Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto Explain Importance of NASCAR Busch Clash on Daytona Road Course

Published 02/03/2021, 2:14 AM EST
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 13: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, stands by his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season begins in two weeks’ time with the Daytona 500. However, before that happens, the drivers usually race in the Busch Clash. Admittedly, most drivers treat it as a glorified test session, but it is no less important. Recently, Brad Keselowski and Matt DiBenedetto spoke about the Busch Clash ahead of the new season.

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Keselowski said, “The Clash in general, has always been a bit of a test session. It was going to be less of a test session this year, until it got moved. The California race became the race it replaced in the regular season in a couple of weeks. But it’s always been somewhat of a test.

“Now it kind of feels normal in that regard.”

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LOUDON, NH – SEPTEMBER 19: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, sits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, DiBenedetto spoke about the areas where he and his team needed to improve. He cited that one of his main weaknesses is road course racing. It is worth mentioning that the Busch Clash will take place on the Daytona International Speedway road course.

What else did Brad Keselowski and Matt DiBenedetto say?

DiBenedetto insisted that, while he was not ‘terrible,’ his craft needed some work. In a way, he is glad that the Busch Clash is at the road course because it was his weakest track.

The good news is that he and the team know where they are struggling, so they can work on it. This possibly explains why the Busch Clash is so important ahead of the 2021 campaign.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 09: Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 09, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With this race, the team can find time to see if they have made any gains. All this will happen without costing them in the championship. Once the race concludes, the team will have a few days to fine-tune their cars and iron out potential issues.

With that out of the way, it the team can better prepare for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500.

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