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ALERT TODAY FLORIDA 300

Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #1 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: alerttodayflorida.com

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, February 19th
7:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
9:00 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:45 AM NSCS,NXS & NCWTS MANDATORY SPOTTER MEETING (MEDIA CENTER, FRONT MEETING ROOM)
11:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, February 20th
9:30 AM NXS CREW CHIEF MEETING (FRONT MEETING ROOM, MEDIA CENTER)
10:30 AM-5:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM 7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM 1:55 PM NXS PRACTICE
3:30 PM 4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, February 21st
6:00 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:00 AM NXS INSPECTION BEGINS
12:15 PM NXS QUALIFYING
1:45 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING-(DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NXS RACE (120 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Daytona race results and standings (pdf)

  • Reed wins XFINITY race at Daytona: #16-Ryan Reed won the Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway. It was his first XFINITY Series win and the first XFINITY Series win at Daytona for Roush Fenway Racing. His teammate #60-Chris Buescher finished second, followed by #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #44-David Starr, #98-Aric Almirola, #42-Kyle Larson, #4-Ross Chastain, and #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were two big wrecks during the race. The first coming with 27 laps to go involved 12 cars. #7-Regan Smith got the worst damage, flipping his Chevy. He was unhurt. Then with 7 laps to go, a wreck involving 10 cars included #54-Kyle Busch sliding into an interior retaining wall nearly head on. He was helped from his car and transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
    There were 4 cautions for 17 laps, 2 red flags and 24 lead changes among 9 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).(2-21-2015)

  • Daytona XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Ryan Reed won the 34th Annual Alert Today Florida 300, his first victory in 40 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Chris Buescher (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
    Ty Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ryan Reed leads the point standings by 4 points over Chris Buescher.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-21-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #16-Ryan Reed, 47
    2) #60-Chris Buescher, 43 -4
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 42 -5
    4) #44-David Starr, 38 -9
    5) #4-Ross Chastain, 35 -12
    6) #43-Dakoda Armstrong, 33 -14
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr. #, 33 -14
    8) #51-Jeremy Clements, 30 -17
    9) #90-Mario Gosselin, 29 -18
    10) #55-Jeffrey Earnhardt, 28 -19
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-21-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 12th
    Caution 2: none
    Caution 3: #4-Chastain,9th
    Caution 4: none
    (2-21-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon on pole at Daytona: #33-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 190.251mph. #29-Justin Marks will start second. The rest of the top 10: #84-Chad Boat, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #98-Aric Almirola, #20-Erik Jones, #43-Dakoda Armstrong, #16-Ryan Reed, #28-J.J. Yeley, #6-Chris Buescher, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #7-Regan Smith.
    Did Not Qualify: #0-Harrison Rhodes, #15-Carlos Contreras, #17-Tanner Berryhill, #19-Scott Lagasse, Jr. #70-Derrike Cope, #85-Bobby Gerhart, and #87-Joe Nemechek. The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(2-20-2015)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 34th Annual Alert Today Florida 300 with a lap of 47.306 seconds, 190.251 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 79 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in five races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Justin Marks (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2015 and his first at Daytona International Speedway.
    Chad Boat(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
    Cale Conley (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-21-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Mike Wallace fastest in happy hour: #26-Mike Wallace was quickest during happy hour for the Alert Today Florida 300 with a speed of 187.009mph. He was followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #84-Chad Boat, #51-Jeremy Clements, #4-Ross Chastain, #25-John Wes Townley, #8-Blake Koch, #19-Scott Lagasse, Jr., #24-Eric McClure, and #92-Dexter Bean. 31 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-20-2014)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 191.681mph. #29-Justin Marks was second, followed by: #26-Mike Wallace, #6-Bubba Wallace, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #28-J.J. Yeley, #39-Ryan Sieg, #16-Ryan Reed, and #42-Kyle Larson. 44 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-20-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 47 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season-opening Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    Jeff Green is in the #10 for TriStar;
    Austin Dillon will drive the RCR #33;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the #55 for Viva Motorsports;
    Mike Harmon will drive his #74;
    Bobby Gerhardt is in his #85;
    Joe Nemechek will drive the #87;
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the JR Motorsports #88;
    Morgan Shepherd will drive his #89;
    Aric Almirola returns to the #98 for Biagi.(2-16-2015)
    UPDATE: The #15 for Rick Ware with driver TBA has been added.(2-17-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Carlos Contreras will be in the #15 for Rick Ware.(2-18-2015)
    UPDATE 3: Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn. There are 47 cars entered.(2-20-2015)
    See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.(2-18-2015)

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Unlimited: 6 sets for the event;
    Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 4 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.99 in. (2,235 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 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 . . . Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams have also run this tire set-up at Talladega over that same span . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this set-up at Talladega for two races -- October 2013 and May 2014 -- before changing the right-side tire at that track 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.

  • Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation" airship, based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . the ship will be a part of television coverage for the Sprint Unlimited and Sprint Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Budweiser Duels and the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup races during the second week.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    XFINITY Debuts At Daytona

    The wait is over.

    Following its landmark 10-year deal, announced in September of last year, XFINITY will make its debut as the title sponsor for the nation’s series where “Names are Made Here” and is like nothing else in major pro sports.  XFINITY becomes only the third title sponsor in the program’s history, following Anheuser-Busch (1982-2007) and Nationwide Insurance (2008-2014).

    The NASCAR XFINITY Series opens on the sport’s biggest stage - Daytona International Speedway - on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Alert Today Florida 300 LIVE on FOX Sports 1.

    Last year, Regan Smith edged out Kyle Busch in the season-opener by a mere 0.13 seconds. Smith joins Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Joe Nemechek and Mike Wallace as former race winners at Daytona entered in Saturday’s event.

    Smith To Defend Daytona Win Against Star Studded Line-up

    Regan Smith has the opportunity this weekend to become the fourth driver in series history to win back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series season openers at Daytona, joining Tony Stewart (2005, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11 and ‘13) and NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip (1983 and ‘84) and Dale Earnhardt (1982, ‘86, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, ‘93, ‘94).

    With a star-studded entry list at Daytona this season, Smith will have his work cut out for him. Four 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be strapping in at Daytona; including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski and the all-time NASCAR XFINITY Series wins leader Kyle Busch.  Also competing are former series winner Kyle Larson and 2013 series champ Austin Dillon.

    Smith has four career wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and two have come on restrictor-plate tracks - Daytona (2014) and Talladega (2013). His pre-race Driver Rating is 81.2 (24th-best).

    JR Motorsports swept Daytona last season: Regan Smith (February event) and Kasey Kahne (July event).

    Elliott’s Chase For A Repeat Starts In Sunny Florida

    Chase Elliott’s rookie season was one for the history books.

    In 33 races, he captured an impressive three wins, two poles, 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes en route to the series championship.  A Sunoco rookie has finished third or higher in the final standings only six times in series history.

    Elliott begins his quest to become the seventh driver in series history to win back-to-back championships.

    Former series champions to win back-to-back titles: Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy LaJoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99), Martin Truex Jr. (2004-05) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011-12).

    Elliott has made two starts at Daytona, posting one top-10 finish. His pre-race Driver Rating is 97.1 (10th-best).

    Chris Buescher Looks For Season Opening Redemption At Daytona

    About this time last year, Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher and the No. 60 team missed qualifying into the season opening race at Daytona by less than a second. This season, Buescher and team return looking for redemption from what slipped through their hands.

    Buescher started all 32 of the remaining events of the 2014 season, winning at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and finishing seventh in the standings in his rookie season.

    Buescher did start the July race at Daytona last season, starting 12th and finishing third. His success in the summer event has him leading the series in pre-race Driver Rating (109.3) and Average Running Position (7.563) at Daytona. 

    Also worth noting Buescher’s No. 60 team leads the series (all-time) in wins with 92 victories among 27 different tracks and four different drivers (Mark Martin 39, Carl Edwards 38, Greg Biffle 14, and Chris Buescher 1) but none were at Daytona.  Roush Fenway Racing has yet to win at Daytona in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Buescher has the opportunity to change that this weekend.

    Florida Natives Flock To The High Banks

    Drivers will tell you there is nothing better than winning in your backyard in front of the home crowd, and for Ross Chastain (Fort Myers, Fla.), Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine, Fla.), Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, Fla.) and Aric Almirola (Tampa, Fla.) Daytona International Speedway offers that opportunity on NASCAR’s grandest stage.

    Almirola clicked his ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last season with his win in the July NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona last season. Almirola has only made four series starts at DIS, but started on the pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener in 2007 in his first appearance. His average finish in the NXS at Daytona is 18.8.

    Nemechek is the Florida native driver that has garnered the most success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, winning 16 races in his career, five of which were in Florida (Homestead-Miami - three and Daytona - two). Nemechek won the season opener at Daytona in 1998 and the July race in 2002.

    Koch has made five NXS starts at Daytona posting an average finish of 24.8.

    Scott Lagasse Jr. has made six starts at Daytona posting a best finish of 18th in 2009. He finished 26th in this event last season.

    Chastain has made seven career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and this weekend he will attempt to make his series debut at Daytona.   

    2015 Sunoco Rookie Spotlight: Wallace and Suarez

    Last season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott went on to become the first rookie to win the series championship. This season, the Sunoco Rookie class looks just as stout and could produce another history-making year. Below are two series rookie contenders looking for success in 2015:

    Darrell Wallace Jr. - the newest member of Roush Fenway Racing will be in the No. 6 Ford in 2015.

    Wallace has spent limited time in an XFINITY car; he has made six previous series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing posting four top 10s. He competed at Daytona last season starting ninth and finishing seventh.

    Wallace is coming off of a career year last season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, posting four wins, nine top fives and 14 top 10s.

    Daniel Suarez - the latest addition to Joe Gibbs Racing will be driving the No. 18 Toyota in 2015.

    Suarez is off to a solid start at Daytona, finishing second in last weekend’s ARCA event at the “World Center of Racing.” The Mexico-born driver made two XFINITY Series starts last season, capturing two top-20 finishes.

    Suarez competed four seasons in the NASCAR Mexico Series finishing a career- best second in points in 2013. He will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

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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