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PowerShares QQQ 300

Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #1 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: PowerShares QQQ

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 3:49pm/et

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RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, February 18th
7:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
8:00 AM-3:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM-4:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NSCS, NCWTS, NXS SPOTTERS MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)

Friday, February 19th
8:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 AM-8:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM-11:55 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1
1:00 PM-1:55 PM NXS PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1

Saturday, February 20th
7:00 AM 4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS) - FOX Sports 1
11:50 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NXS RACE (120 LAPS, 300 MILES) - FOX Sports 1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Daytona race results and standings (pdf)

  • Chase Elliott wins XFINITY race at Daytona: #88-Chase Elliott won the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 5th XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. #22-Joey Logano finished second, followed by #5-Kasey Kahne, #1-Elliott Sadler, pole sitter #2-Austin Dillon, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, #11-Blake Koch, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    There were 4 cautions for 17 laps and 19 lead changes among 9 leaders.
    The average speed was 151.176mph.
    Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(2-20-2016)

  • Daytona XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Chase Elliott(i) won the 35th Annual Powershares QQQ 300, his fifth victory in 67 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in five races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
    Kasey Kahne(i) (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 21 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Brandon Jones (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 3 points over Darrell Wallace Jr.
    Chase Elliott becomes the youngest winner at Daytona in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 23 days - former record holder was Joey Logano (21 years, 1 month, 7 days).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-20-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Daytona:
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 38
    2) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr, 35 -3
    3) #33-Brandon Jones, 34
    4) #19-Daniel Suarez , 33 -5
    5) #11-Blake Koch, 32 -6
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 32 -6
    7) #7-Justin Allgaier, 29 -9
    8) #3-Ty Dillon, 29 -9
    9) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 27 -11
    10) #51-Jeremy Clements, 26 -12
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-20-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 3: #43-Burton, 25th
    Caution 4: #48-Almirola, 11th
    (2-20-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Ty Dillon on pole at Daytona: #3-Ty Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 181.844mph. #18-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Bobby Labonte, #2-Austin Dillon, #20-Erik Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Brandon Jones, #22-Joey Logano, #11-Blake Koch, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    Did Not Qualify: #13-Mark Thompson, #92-Mario Gosselin, #97-Harrison Rhodes, #70-Derrike Cope, #99-Chris Fontaine, #40-Derek White, #15-Stanton Barrett, #74-Mike Harmon.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(2-20-2016)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 35th Annual Powershares QQQ 300 with a lap of 49.493 seconds, 181.844 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 79 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in six races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Bobby Labonte(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
    Erik Jones (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-20-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • XFINITY Series Qualifying: is scheduled to begin at 10:00am/et Saturday. It will be shown on FoxSports1.
    Daytona Qualifying Order (pdf).
    There are 48 cars entered for 40 spots, so 8 teams will not qualify.
    Points swaps that have taken place since last season:
    #18-Labonte using points from #54-Joe Gibbs Racing [Busch, others];
    #16-Reed using points from #60-Roush Fenway [Buescher];
    #1-Sadler using points from #9-JR Motorsports [Elliott];
    #19-Suarez using points from #18-Gibbs [same team, different number];
    #6-Wallace using points from #1-Roush-Fenway [Sadler];
    #25-Cockrum using points from #6-Roush-Fenway [Wallace];
    #48-Poole using points from #42-Chip Ganassi [Larson, Poole];
    #78-McLeod using points from #16-Roush-Fenway [Reed];
    #11-Koch using points from #8-TriStar [Koch];
    #05-Townley using points from #25-Athenian Motorsports [Townley];
    #07-Black using points from #24-TriStar [McClure];
    #24-Tifft using points from #26-JGL Racing [variety of drivers];
    #46-Kumpen using points from #55-Precision Performance Motorsports [Gdovic];
    Teams that do not have points to fall back on at Daytona: #42-Larson, #93-Lagasse, Jr., and #99-Fontaine.(2-20-2016)

  • Ty Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the PowerShares QQQ 300 with a speed of 182.113mph. He was followed by: #07-Ray Black, Jr., #43-Jeb Burton, #52-Joey Gase, #6-Drrell Wallace, Jr., #11-Blake Koch, #46-Anthony Kumpen, #24-Matt Tifft, #42-Kyle Larson, and #7-Justin Allgaier. 25 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Daytona practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(2-19-2016)

  • David Starr fastest in second practice: #44-David Starr was fastest during second practice at Daytona with a speed of 183.516mph. The rest of the top 10: #33-Brandon Jones, #87-Joe Nemechek, #01-Ryan Preece, #14-Benny Gordon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Bobby Labonte, #20-Erik Jones, and #16-Ryan Reed. 46 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-19-2016)

  • Ty Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Ty Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 192.526mph. #11-Blake Koch was second, followed by: #2-Austin Dillon, #5-Kasey Kahne, #22-Joey Logano, #18-Bobby Labonte, #42-Kyle Larson, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #20-Erik Jones, and #44-David Starr. 47 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-19-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season-opening PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
    Eric McClure is in the #0 for JD Motorsports;
    Kasey Kahne will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Mark Thompson is in the #13;
    Jeff Green is in the #17 for Rick Ware;
    Bobby Labonte will drive the #18 for Joe Gibbs;
    Derek White is in the #40;
    Joe Nemechek will drive his #87;
    The JR Motorsports #88 will be driven by Chase Elliott;
    The #90 is TBA;
    Aric Almirola will drive the #98 for Biagi.
    UPDATE: The Rick Ware Racing Chevys of #15-Stanton Barrett & #25-Chris Cockrum have been added.(2-17-2016)
    UPDATE: Martin Roy will drive the #90.(2-19-2016)
    See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Unlimited: 6 sets for the event;
    Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 5 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 -- 87.91 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 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 . . . 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 "Wingfoot One," based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . the ship will be a part of Fox and Fox Sports 1's television coverage of the Sprint Unlimited and Sprint Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Can-Am Duel and the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup races during the second week.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    2016 Season Brings Some Change And Lots Of Excitement
    With a new season brings tons of excitement and also some great new ideas to the table for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Much like the successful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase, the NASCAR XFINITY Series has now adopted a new version of NASCAR’s playoff system. Also the fan and driver adorned Dash 4 Cash program returns for 2016, but this time with a tweak to the process. Below are details to the biggest changes the NASCAR XFINITY Series will see in 2016.

    • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHASE - The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaranteed a Chase berth.

    The first round, called the Round of 12, consists of the races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

    Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

    The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

    • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES DASH 4 CASH - The NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash will be comprised of Two Heats and a Main at four tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway (April 16), Richmond International Raceway (April 23), Dover International Speedway (May 14) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23).

    Qualifying for each Dash 4 Cash event will set the 40-car field and the starting positions for the Two Heats with the fastest qualifier awarded the Coors Light Pole Award. Odd-numbered qualifiers (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) will start in the first Heat in respective order, while even-numbered qualifiers (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) will start the second Heat in respective order.

    The Two Heats will set the starting positions for the Main with the top two NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars in each Heat becoming eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finishing driver among the four Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers will be awarded a $100,000 bonus. If any driver wins two of the four Dash 4 Cash bonuses available, he/she is all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In short, two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are equivalent to one race win in the new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase format.

    Drivers must have declared to earn NASCAR XFINITY Series points in order to be eligible for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus.

    Championship Or Bust For Dillon
    Ty Dillon has one goal on his mind for the 2016 - a NASCAR XFINITY Series title.

    “It’s winning races or bust for me,” Dillon said. “I know with that will come a championship opportunity. So we get locked in that Chase, you have to win the races, just like they have in the Sprint Cup Series.”
    The No. 3 Richard Childress racing driver placed third in the series last year on the strength of 12 top fives and 25 top 10s. In 2014, he finished fifth in the final standings with one win, seven top fives and 24 top 10s.

    He begins his title quest in Saturday’s PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET). Dillon placed third in the same race last season and has an average finish of 14.8 in five XFINITY Series starts at DIS.

    Ryan Reed Looks To Kick 2016 Off Like Last Year... With A Win
    As the NASCAR XFINITY Series field roared down the Superstretch and towards Turn 3 on the final lap at Daytona last season, Ryan Reed faked going into the turn high and dove his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to the bottom of the track and locked it to the double yellow line as he flew into the lead passing Brad Keselowski. Reed was then able to hold off the remaining ensuing efforts at his position as he glided his Ford across the start/finish line and into Victory Lane. It was Reed’s sole win of 2015, but he returns to Daytona looking to become the fifth driver in series history to win back-to-back season-opening races, joining Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip.

    Reed has made four career NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Daytona, posting one win (2015), two top fives and an average finish of 9.0. 

    Moving On Up: Erik Jones Takes Truck Championship And Graduates To XFINITY Series
    Most pundits will agree Erik Jones is the next big thing rising through the ranks of NASCAR. After claiming the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title last season, the 19-year-old Michigan native has turned his full attention to the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
    Jones has been tapped to drive the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with crew chief Chris Gabehart in 2016.

    Jones is no stranger to the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He has already made 26 starts over the last two seasons posting two wins (Texas and Chicago), 13 top fives, 20 top 10s and average finish of 8.9.
    The young JGR prodigy has made two series starts at Daytona, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 13.0.

    Super Sophomores: Suárez, Wallace Go For Championship In Second XFINITY Series Season
    A year after battling for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr. are both back ready to compete for the championship.

    Suárez, who ended up taking home the rookie honors, finished fifth in the final standings, posted eight top fives, 18 top 10s and three Coors Light Pole Awards last season. He had an average start of 8.1 and an average finish of 11.7. He won the pole in last year’s Daytona summer race.

    Last season, Wallace finished seventh in the series standings on the strength of three top fives and 14 top 10s. He recorded an average start of 12.7 and an average finish of 11.8. Wallace has a high finish of seventh at Daytona International Speedway.

    Suárez and Wallace are alumni of both NASCAR Next and NASCAR Drive for Diversity.

    Former Series Champions Are No Slouches In Daytona 500 Qualifying  
    Last Sunday, 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott added his name to a prestigious list of former series champions who have gone on to win the pole for the Daytona 500. Elliott is the ninth driver in NASCAR History to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship and go on to start on the pole for the Daytona 500, joining Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Jeff Green and Bobby Labonte. 

    Elliott is just the sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie to win the pole for the Daytona 500 joining Austin Dillon, Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Loy Allen Jr and Mike Skinner.

    Familiar Faces - New Teams In 2016
    Don’t be too surprised seeing several drivers wheeling for new teams in 2016. The front offices of several of the race teams were definitely busy during the off-season with roster management. Below is a look at a few drivers who will be competing for a new team in 2016.

    Former series champion, Bobby Labonte (1991) will be driving part-time in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Labonte will have a full-schedule this weekend as he will be running Saturday with Joe Gibbs Racing before jumping in a car for Go Fas Racing and running his 24th career Daytona 500 on Sunday. 

    Labonte has made eight series starts at Daytona, posting two top 10s and an average finish of 20.9.
    JR Motorsports will be welcoming a whole new cast of drivers. Elliott Sadler will now be in the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Returning to the series this season is Justin Allgaier in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Sadler has made 13 series starts at Daytona, posting four top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 15.3. Sadler finished second in the July race at Daytona last season. Allgaier, on the other hand, hasn’t driven an NASCAR XFINITY Series car since 2013, but when he did, he made 10 starts at Daytona, posting five top 10s.

    Sunoco Rookies to Watch In 2016
    Everyone knows the awkward feeling of your first day of school. You don’t know your way around anywhere, and you don’t know very many people, but the excitement of the next stage in your life gets you through it. Many of the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates will likely feel like that this weekend as they embark on their first season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

    As of this week, there are four drivers entered as Sunoco Rookies for 2016: Brandon Jones (Richard Childress Racing), Brennan Poole (Chip Ganassi Racing), Ryan Preece (JD Motorsports) and Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing).

    Brandon Jones is from Atlanta, Georgia and turns 19 on Thursday, Feb. 18. He has one top five and two top 10s in five career XFINITY Series starts.

    Poole, from The Woodlands, Texas is 24 years old. Poole made 17 XFINITY Series starts last season, logging two top 10s.

    Preece is a graduate of the NASCAR Next program. He hails from Berlin, Connecticut is 25 years old. Preece mad three XFINITY Series starts from 2013-14.

    Erik Jones, 19, calls Byron, Michigan home. The NASCAR Next alum has made 26 starts over the last two seasons, posting two wins (Texas and Chicago), 13 top fives, 20 top 10s and average finish of 8.9.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Track Facts - Daytona International Speedway
    Below is a quick look at some NASCAR XFINITY Series statistics for Daytona International Speedway: Number Races: 48
    Number Of Winners: 24
    Wins Leader: Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart (7 each)
    Number Of Pole Winners: 35
    Poles Leader: Joe Nemechek (5)
    Most Race Leaders: 20 (2/23/2013)
    Most Lead Changes: 41 (07/06/2012)
    Most Laps Led (Single Event): 105 (Joe Nemechek, 1998)
    Most Cautions: 11 (2/18/2006)
    Most Caution Laps: 35 - three times (most recently: 2/25/2012)
    Last Season’s Green Flag Passes for the Lead: 56

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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