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Next Era Energy Resources 250

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #1 of 23 for the 2016 season

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Race: Friday, February 19, 2016 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: Next Era Energy Resources

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, February 17
10:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN

Thursday, February 18
9:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM 7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NSCS, NCWTS, NXS SPOTTERS MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
12:30 PM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM 2:55 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 PM 4:55 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, February 19
10:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM 6:30 PM NCWTS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
10:00 AM 8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
4:30 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
6:15 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NCWTS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Sauter wins at Daytona: #21-Johnny Sauter won a dramatic season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 under the lights at the famed Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Sauter took the lead on the last lap and seemingly simultaneously, a violent wreck involving the #4 truck of Christopher Bell broke out behind him, ending the race under yellow. The #4-Bell, flipped multiple times as other trucks were collected in the wreck. Bell exited the damaged truck under his own power but was later transferred to a local hospital for further evaluation. #81-Ryan Truex finished second, followed by #92-Parker Kligerman, #86-Brandon Brown, #50-Travis Kvapil, #02-Tyler Young, #41-Ben Rhodes, #19-Daniel Hemric, #14-Scott Lagasse, Jr., and #88-Matt Crafton.
    There were 26 lead changes among 10 drivers and 7 caution flags for 29 laps. An 18-truck accident broke out on lap 92, forcing an extended red flag period for cleanup. The red flag lasted for 27 minutes.
    With the win, Sauter, in his first race with GMS Racing, is the first driver to qualify for the newly implemented Chase in the Truck Series.
    Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).(2-19-2016)

  • Daytona Race Fast Facts:
    Johnny Sauter won the 17th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250, his 11th victory in 176 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Ryan Truex (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
    Parker Kligerman (third) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Daytona International Speedway. Ben Rhodes (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 4 points over Ryan Truex.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(2-19-2016)

  • Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #21-Johnny Sauter, 36
    2) #81-Ryan Truex, 32, -4
    3) #92-Parker Kligerman, 30, -6
    4) #86-Brandon Brown, 29, -7
    5) #50-Travis Kvapil, 29, -7
    6) #02-Tyler Young, 27, -9
    7) #41-Ben Rhodes, 26, -10
    8) #19-Daniel Hemric, 25, -11
    9) #88-Matt Crafton, 24, -12
    10) #07-Michel Disdier, 22, -14
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-19-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none
    Caution 2: none
    Caution 3: #49-Hill, 14th
    Caution 4: #07-Disdier, 11th
    Caution 5: #07-Disdier, 11th
    Caution 6: #23-Gallagher, 21st
    Caution 7: none
    (2-19-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Enfinger on pole at Daytona: #33-Grant Enfinger won the pole for the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night with a speed of 180.752mph. #21-Johnny Sauter, #17-Timothy Peters, #2-Austin Theriault, #51-Daniel Suarez, #88-Matt Crafton, #05-John Wes Townley, #4-Christopher Bell, #18-Cody Coughlin, and #00-Cole Custer.
    #1-David Levine, #6-Norm Benning, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #28-Ryan Ellis, #43-Austin Hill, #58-Ryan Reed, #59-Korbin Forrister, #63-Reed Sorenson, #68-Clay Greenfield, #71-Carlos Contreras, #74-Mike Harmon did not qualify for the race.
    See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(2-19-2016)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    Grant Enfinger won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a lap of 49.792 seconds, 180.752 mph.
    This is his first pole in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Johnny Sauter (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his fifth in eight races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Timothy Peters (third) posted his first top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
    Grant Enfinger (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-19-2016)

  • Qualifying notes: Some teams have transferred 2015 owner's points from their own teams with changed numbers, or, other teams.
    The #43 is using the #82 points;
    The #44 is using the #15 points;
    The #33 is using the #50 points;
    The #4 is using the #51 points;
    The #21 is using the #33 points;
    The #49 is using the #94 points;
    The #81 is using the #118 points;
    The #78 is using the #45 points.
    Qualifying will consist of two single-truck rounds. Qualifying Order (pdf)(2-19-2016)

  • Gallagher fastest in final practice: #23-Spencer Gallagher was fastest in final practice for the Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 188.135mph. He was followed by #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Tyler Reddick, #98-Rico Abreu, #88-Matt Crafton, #78-Chris Fontaine, #41-Ben Rhodes, #4-Christopher Bell, #11-Ben Kennedy and #22-Austin Self. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-18-2016)

  • Peters fastest in first practice: #17-Timothy Peters was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 189.028mph. #41-Ben Rhodes was second followed by #11-Ben Kennedy, #33-Grant Enfinger, #21-Johnny Sauter, #00-Cole Custer, #29-Tyler Reddick, #05-John Wes Townley, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #78-Chris Fontaine. 41 of the entered 43 trucks practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-18-2016)

  • Entry list: There are 43 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    David Levine in the #1;
    Austin Theriault in the #2;
    Michel Disdier in the #07;
    Scott Lagasse, Jr. in the #14;
    Bobby Gerhart in the #36;
    The #44 of Tommy Joe Martins has the points of the former #15 BBM entry;
    Ryan Reed is in the #58;
    Mike Harmon is in the #74;
    Reed Sorenson is in the #63;
    Chris Fontaine is in the #78;
    Parker Kligerman is in the #92;
    Cole Whitt is listed in the #94, though the team announced Timmy Hill and a number switch to 49;
    (2-17-2016)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill is in the #49 rather than Whitt in the 94;
    (2-18-2016)
    See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 1 - NextEra Energy Resources 250 Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) - Daytona Beach, Fla. Fast Facts for February 12-21, 2016

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Set limits: Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona throughout Speedweeks . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . 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 Blimp: Goodyear's "Wingfoot One," based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . the ship will be a part of Fox and Fox Sports 1's television coverage of the Sprint Unlimited and Sprint Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Can-Am Duel and the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup races during the second week.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Stacked Trucks Field Forecasts Ultra-Competitive Season

    Seven returning full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers accounted for 14 wins in 23 of the circuit’s races last season - Matt Crafton (6), Tyler Reddick (2), Timothy Peters (2), Cole Custer, John Wes Townley, Christopher Bell and John Hunter Nemechek. 

    Custer, Bell and Nemechek hope to visit Victory Lane even more in their first full-time seasons this year. Adding to the competition are returning full-timers Cameron Hayley, Daniel Hemric, Ben Kennedy and Johnny Sauter, as well as up-and-comers Rico Abreu, William Byron and Ben Rhodes. 

    The Truck Series will showcase much of NASCAR’s top young talent with seven NASCAR Next members/alumni running full-time schedules - Custer, Byron, Kennedy, Hayley, Rhodes, Abreu and Nemechek. 

    “Killer Bs” Lead Kyle Busch Motorsports In 2016

    The “Killer Bs,” 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron, 18, and 2015 Eldora Speedway Mud Summer Classic winner Christopher Bell, 21, launch their first full-time NASCAR national series seasons in Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

    The two youngsters will attempt to bring Kyle Busch Motorsports its third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner’s title and second straight driver’s championship.

     Bell made seven series starts for KBM last year, registering one win, two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 11.9.

     Byron wrecked out of his lone NCWTS start on the sixth lap last season, finishing 31st at Phoneix. In 14 NKNPSE starts, Byron registered four wins, five top fives and 11 top 10s.

     Brad Keselowski Racing Eyes First Driver Championship

    Tyler Reddick produced a breakout season in 2015, finishing second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final standings on the strength of two wins, 14 top fives and 19 top 10s in 23 starts. The 20-year-old Californian will take another shot at capturing Brad Keselowski Racing its first NCWTS championship this season beginning in Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Reddick is the defending race winner and owns three top-five finishes in four career starts at restrictor-plate tracks.

     Daniel Hemric will also attempt to capture a championship for BKR. He finished seventh in the final NCWTS standings last season, competing for now-defunct NTS Motorsports. In 26 career NCWTS starts, Hemric has four top fives and 13 top 10s. His BKR equipment is by far the best he’s raced in at the NASCAR national series level.

     Next Meets Best: ThorSport Boasts Former Series Champ And Three NASCAR Next Members/Alumni

    ThorSport Racing employs the odds-on favorite to win this season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship - Matt Crafton. Although he came up short of his third consecutive NCWTS title last season, Crafton won a career-best six races and four poles, which powered him to a third-place finish in the final standings. 

    Joining Crafton at ThorSport are NASCAR Next alumni Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes, and current NASCAR Next member Rico Abreu.

     Hayley ran a full schedule for ThorSport in 2015, placing sixth in the final NCWTS standings on the strength of four top fives and 13 top 10s. 

    Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, claims one top five and three top 10s in four career truck series starts. He primarily raced in the NASCAR XFINITY Series last season, logging two top-10 finishes in 10 starts piloting the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. 

    Abreu, who has won the last two Chilli Bowl Nationals sprint car competitions, raced stock cars for the first time last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He logged one win, four top fives and eight top 10s in 14 starts. Abreu ran the last two NCWTS races of the season, posting a high finish of 13th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    Young King Cole Embarks On First Full-Time Season

    Cole Custer - the youngest NASCAR national series race and pole winner - finally gets to showcase his talents over a full season. The 18-year-old Californian will run a full schedule in the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, beginning with Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

    In 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Custer owns two wins, four top fives, four top 10s and three poles. For the past two years, he has been a member NASCAR Next, an industry-wide initiative that showcases and develops the sport’s future stars.

    Family Affair At Daytona For The Nemecheks
    John Hunter Nemechek will be running a truck at Daytona for the first time. The younger Nemechek finished 11th in his lone restrictor-plate race at Talladega in 2015. John Hunter established himself as one of NASCAR’s top prospects by producing one win, nine top fives and 10 top 10s in 18 NCWTS starts last season. He finished the year strong, registering three runner-ups in the final four races.

    His father, Joe, will be running Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona .

    Red Horse Racing Hopes To Carry Late Season Success Into 2016

    If drivers Timothy Peters and Ben Kennedy can carry their late-season performance from last year into 2016, Red Horse Racing will be a force to be reckoned with.

    Peters finished sixth or better in the final eight races of 2015 and posted two wins (Talladega, Phoenix) over that stretch.

    Kennedy, the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year, finished fourth in the season-finale at Homestead to cap off a late season run of three finishes of fourth or better in the final nine races.

    Red Horse Racing owner Tom DeLoach has logged 15 wins over the course of 11 seasons fielding a truck.

    Sauter Leads GMS Racing In 2016

    One of the most notable off-track headlines of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season was Johnny Sauter’s decision to leave ThorSport Racing for GMS Racing. The 37-year-old Wisconsin native now leads the GMS organization, which also features full-time drivers Spencer Gallagher and Grant Enfinger.

    A 15-year NASCAR veteran, Sauter owns 10 NCWTS victories, 63 top fives and 102 top 10s in 175 starts. He has placed fourth in the final NCWTS standings the last three seasons.

    Gallagher placed 10th in the final NCWTS standings last season, producing one top five and six top 10s in 23 starts for GMS.

     

Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

Countdown to the race: 02/24/2017 ~ 7:30 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Fox Sports 1
Sirius Channel 90
MRN Radio

Qualifying:
4:30 pm/et, Friday, February 24 - TV: Fox Sports 1
Practices:
2:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1
4:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1

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