Race: Friday, July 4, 2014 in Daytona Beach, FL
Title Sponsor: Subway
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Wednesday, July 2nd
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Thursday, July 3rd
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-2:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NNS QUALIFYING INSPECTION
6:00 PM NSCS & NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 4th
10:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Kahne wins at Daytona: #5-Kasey Kahne won the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, beating teammate #7-Regan Smith to the checkered flag by .021 seconds on a green-white-checker finish. #39-Ryan Sieg finished third followed by #16-Ryan Reed, #42-Kyle Larson, #22-Joey Logano, #20-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #51-Jeremey Clements, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #93-Mike Wallace.
There were 3 cautions for 12 laps and 14 lead changes among 11 leaders. Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-4-2014)
Daytona Race Fast Facts:
Kasey Kahne(i) won the 13th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 , his eighth victory in 204 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 19 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Regan Smith (second) posted his third top-10 finish in ten races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2014.
Ryan Sieg (third career-best finish) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Ryan Sieg (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 12 points over Elliott Sadler.
The Margin of Victory of tonight's race (0.021) is the third closest NNS finish at Daytona and eighth all-time in series history. (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-4-2014)
Driver standings following Daytona:
1) #7-Regan Smith 577
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 565, -12
3) #9-Chase Elliott 562, -15
4) #3-Ty Dillon 545, -32
5) #2-Brian Scott 523, -54
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 518, -59
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 465, -112
8) #99-James Buescher 448, -129
9) #60-Chris Buescher 446, -131
10) #16-Ryan Reed 423, -154
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-4-2014)
Owner Standings following Daytona are posted (pdf).(7-4-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #11-Sadler, 21st
Caution 2: #93-Wallace, 10th
Caution 3: #14-McClure, 22nd
Armstrong on pole at Daytona: #43-Dakota Armstrong won the Coors Light Pole for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 192.123mph. #6-Trevor Bayne will start second followed by: #60-Chris Buescher, #16-Ryan Reed, #54-Kyle Busch, #11-Elliott Sadler, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #20-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #42-Kyle Larson.
Qualifying was cancelled with 8 minutes remaining in the first session after rain showers hit the track, causing an accident that involved: #14-Eric McClure, #19-Mike Bliss, #23-Robert Richardson, #29-Scott Lagasse, Jr., #46-Matt DiBenedetto, #55-Ross Chastain, #10-Blake Koch, #91-Benny Gordon,and #97-Joe Nemechek.
#97-Joe Nemechek got the past champions provisional. Did Not Qualify: #10-Blake Koch, #46-Matt DiBenedetto, #76-Tommy Joe Martins, #85-Bobby Gerhart, #91-Benny Gordon.
The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(7-4-2014)
Daytona Qualifying Notes:
Dakoda Armstrong won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 with a lap of 46.845 seconds, 192.123 mph.
This is his first pole in 23 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Trevor Bayne (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2014 and his sixth in nine races at Daytona International Speedway.
Chris Buescher (third) posted his first top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his seventh in 15 races this season.
Dakoda Armstrong (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-4-2014)
Scott fastest in practice: #2-Brian Scott was fastest during the only practice for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 193.092mph. #2-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was second, followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #43-Dakota Armstrong, #16-Ryan Reed, #60-Chris Buescher, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #5-Kasey Kahne, #98-Daivd Ragan, and #6-Trevor Bayne. All 45 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-3-2014)
Entry List:There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
Kasey Kahne will be in the JR Motorsports #5;
Darrell Wallace, Jr. will drive the JGR #20;
Scott Lagassee will be in the #29 for RAB;
David Starr will drive the TriStar #44;
Johnny Sauter is in the #80 for Shigeaki Hattori;
Bobby Gerhardt is entered in his #85;
Joe Nemechek will be in the #97.(6-30-2014)
UPDATE: There are 45 entries. #62-Brendan Gaughan was left off the initial list.(6-30-2014)
See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.
Nationwide Series in Prime Time on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time on Friday night, July 4, at Daytona International Speedway in the Subway Firecracker 250 and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7pm/et with the green flag at 7:49pm. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on July 5 at 4 a.m.(ESPN)(6-30-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 5 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600
Left-side -- 87.99 in. (2,235 mm);
Right-side -- 88.50 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 codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that major NASCAR teams have run at both Daytona and Talladega since last October . . . 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.
Sadler Rides Points Lead Wave To Sunny Florida
In the last three to four years a lot has happened to Elliott Sadler.
He finished runner-up in the series standings in back-to-back seasons (2011 and '12); he changed teams and car makes in the off-season before 2013 (from Chevrolet with Richard Childress Racing to Toyota with Joe Gibbs Racing); and after all that, he has finally raced his way back to the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings lead.
Sadler is back in championship form after taking over the points for the first time since the fall of 2012 at Phoenix International Raceway.
For the first half of this season JR Motorsports looked almost untouchable in the points, but for the first time this season the JRM teammates of Regan Smith and Chase Elliott have relinquished the standings lead. Now, JGR's Elliott Sadler is in command; four points ahead of Chase Elliott in second and eight points over Smith in third.
Statistically speaking, Sadler could very well expand on that lead this weekend. Not only does he have a win at a restrictor plate track this year (Talladega), but of the top three drivers in points, he has the best pre-race driver rating (98.6) and average finish (13.3) at Daytona.
But it's not all doom and gloom for the JR Motorsports squad, Kevin Harvick did win the race at Kentucky in the No. 5 Chevrolet last weekend and with the series heading to Daytona International Speedway, Smith has the chance to defend his season-opening win.
For some, restrictor-plate racing is like an undecipherable code, but some have cracked it - and Smith undoubtedly is one of them. Smith won at Talladega last season, won the season opener at Daytona this season and finished third at Talladega just a few months ago.
Smith will be Sadler's biggest threat to the points lead this weekend. Throughout Smith's career, he has progressively improved at Daytona. In his last three starts he has combined to lead 59 laps, and finished inside the top-10 in his last two starts at Daytona.
Daytona Kicks-Off Qualifying For Round One Of Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash
Friday night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway marks the return of Nationwide Insurance's Dash 4 Cash (#Dash4Cash). The top-four finishing NASCAR Nationwide championship contenders in the Subway Firecracker 250 will qualify to run the first leg of the popular program at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with an opportunity to win $100,000.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at New Hampshire will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Chicagoland the following weekend. The three highest finishing NNS regulars at New Hampshire not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland. The final two events at Indianapolis and Iowa will carry the same qualifying requirements.
If one driver wins the first three legs of the Dash 4 Cash and the Iowa race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award that driver an extra $600,000.
Four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.
Joe Gibbs Racing Gives The Nod To Wallace At Daytona
For the second time this season Darrell Wallace Jr. - a graduate of both the NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity programs - will be making his return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Wallace's first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of 2014 was at Talladega Superspeedway where he started third but finished 31st after being caught in a multi-car accident on Lap 44.
Wallace has made five series starts in his career, posting a pole, three top 10s and an average finish of 13.8.
Besides moonlighting in the NNS, Wallace Jr. has been enjoying a successful season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. He is currently eighth in the NCWTS standings after eight races, posting a win at Gateway Motorsports Park, three top fives and four top 10s.
This will be Wallace's series debut at Daytona International Speedway.
Wallace will join fellow NCWTS drivers Jon Wes Townley, Ross Chastain and Johnny Sauter in the NNS race at Daytona on Friday night.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Milestone Watch: Brendan Gaughan will attempt to make his 100th NASCAR Nationwide Series career start and Joe Nemechek will attempt to make his 425th series career start this weekend at Daytona. ...Dylan Kwasniewski became the youngest 21 Means 21 Pole Award winner at Daytona back in February at the age of 18 years, 5 months, 22 days. Daytona has been Kwasniewski's best performance this season starting first and finishing eighth. ... Coca-Cola will be hosting a fan track walk at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 4th at 9 a.m. (ET) the morning of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon, and fellow NSCS drivers Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin are expected to attend.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)