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Subway Firecracker 250

Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #15 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: Subway

Race Time: 7:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, July 2nd
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 3rd
8:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NXS & NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
1:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-2:55 PM NXS PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NXS INSPECTION BEGINS

Saturday, July 4th
11:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM NXS ACCESS TO HAULERS
12:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
2:35 PM NXS QUALIFYING
4:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NXS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Daytona race results and standings (pdf)

  • Austin Dillon wins XFINITY race at Daytona: #33-Austin Dillon won the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. #1-Elliott Sadler finished second, followed by #9-Chase Elliott, #88-Kasey Kahne, #66-Benny Gordon (in the first race for his new team), #43-Dakoda Armstrong, #20-David Ragan, #54-Erik Jones, #0-Harrison Rhodes, and #4-Ross Chastain. There were only 9 drivers on the lead lap at the finish.
    The race ended with a green-white-checker finish after a late race caution. #2-Brian Scott, who led 84 laps on the night, pulled up to block #1-Sadler but was not clear, causing a large wreck.
    There were 7 cautions for 24 laps and 9 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).
    (7-4-2015)

  • Daytona XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon(i) won the 14th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 , his fifth victory in 90 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Harrison Rhodes (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 34 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-4-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 560
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 526, -34
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 517 ,-43
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 493, -67
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 489, -71
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr.#, 472, -88
    7) #2-Brian Scott, 453, -107
    8) #16-Ryan Reed, 441, -119
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 438, -122
    10) #18-Daniel Suarez #, 437, -123
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(7-4-2015)

  • 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: #85-Gerhart, 23rd
    Caution 3: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 4: #0-Rhodes, 9th
    Caution 5: none, #52-Gase was involved in the accident
    Caution 6: #88-Kahne, 4th
    (7-4-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez on XFINITY pole at Daytona: #18-Daniel Suazer won the Coors Light pole for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 180.256mph. #2-Brian Scott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-David Ragan, #22-Joey Logano, #54-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Austin Dillon, #16-Ryan Reed, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    Did Not Qualify: #40-Derek White, #19-Jeff Green, #37-Chris Cockrum, #13-Mark Thompson. The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(7-4-2015)

  • Daytona XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 with a lap of 49.929 seconds, 180.256 mph.
    This is his first pole in 17 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2015 and his third in 12 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    David Ragan(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first this season.
    Daniel Suarez (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Daniel Suarez, from Monterrey, Mexico, has become the second driver in NASCAR XFINITY Series history to post a Coors Light pole joining Jorge Goeters (Mexico, 2005).(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-4-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Ty Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Subway Firecracker 250 with a speed of 179.978mph. He was followed by: #13-Mark Thompson, #40-Derek White, #22-Joey Logano, #26-Timmy Hill, #88-Kasey Kahne, #15-Scott Lagasse, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, #66-Benny Gordon, and #25-John Wes Townley. 23 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-3-2014)

  • Ragan fastest in first practice: #20-David Ragan was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 190.573mph. #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was second, followed by: #16-Ryan Reed, #18-Daniel Suarez, #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Erik Jones, #42-Brennan Poole, #88-Kasey Kahne, and #28-J.J. Yeley. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-3-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    Mark Thompson will be in the #13
    Scott Lagasse will drive the #15 for RWR;
    David Ragan is entered in the Joe Gibbs #20;
    Timmy Hill is in the JGL #26;
    Chris Cockrum and the #37 team attempt their second race of the season;
    Erik Jones is in the JGR #54;
    Benny Gordon and the #66 team will attempt their first race;
    Bobby Gerhart is entered in his #85.(6-29-2015)
    UPDATE: Dexter Bean will be in the #92.(7-3-2015)
    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.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 3 sets for the practice/qualifying, and 6 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 4 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . Xfinity teams have also run this tire set-up at Talladega the past two seasons . . . 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

    Crew Chief Swap Is Expected To Turn Season Around For RCR

    Starting this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, the crew chiefs for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 and 33 cars will look a little different. That’s because they have been switched; a good old fashioned swap. Now Danny Stockman Jr. will lead the No. 33 Chevrolet team with driver Austin Dillon, and Nick Harrison will now serve as crew chief for the No. 3 team with driver Ty Dillon. 

    "Like many teams this time of year, we are making some mid-season personnel changes to improve the overall performance of our teams this season," said Richard Childress.

    Danny Stockman Jr. had spent the last four years guiding the No. 3 team, leading both Austin and Ty Dillon during that time. Stockman and the Dillon Brothers have won three series races and have posted 38 top fives and 82 top 10s in the No. 3.

    Stockman joins a No. 33 team that’s third in the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner standings with 503 points, just 55 back from standings leader Roger Penske and his No. 22 Ford team. Look for the No. 33 team to contend this weekend for the win. Austin Dillon has made five series starts at Daytona posting four top fives and an average finish of 7.8.

    Crew chief Nick Harrison turns his attention to the No. 3 team that has driver Ty Dillon second in the standings, 29 points behind leader Chris Buescher. Harrison had worked with the No. 33 team since 2013.  In that time, he posted three series wins.

    This isn’t the first time Ty Dillon has worked with Harrison. The two were paired together in two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races last season. Harrison and Dillon will look to build on Dillon’s season-opening third-place finish at Daytona earlier this season.

    Roush Fenway Racing Returns To Daytona To Win

    Daytona is known for its spectacular finishes and this past February was nothing short of impressive when Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher finished 1-2 to kick off the 2015 season. Now some 14 races later the Roush Fenway brigade heads back to the sunny sands of Daytona to defend their win and score some records.

    Reed has the opportunity to become the fourth driver in series history to win consecutive races at Daytona joining Darrell Waltrip (1983, ‘84), Dale Earnhardt (1990, ’91, ’92, ’93 and ’94) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 sweep and season opener of 2004).  

    Reed can also become just the second driver in series history to sweep both NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the same season joining Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 sweep). Daytona started running two series races in 2002.

    Reed is currently ninth in the standings, 118 points behind Buescher, who boasts the standings lead. Reed has made three series starts at Daytona posting one win (2015), two top fives and an average finish of 7.7 (his career-best track).

    Standings leader Chris Buescher is having a career-defining season. In 14 starts, he has posted two wins and a series-leading eight top-five finishes. He is 29 points ahead of second-place Ty Dillon and 43 points ahead of third-place Chase Elliott.

    Unfortunately for Buescher’s competitors, he’s good at Daytona too. In two starts at the 2.5-mile facility Buescher has an average finish of 7.0; including his runner-up finish in the season opener earlier this year.

    “We know we have a good superspeedway program at Roush Fenway,” Buescher said. “I just need to try to position myself in a good spot at the end of the race to get a win.”

    Florida Drivers Embrace The High Banks Of Daytona

    Welcome to the Sunshine State.

    Florida is known for many things like warm weather, long sandy beaches and some of the best racing NASCAR has to offer.  This weekend, local Florida fans will get the chance to cheer for four drivers in the Subway Firecracker 250 who share their home state: Blake Koch (W. Palm Beach), Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine), Ross Chastain (Alva) and Aric Almirola (Tampa).  

    Aric Almirola hails from the west coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area and has participated in six series events this season, posting three top 10s and an average finish of 11.7. Almirola won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona last July for Richard Petty Motorsports and since has been on everyone’s radar when the series comes to the 2.5-mile speedway. Almirola will look to capitalize in the No. 98 Ford this weekend on his seventh-place finish in the series’ season opener in February.

    Driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet, Ross Chastain, calls Alva - a small city near the Fort Myers / Naples area with a population of just over 2000 - his hometown. A 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, Chastain, is having a good start to his season. He is currently third in the rookie of the year standings and 15th in the XFINITY Series driver standings. In 14 races this season, he has posted one top-10 finish - his ninth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona. Chastain has made two series starts at Daytona in his career, posting an average finish of 19.0.

    Blake Koch from W. Palm Beach will be in the No. 8 Toyota this weekend at Daytona for TriStar Motorsports. Koch has made 14 starts this season posting two top 20s and an average finish of 25.4. Koch has made six series starts at Daytona, posting an average finish of 24.0.

    Scott Lagasse Jr. from St. Augustine will be in the No. 15 Chevrolet this weekend at Daytona. Lagasse has just one other start this season - Daytona back in February. Lagasse started 22nd but finished 37th due to accident. 

    Daytona Draws A Host Of Sprint Cup Motorists

    Each week several of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate in the NASCAR XFINITY Series logging extra laps and raising the level of competition. This week is no different, except it’s Daytona. Five NSCS championship-contending drivers are entered to compete this weekend: David Ragan, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola.

    David Ragan will be one to watch this weekend, as he will be in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota.  Ragan has had mediocre success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Daytona; in eight starts he has four top 10s. But Ragan has won at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (July, 2011).

    When it comes to how dominant Joey Logano has been this season, he’s as close to a guaranteed win as anyone has ever been in the series. In his six starts this season, Logano has three victories (Phoenix, Bristol and Talladega), five top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 2.3.

    Yes, 2.3.

    He has also led 54% (629 laps led) of his total laps completed (1,151 laps). Logano has made 10 series starts at Daytona posting one win (July, 2011), seven top 10s and an average finish of 8.2.

    Kasey Kahne returns to the series in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Kahne is the defending winner of the Subway Firecracker 250. He started 13th and drove to victory with the help of his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith pushing him to the lead last season. Kahne has made 19 series starts at Daytona posting one win (2014), three top fives and nine top 10s.

    Austin Dillon will be in the No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and Aric Almirola will be in the No. 98 Ford for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Both are looking for their first series win at Daytona.

    Erik Jones Is Back In the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 For Daytona

    When it comes to hot prospects in NASCAR, none are scorching the temperature gauge more than Erik Jones at the moment.

    The last time the young 19-year old Jones was behind the wheel, he won, sweeping two NASCAR national series events in the same weekend (NCWTS at Iowa and NXS at Chicago).

    This weekend he is back in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota to make his 14th start of the season. In his previous 13 races he has posted two wins (Texas and Chicago), seven top fives, eight top 10s, three poles and an average finish of 10.4.

    While expectations are high for Jones, and rightfully so based on his recent performance, his early accomplishments haven’t translated to restrictor-plate racing. In his two starts on restrictor-plate tracks this season he has finished 18th at Daytona and 30th at Talladega.

    Though Jones can expect a nice piece to drive come Saturday, the No. 54 JGR team has posted two wins, six top fives and an average finish of 11.6 this season.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Welcomes NBC Sports Network: For the first time in NASCAR history the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. On Wednesday, July 1 the NBC Sports Group will hold a media teleconference to preview the launch of its 10-year chapter as a home for NASCAR. The teleconference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. NBC will broadcast the final 19 NXS events of the season; for more information about the teleconference check out NASCARMedia.com. ... Series Milestones: J.J. Yeley will attempt to post his 200th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend. Yeley will be driving the No. 28 Toyota. ... This weekend Joey Logano will attempt to become the 16th driver in series history to post 75 top-five finishes. ...

    July Driver Birthdays: Several of the drivers competing this weekend have birthdays in the month of July: Brendan Gaughan (7/10/75), Dakoda Armstrong (7/16/91), Harrison Rhodes (7/15/93), and Bobby Gerhart (7/21/58).

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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