2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited Race

Sprint Unlimited


The Sprint Unlimited Trophy
From Daytona International Speedway's Facebook page

The 2016 Sprint Unlimited will consist of:
(using 2015 rules, could change....again)
2015 Coors Light Pole Winners
Past Event winners
2015 Chase drivers
drivers by points up to 25 drivers

Updated 2-13-2016

THE RACE, Saturday, February 13, 2016

TV: FOX at 8:00pm/et
Green Flag Scheduled: approx 8:29 pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90

Jumps to sections on this page:

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

Race Results

  • Denny Hamlin wins the Sprint Unlimited: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, for his third win the the non-points season opener. Hamlin also won in 2006 and 2014. It was the first time new Overtime procedures were use. #11-Hamlin got past the overtime line on the backstretch and made it to the start-finish line to take the white flag when #20-Kenseth, running 5th, got loose and into #78-Truex Jr. also collecting #1-McMurray, #10-Patrick and #2-Keselowski. The caution came out and the cars slowed and the cars that came across the finish line first were scored first. #22-Logano held off #27-Menard for 2nd. #42-Larson finished 4th and #13-Mears was fifth.
    On lap 73, #2-Keselowski got into the rear of #19-Edwards, turning the #19 sideways, collecting #13-Mears, #18-Busch, #43-Almirola and #3-Dillon, this set up NASCAR Overtime.
    On lap 57, #1-McMurray was bump drafting #5-Kahne, but the #5 got sideways, shot up into #47-Allmendinger. Kahne came back out, but left debris causing another caution and went to the garage
    On lap 44, #48-Johnson and #13-Mears made contact while Johnson was in the middle. The #48 then moved up and bounced off #27-Menard and shot across the track and thru the grass, tearing the nose of the #48 Chevy.
    On lap 23, #14-Vickers lost a tire in turn one while running in the middle and slid left into #88-Earnhardt Jr. tearing off much of the #88's door area, the #14 shot up the track and slammed head first into the wall, collecting #4-Harvick. The #14 came back down the track getting into #15-Bowyer. Other cars damaged of #41-Busch, #16-Biffle and #47-Allmendiner. That ended segment 1.
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota(started 15th), 79 laps run, 39 laps led
    2) #22-Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil Ford(25), 79
    3) #27-Paul Menard, Peak Antifreeze/Menard Chevy(14), 79
    4) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy(4), 79
    5) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy(6), 79
    6) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford(11), 79
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevy(21), 79
    8) #3-Austin Dillon, DOW Chevy(10), 79
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, SKF Ford(2), 79, 26 led
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, KFC Nashville Hot Ford(16), 79
    11) #10-Danica Patrick, Nature's Bakery Chevy(12), 79
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota(13), 79
    13) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota(7), 78
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, McDonald's Chevy(24), 78, 14 led
    15) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Taxslayer.com Chevy(23), -4 laps, 75
    16) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota(19), accident, 56
    17) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's 75 Toyota(9), accident, 56
    18) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford(17), accident, 56
    19) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy(5), accident, 56
    20) #5-Kasey Kahne, Great Clips Chevy(20), accident, 56
    21) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kroger/Stouffer's/Lean Cuisine Chevy(3), accident, 56
    22) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevy(1), accident, 43
    23) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5-hour Energy Chevy(8), accident, 22
    24) #14-Brian Vickers, Mobil 1 Chevy(18), accident, 22
    25) #4-Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer Chevy(22), accident, 22
    There were 7 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps; 3 drivers leads laps with 12 lead changes.
    15 cars were running at the finish with 12 on the lead lap.
    See race results on the Sprint Unlimited Race results page (pdf)(2-13-2016)


Segment One Results - Lap 25

  • Sprint Unlimited Segment One results, after 25 of 75 laps:
    On lap 23, #14-Vickers lost a tire in turn one while running in the middle and slid left into #88-Earnhardt Jr. tearing off much of the #88's door area, the #14 shot up the track and slammed head first into the wall, collecting #4-Harvick. The #14 came back down the track getting into #15-Bowyer. Other cars damaged of #41-Busch, #16-Biffle and #47-Allmendiner. That ends segment 1.
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota(started 15th)
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, SKF Ford(2)
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevy(1)
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota(19)
    5) #3-Austin Dillon, DOW Chevy(10)
    6) #1-Jamie McMurray, McDonald's Chevy(24)
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota(7)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota(13)
    9) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy(4)
    10) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy(6)
    11) #22-Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil Ford(25)
    12) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's 75 Toyota(9)
    13) #27-Paul Menard, Peak Antifreeze/Menard Chevy(14)
    14) #10-Danica Patrick, Nature's Bakery Chevy(12)
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne, Great Clips Chevy(20)
    16) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford(17)
    17) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy(5)
    18) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kroger/Stouffer's/Lean Cuisine Chevy(3)
    19) #16-Greg Biffle, KFC Nashville Hot Ford(16)
    20) #41-Kurt Busch, Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevy(21)
    21) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford(11)
    22) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Taxslayer.com Chevy(23), -4 laps
    23) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5-hour Energy Chevy(8), accident
    24) #14-Brian Vickers, Mobil 1 Chevy(18), accident
    25) #4-Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer Chevy(22), accident


Starting Lineup Order
Pit Stall Selections

  • Starting Line Up for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited without getting behind the wheel of his #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. The starting order for the race was determined by a blind draw by crew chiefs in the Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway. The #48 team picked pit stall 43, closest to the entrance to pit road, leaving pit stall 4, closest to pit road exit, to #2-Brad Keselowski, who drew the second starting position. #47-AJ Allmendinger and #42-Kyle Larson will occupy the second row for the start of the 75-lap non-points exhibition race. The lineup:
    (by a draw done by crew chiefs at Daytona)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevy
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, SKF Ford
    3) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kroger/Stouffer's/Lean Cuisine Chevy
    4) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy
    5) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy
    6) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5-hour Energy Chevy
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's 75 Toyota
    10) #3-Austin Dillon, DOW Chevy
    11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford
    12) #10-Danica Patrick, Nature's Bakery Chevy
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
    14) #27-Paul Menard, Peak Antifreeze/Menard Chevy
    15) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, KFC Nashville Hot Ford
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford
    18) #14-Brian Vickers, Mobil 1 Chevy
    19) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota
    20) #5-Kasey Kahne, Great Clips Chevy
    21) #41-Kurt Busch, Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevy
    22) #4-Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer Chevy
    23) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Taxslayer.com Chevy
    24) #1-Jamie McMurray, McDonald's Chevy
    25) #22-Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil Ford
    See the lineup on the Sprint Unlimited Lineup page (pdf)(2-12-2016)

  • Sprint Unlimited Pit Stall Selections


Practices

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 198.930
    #15-Bowyer 195.253
    #43-Almirola 194.885
    #14-Vickers 194.805
    #4-Harvick 194.763
    slowest: #19-Edwards 75.517 and #47-Allmendinger 189.155
    no laps run: #13-Mears, #16-Biffle, #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr.
    most laps run: #4-Harvick 23; #41-Busch & #27-Menard 22
    No incidents reported.
    See the fastest speeds and more on the Sprint Unlimited Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf)(2-12-2016)

  • 1st Practice for the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five and notes:
    #42-Larson 199.344
    #5-Kahne 199.159
    #11-Hamlin 199.067
    #27-Menard 198.979
    #19-Edwards 198.715
    slowest: #41-Busch 190.026 and #31-Newman 190.375
    most laps run: #22-Logano 30; #14-Vickers 28
    Twenty-five drivers are entered and all ran some practice. No incidents.
    See the fastest speeds and more on the Sprint Unlimited Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(2-12-2016)


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
6:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:50 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:15 PM NSCS RACE


Television / Radio Coverage

  • Race Coverage of the Sprint Unlimited Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 8:00 pm/et;
    NASCAR Raceday 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:
    Sunday, February 14 at 3:30am/et on FoxSports1;
    Sunday, February 14 at 9:00am/et on FoxSports1


Race Information

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 75 laps, 187.5 miles
    Segments: two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments.
    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: 101,500
    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: Deane Guy, DIS longtime ticket holder from Clements, MDBR> Command to start engines: Deane Guy
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: David Lindsey, DIS longtime ticket holder from Cocoa, FL
    Honor Guard: Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard
    Invocation: Ronnie Barton, Pastor from First Baptist Church of South Daytona
    National Anthem: Melisa TenBroeck, Daytona Beach Native
    Flyover: none


Odds


Goodyear Tire Notes and Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:

    Set limits: Unlimited: 6 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.


Records and Facts:

  • 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).
    " Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Sprint Unlimited races, competing in 22 consecutive events from 1994-2015.
    " Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in consecutive Sprint Unlimited starts with 16.
    " There have been nine multiple winners in the Sprint Unlimited:
    Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
    Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
    Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
    Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
    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).
    " 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), 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:
    Bobby Allison (1982)
    Bill Elliott (1987)
    Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
    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 1979-2015: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987) " One driver has swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2015: Bobby Allison (1982). " Four drivers have won the Sprint Unlimited (1979-2015) 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)
    Dale Earnhardt (1991)
    Dale Earnhardt (1986)
    Darrell Waltrip (1981)
    Dale Earnhardt (1980)
    " Four drivers have won consecutive Sprint Unlimited races (1979-2015). 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 that has competed in the Sprint Unlimited (1979 - 2015).
    (NASCAR)(2-12-2016)

  • 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 of victory 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
    4 - Number of drivers to win the Sprint Unlimited from the pole position - Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
    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 (1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95)
    7 - Number of fewest starters in the field for the Sprint Unlimited (1981)
    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 Chevy in the Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers
    22 - 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
    .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 of victory 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
    4 - Number of drivers to win the Sprint Unlimited from the pole position - Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
    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 (1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95)
    7 - Number of fewest starters in the field for the Sprint Unlimited (1981)
    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 Chevy in the Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers
    22 - 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.(NASCAR)(2-12-2016)

  • The Sprint Unlimited Manufacturer Recap:
    Manufacturer, Victories, Last Victory - Driver Chevrolet, 20, 2013 - Kevin Harvick(a)
    Ford, 7, 2004 - Dale Jarrett
    Toyota, 3, 2015 - Matt Kenseth(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
    * 2016 season 15 Chevrolets, five Toyotas and five Fords are entered into the Sprint Unlimited.(NASCAR)


News, Notes and Information:


  • Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona: NASCAR announced the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world. "We're ready to go," said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell. "The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series."
    Once again, the non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. A popular element introduced before the 2015 event returns 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. 12 at the Alert Today Florida Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30pm/et.
    The 25 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.
    Eligible drivers are:
    2015 Coors Light Pole Awards winners
    #47-AJ Allmendinger, #41-Kurt Busch, #18-Kyle Busch, #19-Carl Edwards, #11-Denny Hamlin, #4-Kevin Harvick, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #5-Kasey Kahne, #20-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon(retired), #22-Joey Logano
    Former Sprint Unlimited Race Winners
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #14-Tony Stewart
    Former DAYTONA 500 Coors Light Pole Award winners
    #16-Greg Biffle, #3-Austin Dillon, #TBA-David Gilliland, #10-Danica Patrick, #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers:
    #15-Clint Bowyer, #1-Jamie McMurray, #27-Paul Menard, #31-Ryan Newman
    2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points:
    #43-Aric Almirola, #42-Kyle Larson.
    If an eligible driver does not enter the race (such as Jeff Gordon-retired), the open position will be filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers are #13-Casey Mears, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr.(no ride), David Ragan(no ride) and #6-Trevor Bayne.
    Tickets for the Sprint Unlimited are available online at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(NASCAR)
    See Jayski.com's 2016 Sprint Unlimited / 2015 Pole Winners page for more info.(1-11-2016)


Entry List / Drivers Eligible


  • Official Entry List for the 2016 Sprint Unlimited:
    1) #1-Jamie McMurray, McDonald's Chevy
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, SKF Ford
    3) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer Chevy
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne, Great Clips Chevy
    6) #10-Danica Patrick, Nature's Bakery Chevy
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin, Fedex Express Toyota
    8) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy
    9) #14-Brian Vickers, Mobil 1 Chevy (sub for Stewart)
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy Chevy
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, KFC Nashville Hot Ford
    12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Fastenal Ford
    13) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's 75th Anniversery Toyota
    14) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota
    15) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
    16) #22-Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil Ford
    17) #27-Paul Menard, Peak/Menards Chevy
    18) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy
    19) #41-Kurt Busch, Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevy
    20) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy
    21) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford
    22) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kroger - Stouffer's - Lean Cuisine Chevy
    23) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevy
    24) #78-Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Toyota
    25) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, Nationwide Chevy
    See the list on the 2016 Sprint Unlimited Entry List page (pdf).(2-11-2016)

  • Won poles in 2015 and are eligible for the 2016 Sprint Unlimited:
    1) #22-Joey Logano
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [won event in 2013, 2010, 2009]
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [won event in 2011]
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [won event 2015]
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [won event 2014, 2006]
    6) #5-Kasey Kahne
    7) #47-AJ Allmendinger
    8) #19-Carl Edwards [D500 pole 2012]
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [won event 2012]
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski
    11) #48-Jimme Johnson [won event in 2005][D500 pole 2008, 2002]
    #24-Jeff Gordon [won event in 1997, 1994][D500 pole 2015, 1999], retired end of 2015 season

    Didn't win a pole in 2015, but are eligible as....:

    past Sprint Unlimited event winner:
    #14-Tony Stewart [won event in 2007, 2002, 2001] - won't race due to injury
    12) #14-Brian Vickers (NASCAR ok'd letting the team run the car)
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [won event in 2008][D500 pole 2011]

    Former Daytona 500 pole winners:
    14) #3-Austin Dillon [D500 pole 2014]
    15) #10-Danica Patrick [D500 pole 2013]
    16) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [D500 pole 2009]
    David Gilliland [D500 pole 2007] - no ride for the race
    17) #16-Greg Biffle [D500 pole 2004]
    #32-Bobby Labonte [D500 pole 1998, 2002] (not listed as eligible, hasn't run full-time)

    2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers (not already in):
    18) #1-Jamie McMurray
    19) #31-Ryan Newman
    20) #27-Paul Menard
    21) #15-Clint Bowyer

    2015 Drivers points until 25 drivers are entered (not already in):
    22) #43-Aric Almirola
    23) #42-Kyle Larson
    24) #13-Casey Mears
    25) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., added when Stewart was injured

    If any driver above does not enter, goes to next in points (not already in):
    Sam Hornish Jr.(no current ride)
    #23-David Ragan
    #6-Trevor Bayne

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

2015 Season Sprint Cup Pole Winners
Race # Track
Pole Date
Pole Winner
Manu
Speed (MPH)
career pole
Finish
1 Daytona International Speedway
2/15/2015
1) #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy
201.293 (78th career pole)
finished 33rd
2 Atlanta Motor Speedway
2/27/2015
2) #22-Joey Logano, Ford
194.683 (9th career pole)
finished 4th
3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/6/2015
#24-Jeff Gordon(2), Chevy
194.679(TR)(79th career pole)
finished 18th
4 Phoenix International Raceway
3/13/2015
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, Chevy
140.751 (15th career pole)
WON the race
5 Auto Club Speedway
3/20/2015
4) #41-Kurt Busch, Chevy
185.142 (17th career pole)
finished 3rd
6 Martinsville Speedway
3/27/2015
#22-Joey Logano(2), Ford
98.461 (10th career pole)
finished 3rd
7 Texas Motor Speedway
4/10/2015
#41-Kurt Busch(2), Chevy
193.847 (18th career pole)
finished 13th
8 Bristol Motor Speedway
4/17/2015
5) #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota
128.632 (14th career pole)
WON the race
9 Richmond International Raceway
4/24/2015
#22-Joey Logano(3), Ford
127.071
(11th career pole)
finished 5th
10 Talladega Superspeedway
5/2/2015
#24-Jeff Gordon(3), Chevy
194.793
(80th career pole)
finished 31st
11 Kansas Speedway
5/8/2015
#22-Joey Logano(4), Ford
192.397
(12th career pole)
finished 5th
12 Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/21/2015
#20-Matt Kenseth(2), Toyota
194.252
(15th career pole)
finished 4th
13 Dover International Speedway
5/29/2015
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota
160.121
(21st career pole)
finished 21st
14 Pocono Raceway
6/5/2015
#41-Kurt Busch(3), Chevy
177.599
(19th career pole)
finished 5th
15 Michigan International Speedway
6/12/2015
7) #5-Kasey Kahne, Chevy
201.992
(27th career pole)
finished 15th
16 Sonoma Raceway
6/27/2015
8) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Chevy
96.310
(TR 96.524*)
(3rd career pole)
finished 37th
17 Daytona International Speedway
7/4/2015
none, qualifying rained out
set by rules book, practice speeds
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
WON the race
18 Kentucky Speedway
7/10/2015
none, qualifying rained out
set by rules book, practice speeds
#42-Kyle Larson
finished 35th
19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/17/2015
9) #19-Carl Edwards, Toyota
135.164
(14th career pole)
finished 7th
20 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/25/2015
#19-Carl Edwards(2), Toyota
183.464
(15th career pole)
finished 13th
21 Pocono Raceway
7/17/2015
10) #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota
178.416
(17th career pole)
finished 21st
22 Watkins Glen International
8/8/2015
#47-AJ Allmendinger(2), Chevy
127.839
(4th career pole)
finished 24th
23 Michigan International Speedway
8/14/2015
#20-Matt Kenseth(3), Toyota
197.488
(16th career pole)
WON the race
24 Bristol Motor Speedway
8/21/2015
#11-Denny Hamlin(2), Toyota
131.407(TR)
(22nd career pole)
finished 3rd
25 Darlington Raceway
9/5/2015
11) #2-Brad Keselowski, Ford
178.874
(9th career pole)
finished 2nd
26 Richmond International Raceway
9/11/2015
#22-Joey Logano(5), Ford
126.470
(13th career pole)
finished 3rd
27 Chicagoland Speedway
9/18/2015
none, qualifying rained out
set by rules book, practice speeds
#4-Kevin Harvick
finished 42nd
28 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
9/25/2015
#19-Carl Edwards(3), Toyota
137.980
(16th career pole)
finished 5th
29 Dover International Speedway
10/2/2015
none, qualifying rained out
set by rules book, practice speeds
#20-Matt Kenseth
finished 7th
30 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/8/2015
#20-Matt Kenseth(4), Toyota
194.532
(17th career pole)
finished 42nd
31 Kansas Speedway
10/16/2015
#2-Brad Keselowski(2), Ford
195.503
(10th career pole)
finished 9th
32 Talladega Superspeedway
10/24/2015
#24-Jeff Gordon(3), Chevy
194.500
(81st career pole)
finished 3rd
33 Martinsville Speedway
10/30/2015
#22-Joey Logano(6), Ford
98.548
(14th career pole)
finished 37th
34 Texas Motor Speedway
11/6/2015
#2-Brad Keselowski(3), Ford
196.929
(11th career pole)
finished 2nd
35 Jeff Gordon Raceway
(Phoenix International Raceway)
11/13/2015
12) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy
143.158(TR)
(34th career pole)
finished 5th
36 Homestead-Miami Speedway
11/20/2015
#11-Denny Hamlin(3), Toyota
176.655
(23rd career pole)
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
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:
2016: $958,060
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


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2015 SPRINT CUP POLE STATS

    (36 races, 32 poles, thru 11/22/2015)

  • RACE with Pole winners = 32
  • WINS = 3
  • TOP FIVES: 17
  • TOP TENS: 20
  • OUT of TOP TEN: 12


2015 SPRINT CUP POLE WINNERS DRIVERS LIST:

    1. ) #22-Logano, Ford, 6
    2. ) #20-Kenseth, Toyota, 4
    3. ) #24-Gordon, Chevy, 4
    4. ) #41-Busch, Chevy, 3
    5. ) #19-Edwards, Toyota, 3
    6. ) #2-Keselowski, Ford, 3
    7. ) #11-Hamlin, Toyota, 3
    8. ) #47-Allmendinger, Chevy, 2
    9. ) #4-Harvick, Chevy, 1
    10. ) #5-Kahne, Chevy, 1
    11. ) #18-Busch, Toyota, 1
    12. ) #48-Johnson, Chevy, 1
    13. ) cancelled, 4

  • Wins from the pole in 2015:
    #4-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, Phoenix, 3/15/2015
    #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Bristol, 4/19/2015
    #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Michigan, 8/16/2015


2015 MANUFACTURER SPRINT CUP POLES:

    Toyota - 11 (4 different drivers)
    Chevy - 12 (6 different drivers)
    Ford - 9 (2 different drivers)

    Total Races: 36......32 Coors Light Poles won
    1) weather conditions cancelled qualifying at: Daytona, July 2015, the field was set by owners points/rules book and 1st practice speeds
    2) weather conditions cancelled qualifying at: Kentucky, July 2015, the field was set by owners points/rules book and 1st practice speeds
    3) weather conditions cancelled qualifying at: Chicago, September 2015, the field was set by owners points/rules book and 1st practice speeds
    4) weather conditions cancelled qualifying at: Dover, October 2015, the field was set by owners points/rules book, no practice run before set


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

    YEAR  THE SPRINT UNLIMITED WINNER
    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
    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 - 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.


PAST CLASH / SPRINT UNLIMITED / BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT / BUSCH CLASH pages:

All Time Poles page

2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (formerly the Sprint Unlimited)
2016 Sprint Cup Series Pole Winners / Stats
2015 Sprint Unlimited / 2014 Pole Winners
2014 Sprint Unlimited / 2013 Pole Winners
2013 Sprint Unlimited / 2012 Pole Winners
2011 Pole Winners
2010 Pole Winners
2009 Pole Winners

in 2012 when it was changed to Daytona and 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
2000 Bud Shootout
1999 Bud Shootout
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