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Race: Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Daytona Beach, FL
Title Sponsor: none
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/et
For more info on the Sprint Unlimited, go to the
2014 The Sprint Unlimited / 2013 Pole Winners page
See qualifying results and how drivers will start in the Budweiser Duels on the
2014 Budweiser Duel page
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
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond
FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: TBA with John Roberts, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Friday, February 28 at 8:00pm/et on FS1
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, February 13
9:30 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
11:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, February 14
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
3:30 PM NSCS SPRINT UNLIMITED SPOTTERS MEETING
5:00 PM 5:45 PM NSCS SPRINT UNLIMITED PRACTICE
6:00 PM NSCS DRAWING FOR SPRINT UNLIMITED PIT SELECTION
6:30 PM 7:30 PM NSCS FINAL SPRINT UNLIMITED PRACTICE
9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, February 15
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM NSCS SPRINT UNLIMITED SPOTTERS MEETING
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 - 3:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 PM RACE INSPECTION BEGINS FOR SPRINT UNLIMITED CARS
6:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:55 PM NSCS SPRINT UNLIMITED DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:15 PM NSCS SPRINT UNLIMITED
11:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, February 16
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
1:05 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Wednesday, February 19
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 - 5:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
6:30 PM 8:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE THE 150'S
9:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Thursday, February 20
10:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS MANDATORY SPOTTER MEETING
4:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:40 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NSCS DUEL 150 MILE QUALIFYING RACES
11:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, February 21
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
2:30 - 3:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
7:30 PM NCWTS RACE
Saturday, February 22
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM 11:30 AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE FOR THE DAYTONA 500
1:15 PM NNS RACE
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, February 23
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
ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN THIS SECTION ARE IN LOCAL TIME ZONE
Saturday, February 15, 10:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, February 15, 1:30 - 3:20pm/et, TV-FS1
Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 - 5:30pm/et, TV-FS1
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 - 8:00pm/et, TV-FS1
Friday, February 21, 11:30 am - 12:50 pm/et, TV-FS1
Friday, February 21, 2:30 - 3:50 pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 22, 10:00 - 11:30am/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2, Sunday, February 16 at 1:05 pm/et, TV-FOX, no re-air scheduled.
100 lap leader $200,000
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: was 168,000, currently 147,000.
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet
Grand Marshal: Actor Chris Evans
Command to start engines: Actor Chris Evans
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Actor Gary Sinise
Honorary Race Official: Paralympic athlete Blake "American Blade Runner" Leeper
Honor Guard: McDill AFB
Invocation: Sonny Gillman, Central Baptist Church of South Daytona
National Anthem: Aloe Blacc
Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
February 2013: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page
July 2013: see the Daytona Race Info page
2013 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 159.250mph, started 9th
2013 July Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 154.313mph, started 8th
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
Worst Starting Spot to win: #14-Tony Stewart, started 42nd, 7/7/2012
2013 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #10-Danica Patrick, 196.434, finished 8th
2013 July Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 193.723, finished 12th
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
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona:
#18-Kyle Busch 96.9
#14-Tony Stewart 93.0
#20-Matt Kenseth 92.6
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.7
#41-Kurt Busch 88.8
#48-Jimmie Johnson 88.4
#24-Jeff Gordon 87.2
#15-Clint Bowyer 86.2
#11-Denny Hamlin 83.7
#5-Kasey Kahne 82.4
Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) at Daytona.
Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(2-18-2014)
Car Numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:
Car Number (wins) - Drivers (years)
o #43(7) - Richard Petty (1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79, '81)
o #21(5) - Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
o #28(5) - Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992).
o #4(3) - Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)
o #15(3) - Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
o #17(3) - Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
o #24(3) - Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
o #88(3) - Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
· There have been 133 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 55 have been 500 miles, 51 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.
· 57 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 Jimmie Johnson in the 2013 Daytona 500.
· A driver has swept both the Daytona 500 and the July race only five times at Daytona International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).(NASCAR)(2-18-2014)
Daytona 500 Tidbits:
· The 2014 edition will be the 56th running of the Daytona 500.
· Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
· 523 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 311 in more than one.
· 35 drivers have won a Daytona 500.
· 10 drivers have won more than one Daytona 500, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.
· The 10 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), Matt Kenseth (two), Jimmie Johnson (two), Sterling Marlin (two) and Michael Waltrip (two).
· A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).
· Active Daytona 500 winners and the number of NSCS starts in their careers when they won: Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500 on his 402nd career start (2005). Gordon also posted his second Daytona 500 win on his 190th career start (1999). Jimmie Johnson posted his second Daytona 500 win on his 400th career start (2013) and Matt Kenseth won his second Daytona 500 on his 437th career start (2012). Michael Waltrip posted his second Daytona 500 win on his 535th career start (2003).
· Seven 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 (points-paying) qualifying races: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).
· 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.
· Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five; Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with four.
· Dale Earnhardt had 12 top fives in his 23 Daytona 500 starts, more than any other driver. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Terry Labonte lead all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-five finishes with six.
· Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty each posted a series leading 16 top 10s in the Daytona 500. Terry Labonte and Mark Martin lead all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-10 finishes with 12; followed by Michael Waltrip with nine.
· Only 12 drivers have an average finish of 10th or better in the Daytona 500, five of those competed in the Daytona 500 only once.
· Clint Bowyer has an 11.9 average finish in nine appearances, the best of the active drivers who have competed in more than one Daytona 500.
· 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 driver with the all-time most Daytona 500 starts without a victory is Dave Marcis with 33 races; the active drivers with the most starts without a Daytona 500 win is Terry Labonte (31 races), Mark Martin (29 races), Joe Nemechek (18) and Tony Stewart (15).
· 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.
· Nine of the 55 Daytona 500s (16.3%) have been won from the Coors Light pole. The last to do so was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Jeff Gordon is the only active driver to accomplish the feat (1999).
· Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984) and Bill Elliott (1985, 1987) are the only two drivers to win the Daytona 500 from the Coors Light pole more than once.
· 16 of the 55 Daytona 500s (29.0%) have been won from the front row.
· 27 of the 55 Daytona 500s (49.0%) have been won from a top-five starting position.
· 40 of the 55 Daytona 500s (72.7%) have been won from a top 10 starting position
· Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.
· Five reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win the Daytona 500 the following season: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).
· Five drivers have won the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season, Richard Petty has done it four times: Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013), Jeff Gordon (1997), Richard Petty (1964, 1971, 1974, 1979), Cale Yarborough (1977) and Lee Petty (1959).
· Danica Patrick on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2013 became the first female in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to win a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500 posting a speed of 196.434 mph.
· Janet Guthrie previously held the record for top starting position by a female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, starting ninth twice in 1977 - at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977.
· In 2012, Danica Patrick became the third female driver to compete in a Daytona 500 joining Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson. Below are the previous female driver performances in the Daytona 500.(NASCAR)(2-22-2014)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Daytona International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 56th Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway fir his 2nd win in the Daytona 500 (2004) and his 20th career win. There was a 6 hour and 22 minute red flag for severe weather and rain starting just after 2:00pm/et on lap 38. It was the 8th Daytona 500 win for Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt Jr. also led the most laps with 54 of 200.
#11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #16-Biffle, #3-Dillon (pole winner) and #13-Mears.
Outside pole winner, #78-Truex Jr had an engine let go after only 30 laps and finished 43rd/last.
There was a big wreck on lap 146 when #4-Harvick and #33-Scott made contact, moving the #33 into #43-Almirola, who bounced off the wall, came back down into the #3-Dillon and #10-Patrick. Patrick then shot up the track into the wall nose first, but she walked away and is fine. Other cars involved were #5-Kahne, #9-Ambrose, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #27-Menard, #38-Gilliland, #51-Allgaier, #66-Waltrip and #98-Wise.
A few laps later, on lap 162, #3-Dillon got loose and into #42-Larson, who spun, collecting #5-Kahne, #7-Annett, #9-Ambrose, #31-Newman, #33-Scott, #52-Labonte and #55-Vickers. There was a wreck just behind the leaders that collected #18-Busch, #9-Ambrose, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick and #99-Edwards among others.
Rookie report: #3-Dillon finished 9th, #23-Bowman 23rd, #51-Allgaier 27th, #26-Whitt 28th, #30-Kligerman 29th, #7-Annett 37th (accident), #42-Larson 38th (accident) and #83-Truex DNQ.
There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers and there were 7 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 145.290mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Daytona Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Daytona Penalty Report (pdf).(2-23-2014)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf)
Race Fast Facts - Daytona 500:
#88-Dale Earnhardt. Jr. won the 56th Annual Daytona 500, his 20th victory in 506 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins Bill Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip and Sterling Marlin as a two-time Daytona 500 winner.
This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 29 races at Daytona International Speedway.
#11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 17 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2014.
#2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 10 races at Daytona International Speedway.
#3-Austin Dillon (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Dale Earnhardt. Jr. leads the point standings by five points over Denny Hamlin.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2012.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the Daytona 500 on February 15, 2004.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(2-23-2014)
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 48
2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 43, -5
3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 42, -6
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 40, -8
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 40, -8
6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 38, -10
7) #17-Ricky Stenhouse. Jr., 37, -11
8) #16-Greg Biffle, 37, -11
9) #3-Austin Dillon, 36, -12
10) #13-Casey Mears, 34, -14
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf)
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(2-23-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #16-Biffle, 9th
Caution 2: #42-Larson, 38th
Caution 3: #18-Busch, 19th
Caution 4: #13-Mears, 10th
Caution 5: #52-BLabonte, 15th
Caution 6: #9-Ambrose, 18th
Caution 7: none, end of the race
Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:30pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Friday, February 28 at 8:00pm/et on FS1
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 #3-Dillon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #78-Truex Jr. took pit stall 34, the second pit stall with an opening in front of it (not counting stall 1).
#20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Larson, who starts 16th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-22-2014)
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 and the Daytona 500 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.
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.
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 5 Speeds
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 as well as the Daytona 500. 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.
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)(2-24-2013)
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.
See Jayski's - 2014 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 and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race
See the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup Page.(2-20-2014)
Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over after a 55 minute wet track delay, after 65 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
#1-McMurray 197.472 (backup car)
#78-Truex Jr 197.057 (backup car)
slowest: #30-Kligerman 187.025 & #55-Vickers 188.913
not practicing: #'s 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 18, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 33, 38, 40, 88
27 of 43 drivers have made practice runs.
Notes: #66-Waltrip had the optional roof hatch fly open during a run and had to head to the garage to get it closed. Practice was scheduled to run 90 minutes, 10:00 - 11:30am/et but a damp track delayed the cars getting on track until around 10:55am/et; NASCAR extended the practice session until 12:00pm/et.
See fastest speeds, laps run, Ten-lap averages on the Daytona 500 Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2014)
Final Friday practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been cancelled due to rain. The Air Titan Track Drying system is out on the track as of 2:40pm/et. The practice session was scheduled for 80 minutes, until 3:50pm/et. Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 10:00am/et on Saturday, Feb 22nd for 90 minutes and will be aired on FS1.(2-21-2014)
First Friday practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over after rain ended it, after 65 of 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 197.027
slowest: #23-Bowman 185.208 & #26-Whitt 187.942
29 of 43 drivers made practice runs.
The Air Titan Track Drying system is out on the track.
See fastest speeds, laps run, Ten-lap averages on the Daytona 500 Practice Speeds page (pdf).(2-21-2014)
Hamlin wins Budweiser Duel 2: #11-Denny Hamlin won the second Budweiser Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #27-Menard and #33-Scott. The race ended when #48-Johnson ran out of fuel coming to the checked flag and slowed, #1-McMurray got into the rear of the #48, crashing the #48 into the wall and collecting outside pole winner #78-Truex Jr., #15-Bowyer (who flipped over but landed on his wheels and kept driving), #99-Edwards, #66-Waltrip and #34-Ragan. Four drivers deep in 2013 owners points or low qualifying speed, raced into the Daytona 500: #21-Bayne (6th), #40-Cassill(9th), #32-Labonte(12th) and #52-Labonte(13th). No driver needed to use the past champions provisional.
Missing the Daytona 500: #83-Truex, #35-McClure, #87-Nemechek, #95-McDowell & #93-Shepherd.
See race results on the Budwesier Duel 1 Race Results page (pdf).(2-20-2014)
Kenseth wins Budweiser Duel 1: #20-Matt Kenseth won the first Budweiser Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #9-Ambrose and #88-Earnhardt Jr. Four drivers deep in 2013 owners points or low qualifying speed raced into the Daytona 500: #98-Wise (6th), #26-Whitt(12th), #10-Patrick(14th) and #23-Bowman (15th). #14-Stewart races into the Daytona 500, finishing 11th, which assures a spot for #41-Busch at least via a past champions provisional. Pole winner #3-Dillon faded midway thru the race and finished 19th, but will start on the pole for the Daytona 500. Four drivers who didn't race into the Daytona 500 will make the race via speed or 2013 owners points (provisional spot): #55-Vickers, #22-Logano, #17-Stenhouse Jr and #18-Busch. #30-Kligerman, #36-Sorenson and #87-Nemechek could still make the race depending on the finish of the 2nd Duel. #95-McDowell will not race in the Daytona 500.
UPDATE: #4-Harvick's Chevy didn't pass post-race inspection after exceeding the split on the trackbar. So Harvick is moved to the 24th finishing spot and all the other drivers move up a spot, so #55-Vickers is now in the Daytona 500. Harvick will either have to use a provisional (11th in owners points0 or get in on speed 26th fastest, which seems unlikely.
See race results on the Budwesier Duel 1 Race Results page (pdf) - note: not yet revised with Hendrick penalty.(2-20-2014)
Coverage of Budweiser Duel Qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Budweiser Duel Re-Air:
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:00am/et on FS2
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:00am/et on FS2
See more info on the Budweiser Duel Lineup and Notes page.
Wednesday 2nd practice: for the Budweiser Duels / Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, it started early due to the first practice being red flag and shortened. After 145 minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 198.776
slowest: #23-Bowman 185.713 & #55-Vickers 189.099
40 of 49 cars have practiced.
backup cars that practiced included #27-Menard, #55-Vickers and #22-Logano.
cars that didn't practice: #4-Harvick, #9-Ambrose, #10-Patrick, #21-Bayne, #26-Whitt, #30-Klingerman, #77-Blaney, #78-Truex Jr., #83-Truex
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lao averages on the Daytona Practice 4 speeds page.(2-19-2014)
Wednesday first practice: for the Budweiser Duels / Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, after about 30 minutes or so, two wrecks and a red flag, the top five, slowest and notes:
#55-Vickers 199.327 (wrecked)
#22-Logano 198.456 (wrecked)
slowest: #34-Ragan 188.505 & #24-Gordon 189.203
34 of 49 cars have practiced.
no speeds for: #'s 95 87 3 98 88 40 51 33 48 31 17 36 52 32
notes: early in the practice, #26-Whitt had a tire go down and slapped the wall, #55-Vickers went down to avoid the 26 and got into #13-Mears. #55 then spun and nosed into the wall. #55 will go to a backup.
30 minutes into practice, #20-Kenseth was in the middle, moved down then back up, contacting #22-Logano, which turned sideways, collecting #30-Kligerman, #77-Blaney, #83-Truex, #21-Bayne and #27-Menard. All but the #20 & #21 are pretty damaged and looks like they will go to backups. Swan Racing has had two big wrecks in this practice session. #30-Klingerman ended up on his roof, upside down. All drivers are ok. The wreck damaged the fence on the front stretch, taking down some of the fencing, but the cables all held strong. #77-Blaney, currently does have a backup car, unless owner Randy Humphrey comes up with a backup, Blaney may not race the Budweiser Duel. The rest of the practice was cancelled to allow track workers to fix the front stretch fence. The 2nd practice is scheduled for 6:30pm/et and run 90 minutes.
See the speeds on the Daytona Practice 3 speeds page.(2-19-2014)
Practice Crash pierces hole in Daytona fence: A seven-car accident in Sprint Cup practice pierced a hole in the grandstand fence at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday. During Wednesday's first practice session, #20-Matt Kenseth appeared to spark a wreck that sent Parker Kligerman's #30 Toyota on top of Paul Menard's #27 Chevy and then along the SAFER barrier, where it tore a hole in the fence that forced the cancellation of the rest of the practice. A Daytona spokesman said the fence "performed the way it was designed to," but one steel cable and some mesh fencing would be replaced. The track has received no reports of injuries. Joey Logano blamed Kenseth for drifting up the track into the nose of his #22 Ford on Wednesday as he tried to exploit a gap. "Maybe I shouldn't have been racing as hard as I was there in practice, but everybody was in a big pack there trying to make things happen," Logano said. "As soon as he came back up I checked up a little bit and then the [Trevor Bayne] hit me from behind and we spun out. It happens. That's Daytona for you." Kenseth said Logano got too close and moved him and was spun once he corrected the car. Kligerman blamed Logano for being overly aggressive. "It's a shame. He's supposed to be a veteran," said Kligerman, a rookie. "You go up to the Sprint Cup Series and it's supposed to be the best of the best. You've got a guy in practice who's racing people like it's the end of the Daytona 500. Meanwhile, I came out of truck practice, and we were running 3 or 4 wide no problem. I don't quite understand that one. I'll have to talk him about that. I'm pretty upset about how that all went down."(ESPN), also involved in the wreck were #77-Dave Blaney and #83-Ryan Truex. The teams of #22-Logano, #27-Menard, #30-Klingerman and #83-Truex pulled out backup cars for the Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying races. #77-Blaney's team didn't have a backup car and no idea if the team will be able to fix the car or secure a care from another team to run the Budweiser Duel.
AND Four laps into the afternoon practice session, Cole Whitt scraped the outside wall after a piece of debris punctured the nose of his #26 Swan Racing Toyota. In an attempt to avoid Whitt's car, #55-Brian Vickers collected #13-Casey Mears' Chevrolet and shot nose-first into the outside wall. The impact sent parts and pieces flying, and one of the square cowl flaps from Vickers' Camry lodged edge-first into the nose and hood of Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevy. From the first wreck, Vickers went to a backup, but the teams of Whitt and Mears opted to repair their cars. Swan Racing teammates Whitt and Kligerman had but one backup car between them (NASCAR Wire Service).
UPDATE #77-Dave Blaney has withdrawn from the Budweiser Duels / Daytona 500.(2-20-2014)
Dillon wins Daytona 500 pole: #3-Austin Dillon won the pole for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 196.019mph. Dillon is the fifth rookie driver to win the Daytona 500 pole [Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Mike Skinner and Loy Allen] and the 4th driver to win the Daytona 500 pole running the #3 car [Buddy Baker-1969, Ricky Rudd-1983 and Dale Earnhardt-1996]. #78-Martin Truex Jr won the outside pole and will start 2nd next Sunday.
QUALIFYING RESULTS (odd qualifiers start in 1st Duel, even qualifiers in 2nd Duel)
Daytona 500 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway is being run, current speeds
1) #3-Austin Dillon 196.019mph - locked in, pole winner
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 195.852 - locked in, outside pole winner
3) #16-Greg Biffle 195.818 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by speed
4) #99-Carl Edwards 195.712 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by speed
5) #31-Ryan Newman 195.707 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by speed
6) #2-Brad Keselowski 195.296 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by speed
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 195.211 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by owners points/provisional
8) #24-Jeff Gordon 195.042 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by owners points/provisional
9) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr 195.004
10) #27-Paul Menard 194.919
11) #9-Marcos Ambrose 194.894
12) #22-Joey Logano 194.852
13) #33-Brian Scott 194.776
14) #43-Aric Almirola 194.658
15) #48-Jimmie Johnson 194.637 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by owners points/provisional
16) #13-Casey Mears 194.582
17) #20-Matt Kenseth 194.574 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by owners points/provisional
18) #7-Michael Annett 194.574
19) #5-Kasey Kahne 194.544
20) #15-Clint Bowyer 194.523 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by owners points/provisional
21) #18-Kyle Busch 194.502 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by owners points/provisional
22) #11-Denny Hamlin 194.477
23) #4-Kevin Harvick 194.422
24) #42-Kyle Larson 194.410
25) #10-Danica Patrick 194.380
26) #21-Trevor Bayne 194.334
27) #47-AJ Allmendinger 194.108
28) #41-Kurt Busch 194.078 - needs to race in via Budweiser Duel, no regular provisional available, BUT could use past champ if not used
29) #36-Reed Sorenson 194.066
30) #51-Justin Allgaier 193.815
31) #38-David Gilliland 193.736
32) #40-Landon Cassill 193.732
33) #30-Parker Kligerman 193.594
34) #66-Michael Waltrip 193.428
35) #14-Tony Stewart 193.365 - locked in Daytona 500 at least by past champions provisional
36) #35-Eric McClure 192.905
37) #55-Brian Vickers 192.798
38) #1-Jamie McMurray 192.695
39) #26-Cole Whitt 192.538 - needs to race in via Budweiser Duel, no provisional available
40) #34-David Ragan 192.328
41) #95-Michael McDowell 192.291 - needs to race in via Budweiser Duel, no provisional available
42) #32-Terry Labonte 192.135, could use past champions provisional if needed and not used
43) #98-Josh Wise 192.061
44) #52-Bobby Labonte 191.493 - needs to race in via Budweiser Duel, no regular provisional available, BUT could use past champ if not used
45) #87-Joe Nemechek 190.480
46) #83-Ryan Truex 190.347
47) #23-Alex Bowman 189.685
48) #93-Morgan Shepherd 189.542 - needs to race in via Budweiser Duel, no provisional available
49) #77-Dave Blaney no speed - needs to race in via Budweiser Duel, no provisional available
See qualifying speeds on the Daytona 500 Qualifying Speeds page and the Budweiser Duel lineups on the 2014 Budweiser Duel 150's page.(2-16-2014)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1:05pm/et.
Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none
Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 49 cars/drivers are listed.
The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt Jr.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #15-Bowyer.
Fastest in first practice, #27-Menard, is scheduled to qualify 29th.
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.(2-15-2014)
2nd practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 110 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #93-Shepherd 187.239 and #87-Nemechek 188.505
46 of 49 cars have made runs
notes: #10-Patrick, #14-Stewart and #52-Labonte both lost engines during this session.
All three drivers will have to fall to the rear of the field for the Budweiser Duel AND the Daytona 500.
The teams all did single car runs as they prepared for the Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday [1:00pm/et on FOX].
Qualifying will be one car runs, not the new group qualifying, which will be used starting at Phoenix, the weekend following the Daytona 500.
See speeds and laps run on the Daytona 500 Practice 2 speeds page(pdf).(2-15-2014)
Opening practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #93-Shepherd 187.719 & #23-Bowman 187.950
All 49 cars made single car runs
notes: #98-Wise had something wrong on his first lap, looked like some sort of right front hub/brake issue, only made one lap.
the teams are all doing single car runs so far as they are preparing for Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday [1:00pm/et on FOX]. Qualifying will be one car runs, not the new group qualifying, which will be used starting at Phoenix, the weekend following the Daytona 500.
See speeds and laps run on the Daytona 500 Practice 1 speeds page(pdf).(2-15-2014)
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: #33-Brian Scott, #32-Terry Labonte, #95-McDowell, #52-Bobby Labonte, #40-Cassill. Six drivers will miss the race. There are six teams that must race in via the Duel or by speed and do not have a regular provisional to use at Daytona [either no owners points or 43 teams ahead of them]: #26-Whitt, #41-Busch, #52-Labonte, #93-Shepherd, #77-Blaney and #95-McDowell. #41-Busch or #52-Labonte could use a past champions provisional if not used by another past champion ahead of them in rank.
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
Qualifying sets only Daytona 500 front row: 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 standings from the previous season not otherwise qualified for the race. The 43rd position will be filled by the most recent past champion participating in an event in the previous season. Should no past champion be eligible, the final position goes to the next highest owner in owners points from the previous season. 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)
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2014 DAYTONA 500
(these are from the 2013 Daytona 500, should be the same, 2014 rules not announced)
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) Position 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)
Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:
Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 10 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 5 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.99 in. (2,235 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 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 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams ran at Daytona last July and Talladega last October . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)