This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The 2020 NASCAR season kicks off with the annual exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway, the Busch Clash, on Sunday. 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. It more closely matches the heat races that we're familiar with seeing in late model stock racing on dirt tracks all around the country. The field is much smaller, but the stakes are just as high. 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 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 75-lap event that equates to 187.5 miles of racing on the famed Daytona International Speedway. The 75 laps are split into two segments by a competition caution at lap 25, with a 10-minute pit stop break in between each segment. The criteria to make the 2020 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 2019 season.
- Past Busch Clash winners, who raced