfinity Series crew chief Kevin Mendeering was promoted to Johnson's team.
"This group of Ally team members...have been working so hard and we're off to a good start", Johnson said. "You just can't keep going back again and again and again trying to hold it together. The combination, they both had tremendous desire, but it just needed something fresh".