Daytona NASCAR Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Daytona 500

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TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:29pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 9:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, February 29 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, Febuary 16

9:30 am NSCS Haulers Enter
11:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, Febuary 17

Inspection Begins for Daytona 500 Cars
9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
3:30 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootoout Spotters Meeting
5:00 pm 5:45 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Practice
6:30 pm 7:30 pm NSCS Final Budweiser Shootout Practice
8:00 pm NSCS Drawing for Budweiser Shootout Starting Position
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, Febuary 18

9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 am NSCS Daytona 500 Mandatory Spotter
10:00 am NSCS Rookie Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
11:00 am 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
2:00 pm 3:45 pm NSCS Practice
4:00 pm Race Inspection begins for Budweiser Shootout Cars
4:30 pm ARCA Race 200
6:30 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
7:50 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Driver Intros
8:10 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout
11:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, Febuary 19

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
1:05 pm NSCS Qualifying
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Tuesday, Febuary 21

4:00 pm NNS Haulers Enter

Wednesday, Febuary 22

9:00 am NNS Garage Opens
10:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NCWTS Haulers Enter
12:00 pm 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
1:00 pm NCWTS Garage Opens
2:30 pm 4:00 pm NSCS Practice
6:00 pm NCWTS Garage Closes
7:00 pm NNS & NSCS Garage Closes

Thursday, Febuary 23

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
7:00 am NNS & NCWTS Garage Opens
8:00 am NNS, NSCS & NCWTS Mandatory Spotters Meetings
9:00 am 9:50 am NNS Practice
10:15 am 11:50 am NNS Final Practice
12:00 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:10 pm 1:00 pm NCWTS Practice
1:40 pm NSCS Driver Intros
2:00 pm NSCS Gatorade 150 Mile Qualifying Races
5:00 pm NNS Garage Closes
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes
6:00 pm 7:20 pm NCWTS Final Practice
9:00 pm NCWTS Garage Closes

Friday, Febuary 24

7:00 am NNS & NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 am NCWTS Garage Opens
11:00 am 12:00 pm NSCS Practice
12:30 pm 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
2:05 pm NNS Qualifying
4:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes
4:05 pm NCWTS Qualifying
6:30 pm NNS Garage Closes
7:00 pm NCWTS Driver Intros
7:30 pm NCWTS Race

Saturday, Febuary 25

9:00 am NNS Garage Opens-Access to Haulers Only
9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:30 am 12:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
12:45 pm NNS Driver Intros
1:15 pm NNS Race
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, Febuary 26

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:15 pm NSCS Driver Intros
1:00 pm NSCS Daytona 500

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Saturday, February 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, February 19, 2:00 - 3:45pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 22, 2:30 - 4:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February 24, 11:00 am - 12:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February 24, 12:30 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 25, 10:30 am 12:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2, Sunday, Ferbruary 19 at 1:10 pm/et, TV-FOX, no re-air scheduled but SPEED will air a Daytona 500 pole qualifying special at 8:00pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $19,142,601
winner: $1,431,325
2nd $1,050,075
3rd $759,600
4th $609,900
5th $486,550
100 lap leader $200,000
2011: $18,693,533
2010: $18,549,893
2009: $18,865,586
2008: $18,689,238
2007: $18,386,023
2006: $18,029,052
2005: $17,623,980
2004: $15,972,313
2003: $14,030,129
2002: $12,314,505
2001: $11,049,049
1959: $53,050


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet
    Opened: 1959

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Three Stooges movie actors Jane Lynch & Kate Upton
    Command to start engines Sunday: Jane Lynch & Kate Upton
    Command to start engines Monday: Len, Eddie, Jordan and Jon Wood
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: WWE's John Cena
    Honorary Race Official: UFC's Jon "Bones" Jones
    Invocation: Pastor Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
    National Anthem: Train's, Pat Monahan
    Military Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

  • Track Websites:
    Daytona International Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
    Facebook - Daytona International Speedway
    Twitter - Daytona International Speedway
    Daytona 500 Browser Theme

  • February 2011: see my Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2011: see my Daytona Race Info page

    The Daytona 500 is a different with the Qualifying Races,
    but the Top 35 are still guaranteed a starting spot
    , see the rules on my Daytona Track News, Stats page.

  • Engine Change Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 [just like qualifying] then the other 35 races, teams must run the same engine from Saturday's first practice session through the Gatorade Duel 150 mile qualifying races. If a team makes a change before the Duel, then it must start at the rear of the Duel 150 field. After the Duel 150 races, teams can make an engine change before the Happy Hour [final] practice session on Saturday. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.

  • Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.(SceneDaily)(2-8-2009)

  • 2011 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #21-Trevor Bayne, 130.326mph, started 32nd

  • 2011 July Race Winner: #6-David Ragan, 159.491mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/1988

  • Youngest Daytona 500 Race Winner: Trevor Bayne, 20 years, 0 months, 1 days, 2/20/2011

  • 2nd Youngest Daytona 500 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 25 years, 6 months, 12 days, 2/16/1997

  • Youngest July Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/1995

  • 2011 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 186.089, finished 24th

  • 2011 July Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 182.065, finished 33rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987

  • Track Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • Oldest Pole Winner: 52 years, 5 months, 23 days, Daytona, 7/1/2011

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 11 months, 2 days, 7/6/1996

  • Daytona 500 Tidbits:
    The 2012 edition will be the 54th running of the Daytona 500.
    Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
    518 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 306 in more than one.
    35 drivers have won a Daytona 500.
    Youngest Daytona 500 winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 - 20 years, 0 months, 1 days)
    Oldest Daytona 500 winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 - 50 years, 2 months, 11 days)
    Eight drivers have won more than one Daytona 500, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.
    The eight drivers who have won the Daytona 500 more than once: Richard Petty (seven), Cale Yarborough (four), Bobby Allison (three), Dale Jarrett (three), Jeff Gordon (three), Bill Elliott (two), Sterling Marlin (two) and Michael Waltrip (two).
    Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five; Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 second-place finishes with three.
    Dale Earnhardt finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 23 Daytona 500s.
    Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty each had 16 top 10s in the Daytona 500, more than any other driver.
    Dale Earnhardt had 12 top fives in the Daytona 500, more than any other driver.
    Only 13 drivers have an average finish of 10th or better in the Daytona 500, six of those competed in the Daytona 500 only once.
    Clint Bowyer has a 12.2 average finish in six appearances, the best of the active drivers who have competed in more than one Daytona 500.
    Lee Petty, who won the inaugural Daytona 500, and Trevor Bayne, 2011 Daytona 500 champion, are the only two drivers to win the Daytona 500 in their first appearance.
    28 of the 35 drivers who have won, participated in at least two Daytona 500s before visiting Victory Lane.
    Dale Earnhardt competed 19 times before winning his only Daytona 500 (1998), the longest span of any of the 35 race winners.
    Six drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first Daytona 500 victory: Dale Earnhardt (19), Buddy Baker (18), Darrell Waltrip (16), Bobby Allison (14), Michael Waltrip (14) and Sterling Marlin 12).
    The most Daytona 500s all-time without a victory was Dave Marcis (33 races).
    Mark Martin (27) leads active drivers without a victory.
    Six drivers posted their career-first victory with a win in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Trevor Bayne (2011).
    Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (point-paying) qualifying races: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966). A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95)
    Kevin Harvick's 0.020-second margin of victory over Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500 is the 12th-closest overall since the advent of electronic timing in 1993, and the closest in a Daytona 500.
    26 of the 53 Daytona 500s have been won from a top-five starting position.
    Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.
    Nine have been won from the pole. The last to do so was Dale Jarrett in 2000.
    16 Daytona 500s have been won from the front row.
    Danica Patrick will become the third female driver to compete in a Daytona 500 joining Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson.(2-20-2012)

  • At Daytona International Speedway:
    Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
    Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
    Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.
    There have been 129 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 53 have been 500 miles, 49 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.
    Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
    Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    53 drivers have posted poles at Daytona.
    Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.
    Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles at Daytona.
    54 drivers have won at Daytona.
    Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories at Daytona with 10.
    Jeff Gordon has six victories at Daytona, more than any other active driver.
    The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
    17 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole; the last to do it was Kevin Harvick in last year's Coke Zero 400.
    A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.(2-20-2012)

  • Some Daytona 500 Nuggets from Frontstretch:
    #99-Carl Edwards (starts 1st): Trying to become the first polesitter to win the Daytona 500 since Dale Jarrett in 2000. None of Edwards' 19 career victories have come on a restrictor plate track.
    #16-Greg Biffle (2nd): Seeking to become the first *outside polesitter* to win Daytona since Dale Jarrett (again, not a misprint) in 1993. How bad has it been to be on the outside of the front row? In the last six Daytona 500s, second-place starters have finished inside the top 10 just once.
    #14-Tony Stewart (3rd): Looking to end an 0-for-13 streak at the Daytona 500 despite 17 career wins there in various series. He would also be the first reigning champion to win the 500 since Dale Jarrett in 2000.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (5th): Seeking to snap his winless streak at a whopping 129 Sprint Cup races. A second Daytona 500 trophy would also give him more than his Hall of Fame father, who won the event just once, in 1998.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose (7th): With a win, becomes the first foreign-born winner of the Daytona 500 since Mario Andretti back in _1967.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (16th) - Seeking a fourth 500 victory, an accomplishment that would leave him second all-time only to Richard Petty's seven with Cale Yarborough who has four.
    #55-Mark Martin (22nd) - Bidding to become the oldest driver in history to win a Cup race, let alone break an ominous 0-for-27 track record in the 500. Harry Gant currently holds the record: he was 52 years, seven months and six days old when winning Michigan in August of 1992.
    #10-Danica Patrick (29th) - Needs a 10th or better to become the highest-finishing woman in the history of the Daytona 500. Janet Guthrie (1980) holds the record with an 11th-place result.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (35th) - See Ambrose above re: foreign-born driver. Montoya is also bidding to be the first former Formula One driver to win it since Andretti in '67.
    #21-Trevor Bayne (40th) - Everyone remembers the upset of the NASCAR season last February. If the 21-year-old can do it again, he'd be the first back-to-back Daytona 500 winner since Sterling Marlin in 1994-95. Only two other drivers have ever done it, and both are Hall of Famers: Richard Petty (1973-74) and Cale Yarborough (1983-84).
    #32-Terry Labonte (43rd) - The two-time Cup Series champion is making his 30th career start at Daytona... but he's never captured the 500. Only Dave Marcis (0-for-32) has run more Daytona 500s without scoring a victory.(se a few more at frontstretch.com)(2-27-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Daytona International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Matt Kenseth wins the Daytona 500: #17-Matt Kenseth won the 54th running of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd Daytona 500 win and 22nd career win. Kenseth won in a green-white-checkered finish after a wreck on lap 197, the race ran 202 laps. The race was twice delayed by rain, first from Sunday to Monday at 12:00noon/et, then to 7:00pm/et. Then there was a 2:05:29 red flag when #42-Montoya had a transmission break during a caution as he was catching up to the field, lost control of the car and slammed into the safety truck / jet dryer, destroying his #42 Target Chevy and causing the jet dryer to leak get fuel and catch fire. There was a line of fuel on fire from the jet dryer at the top of the track to the bottom of the banking. After the fire was put out, the track was cleaned up, inspected and the race restarted with 40 laps to go.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd [his sixth 2nd place finish since his last win] followed by #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #31-Burton, #27-Menard, #29-Harvick, #99-Edwards (pole sitter), #20-Logano and #55-Martin. 2011 Champ, #14-Stewart was involved in a late accident and finished 16th. #48-Johnson got tapped by #33-Sadler and caused the first caution on lap 2, taking Johnson out of the race [finishing 42nd] and collecting #10-Danica Patrick [who got repairs and finished 38th]. Three-time Daytona 500 winner #24-Gordon has an engine expire and finished 40th.
    There was 10 cautions for 42 laps along with a 2 hour 5 minute red flag for the track cleanup after the jet dryer accident. There were 27 lead changes among 13 drivers. The estimated attendence was 140,000 (originally estimated at 180,000), down from 182,000 in 2011.
    See race results, wards, money won and more on the Daytona Race Results page (pdf) and also on the Official Daytona Race Report (pdf)(2-27-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 47
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 42, -5
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [0 wins], 42, -5
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [0 wins], 42, -5
    5) #31-Jeff Burton [0 wins], 40, -7
    6) #27-Paul Menard [0 wins], 39, -8
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 37, -10
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 36, -11
    9) #20-Joey Logano [0 wins], 36, -11
    10) #55-Mark Martin [0 wins], 35, -12
    11) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 33, -14
    12) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 33, -14
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    and Owners Points on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(2-27-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Daytona Race Report (pdf)
    Daytona Race Results page (pdf)
    Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
    Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
    Gatorade Duel 150 Race 1 Results
    Gatorade Duel 150 Race 2 Results
    Daytona Practice 7 Speeds page (pdf)
    Daytona Practice 6 Speeds page (pdf)
    Daytona Practice 5 Speeds page (pdf)
    Daytona Practice 4 Speeds page (pdf)
    Daytona Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf)
    Daytona Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf)
    Daytona Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #17-Matt Kenseth won the 54th Annual Daytona 500 , his 22nd victory in 437 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Kenseth is the ninth driver to win multiple Daytona 500s. His first Daytona 500 victory came in the rain-shortened 2009 event.
    This is Roush Fenway Racing's 300th NASCAR national Series victory (126 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; 124 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series; 50 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series).
    Kenseth also won his Gatorade Duel at Daytona race. The last driver to win both a Duel and the Daytona 500 was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2004.
    This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 25 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 19 races at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-27-2012)

  • Daytona Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " This was Matt Kenseth's 22nd career victory in his 437th start.
    " Matt Kenseth became the ninth driver to win multiple Daytona 500s.
    " Matt Kenseth is the first driver to win the 500 after winning one of the Duel races since 2004 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.).
    " Matt Kenseth led twice for 50 laps, including the final 38.
    " It was the second Daytona 500 victory for crew chief Jimmy Fennig, who also won in 1988 with Bobby Allison.
    " The victory was the 300th in NASCAR for Roush Fenway Racing.
    " Ford has won three of the past four Daytona 500s.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) picked up his fifth finish of third or better in the Daytona 500.
    " Greg Biffle (third) tied his best finish in the 500 (2010) and got his third top-10 finish in 10 500 starts.
    " Denny Hamlin (fourth) earned his best career finish in the 500, the first time he's finished better than 17th.
    " Jeff Burton (fifth) has finished in the top 10 in five of his past six races, including 2011.
    " Kevin Harvick (seventh) has top-1o finishes in three of his past four Daytona 500s.
    " Carl Edwards (eighth) earned his third consecutive top-10 finish in the Daytona 500.
    " Danica Patrick (38th) was caught in an early-race accident in her Sprint Cup debut.
    " Jimmie Johnson (42nd) has finished 14th or worse in six of his past seven races since his 34th-place finish at Charlotte last October.
    " The race ended under a green-white-checkered condition for the sixth time in the past seven Daytona 500s that went the full distance.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(2-27-2012)

  • To the Back: #10-Patrick (backup); #27-Menard (backup); #38-Gilliland (backup); #42-Montoya (backup); #51-Busch (engine)

  • Lucky Dos - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down on track
    Caution 3: #83-Cassill, 22nd
    Caution 4: #26-Raines, 19th
    Caution 5: #39-Newman, 21st
    Caution 6: #39-Newman,21st
    Caution 7: #47-Labonte, 14th
    Caution 8: #15-Bowyer, 11th
    Caution 9: #15-Bowyer, 11th
    Caution 10: #9-Ambrose, 13th
    (2-27-2012)

  • Daytona 500 postponed until Monday: the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been postponed to Monday, February 27th at 7:00pm/et. The race is scheduled to air live on FOX and MRN / SiriusXM Sateliite Radio. Rain has started and stopped a couple times, but there was a long lull and the track was within 30 minutes of being dried, but the weather radar shows large storm cells haeding towards the track.
    Tickets for Sunday's race will be honored on Monday. Tickets for the Daytona 500 will also be on sale at the gate or the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.
    For Monday, the National Weather Service says showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    In 53 previous Daytona 500's, only four have been shortened by rain:
    1965 won by Fred Lorenzen, ran 129 laps for 322.5 miles
    1966 won by Richard Petty, ran 198 laps for 495 miles
    2003 won by Michael Waltrip, ran 109 laps for 272.5 miles
    2009 won by Matt Kenseth, ran 152 laps for 380 miles
    See more weather links on my Daytona 500 Race Info page.(2-26-2012)

  • REVISED Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Monday, February 27, 2012.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:00 pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, February 29 at 12:00pm/et

  • #51 Team changes engines, after Happy Hour: During Happy Hour, Kurt Busch's Daytona 500 possibilities were impacted when his #51 Phoenix Racing Chevy hit a bird. "We hit a bird and I think we cooked the engine," owner James Finch said as he watched his men examine the engine and repair the tear in the car's nose. "We're having so much trouble keeping the engine cool I don't think I want to risk [not changing it]." A Phoenix crewmember confirmed the bird strike tore a small hole in the bottom of the radiator, which unbeknownst to Busch drained the water and necessitated the change. Thus, Busch will be one of five cars that must drop to the back of the grid on the pace laps before the start of the Daytona 500. #38-David Gilliland, #10-Danica Patrick, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya and #27-Paul Menard all went to backup cars after their Gatorade Duel qualifying races so must drop back.(NASCAR.com)(2-26-2012)

  • NASCAR plans no changes for Daytona 500: As expected Thursday, ambient temperatures in the low 80s created challenges for Sprint Cup teams competing in the pair of Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500. The aftermath led to widespread whining about the effects of hotter engine temperatures and its effect on performance. It also led to potential suggestions from engine companies to help the overall cooling package. But on Friday morning NASCAR said it anticipated no additional changes to the Cup cars' cooling systems prior to Sunday's Daytona 500. Temperature projections for Sunday are below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. "We continue to monitor things and work with the teams," Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said on Friday morning. "We remind ourselves that the water temperatures are managed by the drivers themselves. Currently, we don't anticipate making any changes."(NASCAR.com)(2-26-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2012.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:20pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, February 29 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #16-Biffle took pit stall 21, the first pitstall in front of the start finish line.
    #14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-24-2012)

  • Gilliland gets a stitch but otherwise ok: #38-David Gilliland cut his thumb on his helmet after his Lap 9 crash in the first Gatorade Duel. The cut required one stitch on his knuckle, he said. "It felt like someone got into the back of us in Turn 1 and away it went." His #38 Ford ran up the track and drove #42-Juan Pablo Montoya and #27-Paul Menard into the wall. #98-Michael McDowell and #2-Brad Keselowski were also involved in the accident. McDowell wound up finishing sixth and making the 500 with the help of a push from defending Daytona 500 winner #21-Trevor Bayne. "I feel like I was probably the cause of (the accident), really," McDowell said. "Trevor was on my bumper pushing me and I got to David's bumper, and as soon as I did it turned hard left."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-24-2012)

  • Kyle Busch wins a WILD Bud Shootout #18-Kyle Busch won the 2012 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway followed by #14-Stewart, #9-Ambrose, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #16-Biffle, #39-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #99-Edwards and #42-Montoya. Busch beat Stewart to the line to win by 0.013 seconds, the closed finish for a Bud Shootout. While the 2-car tandem racing is gone, the big packs are back, with three big wrecks during the race, which ended under a green-white-checked finished, going 82 laps. Pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. was involved in the 2nd wreck and finished 19th.
    The first "big one" occurred in the first 25-lap segment when #34-Ragan and #27-Menard made contact, turning the #27, collecting #55-Waltrip, #5-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #31-Burton, #17-Kenseth and #42-Montoya. The #27, #34 and #55 were too damaged to continue the race after 9 laps.
    The second "big one" occurred on lap 56 when #9-Ambrose was pushing #20-Logano, the #20 moved up and got turned sideways, collecting Ambrose, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. All but Ambrose were too damaged to continue.(2-18-2012)

    The final "big one" happened when #24-Gordon got into #18-Busch turning Busch, who recovered, but Gordon shot up towards the outside wall and into #51-Busch, collecting #1-McMurray and #48-Johnson, also some damage to #99-Edwards, #22-Allmendinger and #9-Ambrose. Gordon ended up on his side, then he barrel rolled a couple times, with the car ended up on the roof, but Gordon got out of the car and was OK.
    Only 10 of 25 cars finished on the lead lap, only 13 cars finished the race and 12 cars did not finish the race.
    See the full rundown and results link on my 2012 Bud Shootout page.(2-18-2012)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • 7th Daytona practice Satruday's Happy Hour [final] practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #38-Gilliland 200.138
    #21-Bayne 200.129
    #6-Stenhouse Jr., 198.921
    #43-Almirola 198.895
    #24-Gordon 198.321
    slowest: #47-Labonte 185.970 & #98-McDowell 186.970
    36 of 43 cars ran laps
    no laps run: #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #13-Mears, #14-Stewart, #32-Labonte, #48-Johnson & #83-Cassill.
    no incidents or problems reported.
    Best 10-lap average was #1-McMurray at 195.650
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 7 Speeds page (pdf).(2-25-2012)

  • 6th Daytona practice Friday's 2nd practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #20-Logano 199.885
    #18-Busch 199.885
    #51-Busch 199.349
    #11-Hamlin 199.097
    #14-Stewart 198.640
    slowest: #47-BLabonte 187.821 and #17Kenseth 190.662
    Best 10-lap average was #2-Keselowski at 195.898
    Only 23 cars ran the practice.
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 6 Speeds page (pdf).(2-24-2012)

  • 5th Daytona practice Friday's first practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #99-Edwards 198.671
    #43-Almirola 198.667
    #9-Ambrose 195.368
    #42-Montoya 195.287
    #16-Biffle 195.202
    slowest: #47-BLabonte 187.555 and #32-TLabonte 189.365
    Best 10-lap average was #24-Gordon at 193.096
    Only 16 cars ran the practice.
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 5 Speeds page (pdf).(2-24-2012)

  • Kenseth wins Gatorade Duel 2: #17-Matt Kenseth won the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #78-Smith, #48-Johnson, #33-Sadler, #16-Biffle, #20-Logano, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #39-Newman and #5-Kahne. #36-Blaney (12th) and #87-Nemechek (22nd) got the two transfer spots and will race in the Daytona 500. #26-Raines fell back early and will use qualifying speed to make the race. #32-Terry Labonte will use the past champions provisional to make the Daytona 500. #09-KWallace had fuel pressure issues and finiished 21st, failing to make the race. The average speed was 194.175mph. There were 7 lead changes among 5 drivers and 0 cautions for 0 laps.
    Go-or-Go Homers: making the Daytona 500 were #98-McDowell [transfer spot 6th Duel 1], #7-Gordon [transfer spot 9th Duel 1], #36-Blaney [transfer spot 12th Duel 2], #87-Nemechek [transfer spot 22nd Duel 2], #21-Bayne [qualifying speed], #26-Raines [qualifying speed],#30-Stremme [qualifying speed] and #32-Terry Labonte [past champions provisional].
    DNQ's not making the Daytona 500 were #09-KWallace, #40-Waltrip, #37-MWallace, #97-Elliott, #23-Richardson Jr. and #49-Yeley.
    See race results on the Gatorade Duel 150 Race 2 Results page (pdf) and see the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup page.(2-23-2012)

  • Stewart wins Gatorade Duel 1: #14-Tony Stewart won the 1st Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #9-Ambrose, #98-McDowell, #7-Gordon, #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #22-Allmendinger, #29-Harvick and #1-McMurray. #98-McDowell and #7-Gordon got the two transfer spots and will race in the Daytona 500. #21-Bayne and #30-Stremme will have to use their qualifying speed to make the race, so Bayne will start 40th and Stremme 42nd. #32-Terry Labonte will probably use the past champions provisional to make the Daytona 500 but could still make the race via speed if #26-Raines and #09-KWallace use the transfer positions in the 2nd Duel, Labonte would be the 3rd fastest qualifier left. There were a few wrecks, the first early in the race when #38-Gilliland got tagged and shot up into #42-Montoya collecting #27-Menard and #2-Keselowski. #40-Waltrip made a late pit stop and came off pit road and got loose coming off the apron, shot up and went head first in to the wall, so Waltrip will not make the 500. On the final lap, #1-McMurray moved down, got in to #43-Almirola who tagged #10-Patrick, sending the #10 Chevy head first in to the SAFER wall. All drivers were reported to be ok. Looks like the #10, #27, #38 and #42 team will all have to go to backup cars.
    The average speed was 159.104mph. There were 8 lead changes among 5 drivers and 3 cautions for 8 laps.
    See race results on the Gatorade Duel 150 Race 1 Results page (pdf).(2-23-2012)

  • Coverage of the Qualifying races the Gatorade Duel 150's to make the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:00pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 2:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et on SPEED

  • 4th practice for the Daytona 500 [and Happy Hour for the Gatorade Duels] Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #43-Almirola 199.712
    #30-Stremme 199.331
    #78-Smith 198.360
    #23-Richardson Jr., 197.972
    #16-Biffle 197.655
    Slowest: #93-Reutimann 189.036 & #83-Cassill 189.143
    Only 25 cars ran the practice.
    Notes: for the most part cars were running in packs and the draft. Early in practice #42-Montoya got slightly into #5-Kahne off turn 4 in practice, #5 slid and bounced thru the tri-oval grass, lots of damage to the nose, going to a backup for the Gatorade Duels. Will go to the rear for the Duel, not the Daytona 500.
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 4 Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2012)

  • 3rd practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #17-Kenseth 200.853
    #21-Bayne 200.817
    #6-Stenhouse Jr., 200.673
    #9-Ambrose 200.280
    #55-Martin 200.196
    Slowest: #48-Johnson 193.316 and #88-Earnhardt Jr. 194.999
    No speeds listed: #36-Raines, #30-Stremme, #37-MWallace, #61-Busch, #83-Cassill and #93-Reutimann.
    Notes: for the most part cars were running in packs and the draft. There was once incident when #15-Bowyer got into #2-Keselowski when the #2 slowed to avoid the #39-Newman car, the #2 slid thru the backstretch grass. There was a little damage to the car, but Keselowski doesn't plan to practice in the next practice.
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2012)

  • Edwards wins Daytona 500 pole: #99-Carl Edwards won the pole for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 194.738mph for his first Daytona 500 pole and 11th career pole and it is Roush Fenway Racing's 80th pole. Edwards is the 37th driver to win the Daytona 500 pole. #16-Biffle gets the outside pole and will start 2nd. Only Edwards and Biffle have secured their exact starting spot. #88-Earnhardt Jr was 3rd fastest followed by #9-Ambrose, #13-Mears, #24-Gordon, #56-Truex Jr., #6-Stenhouse Jr., #21-Bayne and #14-Stewart. Edwards will start from the pole in the first Gatorade Duel and Biffle will start 1st in the 2nd Gatorade Duel. #15-Bowyer has not passed the height sticks and his qualifying time disallowed
    #21-Bayne (9th), #26-Raines (26th) #30-Stremme (27th) all earned spots in the race as the three fastest drivers among those required to qualify on speed. #32-Terry Labonte will also start the race since he has a past champions provisional to use unless he races his way into one of the two spots available in the Duel he races or gets in by speed since he is 5th fastest of the go-or-go homers.
    If Bayne, Raines, or Stremme race into the Daytona 500 via the Gatorade Duels. #09-KWallace, #36-Blaney and/or #40-Waltrip could make the field via speed. #97-Elliott could use the past champions provisional if Terry Labonte races into the field or uses speed [5th best of go-or-go homers] to make the race.
    #15-Clint Bowyer had 22nd-fastest speed, but his car failed to pass post-qualifying inspection as the car did not meet front-end height requirements. So Bowyer will have to start at the rear of his Gatorade Duel, race 2. It doesn't effect his starting spot in the Daytona 500.
    With the exception of the front row, the starting lineup will be set by the Gatorade Duel races, scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd at 2:00pm/et on SPEED.
    See Qualifying Results, speeds, pole progression, pdf link and more on my Daytona 500 Qualifying Results page.
    For the Gatorade Duel 150 1 & 2 starting lineups, see my Gatorade Duel's Starting Lineups page.(2-19-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona 500:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 46.216 seconds, 194.738 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 266 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole in 15 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Edwards' pole speed of 194.738 mph is the fastest pole winning speed in Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole qualifying since 1999 (Jeff Gordon, 195.067 mph).
    With the Coors Light Pole, Carl Edwards has earned a spot in next year's Shootout at Daytona.
    #16-Greg Biffle (second) posted his fifth top-10 start in 19 races at Daytona International Speedway. He will join his Roush Fenway Racing teammate on the front row of the Daytona 500.
    This is Roush Fenway Racing's first Daytona 500 pole since 2004 (Greg Biffle).
    The last time Ford swept the front row for the Daytona 500 was 2007 (David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd).
    The last time teammates swept the front row for the Daytona 500 was 2011 (Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon).
    The last driver to win the Daytona 500 from the pole was Dale Jarrett in 2000.
    The last driver to win the Daytona 500 from the second starting position was Dale Jarrett in 1993.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-19-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, Februay 19, 2012 at 1:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio Channel 90
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 49 cars/drivers are listed. For the Daytona 500, qualifying order was set by a blind draw, not by practice speeds as is the normal way.
    For the Daytona 500, the go-or-go homers will qualify after the top-35 drivers.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #27-Menard.
    The last top-35 driver scheduled to go out (35th) is #38-Gilliland.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is go-or-go homer #98-McDowell.
    See the full qualifying order on the Homestead Qualifying Page.(2-18-2012)

    The Daytona 500 is a different with the Qualifying Races,
    but the Top 35 are still guaranteed a starting spot
    , see the rules on my Daytona Track News, Stats page.

  • 2nd Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series Practice at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 105 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 193.241
    #21-Bayne 193.154
    #56-Truex Jr. 193.071
    #14-Stewart 193.042
    #55-Martin 193.034
    #88-Earnhardt Jr, 12th fastest
    #48-Johnson, 15th fastest
    #10-Patrick, 26th fastest
    Slowest: #23-Richardson 186.610 & #49-Yeley 187.021
    All of the 49 cars made runs
    all runs have been single car qualifying runs.
    See speeds on the Daytona 500 Practice 2 Speeds (pdf).(2-18-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: 2nd practice rank for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway:
    If things stayed the same, the top three cars by speed and a past champ would be guaranteed to make the Daytona 500.
    #21-Bayne 2nd fastest overall
    #09-KWallace 27th
    #36-Blaney 29th
    #30-Stremme 30th
    these drivers could make the race on speed if above drivers race their way in
    #32-TLabonte 33rd / past champ
    #26-Raines 34th
    #97-Elliott 35th / past champ
    #40-Waltrip 39th
    these drivers would need to race in thru the Gayorade Duel 150's
    #98-McDowell 40th
    #87-Nemechek 41st
    #37-MWallace 44th
    #7-Gordon 47th
    #49-Yeley 48th
    #23-Richardson Jr. 49th / last.(2-18-2012)

  • 1st Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series Practice at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 193.395
    #9-Ambrose 193.349
    #24-Gordon 193.150
    #21-Bayne 192.881
    #27-Menard 192.810
    #88-Earnhardt Jr was 6th
    #48-Johnson was 15th
    #10-Patrick was 13th
    Slowest: #23-Richardson 184.441 & #49-Yeley 186.621
    qualifying order for the Daytona 500 is set by a blind draw NOT by fastest practice speeds; order will be posted in a bit.
    See speeds on the Daytona 500 Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(2-18-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: 1st practice rank for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway:
    If things stayed the same, the top three cars by speed and a past champ would be guaranteed to make the Daytona 500.
    #21-Bayne 4th fastest overall
    #09-KWallace 25th
    #30-Stremme 30th
    #32-TLabonte 33rd / past champ
    these drivers could make the race on speed if above drivers race their way in
    #40-Waltrip 34th
    #36-Blaney 36th
    #87-Nemechek 37th
    #26-Raines 38th
    these drivers would need to race in thru the Gayorade Duel 150's
    #97-Elliott 42nd / past champ
    #98-McDowell 41st
    #37-MWallace 44th
    #7-Gordon 47th
    #49-Yeley 48th
    #23-Richardson Jr. 49th / last.(2-18-2012)

  • The Entry List for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Kenny Wallace (0/0)
    #7-Robby Gordon (38/36)
    #21-Trevor Bayne(i) (37/18)
    #23-Robert Richardson Jr. (61/1)
    #26-Tony Raines (48/27)
    #30-David Stremme (43/23)
    #32-Terry Labonte (0/0)(1996 Past Champ)
    #36-Dave Blaney (44/13)
    #37-Mike Wallace (39/36)
    #40-Michael Waltrip (46/29)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (0/0)
    #87-Joe Nemechek(i) (42/36)
    #97-Bill Elliott (55/4)(1988 Past Champ)
    #98-Michael McDowell (40/35)
    In the UNLIKELY event that qualifying and ALL practices are cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 32,21,7,37,98,87,30,40
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 26,36,97,23,09,49
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona 500 Entry List.(2-16-2012)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#5-Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance #5 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch M&M's Brown #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger / AARP #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Peak - blue #27 Team Schemes Page
#26-Tony Raines Rick Santorum for President #26 Team Schemes Page
#30 David Stremme Jegs #30 Team Schemes Page
#31-Jeff Burton Caterpiller #31 Team Schemes Page
#33-Elliott Sadler Kroger - General Mills #33 Team Schemes Page
#34 David Ragan Scorpion Truck Bed Liners #34 Team Schemes Page
#38 David Gilliland Pudding Power Pak #38 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army #39 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Kroger - USO #47 Team Schemes Page
#51-Kurt Busch Hendrickcars.com #51 Team Schemes Page
#55-Mark Martin Aaron's #55 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew #88 Team Schemes Page
#98-Michael McDowell K-Love / Curb Records #98 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Fastenal #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Daytona 500: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Daytona International Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #09-Kenny Wallace: will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 51 is his bid to make the 54th-annual Daytona 500. Purchased from Red Bull Racing, this chassis saw action last year when Brian Vickers piloted this Toyota Camry to a fifth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1204, to Daytona International Speedway this weekend.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-643 during Sunday's 54th running of the Daytona 500. This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet. Continuing one of the most-popular features of the "Blue Deuce" from 2011, the featured tag line on the rear bumper this weekend in Daytona will be "Driven to Greatness."
    #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: is driving primary chassis RK-689 which last ran at Daytona in July and won the race with David Ragan driving. The backup chassis will be RK720.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 795 for the Daytona 500. This Stanley Ford Fusion is brand new this season and was tested in Daytona in January.
    #10-Danica Patrick will driver Chassis No. 333, a brand new chassis that will make its debut during Daytona Speedweeks in preparation for the 54th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.
    #16-Greg Biffle: is racing primary chassis RK-794 which is a brand new chassis, the backup chassis is RK-689, which last raced at Daytona in July and finished 18th.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-741 which last run at Texas. This weekend at Daytona , Kenseth will pilot the #17 Best Buy Ford Fusion.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 333 is a brand new chassis that will make its race debut in Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano: and the #20 Home Depot team will take chassis #293 to Daytona for the 500. The car has run previous restrictor-plate races in the past. Chassis #325 will serve at the team's backup for Daytona. It's the same car the team used in the Daytona test back in January.
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be racing their "PRS-642" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this week's action at Daytona. Thursday's qualifying race will mark its first time in racing competition.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 338 from the RCR stable in the Daytona 500. This Chevy was a new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and saw superspeedway competition as Menard's #27 in the Daytona 500, at Talladega in April and at Daytona in July. The car was last seen on track at Talladega in October, entered as the #33 Chevy 100 Years Chevrolet where the team started third and went on to claim RCR's 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. The #27 PEAK/Menards Chevy will carry a special paint scheme during Speedweeks at Daytona. "PEAK blue" and "Menards yellow" will don the Impala as the Sprint Cup Series kicks off the 2012 season.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will utilize Chassis No. 387 from the Richard Childress Racing stable for this weekend's Daytona 500. This is a brand new race car that saw its first on-track activity at DIS during preseason testing in January.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 296 from the RCR stable in the Daytona 500. This chassis, built in 2010 for RCR's #33 entry, competed in two superspeedway events in 2010 including the Talladega Superspeedway race in April (started-14th, finished-seventh) and the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July (started-15th, finished-17th). Ring Power and Louisiana Cat will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy for all Speedweeks 2012 events at Daytona International Speedway.
    #33-Elliott Sadler: will pilot Chassis No. 238 from the RCR stable. This former #31 racer received a new body over the season after competing in the 2010 and 2011 Budweiser Shootouts with driver Jeff Burton, posting 12th and eighth-place finishes, respectively. The #33 will be sponsored by General Mills and Kroger at Daytona.
    #36-Dave Blaney and the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet team will compete with the No. 331 chassis. The chassis is a brand new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing. TBR tested the chassis at Daytona International Speedway in January.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-701 is a brand new racecar that has only been tested in the wind tunnel. The Gatorade Duel will mark its first race of any kind, and the Daytona 500 will mark its first points-paying race.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris 'Sunshine' Heroy and the #42 Target team will be racing chassis #1117 in the Daytona 500. This is the same chassis that Montoya drove to a 15th place finish during the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway last year.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 722 for the Daytona 500. This is not the same car the team tested at the speedway in January, but it is the same Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford Fusion that the #43 team ran in every restrictor plate event last season.
    #51-Kurt Busch Chassis No. 553, Busch tested this chassis in January at Daytona International Speedway and turned a lap of 206.058 mph. This is the samecar that Brad Keselowski drove to victory in April 2009 at Talladega. It was his first career victory and remains the only Sprint Cup Series win for Phoenix Racing.
    #55-Mark Martin: The #55 Aaron's Dream Machine is racing chassis No. 687 this weekend at Daytona, the first race appearance for the car. Chassis No. 710, also a new chassis will serve as the backup.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be unloading chassis RK-712 at Daytona, the same car which finished second in the Daytona 500 last year.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(2-23-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup (total): Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350

    Set limits:
    Shootout: 6 sets for event;
    Daytona 500: up to 10 sets through Friday's practice sessions, and up to 10 sets for Saturday's final practice through the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for event;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    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 all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Daytona, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three of these series ran at both Daytona and Talladega last season . . . this left-side code (D-4138) has been run by Sprint Cup teams at Talladega since 2009 . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
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Daytona 500 Odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

World Sports Exchange:
Daytona 500
2012 Sprint Cup Championship

Bovada Sportsbook:
Daytona 500

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)

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Countdown to Race Time: 10/5/2014 ~2:16pm/et

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