This year's Clash boasted a 20-driver field, with the previous season's pole winners joined by past Clash winners, past Daytona 500 winners and polesitters, and the playoff drivers from the previous season.
The last four - Hendrick's Jeff Gordon, Chase Elliott (twice) and Bowman - have failed to notch a top-10 finish.
"Extremely excited to win", Johnson said.
The most frustrating thing about watching The Clash at Daytona on Sunday was that after just one single lap, without fail, the entire field would move against the wall and form a single-file train. The cars utilize the same restrictor plate package that is used in the Daytona 500 next week and the track is the same 2.5-mile layout Daytona always is, so the only real changes is the race length and having about half as many cars starting the race as normal.
"That's a pretty unbelievable feat, I feel", said longtime Hendrick crew chief Chad Knaus, who is entering his first season with Byron after 18 years with Johnson.
When Hendrick announced last year that after 17 years together and seven record-tying championships Knaus and Johnson would be separated, many questioned whether they would be successful without each other.
"Adding Wave Sports as a year-long partner was a huge boost to our program, and they will be a very important part of our future efforts", a statement from the race team on Friday read.
"I'm not really sure, I have to see a replay. I can't put it into words", Harrison Burton said.
"I get to say when I'm done", Johnson said. "I got below him before he could block it". "They were our teammates, but I think we showed that we've got plenty of speed, which will help us in the 500".
"To me, it would be good to combine with the All-Star Race", noted Harvick.
"As we talk about money and saving team owners money, Joe Gibbs wrecked five cars", said Harvick, who crashed in Clash practice and then again at the end of the race.
"You know, points races are different, but we'll take this".
Having won at least one race since his debut in 2002, it was an unfamiliar feeling to be shut out in 2018.
The pole was the fifth consecutive in "The Great American Race" for Hendrick Motorsports and the 700th for Chevrolet. I've had that question for 35 years, or as many years as I've run two cars.
New Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Obaika Racing made a 2019 sponsor announcement on February 6 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., and still seemed prepared to contest the entire 2019 Cup Series schedule. "I can't believe it".