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THE RACE: DRIVE4COPD 300

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #1 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race: Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: DRIVE4COPD

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:34pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 12:15pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters:Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty, Ray Evernham

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Tuesday, February 21st

4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Wednesday, February 22nd

7:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NCWTS, NNS & NSCS REGISTRATIONS CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS & NSCS GARAGES CLOSES

Thursday, February 23rd

7:00 AM NNS & NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE MEETINGS & RANDON DRAWING
8:00 AM NNS, NSCS & NCWTS MANDATORY, SPOTTER MEETINGS (MEDIA CENTER,MEETING ROOM)
9:00 AM 9:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:15 AM 11:50 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE

4:00 PM NNS, REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, February 24th

7:00 AM NNS & NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
2:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, February 25th

8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS-ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
9:00 AM 12:00 PM NNS MINOR'S ADMITTED IN THE NASCAR GARAGE AREA
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

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Daytona race results and standings (pdf)

  • Buescher wins at Daytona: #30-James Buescher won the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway after an accident on the last lap took out the top 10 cars and he grabbed the lead before the caution came out. It is his first Nationwide Series win. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #3-Austin Dillon, #19-Tayler Malsam, #15-Timmy Hill, #33-Tony Stewart, #38-Kasey Kehne, and #1-Kurt Busch. There were 8 cautions for 35 laps and 38 lead changes among 16 leaders. The estimated attendance was 82,000. Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).(2-25-2012)

  • Daytona Race Fast Facts:
    James Buescher(i) won the 31st Annual DRIVE4COPD 300, his first victory in 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2012.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Cole Whitt (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 2 points over Cole Whitt#. (NASCAR Statistics)(2-25-2012)

  • Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 42
    2) #88-Cole Whitt 40 -2
    3) #3-Austin Dillon 39 -3
    4) #19-Tayler Malsam 38 -4
    5) #60-Trevor Bayne 34 -8
    6) #24-Benny Gordon 32 -10
    7) #4-Danny Efland 31 -11
    8) #41-Blake Koch 27 -15
    9) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 25 -17
    10) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 25 -17
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(2-25-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Daytona are posted (pdf). Last year's top 30 in points will remain locked in for the first 5 races of 2012.(2-25-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #19-Malsam, 6th
    Caution 2: #52-Sorenson, 34th
    Caution 3: #70-Long, 21st
    Caution 4: #50-Bell, 24th
    Caution 5: #60-Bayne, 11th
    Caution 6: #14-McClure, 22nd
    Caution 7: #40-Wise, 14th
    Caution 8: none, race ended
    (2-25-2012)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Danica Patrick on pole at Daytona: #7-Danica Patrick won the Coors Light Pole for the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 182.741mph. She is the second woman to win a pole in the Nationwide Series (Shawna Robinson won the pole at Atlanta in 1994). #60-Trevor Bayne will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Elliott Sadler, #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Tony Stewart, #88-Cole Whitt, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #10-Jeff Green used the past champions provisional. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd, #73-Derrike Cope, #42-Erik Darnell, #47-Scott Speed, #74-Mike Harmon, #46-Chase Miller, #76-Donnie Neuenberger. The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(2-24-2012)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    Danica Patrick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual DRIVE4COPD 300 with a lap of 49.250 seconds, 182.741 mph.
    This is her first pole in 26 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is her first pole and first top-10 start in 2012.
    This is her first pole in four races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Trevor Bayne (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2012 and his third in five races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
    Austin Dillon (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Danica Patrick becomes the second female to post a NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light pole. The last female to post a NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light pole was Shawna Robinson (3/10/1994) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (NASCAR Statistics)(2-24-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kahne fastest in happy hour: #38-Kasey Kahne was quickest during happy hour for the DRIVE4COPD 300 with a speed of 195.355mph. He was followed by: #30-James Buescher, #1-Kurt Busch, #27-David Ragan, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #60-Trevor Bayne, #2-Elliott Sadler, #3-Austin Dillon, #20-Joey Logano, and #33-Tony Stewart. 44 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-23-2012)

  • Hamlin fastest in first practice: #18-Denny Hamlin was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 197.472mph. #11-Brian Scot was second, followed by: #1-Kurt Busch, #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Tony Stewart, #20-Joey Logano, #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #38-Kasey Kahne, #87-Joe Nemechek, and #43-Michael Annett. 48 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-23-2012)

  • Entry List:There are 50 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    Kurt Busch is in the #1 Phoenix Racing Chevy;
    Jeff Green will be in the TriStar #10;
    Denny Hamlin will drive the JGR #18;
    Kyle Busch will drive the KBM #54;
    Trevor Bayne is in the Roush Fenway #60;
    Johnny Sauter will be in the NEMCO #97.
    The listed owner of the #4 team with Danny Efland & #50 team with T.J. Bell is Rusty Wallace, so they will apparently get the owners points from the #62 B teams.(2-20-2012)
    See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.

  • Daytona NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Telecast: Allen Bestwick will be the lead announcer for the Daytona race telecast on Feb. 25, joined in the booth for analysis by 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Tech Garage. Prior to the 1:15 p.m. ET race telecast, Nicole Briscoe will host NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio at noon, with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. ESPN2 also airs coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., as well as NASCAR Nationwide Series practice coverage on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. All 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC this season. ESPN also will televise 14 of the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the season, with the other three airing on ABC.(ESPN)(2-14-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 1 - DRIVE4COPD 300

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide)

    Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Set limits: Shootout: Nationwide: 6 sets for event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

    Tire Circumference: 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

    Notes: 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.


NASCAR News & Notes

    2012 NASCAR Nationwide Season Has All The Ingredients For A Masterpiece
    This season boasts big names with the likes of former NASCAR national series champions, open wheel stars, veterans and rookies  all of them are contending for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. The season kicks off Saturday, Feb. 25, at Daytona International Speedway for the DRIVE4COPD 300. 
    Roush Fenway Racing is bringing another stout lineup to the series this season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the reigning series champion, returns to defend his title as the favorite. In a pre-season media poll, NASCAR’s media corps voted him to repeat in 2012. Stenhouse will be joined by 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne under the RFR umbrella. 
    Stenhouse has made four series starts at Daytona, posting two top-10 finishes. Stenhouse’s pre-race Driver Rating is 87.0 and Average Running Position is 15.035 for this event. Bayne also has made four series starts at Daytona, posting a best finish of 10th in this race last season. Bayne’s pre-race Daytona Driver Rating is 80.5.
    Not to be outshined, JR Motorsports has assembled the most talked about driver roster of the season. Danica Patrick will compete full-time in 2012 with teammate and former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Cole Whitt. The tandem will have the spotlight fixed on them due to popularity of the two drivers, but also their car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
    “I’ve raced here [Daytona] more than any other track, and I did that on purpose because I want to do well in the big races and Daytona is a big race,” Danica Patrick said.  “The more experience I have at a place like this the better off I am.”
    Patrick started fourth and finished 14th in last season’s February race at Daytona. Her pre-race Daytona Driver Rating is 81.4.
    Coming off a strong championship season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Austin Dillon has graduated to the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time for Richard Childress Racing. Dillon’s teammate, and runner-up in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, Elliott Sadler joins RCR after the closing of Kevin Harvick Inc. at the end of last season. 
    Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Michael Annett and Kenny Wallace are also in the discussion as championship contenders.  

    What’s In A Number: Nos. 3 And 43 Have Something Special
    Every sport has famous or iconic numbers that symbolize a driver/athlete that connects the fan to that athlete on another level. It’s almost like a badge in some cases, or a coat of arms for the athletes. Some could argue the number can become even more famous than the athlete. 
    In NASCAR, numbers are adorned everywhere  the cars, pit boxes, team hats  and none are more recognized than the No. 3 and No. 43 made famous by NASCAR Hall of Famers and seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty
    This season, NASCAR Nationwide Series fans will see both iconic numbers affixed to the side of two title contending hotrods. 
    Richard Childress Racing will be fielding the No. 3 with driver (and grandson) Austin Dillon, the reigning NCWTS champion. 
    Michael Annett has the distinction of bringing the No. 43 Ford Mustang into the series for the first time on a full-time basis. Annett finished a career-best ninth in the driver standings last year.
    The culmination of Bayne’s comeback came at Texas when he claimed his first career series victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

    Double-Duty Field Packed For Daytona
    Fifty cars are on the entry list for the 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, which includes nine full-time NSCS drivers and four full-time NCWTS drivers.  
    Heading that list is three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, who has won six out of the last seven NASCAR Nationwide Series season openers, including the last four.  Stewart leads the series in pre-race Driver Rating with 114.6 heading to Daytona. 
    Also entered is two-time series champion and current team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who dominated this event for three successive years from 2002-04. His pre-race Driver Rating is 106.0.
    NASCAR Nationwide Series champions Brad Keselowski (2010) and Kyle Busch (2009) are also on the list with Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, David Ragan and Kasey Kahne. None of these seven drivers have won the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona before. 
    Erik Darnell, Johnny Sauter, Josh Wise and James Buescher make up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers entered in Saturday’s race. 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Austin Dillon and Cole Whitt will be joined by three other Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates at Daytona  Jason Bowles, Joey Gase and Johanna Long. Timmy Hill, the 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, will run at Daytona but soon after will make the jump to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, where he’ll attempt to lock up consecutive rookie of the year awards. Blake Koch, runner-up to Hill in the 2011 rookie race and now his teammate at Rick Ware Racing, will be the lone full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series car for the organization in 2012. & Ford won the manufacturers’ championship last season for the first time in eight years. Can it do it again? Chevrolet leads the series in Manufacturers’ championships with 14, Ford and Toyota are tied with three each and Oldsmobile has one.  

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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