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Entry list and what you need to know about Saturday’s NASCAR Clash

After a long winter and off-season, NASCAR racing gets heated up in Saturday’s 39th annual Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

The green flag for the 17 drivers entered in the non-points race will drop just after 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. The race will be broadcast on TV on Fox Sports 1 and on radio on both the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The defending winner of the Clash – as well as last year’s Daytona 500 – is Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry.

The race will cover 75 laps around the 2.5-mile superspeedway for a total of 187.5 miles. There will be two segments: the first will be 25 laps, followed by a competition caution, and then will resume with a 50-lap final segment.

Drivers in the field qualified for the race via several ways: Pole-sitters from last year’s 36 Cup races, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and all drivers who qualified for the 2016 playoffs.

Four drivers that were eligible for the Clash will not be in the field: Greg Biffle (does not have a ride for 2017), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (will be replaced by Alex Bowman), Carl Edwards (not racing in 2017, will be replaced by Daniel Suarez) and the retired Tony Stewart.

The starting grid will be determined by a draw, most likely by crew chiefs, as has been the case in recent years of the Clash.

Click here for the entry list of the 17 drivers in the Clash.

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