2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited Race

The 2015 Sprint Unlimited will consist of:
2014 Coors Light Pole Winners
Past Event winners
2014 Chase drivers
drivers by points up to 25 drivers

Updated 2-14-2015

THE RACE, Saturday, February 14, 2015

TV: FOX at 8:00pm/et
Green Flag Scheduled: approx 8:35 pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90

Jumps to sections on this page:

Final Results
Segment 1 Results
Starting Order
Pit Stall Selections
Event Schedule
Television / Radio Coverage
Race Information / Dignitaries
Purse / Race Awards
Goodyear Tire Notes
Chassis Selections
News and Notes
Entry List / Drivers/Teams Chart
Records and Facts
Past Sprint Unlimited Winners
Past Sprint Unlimited Formats

Race Results

  • added all images of all 25 cars running in the Sprint Unlimited to the 2015 Sprint Unlimited Schemes page.

  • Kenseth wins the Sprint Unlimited: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, his first win in the event. #78-Truex Jr. led 29 laps (the most) and finished 2nd, followed by #19-Edwards, #13-Mears, #42-Larson, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #10-Patrick. Only 12 of 25 cars were still running at the end of the race as there were four wrecks causing 17 caution laps and two red flags. There were 13 lead changes among 8 drivers. Pole winner #27-Meard was involved in a big wreck and finished 21st.
    The Results:
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 21 laps led
    2) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 29 laps led
    3) #19-Carl Edwards, 1 lap led
    4) #13-Casey Mears
    5) #42-Kyle Larson
    6) #22-Joey Logano
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon
    8) #18-Kyle Busch
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 13 laps led
    10) #10-Danica Patrick
    11) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 lap led
    12) #31-Ryan Newman
    13) #14-Tony Stewart, accident, 67
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, accident, 67, 1 lap led
    15) #41-Kurt Busch, accident, 67
    16) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., accident, 61
    17) #3-Austin Dillon, accident, 61
    18) #43-Aric Almirola, accident, 55
    19) #11-Denny Hamlin, accident, 45
    20) #15-Clint Bowyer, accident, 45
    21) #27-Paul Menard, accident, 45, 7 laps led
    22) #48-Jimmie Johnson, accident, 45
    23) #5-Kasey Kahne, accident, 45
    24) #1-Jamie McMurray, accident, 45
    25) #2-Brad Keselowski, accident, 22 laps completed, 2 laps led
    Caution 4, lap 69 [red flag 5:18]: #18-Busch got into #14-Stewart, causing the #14 to get loose and spin into the grass, #16-Biffle then hit the #14, shooting the #16 hard into the inside wall, #41-Busch then got into the #14, causing the #41 off the track, the #41 and #16 then got together. #24-Gordon also got some minor damage making contact with the #14.
    Caution 3, lap 63: #17-Stenhouse Jr. got loose, hit the wall and came down the track, collecting #3-Dillon, #24-Gordon and #10-Patrick.
    Caution 2, lap 46 [Red Flag 14:42]: #1-McMurray got loose or turned around by #16-Biffle and spun down, then headed back up into the pack of cars collecting #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #15-Bowyer, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #18-Busch, #27-Menard, #41-Busch, #43-Almirola and #48-Johnson.
    Caution 1, lap 24: #42-Larson came up a bit and got into #22-Logano and #2-Keselowski, causing the #2 to go thru the infield grass and out of the race.
    Lucky Dogs (lap back)
    Caution 1: no car a lap down
    Caution 2: no car a lap down, that is running
    Caution 3: no car a lap down, that is running
    Caution 4: #10-Patrick, finished 10th
    See full results, money won and more on the Sprint Unlimited Race Results page (pdf).(2-14-2015)

Segment One Results - Lap 25

  • Truex 'wins' first segment: When #2-Keselowski made contact with #42-Larson and slid thru the grass, causing a caution on lap 23, that ended segment #1 of the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. The caution was scheduled for lap 25. Segment 2 went green on lap 30. The rundown at the end of segment 1:
    Segment 1 Results:
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick
    4) #14-Tony Stewart
    5) #43-Aric Almirola
    6) #41-Kurt Busch
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon
    8) #16-Greg Biffle
    9) #27-Paul Menard
    10) #22-Joey Logano
    11) #42-Kyle Larson
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin
    15) #13-Casey Mears
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray
    17) #48-Jimmie Johnson
    18) #19-Carl Edwards
    19) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    20) #10-Danica Patrick
    21) #31-Ryan Newman
    22) #18-Kyle Busch
    23) #3-Austin Dillon
    24) #15-Clint Bowyer
    25) #2-Brad Keselowski, accident
    NOTE: pit road penalties using new system: #31 passing thru too many boxes; #1 crew over wall too soon; both to rear on restart.(2-14-2015)

Starting Lineup Order
Pit Stall Selections

  • Menard to start first: Select fans were paired with each crew chief for a random drawing that determined each team's starting and pit road positions for the Sprint Unlimited. The drawings took place on Friday, February 13th at Daytona. #27-Menard will start from the pole as crew chief Justin Alexander chose the #1. The starting lineup for The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Feb. 14:
    The Lineup:
    1) #27-Paul Menard
    2) #5-Kasey Kahne
    3) #22-Joey Logano
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski
    5) #18-Kyle Busch
    6) #3-Austin Dillon
    7) #16-Greg Biffle
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon
    12) #31-Ryan Newman
    13) #41-Kurt Busch
    14) #19-Carl Edwards
    15) #10-Danica Patrick
    16) #20-Matt Kenseth
    17) #48-Jimmie Johnson
    18) #15-Clint Bowyer
    19) #43-Aric Almirola
    20) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    21) #1-Jamie McMurray
    22) #14-Tony Stewart
    23) #13-Casey Mears
    24) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    25) #42-Kyle Larson

  • Sprint Unlimited Pit Stall Selections


  • Happy Hour practice for the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest:
    #24-Gordon 196.764
    #11-Hamlin 196.524
    #18-Busch 196.202
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 196.168
    #43-Almirola 196.113
    slowest: #5-Kahne 189.338 and #1-McMurray 190.545.
    Only 14 of 25 cars have made runs.
    No speed for: #'s 3 10 13 15 16 17 19 20 27 31 78.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds (pdf).(2-13-2015)

  • First practice for the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest:
    #41-Busch 200.749
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 199.769
    #4-Harvick 199.075
    #22-Logano 197.928
    #5-Kahne 197.824
    slowest: #2-Keselowski 191.734 and #48-Johnson 191.853.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(2-13-2015)

Event Schedule

(Times are local to the Track)

Thursday, February 12

Friday, February the 13th
12:00 - 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN

Saturday, February 14

Television / Radio Coverage

  • Race Coverage of the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, February 14, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 8:00 pm/et;
    Pre-Race show at 6:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 8:29pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, February 16 at 3:00am/et on FoxSports1;
    Monday, February 16 at 10:30am/et on FoxSports1;
    Monday, February 16 at 9:00pm/et on FoxSports2;
    Wednesday, February 18 at 12:30pm/et on FoxSports2

    Friday, February 13
    5:00 - 5:55 pm NSCS Sprint Unlimited practice, FS1
    6:30 - 7:25 pm NSCS final Sprint Unlimited practice, FS1

    Saturday, February 14
    6:00 pm NASCAR Raceday FS1
    8:15 pm The Sprint Unlimited, FOX

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: Longtime Daytona season ticket-holder Robert Burton
    Command to start engines: Robert Burton
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. John Long III, Tubman-King Community Church
    National Anthem: Local singer Tiffany Thomas
    Flyover: none

  • Daytona International Speedway News, Stats & Links

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Daytona International Speedway Website
    ISC Motorsports


Goodyear Tire Notes and Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Unlimited: 6 sets for the event;
    Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 4 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)

  • 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 . . . Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams have also run this tire set-up at Talladega over that same span . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this set-up at Talladega for two races -- October 2013 and May 2014 -- before changing the right-side tire at that track 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.

  • Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation" airship, based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . the ship will be a part of television coverage for the Sprint Unlimited and Sprint Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Budweiser Duels and the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup races during the second week.

Some Chassis Selections:

  • 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 Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. If a driver/team is not listed, the team didn't report chassis information on pre-race PR or on their website:

    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 468 in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to his career-best finish of fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the 2.5-mile track in July 2014. In addition, he finished 13th at Talladega Superspeedway in this Chevrolet in October 2014.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will utilize Chassis No. 834 which was built in 2014 and ran both the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last season. Harvick finished 13th in the Daytona 500 in February 2014 and 39th in the Coke Zero 400 in July.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will drive Chassis No. 606 in the Sprint Unlimited. Previously raced by Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammates Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, Chassis No. 606 has eight combined starts at the two restrictor-plate tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule - four apiece at Talladega and Daytona. In its eight prior starts, its best results have come at Daytona - a pair of fifth-place finishes. Chassis No. 606 last saw action in the 2014 Daytona 500, where Busch finished 21st. The car's body has been updated for 2015.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-844 debuted in last year's Budweiser Duel, where it served as the primary racecar for Tony Stewart in the 56th Daytona 500. It finished a respectable 10th in the Budweiser Duel to earn a 21st-place starting spot in the Daytona 500. However, a fuel pressure issue in the Daytona 500 forced Stewart to the garage with 70 laps remaining. Chassis No. 14-844 served as backup for the remainder of the 2014 season, and with new Chevrolet SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel this offseason, the car returns to Daytona for its third career start in the non-point Sprint Unlimited.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 790 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer in the Sprint Unlimited. This is a new chassis. Chassis No. 754 serves as the back-up chassis . This chassis raced at Talladega in May, finishing 3rd and also tested at Daytona in 2014.
    #16-Greg Biffle: the primary chassis is RK-??? for the Sprint Unlimited last hit the track at Talladega in 2014, finishing 25th. Biffle's #16 Ford Fusion will feature a Bug B Gone design for the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500. Bug B Gone is one of three Scotts Ortho brand schemes that Biffle will showcase throughout the season; others include Home Defense and Fire Ant Killer.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: primary chassis RK-??? was last raced in Talladega by #99 team and finished 21st. Fastenal will serve as the primary sponsor for Stenhouse in the 2015 NSCS season for 15 races.
    #27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 492 for the Sprint Unlimited. This #27 PEAK/Menards Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season. Saturday night's 75-lap event will mark Menard's first start in the Sprint Unlimited.
    #31-Ryan Newman will pilot a brand new chassis, No. 446, in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

Records and Facts:

  • By the Numbers: The 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
    2.75 - 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)
    10 - Number of races led, the 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 was the 2013 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)

  • The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits:
    - The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009 (25 are eligible for this year's event).
    - The drivers with the most Sprint Unlimited appearances:
    o Mark Martin (24) o Bill Elliott (23) o Jeff Gordon (21) o Ken Schrader (19) o Rusty Wallace (19) - Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Sprint Unlimited races, competing in 21 consecutive events from 1994-2014.
    - There have been nine multiple winners in the Sprint Unlimited:
    o Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
    o Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
    o Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
    o Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
    o Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008) and Denny Hamlin (2006 and 2014).
    o Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Sprint Unlimited races. No driver has won three consecutive Sprint Unlimited events.
    - Buddy Baker (1979, the first race for the event), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Sprint Unlimited in which they competed.
    - Only five times in the 32-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:
    o Bobby Allison (1982)
    o Bill Elliott (1987)
    o Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
    o Jeff Gordon (1997)
    - There have been four winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
    - Two drivers have swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2014: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)(NASCAR)

  • The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits II:
    - One driver has swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2014: Bobby Allison (1982).
    - Seven drivers have won the Sprint Unlimited (1979-2014) and the championship in the same season. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times (four times):
    Tony Stewart (2002)
    Jeff Gordon (1997)
    Dale Earnhardt (1993, 1991, 1986, 1982)
    - Four drivers have won consecutive Sprint Unlimited races (1979-2014). None went on to win that year's Daytona 500.
    Kevin Harvick (2009-10)
    Tony Stewart (2000-01)
    Ken Schrader (1990-91)
    Neil Bonnett (1983-84)
    - The format for The Sprint Unlimited has changed 13 times since its inception into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1979.
    - Danica Patrick is the only female driver to have competed in the Sprint Unlimited (1979 - 2014) - she started 12th and finished 16th last season.(NASCAR)

  • The Sprint Unlimited Manufacturer Recap:
    Manufacturer, Victories, Last Victory - Driver Chevrolet, 20, 2013 - Kevin Harvick(a)
    Ford, 7, 2004 - Dale Jarrett
    Toyota, 2, 2014 - Denny Hamlin(a)
    Buick, 2, 1982 - Bobby Allison
    Oldsmobile, 2, 1980 - Dale Earnhardt
    Pontiac, 2, 2002 - Tony Stewart(a)
    Dodge, 1, 2011 - Kurt Busch(a)
    (a) = active driver
    * This season 14 Chevrolets, six Toyotas and five Fords are entered into the Sprint Unlimited.(NASCAR)

News, Notes and Information:

  • Sprint Unlimited format unveiled: NASCAR announced that the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 14, will be split into two segments. A competition caution at lap 25 will separate the segments in the non-points event, scheduled for an 8:15pm/et start (live on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). New this year, select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 13 at the FDOT Main Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30pm. The field of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2014, and all 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers from 2014. If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2014 Championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers, respectively, are #15-Clint Bowyer, #27-Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose, #13-Casey Mears, and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(NASCAR)(2-5-2015)

  • Allmendinger not planning running Sprint Unlimited UPDATE: per a Tweet from Chris Knight of Catchfence: "@AJDinger and JTG-Daughtery representatives confirm team as of today do NOT plan to participate in Sprint Unlimited @DISupdates". So #47-AJ Allmendinger doesn't plan on running the Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona on Feb 14th (FOX at 8:pm/et). So with #55-Brian Vickers (pole winner) and #47-Allmendinger (Chase driver) not running the event, the next two drivers in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship points would get into the Sprint Unlimited: #15-Clint Bowyer and #27-Paul Menard. And no word if Brian Scott, who won a pole at Talladega last May, will run the event. Scott supposedly will run the #29 RCR Chevy in the Daytona 500 but no word if he will run the Sprint Unlimited. If Scott doesn't run the race, the spot would go to #13-Casey Mears who was 26th in drivers points.(2-2-2015)
    UPDATE: #47-AJ Allmendinger will not compete in next weekend's Sprint Unlimited because his team was unable to find sponsorship for the exhibition event. JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter told MotorsportsTalk that NASCAR's late decision to include all 16 Chase drivers in the Sprint Unlimited left his organization with little time to find a sponsor. "It was nowhere on our radar until they changed the rules on it,'' Geschickter said Monday of competing in the Sprint Unlimited. "If we had won a pole during the season and knew we were in it, I'm sure we would have been well prepared for it. We appreciate being grandfathered in, but, obviously, have to manage our resources to deliver the best year-end points finish we can for our sponsors.'' Geschickter said he's not worried about missing additional track time at Daytona International Speedway by skipping the race. JTG Daugherty enters its second year as part of an alliance with Richard Childress Racing and will be able to get information and notes from other RCR alliance cars in that race. Geschickter says the team has three superspeedway cars ready for the season. "Obviously, if you go tear one up before the season starts, that's a big hit to a budget,'' Geschickter said. As for sponsorship this season, Geschickter says the team has only three races to sell. Those races are in the second half of the year.(NBC Sports), see news, rules and more on the 2015 Sprint Unlimited page.(2-2-2015)

  • 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to feature Chase drivers, Daytona 500 pole winners UPDATE: Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements. A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS. In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible. The 2015 eligible participants include:
    " #18-Kyle Busch (2014 pole winner)
    " #3-Austin Dillon (2014 pole winner)
    " #24-Jeff Gordon (2014 pole winner)
    " #38-David Gilliland (2014 pole winner)
    " #11-Denny Hamlin (2014 pole winner)
    " #4-Kevin Harvick (2014 pole winner)
    " #48-Jimmie Johnson (2014 pole winner)
    " #20-Matt Kenseth (2014 pole winner)
    " #2-Brad Keselowski (2014 pole winner)
    " #42-Kyle Larson (2014 pole winner)
    " #22-Joey Logano (2014 pole winner)
    " #1-Jamie McMurray (2014 pole winner)
    " #29?/#33?-Brian Scott (2014 pole winner)(may not have a ride for the event)
    " #14-Tony Stewart (2014 pole winner)
    " #55-Brian Vickers* (2014 pole winner)(will not run due to illness)
    " #41-Kurt Busch (former Unlimited winner)
    " #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (former Unlimited winner)
    " #19-Carl Edwards (former D500 pole winner)
    " #10-Danica Patrick (former D500 pole winner)
    " #16-Greg Biffle (former D500 pole winner)
    " #78-Martin Truex Jr. (former D500 pole winner)
    " #31-Ryan Newman (2014 Chase driver)
    " #47-AJ Allmendinger (2014 Chase driver)(team has decided not to run the event)
    " #5-Kasey Kahne (2014 Chase driver)
    " #43-Aric Almirola (2014 Chase driver)
    next in line if any of the above do not chose to run the Sprint Unlimited
    " #15-Clint Bowyer (19th in drivers points)
    " #27-Paul Menard (21st in drivers points)
    " #13-Casey Mears (26th in drivers points)
    " #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (26th in drivers points)
    (* - Michael Waltrip Racing today announced that Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.) (NASCAR),for more information, check out Jayski's Sprint Unlimited Race page.(12-15-2014)
    UPDATE: If the race expands to 25 to meet the minimum because of Vickers missing the race, his teammate #15-Clint Bowyer would get in. Bowyer is neither a former race winner of the Unlimited or Daytona 500 pole winner and was 19th in the 2014 points standings. Drivers 1-18 all are eligible for the race.(Yahoo Sports)(12-17-2014/2-1-2015)

  • 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)

Entry List / Drivers Eligible

  • Official Entry List for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited:
    1) #1-Jamie McMurray, McDonald's Chevy
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Ford
    3) #3-Austin Dillon, DOW Chevy
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevy
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne, Great Clips Chevy
    6) #10-Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com Chevy
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin, Fedex Express Toyota
    8) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevy
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy Toyota
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford
    12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Fastenal Ford
    13) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's Crispy Toyota
    14) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota
    15) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
    16) #22-Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil Ford
    17) #24-Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger Chevy
    18) #27-Paul Menard, Peak/Menards Chevy
    19) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy
    20) #41-Kurt Busch, Haas Automation Chevy
    21) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy
    22) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford
    23) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevy
    24) #78-Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Chevy
    25) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, Nationwide Chevy

  • 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
    13) #42-Kyle Larson
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon [won event in 1997 & 1994]
    15) #55-Brian Vickers

    Didn't win a pole in 2014, but are eligible as....:
    2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers:
    16) #31-Ryan Newman
    17) #47-AJ Allmendinger
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne
    19) #43-Aric Almirola

    Former Daytona 500 pole winner:
    20) #19-Carl Edwards
    21) #10-Danica Patrick
    22) #16-Greg Biffle
    23) #78-Martin Truex Jr.

    past event winner:
    24) #41-Kurt Busch [won event in 2011]
    25) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [won event in 2008]

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 Date
Pole Winner
Speed (MPH)
career pole
1 Daytona International Speedway
1) #3-Austin Dillon
(1st career pole)
finished 9th
2 Phoenix International Raceway
2) #2-Brad Keselowski
(4th career pole)
finished 3rd
3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3) #22-Joey Logano
(8th career pole)
finished 4th
4 Bristol Motor Speedway
4) #11-Denny Hamlin
(18th career pole)
finished 6th
5 Auto Club Speedway
5) #20-Matt Kenseth
(12th career pole)
finished 4th
6 Martinsville Speedway
6) #18-Kyle Busch
(TR 100.201*)
(14th career pole)
finished 14th
7 Texas Motor Speedway
7) #14-Tony Stewart
(TR 198.282*)
(15th career pole)
finished 10th
8 Darlington Raceway
8) #4-Kevin Harvick
(TR 184.145*)
(7th career pole)

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
(1st career pole)
finished 42nd
11 Kansas Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(2)
(TR 194.658*)
(8th career pole)
finished 2nd
12 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10) #48-Jimmie Johnson
(33rd career pole)

13 Dover International Speedway
#2-Brad Keselowski(2)
(5th career pole)
finished 2nd
14 Pocono Raceway
#11-Denny Hamlin(2)
(19th career pole)
finished 4th
15 Michigan International Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(3)
(9th career pole)
finished 2nd
16 Sonoma Raceway
11) #1-Jamie McMurray
(10th career pole)
finished 4th
17 Kentucky Speedway
#2-Brad Keselowski(3)
(6th career pole)
18 Daytona International Speedway
12) #38-David Gilliland
(3rd career pole)
finished 35th
19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
#18-Kyle Busch(2)
(15th career pole)
finished 2nd
20 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(4)
(TR 188.889*)
(10th career pole)
finished 8th
21 Pocono Raceway
13) #42-Kyle Larson
(1st career pole)
finished 11th
22 Watkins Glen International
14) #24-Jeff Gordon
(TR 129.491*)
(75th career pole)
finished 34th
23 Michigan International Speedway
#24-Jeff Gordon(2)
(76th career pole)
24 Bristol Motor Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(5)
(11th career pole)
finished 11th
25 Atlanta Motor Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(6)
(12th career pole)
finished 19th
26 Richmond International Raceway
#2-Brad Keselowski(4)
(7th career pole)
27 Chicagoland Speedway
none, qualifying rained out
set by rules book, practice speeds
#18-Kyle Busch
finished 7th
28 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
#2-Brad Keselowski(5)
(8th career pole)
finished 7th
29 Dover International Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(7)
(13th career pole)
finished 13th
30 Kansas Speedway
#4-Kevin Harvick(8)
(TR 197.773*)(14th career pole)
finished 12th
31 Charlotte Motor Speedway
#18-Kyle Busch(3)
(TR 198.771*)(16th career pole)
finished 5th
32 Talladega Superspeedway
15) #55-Brian Vickers
(12th career pole)
finished 20th
33 Martinsville Speedway
#1-Jamie McMurray(2)
(11th career pole)
finished 16th
34 Texas Motor Speedway
#20-Matt Kenseth(2)
(TR 200.111*)
(13th career pole)
finished 25th
35 Phoenix International Raceway
#11-Denny Hamlin(3)
(TR 142.141*)
(20th career pole)
finished 5th
36 Homestead-Miami Speedway
#24-Jeff Gordon(3)
(TR 181.238)
finished 10th

Driver in RED = won first pole of season
no pole, qualifying was not held / cancelled
driver in BLACK = has already won a pole this season
(TR) = TRACK RECORD, was set in round 1 or round 2 not the final round or the pole speed.
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: $1,051,074
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


See all 25 paint schemes on my 2015 Sprint Unlimited Paint Schemes page

See Jayski.com's NASCAR Paint Scheme Gallery

Where 2014 SPRINT CUP POLE winners finished

    (36 races, 34 poles, thru 11/16/2014))

  • WINS = 5
  • TOP FIVES: 17
  • TOP TENS: 21
  • OUT of TOP TEN: 13


    1. ) #4-Harvick, Chevy, 8 (WON 1)
    2. ) #2-Keselowski, Ford, 5 (WON 2)
    3. ) #18-Busch, Toyota, 3
    4. ) #11-Hamlin, Toyota, 3
    5. ) #24-Gordon, Chevy, 3 (WON 1)
    6. ) #1-McMurray, Chevy, 2
    7. ) #20-Kenseth, Toyota, 2
    8. ) #48-Johnson, Chevy, 1 (WON 1)
    9. ) #3-Dillon, Chevy, 1
    10. ) #22-Logano, Ford, 1
    11. ) #14-Stewart, Chevy, 1
    12. ) #33-Scott, Chevy, 1
    13. ) #38-Gilliland, Ford, 1
    14. ) #42-Larson, Chevy, 1
    15. ) #55-Vickers, Toyota, 1
    16. ) cancelled, 2

  • 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
    #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, Michigan, 8/17/2014
    #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford, Richmond, 9/6/2014


    Toyota - 9 (4 different drivers)
    Chevy - 18 (8 different drivers)
    Ford - 7 (3 different drivers)

    Total Races: 36......34 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
    2) weather conditions cancelled qualifying at: Chicago, September 2014, the field was set by owners points/rules book and practice speeds


    another change, previous season pole winners, past Sprint Unlimited winners, previous year Chase drivers, 25 drivers minimum.
    Year, Winner, Make, Winnings
    2015: #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, $198,475
    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
    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

    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

    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)

    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 - 2014: Renamed the Sprint Unlimited after Budweiser drops the rights. The eligible field of drivers will consist of pole winners from the previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and past winners of The Sprint Unlimited who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the previous season.
    2015 - current: The Sprint Unlimited field of eligible drivers changed to include all Chase drivers from the previous season and all past Daytona 500 pole winners as well pole winners from the previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and past winners of The Sprint Unlimited. Drivers will have had to attempt to qualify for at least one race during the previous season. Still 75 laps, but only two segments, the first is 25 laps, the second and final segment is 50 laps.

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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
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2007 Budweiser Shootout
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