DRIVEFORCOPD 300 - DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #1 of 34 for the 2011 season


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Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Monday, February 14th
1:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Tuesday, February 15th
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Wednesday, February 16th
7:00 AM NNS & NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:15 AM NNS ROOKIE MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
8:00 AM NNS & NCWTS MANDATORY, SPOTTER MEETINGS (MEDIA CENTER, FRONT)
9:00 AM 10:30 AM NNS PRACTICE
12:10 PM 1:20 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM 4:30 PM NNS PRACTICE

5:00 PM NCWTS, NNS & NSCS REGISTRATIONS CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS & NSCS GARAGES CLOSES
Thursday, February 17th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM 9:45 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:15 AM 11:50 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, February 18th
8:00 AM NNS & NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, February 19th
8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM NNS MANDATORY SPOTTER MEETING- (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
11:45 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING-(DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:15 PM NNS RACE (120 LAPS, 300 MILES)
2:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES


NASCAR News & Notes

New Car, New Pavement, New Pick-A-Series Formats

The new year brings the new car running the full schedule, the new pavement at Daytona and the new standings format for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Here’s what to watch for, as the season launches:

Dominating Daytona : Stewart Chasing The Intimidator

Tony Stewart has won five of the last six NASCAR Nationwide Series season-openers at Daytona International Speedway, including the last three. On Saturday, Stewart looks to make it four in a row as he chases the Daytona record of five straight, held by Dale Earnhardt (1990-94). Some things to watch in regards to Stewart:

Two-Time Series Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. Returns

The last time Dale Earnhardt Jr. strapped into a NASCAR Nationwide car at Daytona, he won – famously. Three’s were wild that day. Driving the iconic blue-and-gold No. 3 Wrangler car made famous by his father, Earnhardt started third and led 33 laps.

Earnhardt Jr. has made 19 series starts at Daytona posting six wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s and a pole. The Loop Data favors Earnhardt. He ranks sixth in Driver Rating (106.1), third in percentage of Laps Led (16.5%), and 10th in Average Running Position (10.4).

This weekend, he will be joined by seven other full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers pulling double duty including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and series champions Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge). 

Second Season: Patrick Ready For Daytona

Small steps are steps nonetheless. Danica Patrick (No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet) took those last year, her first foray into the world of NASCAR. There were many bumps along her 13-start 2010, but momentum is on her side as she returns to Daytona, site of her NASCAR debut. Patrick posted her best finish last season (19th) in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As announced last October, Patrick will compete in the first four series races – Daytona, Phoenix International Raceway (Feb. 26), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 5) and Bristol Motor Speedway (March 19).

She will then turn her focus to IndyCar for a short while, returning to the NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway (June 4), Daytona (July 1), Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Aug. 20), Richmond International Speedway (Sept. 9), and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 8), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 5), Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 12) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19).
“I have a much different perspective heading into this season,” Patrick said. “I know a little more of what to expect, and I’m not as out of my element.”

Last season, Patrick started 15th at Daytona and finished 35th after being caught in an accident on Lap 69.

Also, Jennifer Jo Cobb will be attempting to make history by being the first female to qualify and race in both the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races during Speedweeks at Daytona. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

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