Advance Auto Parts Clash Preview
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season's first competitive event takes place on Sunday with the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

The annual non-points event will see a field of 17 drivers take part in the 75-lap race, which will include a competition caution on lap 25.

This year's field was determined by the following criteria:

2017 Pole Award winners: Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr.

Former Daytona 500 Pole Award Winners: Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson.

2017 Playoff Drivers: Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman.

Dillon will start from the pole in the race after a blind draw was held on Saturday evening.

"It's a fan's race," Dillon said. "It's a race that's fun for the fans to watch and fun for the drivers to race in. I'm thankful that I have a chance to compete in it. Our expectations are to go out and try to win it. It's a really cool race with a lot of prestige and to win it would help set the tone for the rest of Speedweeks. Our entire organization has worked really hard during the off season to make gains, and I'm really excited about the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that we are running."

Dillon is one of seven Chevrolet drivers piloting the new Camaro body style. For Elliott, it's an opportunity to debut the new car in competition as well as bringing back the No. 9, which will adorn his Hendrick Motorsports ride this year.

"It's special to me just because of the history I've had with it," Elliott said of the number. "Obviously, I would have never chosen that number to start racing if it wasn't for my dad. I have a lot of history with it myself, with our championship in '14, all my short track races, were all in that number. There's a lot of time I've spent with the number, a lot of photos and races and things that I've run with it. It's just kind of home to me and always has been my favorite number."

Elliott's Hendrick teammate Johnson leads all active drivers with his 15th appearance. His team will also have a different look as it starts the year without long-time car chief Ron Malec.

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