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THE RACE: DRIVE4COPD 300

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #1 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: DRIVE4COPD

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


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Tuesday, February 19th

4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Wednesday, February 20th

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

Thursday, February 21st

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE MEETINGS & RANDON DRAWING
8:00 AM NNS 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 22nd

8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, February 23rd

8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS-ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
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)

  • Stewart wins at Daytona: #33-Tony Stewart won the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. #12-Sam Hornish finished second followed by #99-Alex Bowman, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #77-Parker Kligerman, #2-Brian Scott, #31-Justin Allgaier, #14-Eric McClure (his career best finish), #23-Robert Richardson, Jr., and #60-Travis Pastrana.
    #7-Regan Smith was leading coming out of turn 4 on the final lap when he moved up to block a pass by#22-Brad Keselowski and got hooked. Several cars were caught up in the accident. #32-Kyle Larson's car was tossed into the catchfence, where the engine was sheared from the car and went though the fence. Some debris also ended up in the stands. Stewart avoided the wreck to take the lead and the win as the caution came out at the finish line. Drivers involved were treated and released. There is no word on spectator injuries yet.
    Another accident with 14 laps to go resulted in #43-Michael Annett being taken to the hospital for futher evaluation. He will reportely be ok.
    There were 7 cautions for 26 laps and 34 lead changes among 20 leaders.
    Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).(2-23-2013)

  • Daytona Race Fast Facts:
    Tony Stewart(i) won the 32nd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300, his 11th victory in 94 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his seventh victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Alex Bowman (third) posted his first top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway.
    Alex Bowman (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 1 point over Alex Bowman #.
    Today's race set a new track record for lead changes with 20. Previous record was 16 lead changes set on 7/6/2012.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-23-2013)

  • Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr.42
    2) #99-Alex Bowman # 41, -1
    3) #77-Parker Kligerman 40, -2
    4) #2-Brian Scott 39, -3
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 38, -4
    6) #14-Eric McClure 37, -5
    7) #23-Robert Richardson Jr. 35, -7
    8) #60-Travis Pastrana 34, -8
    9) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. # 33, -9
    10) #32-Kyle Larson # 32, -10
    11) #7-Regan Smith 32, -10
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(2-23-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Daytona are posted (pdf). Last year's top 30 in points will remain locked in for the first 3 races of 2013.(2-23-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #51-Clements, 33rd
    Caution 3: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 4: #31-Allgaier,
    Caution 5: #40-Sorenson, 30th
    Caution 6: #74-Harmon, 17th
    Caution 7: none, race ended
    (2-23-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Bayne on pole at Daytona: #6-Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole for the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 177.162mph. #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top: #77-Parker Kligerman, #60-Travis Pastrana, #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Elliott Sadler, #54-Kyle Busch, #99-Alex Bowman, #18-Matt Kenseth, and #33-Tony Stewart.
    Did Not Qualify: #85-Bobby Gerhardt, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #92-Dexter Stacey, and #52-Joey Gase. The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(2-22-2013)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300 with a lap of 50.801 seconds, 177.162 mph.
    This is his sixth pole in 86 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in six races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2013 and his second in five races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Parker Kligerman (third) posted his second top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
    Alex Bowman (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(2-22-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kahne & Smith fastest in happy hour: #5-Kasey Kahne & #7-Regan Smith were quickest during happy hour for the DRIVE4COPD 300, each with a speed of 191.930mph. They were followed by: #32-Kyle Larson, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #34-Danica Patrick, #6-Trevor Bayne, #88-Dale Earnhardt, jr., #87-Joe Nemechek, and #01-Mike Wallace. 43 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-21-2013)

  • Hornish fastest in first practice: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 191.836mph. #22-Brad Keselowski was second, followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Elliott Sadler, #20-Brian Vickers, #18-Matt Kenseth, #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Tony Stewart, and #1-Kurt Busch. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-21-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    Jason White makes his first attempt in the #00;
    Kurt Busch will drive the #1 for Phoenix Racing;
    Michael McDowell will drive the #27;
    Tony Stewart will drive the RCR #33;
    The #52 for Jimmy Means is listed as TBA, but is expected to be Joey Gase;
    The #74 for Mike Harmon is TBA;
    Bobby Gerhardt will drive the #85;
    Dexter Stacy is in his #92 Ford.
    Locked in positions are still subject to change, due to possible owner points swaps. Also, the Nationwide fields this year will shrink to 40.(2-18-2013)
    UPDATE: Mike Harmon will be in the #74.(2-19-2013)
    UPDATE: Juan Carlos Blum has been added in the #15 for Rick Ware Racing.(2-19-2013)
    See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Daytona Race Telecast: Live, flag-to-flag coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opening 300-mile race from Daytona International Speedway will air on ESPN on Saturday, Feb. 23. NASCAR Countdown begins at 12:00pm/et, with the race at 1:15 pm. The race telecast is presented by Royal Purple. Also from Daytona, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. and qualifying on Friday, Feb. 22, at 3:30 p.m.(ESPN)(2-12-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 1  DRIVE4COPD 300
    Daytona International Speedway (2.50-mile oval)  Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Fast Facts for February 15-24, 2013

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

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)

  • 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 the last two seasons . . . 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

    Stenhouse's Departure Leaves Nationwide Championship Wide Open
    As a new season dawns, high expectations and title aspirations abound throughout the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage.
    With Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s ascension to a full-time ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the reigning two-time series champion has left the door of opportunity open for a handful of series hopefuls.
    Of the drivers looking to capitalize on the title race, Elliott Sadler is considered one of the early favorites. Sadler, who finished runner-up to Stenhouse the past two years, moves from the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. In 2012, he finished with four wins, just 23 points behind Stenhouse. 
    Last year, his first in the series, Austin Dillon won both events at Kentucky Speedway, finished third in the overall points standings and captured Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. This year, he returns in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet looking to celebrate more than just two victories.   
    Sam Hornish Jr. finds himself once again piloting the No. 12 for Penske Racing. However, this year he'll be in a Ford instead of a Dodge. Last year he finished fourth in the points, but failed to find Victory Lane. In 2013, he could find himself more of a player in the title hunt and add more victories to his only series win, which came in 2011 at Phoenix. 
    After winning the championship in 2003 with Hendrick Motorsports, Brian Vickers returns to the series at the helm of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. In 11 seasons in the series, only one of those full-time, he won three times, all coming in 2003. In his time away, he competed in the premier series, where he won twice. 
    Other full-time drivers that could be in the conversation come November are Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne and Brian Scott.

    DRIVE4COPD 300 To Feature Plethora Of Star Power
    When the green flag waves at the start of the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday at 1:15 p.m. ET, there will be plenty of star power on hand to welcome the new NASCAR Nationwide season.
    The series regulars will be joined on-track by some of NASCAR's biggest names, including Danica Patrick, who heads to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year after one full and two partial seasons in NASCAR Nationwide. She will drive the No. 34 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999, will also suit up for the race. In 16 seasons, he's captured 23 checkered flags, the most recent coming in the July Daytona race while driving the No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet. 
    The reigning 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski will also compete in the season-opening race. Keselowski brought owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR national series title in 2010, when he won the NASCAR Nationwide championship. 
    Other big names include former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions Tony Stewart, who has won the event six times, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch, as well as Kyle Busch, who won the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide title.

    Future Looks Bright With Strong Rookie Class
    As drivers jockey from team to team or move to the premier series, full-time opportunities often open up for aspiring race car drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. This season is no exception, as evidenced by the solid rookie class of drivers who have secured full-time rides.
    Kyle Larson, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will appear in his first Nationwide race Saturday at Daytona. He'll drive a full season in the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet. In four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, he had a runner-up finish at Phoenix last year. 
    Parker Kligerman will drive the No. 77 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. In 18 series races, his best finish was a seventh at Chicagoland in 2012. He has one win in the truck series, coming last year at Talladega. 
    After only nine starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012, Travis Pastrana turns his attention to a full-time ride in the No. 60 Ford with Roush Fenway Racing. The extreme sports star's best finish was 13th at Indianapolis.
    Although only appearing in four NASCAR Nationwide events prior to 2013, Nelson Piquet Jr. already has a victory on his résumé. Last year in only his third career series start, he won by more than two seconds at Road America.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Wayne Auton, who had been the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director since its inaugural 1995 season, assumes the role of NASCAR Nationwide Series director this season. Chad Little, former NASCAR Whelen Modified director, takes the reins as NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director. & Scott Lagasse Jr. will give a lucky Boy Scout a ride of a lifetime on Wednesday, Feb. 20, as he is transported to school in the No. 8 Hybridlight / Boy Scouts of America Nationwide Series Chevrolet Camaro. The scout will be picked up at his home by Lagasse and will be given a ride along with a police escort to school at Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, near Daytona Beach.

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