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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:31pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, February 11
6:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, February 12
12:00 PM 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 PM NSCS RANDOM DRAWING & DRAWING FOR PIT SELECTION
5:00 - 5:55 PM NSCS 1st Sprint Unlimited PRACTICE
6:30 - 7:25 PM NSCS Sprint Unlimited FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, February 13
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:30 - 3:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
6:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:50 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:15 PM NSCS RACE

Sunday, February 14
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Tuesday, February 16
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MEDIA DAY

Wednesday, February 17
3:00 - 8:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
5:00 - 5:45 PM NSCS PRACTICE
6:10 - 6:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE

Thursday, February 18
10:30 AM NSCS, NCWTS, NXS SPOTTERS MEETING
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 - 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:40 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NSCS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE
8:40 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
9:00 PM NSCS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE

Friday, February 19
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 - 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
2:00 - 2:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE

Saturday, February 20
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:15 - 1:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, February 21
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 RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Sprint Unlimited Practices:
    Friday, February 12, 5:00 - 5:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Friday, February 12, 6:30 - 7:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Daytona 500 Practices:
    Saturday, February 13, 10:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, February 13, 1:30 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Wednesday, February 17, 5:00 - 5:45 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Wednesday, February 17, 6:10 - 6:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Thursday, February 18, 12:00 - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Friday, February 19, 12:00 - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Friday, February 19, 2:00 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 20, 12:15 - 1:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-2, Sunday, February 14 at 1:15 pm/et, TV-FOX, re-air scheduled at 3:00am/et on FS1; and at 5:30am/et on FS1.

  • Qualifying Races - Can-AM Duel 150's: Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Friday, February 19 at 3:00am/et on FS1; and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: No Longer Reported
2015: $19,809,272
2015 winner: $1,581,453
2015 2nd $1,157,470
2015 3rd $857,245
2015 4th $680,758
2015 5th $616,232
2014 Total: $19,784,864
2014 winner: $1,454,600
2014 2nd $1,071,125
2014 3rd $780,225
2014 4th $633,975
2014 5th $510,700
2013: $19,339,194
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: 101,000 [was 147,000, 168,000] with 124 suites.
    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 Gerard Butler
    Command to start engines: Gerard Butler
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division Chorus, Fort Bragg, NC
    Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Daytona International Speedway Website
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Pinterest
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • February 2015: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2015: see the Daytona Race Info page

  • 2015 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 161.939mph, started 5th

  • 2015 July Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 134.941mph, started 1st

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

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

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

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

  • 2015 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293, finished 33rd

  • 2015 July Pole Winner: none, qualifying cancelled due to rain

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

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (single car run): Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (group qualifying): #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293mph, February 2014

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

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Austin Dillon, 23 years, 9 months, 20 days, 2/16/2014

  • Only Woman Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #10-Danica Patrick, 196.434, finished 8th

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona:
    #18-Kyle Busch 94.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 93.7
    #41-Kurt Busch 90.3
    #20-Matt Kenseth 89.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 89.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin 88.7
    #15-Clint Bowyer 83.4
    #22-Joey Logano 83.4
    #5-Kasey Kahne 83.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick 82.4
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 total) at Daytona (active drivers only).
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Daytona Pole Notes & Facts:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.
    59 drivers have posted poles at Daytona - including Chase Elliott 2016 Daytona 500 pole winner.
    40 different drivers have won a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; led by Bill Elliott, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker with four each.
    Only nine drivers have posted more than one Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; Jimmie Johnson (two) is the only active driver with more than one Daytona 500 pole.
    Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.
    Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte lead all active drivers with two poles at Daytona.
    Chase Elliott has become the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 17 days.
    Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 Daytona 500 poles, the series most: Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008), Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011) and Chase Elliott (2016).
    Chevrolet leads the series in Daytona 500 poles with 24.
    The pole position is the most proficient starting position in the Daytona 500 field, producing more winners (nine) than any other position; followed by second-place (seven wins) and fourth-place (seven wins).
    The Daytona 500 has been won from the pole position nine times; Bill Elliott (1985, 1987) and Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984) are the only two drivers to accomplish the feat more than once. Dale Jarrett was the most recent driver to win from the pole in 2000.
    16 of the 57 Daytona 500s (28.1%) have been won from the front row; nine from the pole position and seven from the second-place position.
    28 of the 57 Daytona 500s (49.1%) have been won from a top five starting position.
    42 of the 57 Daytona 500s (73.6%) have been won from a top 10 starting position
    Five of the 57 Daytona 500s (.08%) have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers in average starting position (6.063).
    Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.
    18 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole; the last to do it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 2015 July race.
    (NASCAR)

  • Daytona Track Notes & History :
    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.
    2016 will mark the next phase in the existence of Daytona International Speedway as the Daytona Rising project is completed, ushering in the first 'motorsports stadium', a 400-million dollar project.
    (NASCAR)

  • Daytona Driver Notes & Facts:
    533 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 318 in more than one.
    Dave Marcis leads the series all-time in Daytona 500 starts with 33; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (32) and Terry Labonte (32).
    Michael Waltrip leads all active NSCS drivers in Daytona 500 starts with 28; followed by Tony Stewart (17), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16) and Matt Kenseth (16).
    Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
    Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    58 different drivers have won at Daytona.
    Richard Petty leads all drivers in points-paying victories at Daytona with 10.
    The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
    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)

  • Daytona Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 137 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 57 have been 500 miles, 53 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
    The 2016 edition will be the 58th running of the Daytona 500.
    Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
    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 scoring in 1993, and the closest in a Daytona 500.
    Due to the overtime rules in NASCAR the longest Daytona 500 ever run was the 2010 and 2011 Daytona 500s both went 208 laps/520 miles - eight laps and 20 miles more than the scheduled distance.
    (NASCAR)

  • Track / Daytona 500 Specific Stats:
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has led the most laps in a single Daytona 500; leading 184 laps in the 1964 Daytona 500.
    Jamie McMurray has led the fewest laps in a Daytona 500 and won - in 2010, McMurray only led two laps on his way to win the Daytona 500.
    2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time lead changes with 74.
    2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time leaders with 22.
    2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time Cautions with 16.
    1968 and 2011 Daytona 500s had the most all-time Caution Laps with 60 laps each.
    The Daytona 500 has finished under Green/White/Checkered conditions seven times: 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2005.
    The largest field to compete in the Daytona 500 was 68 cars in the 1960 race.
    12 different manufacturers have made at least one start in the Daytona 500: Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Toyota, Plymouth, Mercury, Chrysler, American Motors Company and Studebaker
    36 different drivers have won a Daytona 500.
    Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959; he led 38 laps and won by 2 feet.
    Seven drivers posted their career-first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory with a win in the Daytona 500.
    A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).
    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).
    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.
    11 drivers have won more than one Daytona 500, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.
    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).
    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; Tony Stewart (17), Kurt Busch (14) and Greg Biffle (13) lead all active drivers with the most Daytona 500 starts without a Daytona 500 win.
    (NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win in the Daytona 500 and 27th career win. Hamlin led 95 of the 200 laps.
    It is the 2nd Daytona 500 win for Joe Gibbs Racing and first since Dale Jarrett won in 1993. It is the first career win for crew chief Mike Wheeler.
    It is the 11th straight season Hamlin has won a race (2006-2016)
    #78-Truex Jr. led coming to the start-finish line, but Hamlin caught him and won by .010 seconds in a photo finish.
    #18-Busch finished 3rd, followed by #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #22-Logano, #42-Larson, #7-Smith (kids eat free at Golden Corral on Monday), #3-Dillon and #41-Busch.
    #20-Kenseth led on lap 199 and was quite a bit ahead of the 2nd line which Hamlin was in, Kenseth moved over to race Hamlin and ended up falling back and finished 14th.
    #24-Chase Elliott, the pole sitter, spun on lap 20 while in the middle of the pack and did a lot of damage to the front end. Elliott came back out down 40 laps and finished 37th. #88-Earnhardt Jr., who led 15 laps, and was the race favorite, spun off turn 4 on lap 169 hitting the inside wall and ended his day, finishing 36th.
    There no large wrecks, termed 'the big ones', during the race.
    There were 20 lead changes among 15 drivers and 6 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 157.549mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, February 22 at 8:00pm/et on FS1
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (2-21-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the 58th Annual Daytona 500, his 27th victory in 363 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 21 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 22 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 22 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #21-Ryan Blaney (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #11-Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 5 points over Martin Truex Jr.
    This is the first Daytona 500 win for Toyota.
    The Margin of Victory in today's race is the closest in Daytona 500 history at 0.010 second.
    Denny Hamlin becomes the sixth driver to win both the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500 in the same season joining Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(2-21-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
    1) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 45
    2) #78-Truex, Jr., 40, -5
    3) #18-Busch, 39, -6
    4) #4-Harvick, 37, -8
    5) #19-Edwards, 36, -9
    6) #22-Logano, 35, -10
    7) #42-Larson, 34, -11
    8) #7-Smith, 33, -12
    9) #3-Dillon, 33, -12
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 31, -14
    11) #31-Newman, 31, -14
    12) #43-Almirola, 29, -16
    13) #5-Kahne, 28, -17
    14) #20-Kenseth, 28, -17
    15) #59-McDowell, 26, -19
    16) #48-Johnson, 26, -19
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down
    Caution 3: #26-Richardson Jr., 38th
    Caution 4: #19-Edwards, 5th
    Caution 5: #83-Waltrip, 30th
    Caution 6: #59-McDowell, 15th
    (2-21-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 10:00am/et on FS1 and 12:00pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 1:31pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, February 22 at 8:00pm/et on FS1

  • Engine Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 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 and the Daytona 500 (as of 2015). 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 and Talladega Superspeedway 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.

  • Smaller restrictor plate at Daytona: For Speedweeks at Daytona, there will be a minor reduction in the size of the restrictor-plate holes, which will decrease by 1/64th of an inch to 57/64ths.(NBC Sports)(1-26-2016)

  • Larger restart zone return in 2016: After doubling the restart zone for many of the races in last season's Chase, the expanded box will continue to be used this season, along with additional cameras and a senior official monitoring restarts from the pits.(NBC Sports)(1-26-2016)

  • 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 #24-Elliott chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #20-Kenseth took pit stall 43, the final pit stall.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 21st pit stall, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 2nd (will fall to rear with a backup car).
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-19-2016)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 7 Speeds
    Practice 6 Speeds
    Daytona 500 Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Can-Am Duel Race 2 Results
    Can-Am Duel Race 1 Results
    Practice 5 Speeds
    Practice 4 Speeds
    Practice 3 Speeds
    Can-Am Duel Race 2 Pitstalls
    Can-Am Duel Race 1 Pitstalls
    Can-Am Duel Race 2 Starting Lineup
    Can-Am Duel Race 1 Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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.

  • See Jayski.com's - 2016 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

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

  • See the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup Page (pdf).(2-18-2016)

  • Happy Hour (final) practice: for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 100 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 197.131
    #22-Logano 196.369
    #21-Blaney 196.288
    #2-Keselowski 196.262
    #41-Busch 196.061
    slowest: #34-Buescher 190.392 & #31-Newman 191.111
    25 cars made runs
    no laps run: #'s 3 10 11 13 17 18 19 27 32 42 47 59 78 83 93
    notes: many drivers didn't run this practice, wishing to save their car/engine.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Daytona Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (2-20-2016)

  • Final Friday practice: for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 199.658
    #18-Busch 198.640
    #78-Truex Jr. 198.640
    #19-Edwards 198.610
    #20-Kenseth 198.566
    slowest: #32-Labonte 188.292 & #59-McDowell 188.905
    30 cars have been out to run laps
    didn't practice: #'s 4 5 7 13 16 26 31 34 41 95
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 7 speed page (pdf) (2-19-2016)

  • Friday first practice: for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 194.083
    #11-Hamlin 193.861
    #24-Elliott 193.216
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 192.653
    #5-Kahne 192.505
    slowest: #32-Labonte 188.426 & #44-Scott 188.73
    only 14 cars made runs, all single car runs, no incidents
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 6 speed page (pdf) (2-19-2016)

  • Kyle Busch wins 2nd Can-Am Duel 150: #18-Kyle Busch won the 2nd Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway fir his third Duel win. #1-McMurray finished 2nd then #41-Busch, #19-Edwards, #95-Ty Dillon, #42-Larson, #10-Patrick, #14-Vickers, #93-DiBenedetto, #46-Annett, #38-Cassill, #35-Gilliland, #48-Johnson, #78-Truex Jr., #47-Allmendinger, #20-Kenseth, #13-Mears, #26-Richardson Jr., #43-Almirola, #83-Waltrip, #40-Sorenson and #31-Newman.
    #93-DiBenedetto was the highest finishing Open Team (non-chartered team), finishing 9th. The other three Open teams: #35-Gilliland finished 12th, #26-Richardson Jr. finished 18th and #40-Sorenson finished 21st. #93-DiBenedetto gets in the race as the highest finishing Open team and will start 20th. #26-Richardson Jr. gets in the race via his qualifying speed. #40-Sorenson and #35-Gilliland will not make the race.
    #31-Newman had an engine go sour halfway thru the race and will start the Daytona 500 38th. #13-Mears was running 2nd with two laps to go when his car ran out of fuel, he will start the 500 32nd. Coming to the checkered flag, #48-Johnson spun, trying to move around #1-McMurray, collecting #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr., #41-Busch, #10-Patrick and #47-Allmendinger. Johnson, Kenseth and Truex Jr. will go to backup cars and have to start the Daytona 500 from the rear of the field.
    The finishers of the 2nd Can-Am Duel 150 will line up on the outside (even number) line. #20-Kenseth will lineup and go out on the grid Sunday on the outside pole but have to fall back to the rear due to going to a backup car. He will, however, get the 2nd choice of a pitstall. 2nd Duel winner, #18-Busch will start 4th but move up to the outside pole before the start.. #26-Richardson Jr., in on speed, will start 40th.
    See results on the Second Can-Am Duel 150 Results page (pdf).(2-18-2016)

  • Earnhardt Jr. wins first Can-Am Duel 150: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the first Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #22-Logano, #21-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #34-Buescher, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #3-Dillon, #6-Bayne, #2-Keselowski, #59-McDowell, #7-Smith, #23-Ragan, #30-Wise, #15-Bowyer, #32-Labonte, #44-Scott, #27-Menard and #98-Whitt.
    #21-Blaney was the highest finishing Open Team (non-chartered team), finishing 3rd. The other three Open teams: #59-McDowell finished 14th, #30-Wise finished 17th and #98-Whitt finished 22nd/last, after spinning out and leaving the race. #21-Blaney gets in the race as the highest finishing Open team and will start 7th. #59-McDowell gets in the race via his qualifying speed. #30-Wise and #98-Whitt will not make the race.
    There were two incidents, on lap 43, #98-Whitt was trying to pass #59-McDowell and spun out, doing enough damage to the car that he could not finish. As the leaders were coming to the checkered flag, #44-Scott spun and was credited with 20th, the team will go to a backup car, so Scott will have to start at the rear of the field on Sunday.
    The finishers of the 1st Can-Am Duel 150 will line up on the inside (odd number) line. #24-Ellott starts on the pole and #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 3rd. #59-McDowell, in on speed, will start 39th.
    See results on the First Can-Am Duel 150 Results page (pdf).(2-18-2016)

  • Coverage of Can-Am Duel Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et; Pre-Race show at 5:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:22pm/et

    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Friday, February 19 at 3:00am/et on FS1; and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30am/et on FS1

  • Track Specifications for the Duels:
    Track/Race Lengths: 2.5 mile oval, 60 laps, 150 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: 101,000 [was 147,000, 168,000] with 124 suites.
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet
    Opened: 1959

  • Can-Am Duel 150's Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal Duel 1: Steve Pelletier, VP of Global Sales and Consumer Experience of BRP, Inc.
    Command to start engines Duel 1: Steve Pelletier
    Grand Marshal Duel 2: Jean Fleury, Acting VP of Accessories and Clothing Division of BRP, Inc.
    Command to start engines Duel 1: Jean Fleury,
    Color Guard: Daytona Beach Fire Dept
    Invocation: Art Bakewell, Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Florida Hospital
    National Anthem: Catina Mack, Orlando
    Flyover: none

  • Can-Am Duel 150's Starting Lineups Can-Am Duel Race 2 Starting Lineup (pdf)
    Can-Am Duel Race 1 Starting Lineup (pdf)

  • Pit Stall Selections for the Can-Am Duel 150 Sprint Cup Series Qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
    Duel 1 pole sitter #24-Elliott chose pit stall 4, now the 1st pit stall with the first three closed.
    Duel 1 outside pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr. took pit stall 12.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr., who starts 3rd in Duel 1 took the 21st pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #32-Labonte, who starts 16th.
    Duel 2 pole sitter #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 43, the final one.
    Duel 2 outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 5.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd in Duel 2 took the 34th pit stall.
    See the Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying Races pit selection charts on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart page.(2-17-2016)

  • Thursday practice: for the Daytona 500/Can-Am Duel 150 Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    only seven drivers ran laps, there were no incidents:
    #48-Johnson 193.054
    #44-Scott (drafting) 189.897
    #43-Almirola (drafting) 189.897
    #95-Dillon 189.837
    #31-Newman 189.697
    #42-Larson (backup car) 189.362
    #83-Waltrip (backup car) 188.363
    No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 5 speed page (pdf) (2-18-2016)

  • 2nd Wednesday practice: for the Daytona 500/Can-Am Duel 150 Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes and a red flag, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #44-Scott 199.800
    #3-Dillon 199.769
    #18-Busch 199.729
    #48-Johnson 199.645
    #27-Menard 199.601
    slowest: #26-Richardson Jr. 188.778 and #38-Cassill 190.255
    only 26 of 44 cars practiced.
    Just after practice started, #95-Dillon's car leaked oil, causing #40-Sorensone to slow, #31-Newman slowed behind the #40, $83-Waltrip got into the rear of the #31, spinning both the #31 and #83. Others with some damage include: #35-Gilliland, #42-Larson, #34-Buescher, #27-Menard. BK Racing is not sure if #83-Waltrip will have to go to a backup car or if the team can fix it. #42-Larson will go to a backup car and have to start the Can-Am Duel 150 from the rear of the field (not the Daytona 500).
    There is one more practice before the Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races (Thursday, Feb 18th, 7:00pm/et on FS1), on Thursday from 12:00 to 12:55pm/et on FS1.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 4 speed page (pdf) (2-17-2016)

  • First Wednesday practice: for the Daytona 500/Can-Am Duel 150 Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #59-McDowell 200.173
    #6-Bayne 199.916
    #16-Biffle 199.619
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 199.252
    #13-Mears 199.164
    slowest: #43-Almirola 189.998 and #23-Ragan 190.464
    36 of 44 cars practiced. Most teams did drafting practice. No incidents.
    Skipping practice were: #4-Harivick, #41-Busch, #78-Truex Jr., #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #19-Edwards, #20-Kenseth, #83-Waltrip.
    The next practice is scheduled for tonight 6:00 to 6:55pm/et and be televised on FS1.
    On Thursday there is a practice scheduled for 12:00 to 12:55pm/et on FS1.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 3 speed page (pdf) (2-17-2016)

  • Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole: #24-Chase Elliott win the pole for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 196.314mph, his first career pole and he is the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner. #20-Matt Kenseth will start 2nd, running 194.036mph. The front row is locked into those spots. The rest of the field will be determined by the Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying Races on Thursday (7pm/et on FS1). The rest of the top12: #88-Earnhardt Jr., #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #48-Johnson, #21-Blaney, #3-Dillon, #19-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch and #22-Logano.
    During round one of qualifying #88-Earnhardt Jr. was fastest, followed by #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #3-Dillon, #48-Johnson, #21-Blaney, #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #41-Busch and #22-Logano, these 12 drivers will go for the two locked positions of the pole and outside pole.
    Not Advancing: 13 5 31 4 27 95 2 43 14 16 1 44 42 93 59 83 34 10 32 47 6 46 15 38 26 98 35 23 30 40 78.
    #78-Truex Jr had a roof flap that wouldn't close and didn't make a lap after going to the garage and not being able to get back within the five minute time limit once the car is presented for qualifying. Truex Jr will start the 2nd Can-Am Duel 150 from the rear of the field.
    From the eight Open, non-Charter, teams running for the four open Daytona 500 spots, #21-Ryan Blaney and #93-Matt DiBenedetto secured spots by being the two fastest non-charter cars in qualifying. Blaney was 7th fastest and DiBendetto was 26th fastest. The next two drivers in speed were #59-Michael McDowell and #26-Robert Richardson Jr. If either Blaney or DiBenedetto are the highest finisher in their Duels, McDowell would make the race on speed. If both Blaney and DiBenedetto are the highest finisher in their Duels, then both McDowell and Richardson Jr. would make the Daytona 50 field. The remaining four drivers: #98-Whitt, #35-Gilliland, #30-Wise and #40-Sorenson, have to be the highest finishing non-Charter car to make the race.
    The cars of #4-Harvick and #14-Vickers failed post-qualifying inspection as the cars did not have the track bars in compliance. Both qualifying speeds were disallowed. #4-Harvick who was to start 9th in the 1st Duel, will start from the rear. #14-Vickers was to start 10th in the 2nd Duel, will start at the rear with Truex Jr.
    For round-by-round qualifying results, see the Daytona 500 Qualifying Results page (pdf).
    (2-14-2016)

  • Daytona Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #24-Chase Elliott won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 58th Annual Daytona 500 with a lap of 45.845 seconds, 196.314 mph.
    This is his first pole in six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole at Daytona International Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his 12th in 33 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 22nd top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
    This is Hendrick Motorsports 10th Daytona 500 pole - the series most.
    This is the third Daytona 500 pole for the #24 car - Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Chase Elliott (2016).
    The Elliotts become the fourth father-son duo to win the Daytona 500 pole joining Richard and Kyle Petty, Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    Chase Elliott becomes the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner at the age of 20 years, 2 months and 17 days - previous record holder was Austin Dillon (2014 pole winner) - 23 years, 9 months, 27 days.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-14-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 1:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Monday, February 15th at 3:00am/et on FS1; and at 5:30am/et on FS1.

  • Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. The order is set by the combined practice speeds ran on Saturday. So #30-Josh Wise will go out first in round 1 of qualifying and #22-Joey Logano will be the final driver to qualifying in round 1. Qualifying order for the 2nd and final round of qualifying will be set by round 1 qualifying speeds. The 12 fastest drivers advance to round two, the final round, with the slowest going out first and the fastest being the final driver to make a qualifying attempt.
    Daytona 500 Qualifying Format is as:
    Single car, nne lap run, fastest 12 advance to final round
    Top two in final round set the front row for the Daytona 500
    Remaining 38 starting spots determined by the Can-Am Duels on Thursday
    For the qualifying order, see the Daytona 500 Qualifying Order page (pdf).(2-13-2016)

  • Daytona 500 Specific Qualifying - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    - Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position
    - Four Open teams are eligible for starting positions
    o The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position
    o The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race
    - Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races
    - If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500
    - If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the other three Open teams determined by qualifying
    - If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams
    - If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams
    - If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 Owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams
    All Other Championship Race events
    - Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position and four Open teams are eligible for starting positions.
    - Qualifying results will determine the Open team starting positions assuming the event is run as scheduled
    - If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds determine the four Open teams
    - If practice and qualifying are cancelled due to weather, Owner points determine the four Open teams (events 1-3 revert to 2015 Owner points)
    (looks like no more past champion provisional)

  • 1st Saturday Practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 115 scheduled minutes, the top five and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., 194.116
    #22-Logano 193.853
    #20-Kenseth 193.782
    #24-Elliott 193.586
    #5-Kahne 193.582
    slowest: #40-Sorenson 186.185 and #30-Wise 186.474
    most laps run: #22-Logano 19; #17-Stenhouse Jr., 18
    fastest 1st lap runs: #16-Biffle 193.407 & #78-Truex Jr. 193.100
    No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
    All 44 drivers made runs, all single cars runs in preparation to the one-lap qualifying runs on Sunday (FOX at 1:00pm/et). No incidents.
    A 2nd practice is scheduled for 1:30-3:25pm/et on FS1.
    See the fastest speeds and more on the Daytona 500 Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(2-13-2016)

  • Entry List for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed. 36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying or the rules book (owners attempts/points), four will make the field.
    Some of the drivers entered include: #26-Richardson Jr., #30-Wise, #32-Bobby Labonte, #35-Gilliland, #40-Sorenson, #59-McDowell, #83-Michael Waltrip, #93-DiBenedetto, #95-Ty Dillon and #98-Whitt.
    Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #21-Blaney, #26-Richardson Jr., #30-Wise, #35-Gilliland, #40-Sorenson, #59-McDowell, #93-DiBenedetto and #98-Whitt.
    The #19 and #41 teams have completed deals to gain Charters from defunct Michael Waltrip Racing.
    The #46 team is leasing the #62 Premium Motorsports Charter for 2016.
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Daytona 500 Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and formats, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • 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

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Unlimited: 6 sets for the event;
    Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 5 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

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

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

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

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona throughout Speedweeks . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Wingfoot One," based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . the ship will be a part of Fox and Fox Sports 1's television coverage of the Sprint Unlimited and Sprint Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Can-Am Duel and the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup races during the second week.

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