NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Daytona 500

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/et

For more info on the Sprint Unlimited, go to the
2013 The Sprint Unlimited / 2012 Pole Winners page

See qualifying results and how drivers will start in the Budweiser Duel on the
2013 Budweiser Duel page


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: Fox - 12:00pm/et

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

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

  • Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda, TBA

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, February 27 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • Motor Racing Network in Daytona: Motor Racing Network kicked off its 2013 schedule with 25 hours of coverage from last month's Rolex 24 at Daytona. For February, MRN has slated 33 hours of exclusive radio and streaming content from Budweiser Speedweeks to launch the 2013 NASCAR season. Saturday's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (formerly the Budweiser Shootout) opens a stretch of nine races in as many days for Motor Racing Network as it heads into its 44th year of broadcasting. That'll culminate with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.
    In addition to servicing its traditional network of radio affiliates, MRN will provide a number of webcasts heard only at MotorRacingNetwork.com including the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19; and coverage of Sprint Cup Series practice sessions Feb. 15, 20 and 23.
    "This is an ambitious schedule and one that'll provide complete coverage of Budweiser Speedweeks for our loyal listeners and now, those who regularly visit our website," said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. "If it happens at Daytona International Speedway over the next couple weeks, you'll hear about it on Motor Racing Network."
    The first race of Speedweeks 2013 will be Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, featuring Cup Series pole winners from last season in a non-points special event. Air time is 7:00om/et with Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle anchoring the broadcast. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.
    Start-to-finish coverage of Daytona 500 Qualifying will follow on Sunday at 1:00pm/et, when the front row is set for the season-opening Sprint Cup Series race. Carl Edwards is bidding to become the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500 poles since Ken Schrader put three in a row together from 1988-1990.
    A full week of pre-"500" programming opens Monday, Feb. 18, with a one-hour special "Daytona 500: Turning of the Tide," featuring memorable moments and game-changing drama from the 54-year history of "The Great American Race."
    Two special editions of "NASCAR Live" with Eli Gold will air Feb. 19 and 21. Thursday's program will include a recap of the Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races. Scheduled guests are drivers Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    The ninth season of "NASCAR Performance Live" gets rolling Feb. 20 featuring crew chief Paul Wolfe from Penske Racing, who helped guide Brad Keselowski to the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship.
    MRN streaming content will include both nights of the Battle At The Beach, a showcase for three of NASCAR's top regional series: the Whelen All-American Series for Late Models, the Whelen Modified Tour and the K&N Pro Series. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. on both Feb. 18 and 19.
    The NextEra Energy Resources 250, opening race of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series, will air Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. James Buescher is back to defend his 2012 championship. The following day, MRN will broadcast the DRIVE-4-C.O.P.D. 300 Nationwide Series opener at 1 p.m.
    Budweiser Speedweeks concludes with complete coverage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24. Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner, with Keselowski opening his bid for a second consecutive Cup Series championship. All told in 2013, MRN is broadcasting 88 live events from 34 different venues  spread across NASCAR's three top national series, as well as exclusive radio coverage of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
    MOTOR RACING NETWORK / 2013 Budweiser Speed Weeks Schedule (All times EST)
    Feb. 15 Sprint Cup Series Practice, 6:30 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 16 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 17 Daytona 500 Qualifying, 1 p.m.
    Feb. 18 "Daytona 500: Turning of the Tide," 7 p.m.
    UNOH Battle At The Beach, 7 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 19 "NASCAR Live," 7 p.m.
    UNOH Battle At The Beach, 7 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 20 Sprint Cup Series Practice, 2:30 p.m. (streaming only)
    "NASCAR Performance Live," 7 p.m.
    Feb. 21 Budweiser Duel at Daytona, 1 p.m.
    "NASCAR Live," 7 p.m.
    Feb. 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 23 FINAL Daytona 500 Practice, 10:30 a.m. (streaming only)
    NASCAR Nationwide Series, 12:45 p.m.
    Feb. 24 55th Running of the Daytona 500, 12 p.m.
    (MRN)(2-14-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, February 14

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

Friday, February 15

9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
3:30 pm NSCS Sprint Unlimited Spotters Meeting
5:00 - 5:45 pm NSCS Sprint Unlimited Practice
6:30 - 7:30 pm NSCS Final Sprint Unlimited Practice
8:00 pm NSCS Drawing for Sprint Unlimited
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, February 16

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

Sunday, February 17

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

Wednesday, February 20

10:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
2:30 - 4:00 pm NSCS Final Budweiser Duel Practice
7:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Thursday, February 21

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 - 9:50 am NNS Practice
10:15 - 11:50 am NNS Final Practice
12:00 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:10 - 1:00 pm NCWTS Practice
1:40 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
2:00 pm NSCS Budweiser Duel Qualifying Races
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, February 22

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am - 12:00 pm NSCS Practice
12:30 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
1:40 pm NCWTS Qualifying
3:35 pm NNS Qualifying
4:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes
7:00 pm NCWTS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NCWTS Race

Saturday, February 23

9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:30 am - 12:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
12:45 pm NNS Driver Introductions
1:15 pm NNS Race
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, February 24

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:15 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
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 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, February 16, 2:00 - 3:45 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 20, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 20, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February 22, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2, Sunday, February 17 at 1:10 pm/et, TV-FOX, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $19,339,194
winner: $1,444,850
2nd $1,063,450
3rd $773,000
4th $623,300
5th $499,875
100 lap leader $200,000

2012: $19,142,601
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

  • For more info on the Sprint Unlimited, go to my 2013 The Sprint Unlimited / 2012 Pole Winners page

  • Track Specifications:
    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: Actor James Franco
    Command to start engines: Actor James Franco
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Retired NFL player Ray Lewis
    Invocation: Rev L. Ronald Durham, Greater Friendship Missionary Church
    National Anthem: Zac Brown Band Member Clay Cook
    Military Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were going to, but the clouds were too low

  • Track Websites:
    Daytona International Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook - Daytona International Speedway
    Twitter - Daytona International Speedway

  • February 2012: see my Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2012: see my Daytona Race Info page

  • 2012 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 140.256mph, started 4th

  • 2012 July Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 157.653mph, started 42nd

  • 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

  • Wosrt Starting Spot to win: #14-Tony Stewart, started 42nd, 7/7/2012

  • 2012 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 194.738, finished 8th

  • 2012 July Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 192.386, finished 3rd

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

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

  • Oldest Daytona 500 Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 51 years, 0 months, 27 days, 2/6/2010

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

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

  • Notes & Facts 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.
    The track underwent a repave in 2010.
    There have been 131 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 54 have been 500 miles, 50 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; he led 38 laps and won by 2 feet.
    Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    55 drivers have posted poles at Daytona.
    Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.
    Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with three poles at Daytona.
    56 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 the 2011 Coke Zero 400.
    A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.(NASCAR)(2-20-2013)

  • No Cup Champs as winner of Daytona 500 in a while: If #2-Brad Keselowski wins the Daytona 500 on Sunday, he'll be the first defending Cup champion in 13 years to accomplish the feat. The last man to do it was Dale Jarrett in 2000, three months after winning the 1999 title.(ESPN)(2-21-2013)

  • 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

  • Jimmie Johnson win the Daytona 500: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 55th running of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd career Daytona 500 win and 61st career win. Johnson is the 10th driver to win multiple Daytona 500's. Johnson won in his 400th career start, the 6th driver to do so. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #55-Martin, #2-Keselowski, #39-Newman, #16-Biffle, #51-Smith, #10-Patrick (1st career top 10 in 11 races), #98-McDowell (first career top 10 in 155 races) and #36-Yeley (1st top 10 since 2008)
    #20-Kenseth led 86 laps until he blew an engine on lap 149. Pole sitter #10-Danica Patrick finished 8th, the best finish for a female driver, Janet Guthrie finish 11th in 1980.
    On lap 138 #21-Bayne got into the rear of the #2-Keselowski in turn 1, Keselowski went to the apron, Bayne spun and collected #99-Edwards (he was involved in wrecks during practice, the Sprint Unlimited, the Budweiser Duel and now the Daytona 500) #33-Dillon, #34-Ragan, #35-Wise, #38-Gilliland, #32-Labonte and #17-Stenhouse Jr.
    On lap 90, #10-Patrick led a lap, the first woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500.
    On lap #32, the three lead cars slowed, 4th in linr, #6-Kahne hit the brakes and #18-Busch got into the rear of the #5, causing the #5 to spin. Other cars collected were #29-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #42-Montoya, #1-McMurray, #13-Mears and #78-Busch.
    Early in the race, #38-Gilliland was slow and thought he was down a cylinder, ended up being a plug wire not connected.
    It was the seventh Daytona 500 victory for owner Rick Hendrick. Chevrolet now has 22 Daytona 500 victories, more than any other manufacturer. A Team Chevy driver has won seven of the last 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series openers at the 2.5-mile track.
    There were 28 lead changes among 14 drivers and 6 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 159.250mph.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Daytona 500 Race Results page (pdf) and Daytona Penalty Resport.(2-24-2012)
    See the Official Race and Points on the Daytona Official Race and Points Report page (pdf).(2-25-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Annual Daytona 500, his 61st victory in 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Johnson also won the Daytona 500 in 2006. He becomes the 10th driver to win multiple Daytona 500s.
    Johnson is the sixth driver to win in his 400th start. The others were Lee Petty, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dave Marcis and Dale Earnhardt.
    This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 23 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    #55-Mark Martin (third) posted his 20th top-10 finish in 55 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #10-Danica Patrick (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie. She is the first female driver to score a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500.
    The previous highest Daytona 500 finish by a female was Janet Guthrie's 11th-place finish in 1980.
    Patrick, who led five laps, became the first female to lead a lap in the Daytona 500.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(2-24-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 47
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42, -5
    3) Mark Martin, 41, -6
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 41, -6
    5) #39-Ryan Newman, 40, -7
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 38, -9
    7) #10-Danica Patrick, 37, -10
    8) #98-Michael McDowell, 35, -12
    9) #36-J.J. Yeley, 34, -13
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 34, -13
    11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 32, -15
    12) #43-Aric Almirola, 31, -16
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #87-Nemechek, 43rd
    Caution 2: #38-Gilliland, 38th
    Caution 3: #36-Yeley, 10th
    Caution 4: none, driver in the wreck was first a lap down
    Caution 5: #22-Logano, 19th
    Caution 6: #32-Labonte, 26th
    (2-24-2013)

  • For more info on the Sprint Unlimited, go to my 2013 The Sprint Unlimited / 2012 Pole Winners page

  • Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; Driver Intros 12:43pm/et; National Anthem 1:10pm/et; Start your engines command 1:18pm/et; green flag approx 1:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, February 27 at 12:00pm/et

  • Weather on Sunday could be a concern for the Daytona 500 [as of 2:00pm/et]: The weather forecast for Sunday, Feb. 24th looks iffy. We may get a chance to see the Air Titan track drying system in operation and see if it works well, more info on my Track Drying System page.
    The current radar has some cells to the west, but there looks like a good chance the race will get in. here are a couple of forecasts for Sunday:
    Weather.com forecast for today: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 73F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% and for Sunday night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening. Cloudy skies after midnight. Low 61F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
    The National Weather Service forecast for today: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. West northwest wind around 10 mph becoming north northeast. Chance of precipitation is 50%. And for Sunday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
    The weather for Monday and Tuesday look very similar to Sunday.
    Last year, rain forced the Daytona 500 to be postponed for the first time in its 54-year history and ran Monday night. One-Hundred laps need to be run [of 200, 1/2 distance] to be official. See a few weather links on my Daytona Race Info page.(2-24-2013)

  • Engine 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 Budweiser 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 practice session. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.

  • 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 #10-Patrick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 21, the first pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #29-Harvick, 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 #78-Busch, who starts 11th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-22-2013)

  • Harvick wins the Sprint Unlimited: #29-Harvick led 40 of 75 laps and won the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his third event win. #16-Biffle finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #14-Stewart and #20-Kenseth. Fans had until the start of the second segment to vote for the number of cars that will be eliminated after the 25-lap second segment. The four choices were none, two, four or six. The fans chose not to eliminate any cars.
    Fans voted up to the start of the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway for the type of pit stop each team must make after the 30-lap first segment. The three choices were a required four-tire pit stop (63% of the vote), a required two-tire pit stop (17%) or no stop at all (20%) at the completion of the first segment. The fans chose a required four-tire pit stop at the end of the 30 lap segment 1. On Lap 15, #14-Stewart, was running 2nd, came down to get in front of #9-Ambrose, sending #9 up the track a bit and the #14 hitting the apron, but both drove on at speed. #11-Hamlin got into the #48-Johnson car, send both into the outside wall, collecting #55-Martin, #78-Busch, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon and #56-Truex Jr. Only Truex Jr. was able to stay in the race.
    For each segment results, notes and links on the 2013 Sprint Unlimited page.(2-16-2013)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Budweiser Duel Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway have been made. To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-21-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 6 Speeds
    Practice 5 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Budweiser Duel Race #2 Results Budweiser Duel Race #1 Results Budweiser Duel #1 Pit Stall Selections Budweiser Duel #2 Pit Stall Selections Practice 4 Speeds
    Practice 3 Speeds
    Budweiser Duel Race 1 Starting Lineup Budweiser Duel Race 2 Starting Lineup Qualifying Results
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Entry List

  • 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.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2012 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

  • See the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup Page.
    Stewart Haas Racing tweeted that #10-Danica Patrick and her team have chosen to start the Daytona 500 from the outside row. The pole sitter [and only the pole sitter] has the choice of which row/lane to start the race. On restarts, whoever is leading the race has the same option.
    Three cars (so far) will go to the rear of the field before the start of the race: #99-Edwards (backup car); #21-Bayne (backup); #51-Smith (backup)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, top five and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 198.592
    #38-Gilliand 198.421
    #15-Bowyer 198.242
    #9-Ambrose 198.146
    #43-Almirola 198.037
    (above were drafting)
    slowest:#47-Labonte 189.243 and #51-Smith 190.150 (single car runs)
    33 of 43 cars ran laps.
    no laps for #'s 1 10 11 13 14 18 20 24 32 87
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Daytona 500 Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(2-23-2013)

  • Final Friday practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is being run, after 55 of 60 scheduled minutes, top five and notes:
    #14-Stewart 197.131
    #24-Gordon 197.075
    #10-Patrick 197.010
    #5-Kahne 196.889
    #20-Kenseth 196.369
    (above were drafting)
    slowest: #51-Smith 186.900 & #32-Labonte 188.917 (single car runs)
    only 22 of 43 cars have ran laps.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Daytone 500 Practice 6 Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2013)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, top five and notes:
    #43-Almirola 196.941
    #31-Burton 196.331
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 196.083
    #47-Labonte 196.031
    #98-McDowell 196.019
    (above were drafting)
    slowest: #34-Ragan 189.239 & #39-Newman 190.351 (single car runs)
    only 14 of 43 cars ran laps.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Daytone 500 Practice 5 Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2013)

  • Harvick wins Budweiser Duel #1: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Duel #1 Qualifying Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick has won both races so far this season, the Sprint Unlimited and a Budweiser Duel race. #16-Biffle finished 2nd (also finished 2nd in the Sprint Unlimited) followed by #42-Montoya, #48-Johnson, #78-Busch, #14-Stewart, #2-Keselowski, #13-Mears, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #22-Logano. Eleventh was #47-Labonte, #38-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #26-Waltrip and #95-Speed finished 15th, gaining the final transfer spot. Finishing out of the transfer spots were #83-Reutimann, #10-Patrick [ill handling car, but will still start on the pole in the Daytona 500], #51-Smith, #56-Truex Jr. [came across the finish line 6th but had been blacked flagged for a missing side window], #11-Hamlin, #52-Keselowski, #99-Edwards and #21-Bayne. Bayne led the first 37 laps. On lap 52, #11-Hamlin got loose and came down on #99-Edwards, sending Edwards into the outside wall, Bayne had no place to go and hit the #99. #21-Bayne will get in the race via speed. Edwards, Hamlin and Truex Jr. should get in the race by either speed or owners points provisional. #52-Keselowski will be one of the two cars that will not make the race.
    See race results and more on the Budweiser Duel Race #1 Results (pdf).(2-21-2013)

  • Budweiser Duel moves to night in 2014: Daytona International Speedway announced Thursday that the Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500 will be moved next year to a night-time start and be televised by Fox. "To earn a coveted starting spot in the Daytona 500, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have to perform under the lights and in front of a primetime audience in the Budweiser Duel,'' DIS president Joie Chitwood III said. "Moving the Budweiser Duel under the lights will add another dimension to Budweiser Speedweeks.'' The qualifying races join the Sprint Unlimited and the Camping World Truck Series race as night-time events during Speedweeks.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-21-2013)

  • Final Wednesday practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, most cars did drafting during this practice, after 90 scheduled minutes, top five and notes:
    #5-Kahne 197.737
    #16-Biffle 197.702
    #24-Gordon 197.628
    #10-Patrick 197.555
    #99-Edwards 197.507
    slowest: #52-Keselowski 183.135 & #39-Newman 189.625 (1 lap)
    only 27 of 45 cars have made a run, many teams have decided not to run in this practice.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. got back on track after the team made the engine change and ran the most laps with 34. #39-Newman, involved in a practice 1 wreck, got on the track with about 10 minutes to go to shake down the car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Daytone 500 Practice 4 Speeds page (pdf).(2-20-2013)

  • First Wednesday practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, most cars did drafting during this practice, after 90 scheduled minutes, top five and notes:
    #26-Waltrip 198.347
    #34-Ragan 198.133
    #14-Stewart 198.133
    #27-Menard 197.946
    #18-Busch 197.511
    slowest: #52-Keselowski 170.950 & #36-Yeley 186.027 (each only ran a lap)
    31 of 45 cars have made a run.
    no speed listed for #24 #35 #98
    notes: #2-Keselowski lost power early in the practice and had to be pushed to the garage, Keselowski said there was some fuel system problem.
    Fifteen minutes into the practice #39-Newman came down and #99-Edwards came up, making contact, the #39 spun around, the #39 has damage, slight damage on the #99 and some cosmetic damage to the #55. The #55 says they are done practicing for the day.
    #88-Earnhardt lost an engine 50 minutes into practice, #88 goes to the rear for Duel only not the 500.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Daytone 500 Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(2-20-2013)

  • Patrick wins Daytona 500 pole: #10-Danica Patrick won the pole for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 196.925mph. Patrick is the first female driver to win a pole in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. #24-Gordon won the outside pole and will start 2nd next Sunday. #21-Bayne was 3rd fastest, followed by #38-Newman, #14-Stewart, #5-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #22-Logano and #20-Kenseth.
    #10-Partick (pole) and #24-Gordon (outside pole) are locked in their starting spots. Eleven other drivers are locked into the Daytona 500 field: , #21-Bayne (speed), #39-Newman (speed), #14-Stewart (speed), #5-Kahne (speed), #2-Keselowski (owners points/provisional), #15-Bowyer (op/prov), #48-Johnson (op/prov), #16-Biffle (op/prov), #11-Hamlin (op/prov), #17-Stenhouse Jr. (op/prov), and #78-Kurt Busch (past champions provisional). If any of those eleven race their way into the Daytona 500 [finishing 16th of better in their Duel], other drivers will be eligible to make the race on speed, owners points or past champions provisional.
    See qualifying results and how drivers will start in the Budweiser Duel on the 2013 Budweiser Duel page.(2-17-2013)

  • Danica Patrick Becomes First Female Pole Winner In NASCAR Sprint Cup History: #10-Danica Patrick made NASCAR history today during Coors Light Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500, becoming the first female driver to win a pole at NASCAR's top level  the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. During qualifying for the sport's marquee event, Patrick turned a lap of 196.434 mph (45.817 seconds), giving her the first starting position for next Sunday's Daytona 500. It was the fastest Daytona 500 pole-winning speed since 1990. Patrick shattered the previous record for top starting spot by a female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Janet Guthrie previously held the mark, twice starting ninth in 1977. She started ninth at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977. The previous best starting position for a female in the Daytona 500 was 18th by Janet Guthrie in 1980.
    This is Patrick's second NASCAR pole, also winning the Coors Light Pole for the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona last season. The only other female to win a NASCAR national series pole was Shawna Robinson in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1994. Already a NASCAR record holder, Patrick set the mark of best finish by a female driver in NASCAR national series history when she finished fourth in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. She finished 10th in the final 2012 NASCAR Nationwide points standings, the top finish by a female in NASCAR national series history. Patrick, who is running for the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, is the first rookie to win the Daytona 500 pole since Jimmie Johnson in 2002.(NASCAR)(2-17-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway:
    #10-Danica Patrick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 45.817 seconds, 196.434 mph.
    Patrick is the first female driver to win a pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    Janet Guthrie previously held the record for top starting position by a female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, twice starting ninth in 1977. She started ninth at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977.
    The previous best starting position for a female in the Daytona 500 was 18th by Janet Guthrie in 1980.
    This is Patrick?s second NASCAR pole, also winning the Coors Light Pole for the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona last season.
    Patrick, who is running for the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, is the first rookie to win the Daytona 500 pole since Jimmie Johnson in 2002.
    Patrick is the 11th different pole winner in the last 11 Daytona 500s.
    It was the fastest Daytona 500 pole-winning speed since 1990.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 26th top-10 start in 41 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    This is the fourth time Gordon has started on the front row for the Daytona 500. He won the pole in 1999 and started second in 2006 and 2011.(NASCAR)(2-17-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN, 1:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 / Budweiser Duel Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #42-Montota.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(2-16-2013)

  • Second practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over. After 120 minutes of single car runs, the fastest was #10-Danica Patrick at 196.219mph followed by #14-Stewart, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #1-McMurray, #21-Bayne, #27-Menard, #39-Newman, #22-Logano and #31-Burton. All 42 of the 45 cars made runs. #19-Bliss was the slowest at 188.072mph. Three drivers didn't practice: #33-Dillon, #78-Busch and #52-Brian Keselowski. The only incident was #42-Montona losing an engine.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Daytona 500 Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).

  • First practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over. After 120 minutes of single car runs, the fastest was #22-Joey Logano at 195.410mph followed by #33-Dillon, #10-Patrick, #27-Menard, #31-Burton, #5-Kahne, #21-Bayne, #42-Montoya, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and ##18-Busch. All 45 cars made runs. #52-Brian Keselowski was the slowest at 183.974mph. There were no incident or accidents. The last practice before Sunday's qualifying is scheduled to run from 2:00-4:00pm/et and aired on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Daytona 500 Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).

  • The Entry List for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #26-Waltrip [normally the #30 with Stremme], #32-T. Labonte, #52 Brian Kesewloski, #19-Bliss, #95-Speed, #51-Smith. There is no top-35 guaranteed spots any longer. Qualifying is scheduled for Sunday at 1:10pm/et to air on Fox. Qualifying will determine the front row for the Daytona 500 and the lineup for the Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying races.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona 500 Entry List

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2013 DAYTONA 500

    Step 1) Positions 1-2: set by first round qualifying, the fastest two drivers.

    Step 2) Positions 3-32: set by the results of the Budweiser Duel 150, 32 drivers, not already in by step 1. Drivers who finish in the top 15 in their respective races earn spots in the Daytona 500 and the 16th-place driver gets in as long as one of the top-15 drivers already occupies one of the two front row spots.

    Step 3) Positions 33-36: the fastest four drivers from qualifying not in already from steps 1 and 2.

    Step 4) Positions 37-42: the highest drivers in the previous season's OWNERS points standing not already in the race.

    Step 5) Postion 43: to a former Sprint Cup Champion not already in by the criteria set in steps 1 thru 4. If there is no former champ not in, the next driver whose team in the highest in the previous OWNERS points standings

  • The Daytona 500 has a different qualifying format: Only the two fastest drivers secure starting spots for the Daytona 500 in qualifying on Sunday, February 17th. Qualifying speeds will be used to set the lineups for Thursday's Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying races. Odd numbers -- first, third, fifth and so on -- go in the first race, even numbers in the second. Results from the Budweiser Duel will set positions 3 through 32 for the Daytona 500. The next four spots in the Daytona 500 field will go to the drivers with the four fastest qualifying speeds who have not yet made the field. The final six spots go to provisional starters based on last season's car owner points standings. The 43rd and final spot goes to a past Sprint Cup Series champion, if needed. If not used then the spot goes to the the next driver whose team in the highest in the previous owners points standings. The pole sitting driving is assured of starting on the pole in the Daytona 500 and the second-fastest driver is assured of starting on the outside of the front row for the Daytona 500. The third-fastest, however, could start the Daytona 500 as far back as 33rd depending on how they finish in the Budweiser Duel.

  • How To Qualify For The Daytona 500 - 2013: Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unlike any other auto racing qualifying procedure. Drivers have multiple opportunities to qualify for the season-opening race, as opposed to the usual format of one qualifying session per event. The first chance comes via Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 on FOX. The other chance is the Duel at Daytona, two 150-mile qualifying races held on Thursday, Feb. 21 on SPEED. Below is a breakdown of the Daytona 500 qualifying procedure:
    Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying
    " Each team may run two consecutive laps with the fast lap setting the qualifying time. The two fastest qualifiers earn starting positions one and two and are the only guaranteed positions, filling the front row for the Daytona 500 and pole positions for the two qualifying races.
    " The Duel at Daytona, two 150-mile qualifying races, will determine starting positions for the Daytona 500 beyond the front row. In the event of cancellation, the field will be set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book.
    Duel at Daytona
    " Those cars earning odd-numbered positions from qualifying will be assigned to the first Duel race. Those cars earning even-numbered positions from qualifying will compete in the second race.
    " The starting positions for each Duel race will also be based on qualifying times.
    Daytona 500 Lineup
    " The two fastest qualifiers set starting positions one and two.
    " The highest 15 finishers in each Duel race  excluding the already locked-in front row  will earn a spot in the Daytona 500, and fill positions 3-32.
    " Based on their finishing position in the first Duel race, the top 15 will line up on the inside row (odd-number starting positions).
    " Based on their finishing position in the second Duel race, the top 15 will line up on the outside row (even-number starting positions).
    " Positions 33-36 will go to the four fastest cars from qualifying that have not already earned a spot.
    " Position 37-42 will be provisional positions, and go to the highest six cars in 2012 owner points that have not already qualified via the Duel or Coors Light Pole qualifying.
    " The 43rd starting position will be assigned to any car owner who has the most recent eligible past NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who did not make the field by any other method, providing the driver had competed in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. If the 43rd position remains unused it will be assigned to the next highest car in 2012 owner points not already locked into the field.(NASCAR)(2-16-2013)

  • Qualifying sets only Daytona 500 front row: Sunday's Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole qualifying is unique in that only the top two positions will be guaranteed. Remaining qualifiers are seeded by qualifying speed into Thursday's Budweiser Duel, two 150-mile races from which the majority of the final starting grid for the Daytona 500 is set. The front-row qualifiers and the highest 15 finishers in each Duel  excluding the front row from qualifying  will earn a spot in the Daytona 500. The next four fastest Coors Light Pole qualifiers will make up positions 33-36. Six provisional starting positions (37 through 42) will be awarded to the highest eligible car owners in final 2012 standings not otherwise qualified for the race. The 43rd position will be filled by the most recent past champion participating in a 2012 event. Should no past champion be eligible, the final position goes to the next highest owner in 2012 points. The most recent Daytona 500 pole winner to win the race was Dale Jarrett in 2000, one of two drivers (Bill Elliott is the other) to sweep The Sprint Unlimited, pole and race in the same season.(NASCAR)(2-17-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Daytona: 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? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases of websites.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion team will race chassis 654 in the Daytona 500 a brnad new chassis for 2013. The backup chassis is 652 a brand new chassis for 2013.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis and the #5 team will unload brand new Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-768 for the first time in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-758, a brand new chassis for the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing team.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-762 is a brand-new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it has been wind-tunnel tested numerous times.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Ford Fusion team will bring Primary Chassis RK-781 to Daytona which hit the track for the first time a year ago in the Daytona 500 and earned a third-place finish. Robbie Reiser has nicknamed RK-781 "Jake" after Puccia's pet cat.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-830 is a brand new chassis for the Rookie of the Year contender. After the Daytona test in January, the #17 team went to work to build a brand new car.
    #22-Joey Logano: and the #22 Pennzoil/Shell Ford team will race chassis 653 in the Daytona 500, a brand new chassis for 2013. The backup chassis is 648 a brand new chassis for 2013.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 409 for both the Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. This #27 PEAK/Menards Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season. Menard has 11 starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in July 2008 and his best finish of sixth came in last year's Daytona 500. The Wisconsin native has completed 1,933 of 1,948 laps attempted at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, leading 37 of them.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No.407 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in both the Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. New to the fleet, this Budweiser Chevrolet SS will run its first competitive laps at the 2.5-mile superspeedway during Budweiser Speedweeks.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 296 in the second Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. This Caterpillar chassis was utilized last season in the Daytona 500 by Burton and saw action at multiple restrictor-plate events during the 2010 and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons with driver Clint Bowyer. Burton's has 38 starts at Daytona International Speedway with one win (July 2000), nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Burton also scored the pole position for the 2006 Daytona 500 and has led 145 laps at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway. Pon CAT, Ring Power CAT and Toromont CAT will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend in the Daytona 500.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-664, which has two previous starts in restrictor-plate races, both coming during the 2011 season. Its first start came at Daytona in July 2011. Newman had a strong racecar, evidenced by his leading four times for a race-high 25 laps. But, in the end, he was relegated to a 23rd-place finish thanks to being shuffled out of the lead on the race's final restart and being collected in a last-lap accident. After extensive body work, the chassis returned to action at Talladega in October. Once again, his racecar was strong, but he was the victim of the two-car draft just before the race's halfway point. Newman was spun, which caused major front-end damage. The severe spin in the grass tore off Newman's front-bumper assembly and left him with a heavily damaged racecar and a 38th-place finish. Last season, Chassis No. 39-664 served as a backup car at Daytona and Talladega. Since then, the car's body has been updated for 2013, and it was wind-tunnel tested in January in preparation for the Daytona 500.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 771 serves as the primary for Johnson in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, a brand new chassis. Chassis No. 618 serves as the backup and finished 14th in last years Sprint Unlimited event and 4th in the 2011 event..
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 753 in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: For the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, crew chief Steve Letarte has selected Chassis No. 88-773. This is a new chassis that has not been raced and will feature the blue National Guard scheme.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be using RK-835 for the Daytona 500. The car debuted this year as the primary for last weekend's Sprint Unlimited, when a wreck in practice forced the team to roll out a backup car and send 835 back to RFR for repairs. The #99 Fastenal Ford Fusion will continue its back to back sponsorship in Daytona where suppliers Milwaukee, GearWrench, Weiler and Rubbermaid will debut on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(2-20-2013)


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 -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 300, Right-side -- 300

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

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi
    ; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

    Notes: Teams in 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 the last two seasons . . . 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.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation" airship, based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . it will be in the Daytona Beach area on February 16-17 and again February 20-24, with a short trip to the Orlando area in between.


Race / Cup Odds

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Sprint Unlimited and Daytona 500 odds

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Next Race: Daytona 500

Countdown to Race Time: 2/22/2015 ~1:20pm/et


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