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Official Race Report
Race Date: Friday - February, 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23rd
Practice 1: 12:00noon - 1:00pm/et
Final Practice: 6:30 - 8:00pm/et
Friday, February, 24th
Qualifying: 4:00 - 5:30pm/et
Wednesday, Febuary 22nd
9:00 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NCWTS CREW CHIEFS MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATIONS CLOSES
6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Thursday, February 23rd
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NCWTS MANDATORY, SPOTTER MEETINGS (MEDIA CENTER, MEETING ROOM)
11:10 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:10 PM - 1:00 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
4:00 PM NCWTS, REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM - 7:20 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, February 24th
10:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM NCWTS MINOR'S ADMITTED IN THE NASCAR GARAGE AREA [with proper credentials]
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
4:05 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:45 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING-(DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NCWTS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES) 8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.
Official Race Report: The NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway official race report to include results, driver point standings and owner standings is posted on the
Daytona Official Race Report Page (pdf).(2-27-2012)
Rookie John King wins at Daytona: John King, driving the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota, was the leader on the third and final green-white-checkered restart, took the white flag just as another caution came out, and was declared the winnner of the NextExa Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. This is King's first win in just eight series starts, and is the third driver to earn his first series win at Daytona. Teammate #17-Timothy Peters finished second. Tough night for many including #13-Johnny Sauter who was having a strong run, leading on the second green-white-checkered restart, but got caught from behind by King, turning him hard into the wall, and collecting several trucks in the process. Sauter finished 25th. Rounding out the top ten were; #6-Justin Lofton, #09-Travis Kvapil, #23-Jason White, #11-Todd Bodine, #84-Chris Fontaine, #27-Ward Burton, #3-Ty Dillon, #68-Clay Greenfield.Complete race results are posted on the Daytona Race Results Page.(Unofficial)(2-24-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts:
Race Winner: John King
Team: No. 7 - Red Horse Racing Toyota
Owner: Tom DeLoach
Crew Chief: Chad Kendrick
John King won the 13th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250, his first victory in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
King is the third driver to earn his first series win at Daytona International Speedway. Robert Pressley (2002) and Michael Waltrip (2011) are the others
This is his first race at Daytona International Speedway.
Timothy Peters (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Daytona International Speedway.
Justin Lofton (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Daytona International Speedway. It matched his career-best finish.
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Clay Greenfield, #68 20 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Miguel Paludo, #32 181.514 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Joe Gibbs Engines, #7
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: John King, #7
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: John King, #7(NASCAR Statistics)(2-24-2012)
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and finish)
Caution 1: #93-Chris Cockrum, 16th
Caution 2: #27-Ward Burton, 8th
Caution 3: #5-Paulie Harraka, 19th
Caution 4: #5-Paulie Harraka, 19th
Caution 5 #5-Paulie Harraka, 19th
Caution 6: #5-Paulie Harraka, 19th
Caution 7: #5-Paulie Harraka. 19th
Caution 8: #5-Paulie Harraka, 19th
Caution 9: No benefactor
Unofficial driver point standings following Race #1:
1) #7-John King, 47
2) #17-Timothy Peters, 42 -5
3) #6-Justin Lofton, 41 -6
4) #23-Jason White, 40 -7
5) #11-Todd Bodine, 38 -9
6) #84-Chris Fontaine, 37 -10
7) #27-Ward Burton, 36 -12
8) #3-Ty Dillon, 35 -12
9) #68-Clay Greenfield, 34 -13
10) #29-Parker Kligerman, 33 -14
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Daytona Driver Standings Page.(Unofficial)(2-24-2012)
Paludo wins Daytona pole: Turner Motorsports captured the top three spots in qualifying, but it was Miguel Paludo, driving the #32-Duroline Brakes & Components Chevrolet, that won the pole position for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. was second, with #31-James Buescher third. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Brad Keselowski, #18-Jason leffler, #33-Cale Gale, #23-Jason White, #22-Joey Coulter, #11-Todd Bodine. Did Not Qualify: #0 Jake Crum; #92 David Reutimann(i); #76 Derek White; #63 Caleb Roark; #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb; #28 Wes Burton; #57 Norm Benning; #74 Wheeler Boys.Complete starting lineup is posted on the Daytona Lineup (pdf)(2-24-2012)
Qualifying Fast Facts:
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Miguel Paludo
Team: #32 - Duroline Brakes & Components Chevrolet
Owner: Steve Turner
Crew Chief: Mike Hillman Jr.
Miguel Paludo won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a lap of 49.583 seconds, 181.514 mph.
This is his first pole in 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2012.
This is his first pole in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Nelson Piquet Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2012 and his first in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
James Buescher (third) posted his second top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
Ty Dillon (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Kligerman fastest in final practice: Parker Kligerman, driving the #29-Cooper Standard Ram for Brad Keselowski Racing, led the final practice session for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a top speed of 192.872 mph. Rounding out the top ten were: #19-Brad Keselowski, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #32-Miguel Paludo, #31-James Buescher, #13-Johnny Sauter, #81-David Starr, #5-Paulie Harraka, #84-Chris Fontaine, #0-Jake Crum. Final practice speeds are posted on the Daytona Final Practice Speeds Page (pdf).(2-23-2012)
Peters leads opening practice at Daytona: Timothy Peters, driving the #17-Tire Kingdom/Service Central Toyota for Red Horse Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 185.578 mph to lead the first practice session for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Rouding out the top ten were; #11-Todd Bodine, #84-Chris Fontaine, #22-Joey Coulter, #2-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Cale Gale, #32-Miguel Paludo, #99-Bryan Silas, #60-J.R. Fitzpatrick, #23-Jason White. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Daytona Practice Speeds Page (pdf).(2-23-2012)
Official Entry List: There are 44 trucks listed as entered on the final Entry List for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on theDaytona Entry List Page.(2-23-2012)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 44 trucks listed as entered on the Preliminary Entry List for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Daytona Entry List Page.(2-20-2012)
#2-Brendan Gaughan, first up as driver of the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for RCR
#9-Ron Hornaday Jr., new truck #, new team, driving the Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet for JDM
#15-Dusty Davis returns to series driving the Thunderexhaust Toyota with Billy Ballew listed as owner
#19-Brad Keselowksi, second entry for Brad Keselowski Racing
#30-Nelson Piquet, new truck #, new team, driving the Qualcom/Autotrac Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
#32-Miguel Paludo, new truck #, new team, driving the Duroline Brakes & Components for Turner Motorsports #82-Grant Enfinger, returns to series as driver of the Bragg Racing Group Ford
#92-David Reutimann, making first start as driver of the Fleet HQ.com-BTS Tire Chevrolet for RBR Enterprises(2-20-2012)
#07-TJ Duke, new driver for the SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet(2-22-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 1 -- NextEra Energy Resources 250
Daytona International Speedway (2.50-mile oval) -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fast Facts for February 17-26, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 350
Right-side -- 350
4 sets for event
Left-side -- D-4138
Right-side -- D-4412
Left-side -- 87.9 in
Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi
Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Daytona, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three of these series ran at both Daytona and Talladega last season . . . this left-side code (D-4138) has been run by Sprint Cup teams at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(2-15-2012)
Experts Tap Sauter In David Vs. Goliath Championship Battle
Statistically speaking, ThorSport Racing vs. Richard Childress Racing would hardly seem a fair fight -- a classic case of David and Goliath.
RCR has won 180 NASCAR national series races and 11 owner championships. ThorSport, the longest continuously competing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, has visited Victory Lane just seven times with a pair of runner -- up points finishes.
Media members, however, say David will dethrone Goliath perhaps because the battle will pit veteran -- Johnny Sauter, last year's championship runner -- up -- against RCR Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ty Dillon. Dillon, 19, won the 2012 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) title and hopes to follow his older brother Austin as a NASCAR Camping World Truck champion.
Sauter came close to winning his first NASCAR national series championship a year ago, finishing just six points behind the elder Dillon, who moves to the NNS this season. He held the points lead after 10 of 25 races and finished strong, winning the 2012 finale at Homestead -- Miami Speedway.
ThorSport, based near Sandusky, Ohio, will field a truck in its 348th consecutive series race -- one fewer than the record held by Roush Fenway Racing. Sauter will have a pair of teammates in 2012: veteran Matt Crafton, the NCWTS runner -- up finisher in 2009 and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Dakoda Armstrong. ThorSport made its first of a record 365 starts in 1996 and has been a full -- time team since 1997.
RCR won the inaugural series title with Mike Skinner in 1995. The team counts 24 victories.
Glory Rather Than Points Makes These Veterans Dangerous
Not every competitor hoping to win Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250 has sights set on a NASCAR Camping World Truck title. Some -- like last year's winner Michael Waltrip -- have elected to chase points in another national series or plan a part -- time schedule.
And that makes them doubly dangerous: chasing the prize with no driver points on the line (owner points will still be earned). Among them are:
Brad Keselowski, who needs a NCWTS victory to complete a sweep of all three national series. He'll run all three races this weekend.
Ward Burton, the 2002 Daytona 500 winner
David Reutimann, a former series rookie of the year
Travis Kvapil, who won the series championship in 2003
Brendan Gaughan, a regular in 2011 who's set to run partial schedules in trucks, the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series for Richard Childress Racing.
Two former champions -- one a two -- time Daytona winner -- may or may not fit into that category. Todd Bodine has confirmed this week's race on his '12 schedule but hopes a third victory to go with wins in 2008 -- 09 will bring a full -- time schedule. In the same category is Mike Skinner, the '97 Daytona 500 pole winner.
Sunoco Rookie Class Faces Daytona Challenge
Rookies, rookies, we've got rookies.
After a half -- dozen freshman candidates chased the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in 2011, a whopping 11 drivers have filed for official status -- most of the three NASCAR national series this season. The award is based upon a contender's best 17 finishes under a point system separate from overall NASCAR Camping World Truck points.
Among them are the aforementioned Dillon, the ARCA champion; 2012 K&N Pro Series East champion Max Gresham and Paulie Harraka, a Whelen All -- American Series track champion, K&N Pro Series West rookie of the year and graduating senior at Duke University. Armstrong and Cale Gale both have top -- 10 finishes in abbreviated previous competition in the series.
No rookie ever has won the series championship, although 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch came close in 2000 as the runner -- up to teammate Greg Biffle. Other series rookies of note include Biffle, Kvapil, Daytona 500 pole winner Carl Edwards and Austin Dillon.
J.R. Fitzpatrick has the most recent top -- five finish at Daytona by a rookie, fourth in 2009.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
No Daytona winner in the race's 11 years has gone on to capture that season's championship. ... Former NextEra Energy Resources 250 winners among the 44 -- competitor entry list: Bodine, Rick Crawford (2003) and Timothy Peters (2010). ... A Chevrolet has never won a NCWTS race at Daytona. Neither has Ron Hornaday Jr., a 51 -- time series winner who opens his bid for a record -- extending fifth series championship. ... Jason Leffler returns to the series in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Toyota. Busch finished second in 2009. ... Crafton, who finished a disappointing eighth in points a year ago, will have former engine specialist Carl Joiner Jr. calling the shots on pit road in 2012.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(2-21-2012)