2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited Race

The 2015 Sprint Unlimited will consist of the 2014 Coors Light Pole Winners & Past Event winners

Updated 7-14-2014

THE RACE, Saturday, February 14, 2015

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Records and Facts
Past Sprint Unlimited Winners
Past Sprint Unlimited Formats

Event Schedule

(Times are local to the Track)

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Television / Radio Coverage

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Race Information

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 75 laps, 187.5 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: 147,000.
    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: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honor Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Flyover: none?


Odds

  • posted a few days before the event


Goodyear Tire Notes and Fast Facts

  • posted a few days before the race


Some Chassis Selections:

  • posted a few days before the race


Records and Facts:

  • By the Numbers: Sprint Unlimited:
    .013 - Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history.
    .058 - Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history.
    .08 - Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history.
    1 - Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Sprint Unlimited races they won.
    2 - The starting position that has produced the most Sprint Unlimited wins (five).
    2.75 - Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts.
    5 - Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006).
    6 - Number of Sprint Unlimited wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader.
    7 - Number of fewest starters in the field for the Sprint Unlimited (1981).
    9 - Number of races led, most since race began in 1979 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
    11 - Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin).
    14 - Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979.
    20 - Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers.
    21 - Most consecutive starts in the Sprint Unlimited by Jeff Gordon (1994-2014).
    27 - Kevin Harvick's starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event's history.
    28 - Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979.
    44 - Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event.
    47 - Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Sprint Unlimited.
    124.095 mph - The slowest average speed of the race for the Sprint Unlimited was last season's event won by Kyle Busch.
    197.802 mph - The fastest average speed of the race for the Sprint Unlimited was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.(NASCAR)(2-15-2014)

  • The Sprint Unlimited Manufacturer Recap:
    Manufacturer, Victories, Last Victory - Driver
    Chevrolet, 21, 2013 - Kevin Harvick
    Ford, 7, 2004 - Dale Jarrett
    Toyota, 3, 2014 - Denny Hamlin
    Buick, 2, 1982 - Bobby Allison
    Oldsmobile, 2, 1980 - Dale Earnhardt
    Pontiac, 2, 2002 - Tony Stewart
    Dodge, 1, 2011 - Kurt Busch


News, Notes and Information:


  • New name for the Shootout - The Sprint Unlimited: Sprint has partnered with Daytona International Speedway to sponsor The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona, the fan-favorite non-points event formerly known as the Daytona Shootout that traditionally kicks off the stock car portion of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 and the NASCAR season. The race will once again be held under the lights on Saturday night, Feb. 16 (FOX 8:00pm/et) but will feature several new elements that will make this event even more of a fan favorite. Fans in attendance will be eligible to receive special upgraded race experiences from Sprint including roles as Grand Marshal, Honorary Starter, and trophy presenter. Fans can also help deliver the trophy to Gatorade Victory Lane or participate in driver introductions during pre-race ceremonies.
    "Sprint is entering its 10th season as title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Steve Gaffney, vice president of marketing for Sprint. "From the outset, we promised unprecedented access for race fans, and each year we challenge ourselves to honor that commitment in innovative ways. Thanks to the strength of our partnership with NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway, we have designed The Sprint Unlimited so that fans play a major role in all aspects of the event. It is the ideal way to start this milestone season, and we look forward to sharing all of the details later this month."
    In addition to the new fan elements, The Sprint Unlimited marks the first time the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars will compete on-track in an event. Dubbed "Gen 6," the new-look sixth generation cars highlight greater brand identity for the manufacturers and are expected to heighten the rivalries among drivers and manufacturers. "Now more than ever, through our growing partnership with Sprint, The Sprint Unlimited will be the fans' race," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Sprint has been a great partner with Daytona and NASCAR, and they continue to raise the bar by engaging race fans in new and innovative ways. We look forward to hearing about additional unique elements for this race in the coming weeks. We are also excited for the debut of the new Sprint Cup Series car, which we believe will provide thrilling on-track action and make The Sprint Unlimited an unforgettable launch to the 2013 season."
    As announced earlier in the year, the format for selecting the field of drivers in the invitation-only event will return to its roots for 2013. The eligible field of drivers will consist of pole winners from the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and past winners of The Sprint Unlimited who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.
    Tickets for The Sprint Unlimited start at $39 and are available for purchase at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Children 12 and under are free in general admission grandstands and the Sprint FANZONE.(DIS)(1-7-2013)

  • No more Budweiser Shootout BUT the will have the Budweiser Duel UPDATE: Budweiser and Daytona International Speedway announced the beer brand will take on an enhanced role in NASCAR's season opening festivities. Beginning with the 2013 season, Budweiser will become the official title sponsor of Speedweeks -the ten-day stretch of stock-car races from the Shootout to the Daytona 500. Budweiser also will secure entitlement of the Budweiser Duel at Daytona, two 150-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. These enhancements to Budweiser's partnership with DIS will replace the brand's existing entitlement of the season-opening, non-points Shootout.
    "Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway marks the official start of the NASCAR season, and the opportunity to expand our presence throughout the ten-day event puts Budweiser even more in the thick of it all," said Brad Brown, vice president of sports & entertainment marketing, Anheuser-Busch. "The Shootout has been an important element of our NASCAR program for 34 years, but this opportunity to enhance our partnership makes Budweiser even more relevant to our consumers as well as the fans of the Daytona 500."
    As part of the sponsorship, Budweiser will also receive the presenting sponsorship of the Daytona 500 pre-race broadcast show. The brand will also receive increased access for consumer hospitality events, including naming rights to the 5th Turn hospitality area throughout Speedweeks. "Budweiser is the longest running active partner with Daytona International Speedway and we are incredibly excited to enter this new chapter with them in 2013," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood. "The opportunities created by this enhanced partnership are compelling and our fans will benefit the most. The intensity and fun atmosphere that Budweiser brought to the Shootout for so many years will be taken up several notches as they assume a much broader role during Speedweeks and 'The Great American Race.' "(Daytona International Speedway)(2-24-2012)
    UPDATE: The conflicting beer sponsorships led to some awkward eligibility rules over the past few years. Chitwood says he is pursuing several leads for potential title sponsors for the Shootout, but Coors Light is not one of them. Budweiser's exclusivity with the Speedway precludes a rival beer maker from naming the season-opening exhibition race. (NASCAR News Service)(2-25-2012)

  • Shootout Eligibility Returns To Its Roots For 2013 and beyond: NASCAR released the eligibility requirements for the 2013 Shootout at Daytona, an announcement that signals a return to the fan-favorite preseason event's roots. Next season's field will consist of 2012 Coors Light Pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season. Eligibility rules for next season's annual non-points race mirror those from 1979-2008, and puts greater emphasis on each weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying session.
    "Fans have expressed their desire to see this event return to its original eligibility rules," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We listened and decided it would be best to return to the eligibility rules of years past adding further meaning to pole qualifying for each NASCAR Sprint Cup race." This announcement comes prior to 2012's first qualifying session, adding intrigue to an already important event. Today's fastest qualifier, in addition to winning the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500, will also earn a spot in next year's Shootout. Two Daytona 500 starting positions will be locked in after today's qualifying session. The fastest two cars in qualifying will sit on the front row. Last night, Kyle Busch won his first Shootout at Daytona, locking up a spot in next year's field. Busch passed defending series champion Tony Stewart in the tri-oval, edging the three-time titlist by a margin of victory of .013 seconds - the closest in Shootout history. Last season, 18 different drivers won a pole (NASCAR).
    NOTE: it is being called 'The Shootout', no word if Budweiser will still be the title sponsor for the race.(2-19-2012)


Entry List / Drivers Eligible


  • Won poles in 2014 and are eligible for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited:
    1) #3-Austin Dillon
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski
    3) #22-Joey Logano
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [won event 2014, 2006]
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [won event 2012]
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [won event in 2007, 2002, 2001]
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick [won event in 2013, 2010, 2009]
    9) #33-Brian Scott
    10) #48-Jimme Johnson [won event in 2005]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray
    12) #38-David Gilliland

    Has not won a pole in 2014, but are eligible as past event winner:
    13) #41-Kurt Busch [won event in 2011]
    14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [won event in 2008]
    15) #24-Jeff Gordon [won event in 1997 & 1994]
    16) #32-Terry Labonte [won event in 1985], may retire after 2014 season

NOTE: if qualifying is rained out or cancelled for any reason and set by points, the driver who starts first
(because they are leading the points) is not awarded the Coors Light Pole Award and does not get the cash award

For all time pole list, records and other pole records and notes, see my All Time Poles page

2014 Season Sprint Cup Pole Winners
Race # Track Pole Winner
Speed (MPH)
career pole
and finish
1 Daytona International Speedway 1) #3-Austin Dillon
196.019
(1st career pole)
finished 9th
2 Phoenix International Raceway 2) #2-Brad Keselowski
139.384(TR)
(4th career pole)
finished 3rd
3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3) #22-Joey Logano
193.278(TR)
(8th career pole)
finished 4th
4 Bristol Motor Speedway 4) #11-Denny Hamlin
129.991(TR)
(18th career pole)
finished 6th
5 Auto Club Speedway 5) #20-Matt Kenseth
187.314
(12th career pole)
finished 4th
6 Martinsville Speedway 6) #18-Kyle Busch
99.674
(TR 100.201*)
(14th career pole)
finished 14th
7 Texas Motor Speedway 7) #14-Tony Stewart
195.454
(TR 198.282*)
(15th career pole)
finished 10th
8 Darlington Raceway 8) #4-Kevin Harvick
183.479
(TR 184.145*)
(7th career pole)
WON
9 Richmond International Raceway none, qualifying rained out
set by rules book, practice speeds
#42-Kyle Larson
finished 16th
10 Talladega Superspeedway 9) #33-Brian Scott
198.290
(1st career pole)
finished 42nd
11 Kansas Speedway #4-Kevin Harvick(2)
194.252(TR)
(TR 194.658*)
(8th career pole)
finished 2nd
12 Charlotte Motor Speedway 10) #48-Jimmie Johnson
194.911
(33rd career pole)
WON
13 Dover International Speedway #2-Brad Keselowski(2)
164.444(TR)
(5th career pole)
finished 2nd
14 Pocono Raceway #11-Denny Hamlin(2)
181.415(TR)
(19th career pole)
finished 4th
15 Michigan International Speedway #4-Kevin Harvick(3)
204.557(TR)
(9th career pole)
finished 2nd
16 Sonoma Raceway 11) #1-Jamie McMurray
96.350
(10th career pole)
finished 4th
17 Kentucky Speedway #2-Brad Keselowski(3)
188.751(TR)
(6th career pole)
WON
18 Daytona International Speedway 12) #38-David Gilliland
199.322
(3rd career pole)
finished 35th
19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway #18-Kyle Busch(2)
138.130(TR)
(15th career pole)
finished 2nd

won first pole of season for that driver
no pole, weather cancelled qualifying
BLACK = has already won a pole this season
(TR) = TRACK RECORD
With the group / rounds of qualifying, track record can be set by a driver NOT winning the pole noted above by (TR the speed and an '*')


Purse / Race Awards

The Sprint Unlimited / Budweiser Shootout Purse History:
2015: TBA
2014: $1,051,074
2013: $1,051,074
2012: $1,040,667
2011: $1,040,667
2010: $1,095,439
2009: $1,217,154
2008: $1,217,154
2007: $1,153,518
2006: $1,119,920
2005: $1,087,300


SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES FOR THE SPRINT UNLIMITED


Where 2014 SPRINT CUP POLE winners finished

    (19 races, 18 poles, thru 7/13/2014))

  • WINS = 3
  • TOP FIVES: 12
  • TOP TENS: 15
  • OUT of TOP TEN: 3


2014 SPRINT CUP POLES DRIVERS LIST:

    1. ) #4-Harvick, Chevy, 3 (WON 1)
    2. ) #2-Keselowski, Ford, 3 (WON 1)
    3. ) #11-Hamlin, Toyota, 2
    4. ) #18-Busch, Toyota, 2
    5. ) #48-Johnson, Chevy, 1 (WON 1)
    6. ) #3-Dillon, Chevy, 1
    7. ) #22-Logano, Ford, 1
    8. ) #20-Kenseth, Toyota, 1
    9. ) #14-Stewart, Chevy, 1
    10. ) #33-Scott, Chevy, 1
    11. ) #1-McMurray, Chevy, 1
    12. ) #38-Gilliland, Ford, 1
    13. ) cancelled, 1

  • Wins from the pole in 2014:
    #4-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, Darlington, 4/12/2014
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, Charlotte, 5/25/2014
    #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford, Kentucky, 6/28/2014


2014 MANUFACTURER SPRINT CUP POLES:

    Toyota - 5 (3 different drivers)
    Chevy - 8 (6 different drivers)
    Ford - 5 (3 different drivers)

    Total Races: 19......18 Coors Light Poles won
    1) weather conditions cancelled qualifying at: Richmond, April 2014, the field was set by owners points/rules book and practice speeds


PAST WINNERS of the SPRINT UNLIMITED / BUD SHOOTOUT / BUSCH CLASH:

    YEAR  THE SPRINT UNLIMITED WINNER
    back to the old format, previous season pole winners, past Sprint Unlimited / Bud Shootout winners.
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2014: #11-Denny Hamlin(2), Toyota, $201,139
    2013: #29-Kevin Harvick(3), Chevy, $202,075
    YEAR  BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT WINNER
    another new format, Top 25 drivers in points, former Daytona winners, Series champs
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2012: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, $198,550
    another new format, Chase drivers, former Daytona winners, Series champs and rookies of the year, last 10 years
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2011: #22-Kurt Busch, Dodge, $203,000
    another new format, former Daytona winners, Series champs and rookie of the year
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2010: #29-Kevin Harvick(2), Chevy, $202,357

    new format top 6 in each manufacturer by owners pts and a wildcard for a total of 28
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2009: #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, $200,000

    YEAR  BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT WINNER
    Format was for pole winners and former shootout winners
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2008: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevy, $215,000
    2007: #20-Tony Stewart(3), Chevy, $215,000
    2006: #11-Denny Hamlin, Chevy, $213,380
    2005: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, $219,945
    2004: #88-Dale Jarrett(3), Ford, $213,000
    2003: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, $205,000
    2002: #20-Tony Stewart(2), Pontiac, $200,955
    2001: #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, $202,722

    YEAR  BUD SHOOTOUT WINNER
    2000: #88-Dale Jarrett(2), Ford, $115,000
    1999: #6-Mark Martin, Ford, $108,000
    1998: #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, $100,882

    YEAR  Bud Shootout Qualifier Winner (held 1998-2000)
    2000: #88-Dale Jarrett (won Bud Shootout)
    1999: #31-Mike Skinner (4th in Bud Shootout)
    1998: #23-Jimmy Spencer (4th in Bud Shootout)

    YEAR  BUSCH CLASH WINNERS (# of wins)
    1997: #24-Jeff Gordon(2), Chevy, $54,000
    1996: #88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, $62,500
    1995: #3-Dale Earnhardt(6), Chevy, $57,000
    1994: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, $54,000
    1993: #3-Dale Earnhardt(5), Chevy, $60,000
    1992: #15-Geoff Bodine, Ford, $39,000
    1991: #3-Dale Earnhardt(4), Chevy, $60,000
    1990: #25-Ken Schrader(2), Chevy, $95,000
    1989: #25-Ken Schrader, Chevy, $75,000
    1988: #3-Dale Earnhardt(3), Chevy, $75,000
    1987: #9-Bill Elliott, Ford, $75,000
    1986: #3-Dale Earnhardt(2), Chevy, $75,000
    1985: #44-Terry Labonte, Chevy, $65,000
    1984: #12-Neil Bonnett(2), Chevy, $50,000
    1983: #75-Neil Bonnett, Chevy, $50,500
    1982: #88-Bobby Allison, Buick, $50,000
    1981: #11-Darrell Waltrip, Buick, $61,500
    1980: #2-Dale Earnhardt, Olds, $50,000
    1979: #28-Buddy Baker, Olds, $50,000

  • All-time Sprint Unlimited / Budweiser Shootout / The Busch Clash Formats:
    1979-1990: 20-lap standard format
    1991-1994: 20-lap distance with halftime break at the 10-lap mark with the field inverted.
    1995-1996: 20-lap distance with halftime break at the 10-lap mark with field inverted. Starting position awarded to the Nationwide Series pole champion.
    1997: 20-lap race with a break at the 10-lap mark with an inversion of the field.
    1998-2000: 25-lap qualifying race featuring previous year's second-round qualifiers. Winner advances to the main 25-lap event.
    2001-2002: 70-lap race featuring pole winners but also past Budweiser Shootout champions.
    2003-2008: Held for the first time under the lights. 70-lap race features halftime break after the first 20 laps.
    2009: Distance expanded to 75 laps. The top-six drivers in owner's points from each manufacturer earns a starting berth. A 10-minute halftime break will take place after 25 laps. In addition, each manufacturer will be able to enter a wild card driver.
    2010: The field was made up of the 12 drivers who qualified for the previous year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, past NASCAR Sprint Cup champions, past Budweiser Shootout champions, past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 champions and the reigning Rookie of the Year.
    2011: The field was made up of the 12 drivers who qualified for the previous year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,
    past NASCAR Sprint Cup champions, past Budweiser Shootout champions, past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 champions & Rookies of the Year of last 10 years.
    2012: The field was made up of the 25 drivers who finished in the top 25 in 2011 Drivers Points,
    previous winners at Daytona, including the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 and Budweiser Shootout events
    2013 - current: Renamed the Sprint Unlimited after Budweiser drops the rights. The eligible field of drivers will consist of pole winners from the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and past winners of The Sprint Unlimited who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.


All Time Poles page
2013 Pole Winners
2012 Pole Winners
2011 Pole Winners
2010 Pole Winners
2009 Pole Winners

and in 2012 when it was changed to Daytona, Bud Shootout winners
2012 Budweiser Shootout

and in 2010-2011 when it was changed to Daytona, Bud Shootout winners and past champs
2011 Budweiser Shootout
2010 Budweiser Shootout
that changed for 2009, when it is 6 highest manufacturers in Owners standings
2009 Budweiser Shootout
For the past Bud Shootout pages, 1979-2008, the races was for pole sitters
2008 Budweiser Shootout
2007 Budweiser Shootout
2006 Budweiser Shootout
2005 Budweiser Shootout
2004 Budweiser Shootout
2003 Budweiser Shootout
2002 Budweiser Shootout
2001 Bud Shootout
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