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THE RACE: SUBWAY FIRECRACKER 250

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #16 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race:Friday, July 5, 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: Subway

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:48pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, July 3rd

10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Thursday, July 4th

11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
1:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 PM-3:50 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NSCS & NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, July 5th

8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
2:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
3:50 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)
8:00 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)

  • Kenseth wins at Daytona: #18-Matt Kenseth won the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. #34-James Buescher finished second followed by #11-Elliott Sadler, #1-Kur t Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, #32-Kyle Larson, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, #22-Joey Logano, and #6-Trevor Bayne. There were four cautions for 16 laps, one red flag period in the closing laps after a multi-car wreck, and 31 lead changes among 14 leaders. Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).(7-5-2013)

  • Daytona Race Fast Facts:
    Matt Kenseth(i) won the 12th Annual Subway Firecracker 250, his 27th victory in 255 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    James Buescher(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Regan Smith leads the point standings by 6 points over Sam Hornish Jr.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-5-2013)

  • Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #7-Regan Smith 558
    2) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 552, -6
    3) #11-Elliott Sadler 544, -14
    4) #31-Justin Allgaier 543, -15
    5) #3-Austin Dillon 541, -17
    6) #32-Kyle Larson # 516, -42
    7) #20-Brian Vickers 505, -53
    8) #77-Parker Kligerman 501, -57
    9) #2-Brian Scott 494, -64
    10) #6Trevor Bayne 488, -70
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-5-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Daytona are posted (pdf).(7-5-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #77-Kligerman, 18th
    Caution 2: #14-McClure, 24th
    Caution 3: #23-Richardson, 32nd-
    Caution 4: #85-Gerhart, 29th
    (7-5-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon on pole at Daytona: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 178.934 mph. #60-Travis Pastrana will start second. The rest of the top 10: #33-Ty Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #1-Kurt Busch, #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #5-Brad Sweet . Did Not Qualify: Jeff Green and Blake Koch. Green withdrew, giving Dexter Stacy a starting spot. The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(7-5-2013)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 with a lap of 50.298 seconds, 178.934 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 60 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 14th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in four races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Travis Pastrana (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2013 and his second in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Ty Dillon(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his third in five races this season.
    Alex Bowman (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Austin Dillon has won the Coors Light pole in six of the last seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events: Charlotte, Dover, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky and Daytona. (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-5-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kligerman fastest in happy hour: #77-Parker Kligerman was quickest during happy hour for the Subway Firecracker 250 with a speed of 184.00mph. He was followed by: #87-Joe Nemechek, #23-Robert Richardson, #24-Jason White, #1-Kurt Busch, #34-James Buescher, #32-Kyle Larson, #85-Bobby Gerhart, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #7-Regan Smith. Just 21 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-4-2013)

  • Sweet fastest in first practice:#5-Brad Sweet was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 192.769mph.#7-Regan Smith was second, followed by: #77-Parker Kligerman, #3-Austin Dillon, #60-Travis Pastrana, #6-Trevor Bayne, #32-Kyle Larson, #31-Justin Allgaier, #1-Kurt Busch, and #33-Ty Dillon. All 42 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-4-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    Kurt Busch will drive the Phoenix Racing #1;
    Brad Sweet remains in the JR Motorsports #5;
    Matt Kenseth returns to the JGR #18;
    Joey Logano will drive the #22 for Penske;
    Ty Dillon will drive the #33 for RCR;
    Bobby Gerhart will drive his #85;
    Morgan Shepherd is entered again in his #89;
    Kevin Swindell will make another start in the #98.(7-1-2013)
    See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Daytona: NASCAR at Daytona is an Independence Day tradition. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time on Friday night, July 5, in the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 7:50 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will visit the booth for a portion of the race to join the commentary. Also from Daytona, ESPN2 will air qualifying on Friday at 2 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
    The Daytona race will be the first of four consecutive events that comprise the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash, a bonus program that will award an extra $100,000 to the highest-finishing of four eligible drivers in each of the four designated races and could award an additional $600,000 at the fourth race at Indianapolis next month.(ESPN)(7-1-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 900; Right-side -- 900;
    Nationwide: Left-side  400; Right-side -- 400

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side  88.0 in. (2,235 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,248 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 both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Daytona this week . . . this is the first time these teams will be running either of these two tire codes . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear tire test at Daytona on April 16-17 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Kasey Kahne, No. 10 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Danica Patrick, No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Michael McDowell, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford with Trevor Bayne, No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet with Austin Dillon and No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards . . . compared to what was run at Daytona in February, this tire set-up features a compound change on both sides of the car and a construction change to the left-side to bring it into line with what has been run at other tracks . . . 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

    Championship Points Race Continues To Get Close
    Two weeks ago, Regan Smith was enjoying a 58-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. heading into the 14th race of the season at Road America. However, after a 32nd-place finish at the Wisconsin road course and a 30th-place finish in last Friday's race at Kentucky, Smith's comfortable advantage has all but evaporated.
    Heading into Daytona for Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250, Smith's lead now stands at only eight points. What's more is that his past two performances have allowed other drivers to enter into the championship conversation. Currently, seven drivers are within 50 points of Smith. At this point last season, only three drivers were within 50 points of the leader, Austin Dillon.
    What's even more telling about Smith's recent fade back into the pack are the performances of the seven drivers trailing him. Over the past two races only two of those drivers, Justin Allgaier, who is currently third in points (-11), and Parker Kligerman, who is seventh in points (-46), have had finishes outside of the top 10, finishing 13th and 16th, respectively.
    Hornish finished fifth and ninth in the last two races, while Allgaier finished second at Road America to go along with his 13th at Kentucky. Elliott Sadler, who is fourth in the standings 19 points back, finished ninth and second at Road America and Kentucky, respectively. Dillon finished 10th and sixth in those races and sits fifth in the standings (-20). Kyle Larson has a pair of seventh-place finishes and is 44 markers off the lead in sixth place. Kligerman finished third at Road America before his 16th-place performance at Kentucky. Former series champion Brian Vickers is 48 points behind Smith in eighth and his two most recent finishes were sixth and fourth.           
    Smith and Hornish are the only drivers of the eight with victories thus far this season; Smith has two while Hornish has one. If Smith is to hold on to his lead, he'll need to put the last two races in the past and start running again like he did earlier in the season when he had 11 consecutive top-10 finishes.    

    Game On: Dash4Cash Hits Full Throttle In Daytona
    Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers will all be racing for more than the usual prize money, trophy and checkered flag Friday night in Daytona's Subway Firecracker 250. They'll also be chasing an additional $100,000 bonus.
    Friday's race marks the official first leg of Nationwide's popular Dash 4 Cash program. Last Friday, Sadler, Vickers, Dillon and Larson all qualified to be participants in the first week of the bonus program by finishing second, fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky. They were the top-four points-eligible finishers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, thus making them eligible to compete in the first event of the 2013 Dash 4 Cash.
    Of the four eligible drivers, the one who finishes highest in the Daytona race will win the bonus and automatically qualify for the next event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The three other highest finishing NASCAR Nationwide regulars at Daytona will also qualify to compete for the bonus at New Hampshire. The format will remain the same for the Chicagoland and Indianapolis races, the last two legs of the Dash 4 Cash program.
    If one driver wins the bonuses for the first three races and then wins the Indianapolis race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award the driver an additional $600,000, totaling $1 million in winnings.
    Dillon and Sadler earned Dash 4 Cash bonuses last year at New Hampshire and Chicagoland, respectively.

    Larson Continues To Impress During His Rookie Season
    Over the past seven races Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings leader Kyle Larson has been on a bit of a tear, finishing in the top 10 in all seven races. Last Friday at Kentucky he finished seventh for the second straight week.
    Through the first 15 races of the season, he has four top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes, including a pair of runner-up performances at Bristol and Michigan. Larson will make his second national series Daytona start this Friday in the Subway Firecracker 250. In the 2013 season opener, he finished 13th.
    In the rookie of the year race he has 200 points, 51 and 56 points in front of his two closest competitors, Alex Bowman and Nelson Piquet Jr. Bowman finished third in the 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, while Piquet finished 11th.   
    Dexter Stacey (-112), Jeffrey Earnhardt (-120), Hal Martin (-128), Kevin Swindell (-146) and Juan Carlos Blum (-147) round out the rest of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    The 2012 race winner Kurt Busch returns to defend his victory along with three other NSCS regulars: Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. & 2012 NCWTS champion James Buescher and last week's NCWTS race winner at Kentucky Ty Dillon are both slated to compete in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide race. & NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison will serve as the Grand Marshal during pre-race activities.  

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Countdown to the race: 7/26/2014 ~ 4:49 PM ET

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