THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Daytona 500

Nextel Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, February 20, 2005 in Daytona, FL

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, February 23 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, February 24 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, February 25 [Replay] at 12:00am/et

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $17,623,980 (was $15,972,313 in 2004)

    1st - winner 2nd minimum of $1,430,030
    3rd $1,029,425
    4th $736,625
    5th $456,875
    43rd/last $219,931

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2004): $15,972,313; Winner got: $1,495,070; 2nd; $1,096,070; 3rd: $758,839; 4th: $610,792; 5th: $472,189; and 43rd: $216,997

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2003): $14,030,129; Winner got: $1,419,406; 2nd: $1,027,101; 3rd: $707,526; 4th: $569,630; 5th: $444,609...and 43rd got: $195,663

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2002): $12,314,505; Winner got: $1,327,030; 2nd: $928,100; 3rd: $631,500; 4th: $479,075; 5th: $353,175; 43rd: $114,236

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2001): $11,049,049; Winner got: $1,303,826; 2nd: $905,700; 3rd: $608,050; 4th: $452,600; 5th: $334,650


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Bud Shootout practice: Friday, February, 11. 4:15 - 5:00pm/et; and 6:30 - 7:30pm/et, TV-Speed

  • Daytona 500 practice: Saturday, February 12, 10:30am - 12:30pm/et; and 1:30 - 3:00pm/et, TV-Speed
    and Wednesday, February 16, 12:00 - 12:55pm/et; and 2:05 - 2:55pm/et, TV-Speed
    and Friday, February, 18, 1:40 - 2:40pm/et, TV-Speed

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 19, 10:45 - 11:45am/et on TV-FX tape delay at 11:30am/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Saturday, February 12, 9:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2 and to set the Gatorade Duel races, Sunday, February 13 at 1:10pm/et, TV-FOX, NO re-air date/time found AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Radials (Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and IROC)
    Goodyear Wrangler Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)
    Codes: Left - D-6838; Right - D-6842
    Circumference: Left - 87.9 in.; Right - 88.4 in.
    Estimated Pit Stops: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 2,500, Right - 2,500
    Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600
    Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325
    IROC: Left - 200, Right - 200

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi
    Right Front - 55 psi
    Left Rear - 30 psi
    Right Rear - 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 27 psi
    Right Front - 50 psi
    Left Rear - 27 psi
    Right Rear - 45 psi


RACE BONUS INFO

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Homestead: $5,000

    Winners for 2005 so far:

WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Chase stats after Daytona

  • Gordon wins the Daytona 500: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, winning his 3rd Daytona 500 and his 70th career Nextel Cup Series race. Gordon now ties Dale Jarrett and Bobby Allison for third on the all time Daytona win list with 3 [Richard Petty had 7, Cale Yarborough had 4]. It was owner Rick Hendrick's fifth Daytona 500 win [he also won with Geoffrey Bodine in 1986 and Darrell Waltrip in 1989]. #20-Tony Stewart dominated the race most of the day, leading 107 laps. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't lead until lap 195, but couldn't hold off Gordon. #48-Johnson and Stewart had some fending banging after the race. #15-Michael Waltrip was strong the first half of the race until he lost an engine on lap 158. #97-Kurt Busch finished 2nd, followed by #-Earnhardt Jr., #10-Scott Riggs, #48-Johnson, #6-Mark Martin, #20-Stewart, #40-Sterling Martin, surprise of Speedweeks #37-Kevin Lepage finished 9th and #2-Rusty Wallace rounded out the top-10.
    See race results at:
    Jayski's Daytona 500 Race Results/Awards page
    ESPN.com
    NASCAR.com
    FoxSports.
    MotorsportsOne.(2-20-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after 1 of 36 races
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 185
    #97-Kurt Busch, 170 -15
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 170 -15
    #10-Scott Riggs, 160 -25
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 160 -25
    #20-Tony Stewart, 156 -29
    #6-Mark Martin, 150 -35
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 142 -43
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 138 -47
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 134 -51
    Full points at:
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page
    NASCAR.com.(2-20-2005)

    1. (15) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 203, $1,474,466.
    2. (13) Kurt Busch, Ford, 203, $1,082,350.
    3. (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 203, $790,608.
    4. (12) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 203, $617,708.
    5. (2) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 203, $512,216.
    6. (32) Mark Martin, Ford, 203, $374,025.
    7. (4) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 203, $379,411.
    8. (18) Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 203, $319,678.
    9. (8) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, 203, $273,950.
    10. (36) Rusty Wallace, Dodge, 203, $296,433.
    11. (39) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 203, $297,441.
    12. (27) Carl Edwards, Ford, 203, $257,450.
    13. (34) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 203, $269,433.
    14. (38) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 203, $249,175.
    15. (1) Dale Jarrett, Ford, 203, $286,283.
    16. (26) Jeff Green, Dodge, 203, $268,011.
    17. (33) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 203, $251,958.
    18. (35) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 203, $237,250.
    19. (25) Travis Kvapil, Dodge, 203, $246,250.
    20. (9) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 203, $278,291.
    21. (28) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 203, $245,350.
    22. (37) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 203, $267,175.
    23. (24) Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 203, $261,645.
    24. (11) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 202, $260,814.
    25. (23) Greg Biffle, Ford, 201, $248,050.
    26. (29) Casey Mears, Dodge, 199, $251,858.
    27. (41) Boris Said, Chevrolet, 198, $228,200.
    28. (30) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 198, $267,486.
    29. (6) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 194, $256,420.
    30. (7) Mike Skinner, Dodge, 187, accident, $226,925.
    31. (42) John Andretti, Ford, 187, accident, $225,925.
    32. (17) Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 184, accident, $235,925.
    33. (16) Scott Wimmer, Dodge, 182, accident, $243,422.
    34. (10) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 178, engine failure, $224,405.
    35. (22) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Chevrolet, 173, $223,905.
    36. (40) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 168, accident, $223,400.
    37. (3) Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 161, engine failure, $251,364.
    38. (19) Kyle Busch,Chevrolet, 148, $230,400.
    39. (31) Ken Schrader, Dodge, 120, engine failure, $221,900.
    40. (21) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, 39, engine failure, $221,400.
    41. (43) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 35, overheating, $220,900.
    42. (14) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 34, engine failure, $268,336.
    43. (20) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 14, engine failure, $254,856.

  • StockCarFans - Rumblings - Daytona: We've just gotta figure out a way to get these guys to drive like there's 50 to go for the whole race..... In a race that resembled follow the leader for the first 350 miles or so, business started pickin' up late as we were treated to a raucous (and wreckus) ending.
    Today's Daytona 507.5 was dominated for most of the event by Tony Stewart (he led 7 times for 107 laps), but once we got down to the end it was anything but ordinary. Dale Earnhardt Jr surfaced from deep in the pack, he diced it up with Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson, but at the end (after a Green/White/Checker) it was Jeff Gordon standing in Victory Lane for the third time in the Daytona 500 and his 6th win overall at The World's Center of Speed.
    This was win #70 for Gordon (he's 7th all-time), and #131 for Hendrick Motorsports. With a whopping posted awards of $17.6M, Gordon dragged down $1,474,466. Kurt Busch's runnerup finish was worth $1,082,350....not bad for first loser, huh?
    Scott Riggs (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 5th at Dover last June.
    Kevin Lepage (9th) continued to be the story of the week, IMO. This was his best finish since he was 7th at Darlington in September of 2000, and it's nice to see a team fighting to stick around pocket $273,950.
    Dave Blaney (14th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Texas last April.
    Kyle Petty (17th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Dover last September.
    Travis Kvapil (19th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 21st at Martinsville last October
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 7 Top-10's in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 10 Top-10's in the last 11 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Elliott Sadler (+28), followed by Mark Martin (+26), Rusty Wallace (+26), Dave Blaney (+24), and Joe Nemechek (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Michael Waltrip (-34), followed by Matt Kenseth (-28), Martin Truex Jr (-24), Jeff Burton (-23), Mike Skinner (-23), Bobby Labonte (-23), and Kyle Busch (-21). Plate races usually make for a busy day in the "Shaft".(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(2-21-2005)

  • The Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 203 of 200 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    #24-Gordon (15)(29 laps led)
    #97-Busch (13)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (5)(2 laps led)
    #10-Riggs (12)
    #48-Johnson (2)(3 laps led)

    #6-Martin (32)
    #20-Stewart (4)(107 laps led)
    #40-Marlin (18)
    #37-Lepage (8)
    #2-Wallace (36)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 23 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (12):
    #18-Labonte (out-engine)
    #17-Kenseth (out-engine);
    #00-Wallace (out-engine)
    #4-Wallace (out-over heating);
    #49-Schrader (off-engine);
    #15-Waltrip (out-engine);
    #11-Leffler (off-accident);
    #1-Truex Jr. (off-engine);
    #22-Wimmer (off-accident);
    #23-Skinner (out-accident);
    #14-Andretti (out-accident);
    #42-McMurray (out-accident);

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 22 lead changes):
    #48-Johnson (3);
    #20-Stewart (107);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #22-Wimmer (8);
    #15-Waltrip (42);
    #24-Gordon (29);
    #19-Mayfield (1);
    #12-Newman (1);
    #01-Nemechek (2);
    #31-Burton (6);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(2);

  • Lap leaders: #88-Jarrett pole; #48-Johnson 1-3; #20-Stewart 4-15; #45-Petty 16; #22-Wimmer 17-19; #15-Waltrip 20-61; #22-Wimmer 62-63; #24-Gordon 64-86; #19-Mayfield 87; #20-Stewart 88-105; #22-Wimmer 106-108; #20-Stewart 109-135; #12-Newman 136; #01-Nemechek 137-138; #20-Stewart 139-155; #31-Burton 156-161; #20-Stewart 162; #29-Harvick 163; #20-Stewart 164-194; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 195; #20-Stewart 196; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 197; #24-Gordon 198-203;

    Cautions: 12 for 45 laps

    these are approx. caution laps....
    Caution 11 - Laps 199 - 202: #9-Kahne slapped the wall.
    Caution 10 - Laps 189 - 194: #99-Edwards slowed, #23-Skinner hit the #99 then got rear-ended #77-Kvapil got into the #23 and spun, #14-Andretti got onto Skinner. #9-Kahne got spun around by #88-Jarrett
    Caution 9 - Laps 184 - 187: #16-Biffle gets loose, gets into #10-Riggs and spins, #22-Wimmer, #29-Harvick, #42-McMurray all slid and spun, Wimmer flipped a few times but is OK.
    Caution 8 - Laps 169 - 172: #14-Andretti shot up, hit #77-Kvapil, came down and collected #11-Leffler.
    Caution 7 - Laps 162 - 165: #15-Waltrip smacked the wall after losing an engine.
    Caution 6 - Laps 155 - 158: Debris in turn 4
    Caution 5 - Laps 144 - 147: Debris in turn 2
    Caution 4 - Laps 105 - 108: Debris just past the start-finish line
    Caution 3 - Laps 86 - 89: Debris on the tri-oval and 3rd turn
    Caution 2 - Laps 27 - 30: #21-Rudd lost a tire, spun and collected #36-Said, #38-Sadler, #5-Busch, #99-Edwards, #4-Wallace. #4 and #5 had the most damage.
    Caution 1 - Laps 15 - 18: #18-Labonte's engine explodes

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona for the Daytona 500 - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 10: #21-Rudd(2), 24th
    Caution 9: #21-Rudd, 24th
    Caution 8: #37-Lepage, 9th
    Caution 7: #36-Said, 27th
    Caution 6: #41-Mears, 26th
    Caution 5: #25-Vickers, 21st
    Caution 4: #16-Biffle, 25th
    Caution 3: #38-Sadler, 11th
    Caution 2: #01-Nemechek, 13th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #9-Kahne had a lose wheel/lugnuts and came in during the 8th caution to get 4 new tires.
    ---- during the 7th caution #9-Kahne and #11-Leffler got together causing Leffler to spin.
    ---- during the 6th caution, all the cars on the lead lap came into make a pit stop.
    ---- as of lap 151, #42-McMurray is reporting an overheating condition.
    ---- during the 5th caution, the #31 team is working on the rear-end of the car again.
    ---- speeding penalties during the green flag stops [lap 136-139] had to do a drive-thru run on pit road, #19, #07, #88.
    ---- green flag pit stops occurred in the lap 136-139 range.
    ---- on lap 129, #32-Hamilton Jr. is back on the track after spending 27 laps in the garage, no idea why.
    ---- it is being reported around lap 112, that #31-Burton has a bad rear-end seal, could end up losing oil.
    ---- around lap 104, #6-Martin is having problems with the rear-end fan shutting off, the crew looked at it during the 4th caution.
    ---- leader at halfway [lap 100], #20-Stewart - the last 12 Daytona 500's, the driver who led at halfway, failed to win the race.
    ---- on lap 96, #16-Biffle, who was running 4th, had to pit due to a lose wheel/lugnuts.
    ---- #4-Wallace and #5-Busch are back on the track after the teams made repairs to the bent up cars. Wallace only lasted a few laps.
    ---- #31-Burton got too close to the pit road on lap 87 and the crew had a hard time jacking the car and he lost a ton of spots.
    ---- speeding penalties during the green flag stops [lap 62-64] had to do a drive-thru run on pit road, #40, #07, #38, #6, #48, #97, #41, #49, #32, #77, #19.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. ended up straight in his pit stall after getting together with #31-Burton on pit road, lap 63, he will have to back out.
    ---- green flag pit stops are occurring in the lap 62-64 range. Leaders later in that range.
    ---- on lap 41, #00-Wallace actually the engine cut off and expired, posible dropped a valve.
    ---- on lap 36, #17-Kenseth pulled off the groove and to the pits, then the garage with a broken connecting rod and lost the engine.
    ---- #29-Harvick coasted in during the 2nd caution and the team is doing work to front end/nose after he and #9-Kahne got into each other on pit road.
    ---- #01-Nemechek pitted outside his pitbox and got a penalty and went a lap down during the 1st caution.
    ---- looks like everyone came into make pit stops during the 1st caution, two tires for #22-Wimmer, #19-Mayfield, #48-Johnson, #23-Skinner
    ---- TO The BACK: #29-Harvick [backup car]; #2-Wallace [backup car]; #07-Blaney [backup car]; #01-Nemechek [backup car]; #9-Kahne [backup car]; #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. [transmission change]

  • Jayski's Daytona 500 Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup page

  • Starting Lineup Links:
    ESPN.com
    NASCAR.com
    MotorsportsOne
    FoxSports

  • To the back:(so far) #29-Harvick [backup car], #01-Nemechek [backup car], #2-Wallace [backup car], #07-Blaney [backup car], #9-Kahne [backup car]. #6-Martin's team has rebuilt the car and will not go to a backup.

  • Happy Hour practice is for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top five were:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 190.416
    #19-Mayfield 190.271
    #38-Sadler 190.215
    #49-Schrader 190.078
    #42-McMurray 189.805
    slowest: #5-Busch 186.139 and #4-Wallace 186.610
    no speed listed for #01-Nemechek, no plans on practicing.
    Other backup cars who practiced: #07-Blaney was 8th fastest; #9-Kahne, 22nd; #29-Harvick 31st; #2-Wallace 24th
    Most laps run: #23-Skinner, 48; #2-Wallace, 47
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #19-Mayfield 186.102, 2nd fastest lap, 29 laps
    #10-Riggs 185.944, 9th fastest lap, 20 laps
    #12-Newman 185.895, 12th fastest lap, 26 laps
    See speeds at NASCAR.com
    The practice is being shown via tape on FX at 11:30am/et.(2-19-2005)

  • Daytona Nuggets: Qualifying
    In the past, 25 seasons (1980-2004), the Bud Pole winner has won the Daytona 500 six times, Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1984), Bill Elliott (1985), Bill Elliott (1987), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000). The second-fastest qualifier won the Daytona 500 four times in the same period. Dale Jarrett is the most recent driver to win from both first (2000) and second (1993).
    The winner of the Daytona 500 has started outside the top 10 only three times in the last 25 races: Derrike Cope (1990 - 12th place), Michael Waltrip (2001 - 19th) and Ward Burton (2002 - 19th).
    Career Best
    In 2003, the fastest four drivers in Bud Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 recorded their career best Daytona 500 starts: Jeff Green (first), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second), Robby Gordon (third) and Michael Waltrip (fourth - tied 2002 start).
    Three or More
    Dale Jarrett's three Daytona 500 victories are the most among active drivers. Only three other drivers have won three or more 500's - Richard Petty (seven); Cale Yarborough (four) and Bobby Allison (three).
    Elusive Victory
    Dale Earnhardt was the most celebrated non-winner of the Daytona 500 until his 1998 victory in his 20th Daytona 500 start. Several active drivers have been trying for many years to win their first 500. Ricky Rudd has gone 27 races without a 500 win. Other drivers who have passed the '20' mark without a win are Terry Labonte (26), Kyle Petty (23), Rusty Wallace (22), Mark Martin (20) and Ken Schrader (20). Wallace, Schrader, Rudd, Labonte and Petty have never won a points race at Daytona.
    Drivers that did not win the 500 until 15 or more attempts: David Pearson (15), Bobby Allison (15), Buddy Baker (18), Darrell Waltrip (17) and Michael Waltrip (15).
    The most all-time Daytona 500's without a win -- Dave Marcis, 33 races.
    Manufacturers Dominance
    Chevrolet drivers have won 11 of the last 15 Daytona 500s. Ford has three victories and Dodge has one.
    Daytona Dominance
    All-time Daytona Speedweeks race wins (NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, IROC, Qualifying Races etc.):
    Dale Earnhardt (32)
    Darrell Waltrip (13)
    Cale Yarborough (11)
    Bobby Allison (10)
    Bill Elliott (9)
    Dale Jarrett (8) - best among active drivers
    DEI Restrictor Plate Dominance
    DEI is the acknowledged master of the restrictor-plate tracks having won 11 times in the last 16 races on the two 'big' tracks since 2001. Earnhardt Jr., has won in over one-third of his career restrictor-plate starts, scoring seven victories in 20 races. All of these wins have been achieved in his last 15 plate races. Last season he was the only driver to score a top-five finish in all four restrictor-plate races. Two of those were victories. In addition to his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series success, Earnhardt Jr., has totally dominated the restrictor-plate races in the NASCAR Busch Series. Since 2001 he has competed in seven NASCAR Busch Series plate races - winning five times and finishing second once. His combined NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series total for the past four seasons is 12 wins in 23 races: Daytona (six) and Talladega (six).
    All but Two:
    Of the six drivers who have competed in all 68 restrictor plate races since 1988, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace are the only drivers without a restrictor-plate race victory.
    Championship
    The winner of the Daytona 500 has gone on to win the championship seven times; five of them by the Petty family: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1964, 1971, 1974 and 1979), Cale Yarbrough (1977) and Jeff Gordon (1997).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-19-2005)

  • Friday Practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, just have Happy Hour on Saturday and that's it before the race. The top five were:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 190.484
    #22-Wimmer 190.388
    #1-Truex Jr. 190.347
    #25-Vickers 190.295
    #5-Busch 190.054
    fastest Ford is #21-Rudd was 22nd fastest
    slowest: #15-Waltrip 184.987 and #01-Nemechek 187.122
    no speeds for: #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #37-Lepage, #6-Martin
    Most laps run: #9-Kahne, 54; #23-Skinner, 52
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #1-Truex Jr. 187.648, 3rd fastest lap, 11 laps
    #10-Riggs 187.281, 11th fastest lap, 30 laps
    #48-Johnson 187.080, 31st fastest lap, 7 laps
    See speeds at NASCAR.com.(2-18-2005)

  • Stewart wins 2nd Gatorade Duel: #20-Stewart picked up the lead late and held off #31-Jeff Burton to win the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150 race. BUT the biggest surprise had to be #37-Kevin Lepage roaring thru the field and finishing 3rd and grabbing a spot in the Daytona 500 and will start the race 8th. In a big wreck that took out many of the top runners in the race, #29-Harivck got into #48-Johnson, who was leading at the time, triggering a six car wreck. Johnson looks like he will not have to go to a backup car. #2-Wallace and #29-Harvick look like backup cars for sure, unsure about #6-Martin, #07-Blaney and #01-Nemechek. Results at NASCAR.com.(2-17-2005)

  • Waltrip wins 1st Gatorade Duel 150: #15-Michael Waltrip won the 1st Gatorade Duel 150 race by a hair over #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. - so looks like DEI is back. #23-Skinner finished 3rd and makes one of the top 2 non-top 35 teams in owners points spots, #00-Kenny Wallace grabbed the other spot. #4-Mike Wallace didn't grab one of the two spot, but is fast enough to grab a spot of speed. #11-Leffler will also get in on speed. #33-Earnhardt can get in the Daytona IF two of the following grab the two non top-35 spots in the 2nd Duel: #14-Andretti, #36-Said, #1-Truex Jr.[if my calculations are correct]
    Results at NASCAR.com.(2-17-2005)

  • Daytona 500 IN and OUT the top 35 in 2004 Owners points, and #23-Mike Skinner and #00-Kenny Wallace who were the two drivers not in by the top-35 rule to finish highest in the 1st Duel and #37-Kevin Lepage and #1-Martin Truex Jr. who were the top 2 in the 2nd Duel. The four drivers, not in the top 35 and getting the final four spots for the Daytona 500 by speed are: #11-Jason Leffler, #36-Boris Said, #14-John Andretti and #4-Mike Wallace.
    Missing the Daytona 500 are: #33-Kerry Earnhardt, #7-Robby Gordon, #73-Eric McClure, #55-Derrike Cope, #92-Stanton Barrett, #09-Johnny Sauter, #66-Hermie Sadler, #52-Larry Gunselman, #34-Randy LaJoie, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #13-Greg Sacks, #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, #80-Andy Belmont, #93-Geoffrey Bodine.(2-17-2005)

  • StockCarFans.Com - Ramblings - Daytona: Today was "Duel Day", and we certainly had a lot more action than I was expecting. Jimmie Johnson & Kevin Harvick cemented their friendship (seems like Joe Nemechek wants into that group as well), we had an early caution in each 150, we still haven't gotten our tire troubles ironed out yet, and Fox needs a little work on their coverage. The first Duel was fairly uneventful till the last 50 yards or so, but without instant replay we wouldn't have known who won. BTW, it was Michael Waltrip slipping by teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr in the last few strides. The final transfer spots (two in each race) went to Mike Skinner and Kenny Wallace. The second race had a major mess on lap 37 as Harvick turned Johnson coming out of turn two. It ended up a seven car job and we can expect at least 5 or 6 drivers to use a backup (and fall to the rear of the field) for the 500 on Sunday. And that group will include some traditionally fast teams.
    The story "du jour" had to be Kevin Lepage. From no sponsor and basically no chance just 72 hours ago, he was a solid third in Duel #2 to grab the first transfer spot. The other went to Martin Truex Jr who won a stiff battle with Robby Gordon that wasn't decided till the last lap. Timing into the field on qualifying speed was: Jason Leffler, Boris Said, John Andretti, and Mike Wallace.
    Leading us to the green on Sunday will be Dale Jarrett who captured his first Bud Pole last Sunday since he grabbed the one at Michigan in June of 2002! This is career pole #17 for DJ.
    He'll be joined on the front-row by Jimmie Johnson (2nd) who has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Loudon last September.
    Michael Waltrip (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole when we were here last July.
    Tony Stewart (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Loudon last September.
    Jeff Burton (6th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 5th at Richmond last September.
    Mike Skinner (7th) has his best starting spot since he snagged the outside pole at Kansas in October of 2003 (only 5 races).
    Kevin Lepage (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Lowe's in October of 2003!
    Martin Truex Jr (10th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday's race. His previous best was 33rd at Atlanta last October.
    Scott Wimmer (16th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 16th at Martinsville last April.
    Kenny Wallace (21st) has his best starting spot since he started 4th at Martinsville in October of 2003 (only 10 races).
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 8 Top-10 starts in a row. Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    (StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(2-18-2005)


  • The Gatorade Duel - Race 2 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 60 of 60 laps:

    car#, driver, info, laps led

    #20-Stewart (6 op, 12 laps led)
    #31-Burton (24 op, 13 laps led)
    #37-Lepage (IN - 12th fastest)
    #1-Truex Jr. (IN - 6th fastest)
    #10-Riggs (30 op)

    #17-Kenseth (8 op EC)
    #7-Gordon (OUT - 8th fastest EC)
    #22-Wimmer (28 op, 1 lap led)
    #40-Marlin (20 op)
    #36-Said (IN speed 2nd fastest)

    #14-Andretti (IN speed 4th fastest)
    #18-Labonte (12 op, 1 lap led)
    #32-Hamitlon Jr. (34 op EC)
    #55-Cope (OUT 18th fastest)
    #19-Mayfield (10 op)

    #43-Green (32 op EC)

    #73-McClure (OUT 14th fastest)
    #52-Gunselman (OUT 20th fastest)

    out of the race
    #25-Vickers (26 op) - came out, picked up 6 spots
    #48-Johnson (won outside pole - 2 op, 12 laps led) - accident
    #29-Harvick (14 op, 13 laps led) - accident, will need backup
    #6-Martin (4 op) - accident
    #01-Nemechek (18 op) - accident
    #2-Wallace (16 op) - accident, will need backup
    #07-Blaney (22 op) - accident
    #80-Belmont (OUT 22nd fastest) - ?
    #27-Shelmerdine (OUT 10th fastest) - accident
    #13-Sacks (OUT 16th fastest) - accident

    EC = means an engine change was done, driver falls back before the start of the race
    op = 2004 final owners points positions, top 35 are IN
    IN - driver is CURRENLY in the Daytona 500
    OUT - not fastest enough, or NOT the top two highest non-top 35

  • Cars on the lead lap: 18 (of 28 starters)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (4 with 5 lead changes):
    #48-Johnson;
    #29-Harvick;
    #18-Labonte;
    #22-Wimmer;
    #31-Burton;

  • Lap leaders: #48-Johnson 1-11; #29-Harvick 12-24; #48-Johnson 25-30; #18-Labonte 31; #22-Wimmer 32; #48-Johnson 33-35; #31-Burton 36-;

    Cautions: 2 for 9 laps

    Caution 2 - Laps 36- 40: a semi big one, #29-Harvick turned #48-Johnson around, collecting #2-Wallace, #6-Martin, #07-Blaney, #01-Nemechek.
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 6: #10-Riggs is smoking, then #13-Sacks went up the track, smacked the wall, came down and collected #27-Shelmerdine.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona for the Gatorade Duel Race 2 - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 2: no idea
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during their pitstop, #25 broke, same as the Bud Shootout. The #40 stalled and had to be pushed to get restarted.
    ---- on lap 31, #18, #01, #20, #22 came in on lap 31.
    ---- on lap 30, most of the leaders came into pit.
    ---- #7-Gordon had a tire go down and had to pit a few laps early.
    ---- pit stops made on 1st caution by #7-Gordon, #10-Riggs, #43-Green, #20-Stewart, #52-Gunselman
    ---- #6-Martin came in, possible carb problem.
    ---- TO The BACK: #7-Gordon [engine], #32-Hamilton Jr. [engine], #43-Green [engine], #17-Kenseth [engine]


  • The Gatorade Duel - Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 60 of 60 laps:

    car#, driver, info, laps led

    #15-Waltrip (19 op, 13 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (5 op, 1 lap led)
    #23-Skinner (IN 3rd fastest, 8 laps led)
    #12-Newman (7 op)
    #21-Rudd (25 op)

    #97-Busch (1 op)
    #24-Gordon (3 op, 28 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (11 op)
    #5-Kyle Busch (27 op)
    #00-K Wallace (IN - 9th fastest)

    #33-Earnhardt (depends on 2nd race - 7th fastest)
    #11-Leffler (IN speed - 1st fastest non-top 35)
    #16-Biffle (17 op)
    #77-Kvapil (29 op)
    #99-Edwards (21 op)

    #4-M Wallace (IN speed- 5th fastest)
    #41-Mears (23 op)
    #92-Barrett (OUT - 15th fastest)
    #49-Schrader (33 op)
    #45-Petty (35 op)

    #88-Jarrett (won pole - 15 op, 1 lap led)
    #0-Bliss (31 op)

    out of the race
    #66-H Sadler (OUT- 13th fastest)(EC)
    #9-Kahne (13 op, 1 lap led)
    #09-Sauter (OUT - 11th fastest, 4 laps led)
    #38-Sadler (9 op)
    #34-LaJoie (OUT - 19th fastest)
    #89-Shepherd (OUT - 17th fastest)
    #93-Bodine (OUT - 21st fastest)

    EC = means an engine change was done, driver falls back before the start of the race
    op = 2004 final owners points positions, top 35 are IN
    IN - driver is CURRENLY in the Daytona 500
    OUT - not fastest enough, or NOT the top two highest non-top 35

  • Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 29 starters)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 7 lead changes):
    #88-Jarrett;
    #24-Gordon;
    #11-Leffler;
    #9-Kahne;
    #15-Waltrip;
    #09-Sauter;
    #23-Skinner;

  • Lap leaders: #88-Jarrett 1; #24-Gordon 2-29; #11-Leffler 30-31; #9-Kahne 32; #15-Waltrip 33-44; #09-Sauter 45-50; #23-Skinner 51-59; #15-Waltrip 60;

    Cautions: 3 for 10 laps

    Caution 3 - Laps 54 - 55: #9-Kahne lifts when #24-Gordon slowed for #5-Busch and #77-Kvapil gets into Kahne who shoots across the track, and collects #99-Edwards
    Caution 2 - Laps 43 - 46: #34-LaJoie spun around by himself.
    Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 8: #99-Edwards got into #34-LaJoie, the #89-Shepherd got into #66-Sadler, #49-Schrader spun to avoid the wreck. Shepherd went to the garage.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona for the Gatorade Duel Race 1 - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 3: none, less then 10 laps left
    Caution 2: #42-McMurray
    Caution 1: #34-LaJoie

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during #38-Sadlers pitstop, he stalled and came back on the track, smoking, possible gearbox
    ---- all the lead laps cars, but #09-Sauter, came into pit on lap 44 during the 2nd caution
    ---- #9-Kahne only took 2 tires
    ---- the rest came in to pit on lap 30 and 32
    ---- #16, #42 (stall) had troubles on pit stops
    ---- #00-Wallace and #88-Jarrett pitted on lap 29
    ---- to the back: #66-Sadler [engine];


  • Wednesday's 2nd Practice at the Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500/Gatorade Duel 150's is over. The top five [drafting] speeds were:
    (4 Dodges)
    #19-Mayfield 190.646
    #40-Marlin 190.609
    #97-Busch 190.601
    #2-Wallace 190.194
    #9-Kahne 190.146
    slowest: #80-Belmont 176.842 and #93-Bodine 180.999
    no speeds for: #52-Gunselman
    Most laps run: #17-Kenseth, 38; #48-Johnson, 38
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #97-Busch 187.373, 3rd fastest lap, 17 laps
    #00-Wallace 186.954, 17th fastest lap, 11 laps
    #40-Marlin 186.874, 2nd fastest lap, 25 laps
    See speeds at NASCAR.com.(2-16-2005)

  • Wednesday's 1st Practice at the Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500/Gatorade Duel 150's is over. The top five [drafting] speeds were:
    #10-Riggs 191.327
    #42-McMurray 191.209
    #01-Nemechek 191.115
    #9-Kahne 191.046
    #36-Said 190.929
    slowest: #80-Belmont 175.336 and #93-Bodine 178.642
    no speeds for: #89-Shepherd
    Incidents: #9-Kahne brushed the turn 4 wall. Oops, #5-Kyle Busch lost a left front tire, causing the stoppage of practice for a bit. #6-Martin had a right rear tire go down and scrubbed the wall. Some tires are showing blistering as the temps are much hotter today then it has been
    Most laps run: #01-Nemechck, 45; #36-Said, 43
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin 187.217, 15th fastest lap, 28 laps
    #2-Wallace 186.909, 30th fastest lap, 28 laps
    #19-Mayfield 186.845, 10 th fastest lap, 31 laps
    See speeds at NASCAR.com.(2-16-2005)

  • Four Locked IN: Four drivers with team NOT in the Top 35 in 2004 Owners Points [All drivers with teams who finished in the Top 35 in 2004 Owners points, for the first 5 races of the 205 season, are guaranteeded a starting spot in the first 5 Cup races of 2005] have made the 2005 Daytona 500: #11-Jason Leffler, #36-Boris Said, #23-Mike Skinner and #14-John Andretti, as they were the fout fastest non top-35 teams in Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying. The final four spots are filled by the fastest remaining drivers, not already in the race. The top two non top-35 teams [remember OWNERS points NOT drivers points postion] get in the Daytona 500 in each Gatorade Duel qualifying race. So if any of all of the fastest four get in the race that way, the follow four drivers would get in based on speed: #4-M Wallace, #1-Truex Jr., #33-Earnhardt and #7-Robby Gordon. The other 14 drivers [see my Jayski's Semi-Live Daytona 500 Qualifying/Grid Page] must 'race' their way into the Daytona 500 by being one of the top two non top-35 team finishing in each Gatorade Duel, meaning they have to beat the other 8 drivers mentioned.(2-14-2005)

  • Jarrett wins the Daytona 500 pole: #88-Dale Jarrett won the Budweiser Pole for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 188.312mph, his 3rd Daytona 500 pole, 4th ever at Daytona and first in 93 races [Michigan 6/2002]. The last time Jarrett won the Daytona 500 pole [2000] he won the race. #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 2nd with a speed of 188.170mph. Four drivers who are not in the top 35 in 2005 Owners Points made the race being faster then the other 22 drivers not in the top 35: #11-Leffler, #36-Said, #23-Skinner and #14-Andretti. For qualifying results and some notes, see my Jayski's Semi-Live Daytona 500 Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-13-2005)

  • UNOFFICIAL Twin 150 Starting Lineups on my Jayski's Semi-Live Daytona 500 Qualifying/Grid Page

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #17-Matt Kenseth lost an engine on his 2nd qualifying lap.
    #43-Jeff Green, blew an engine before he completed his first lap.
    #7-Robby Gordon's team changed engines and now has a DEI engine in the car.
    #16-Biffle's car caught fire on pitroad, but the team got it checked out, cleaned and reinspected, and was excuded from it's 6th spot in the qualifying order, if they can't get thru inspection in time.(2-13-2005)

  • Jarrett Wins Bud Pole:
    #88-Dale Jarrett won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the 2005 Daytona 500, lapping Daytona International Speedway in 47.793 seconds at 188.312 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 42.783 seconds, 210.364 mph, set Feb. 9, 1987, prior to the advent of restrictor-plate racing. Ken Schrader holds the track restrictor-plate qualifying record with a lap of 46.434 seconds, 198.823 mph - set Feb. 7, 1988.
    This is Jarrett's 16th career Bud Pole in 568 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
    This is Jarrett's fourth Bud Pole at Daytona. It is his third Bud Pole in a Daytona 500. He also won the Bud Pole for this event in 1995 and 2000.His lone Pepsi 400 Bud Pole came in 2000.
    The Daytona 500 has been won from the Bud Pole nine times in the 46 previous Daytona 500s, most recently by Dale Jarrett in 2000.
    Jarrett's Bud Pole ended a streak of four straight starts outside the top 10 in the Daytona 500 that dated to 2001. Jarrett started 31st here one year ago, 11th in 2003, 21st in 2002 and 31st in 2001. His last Daytona 500 Bud Pole came in 2000.
    This is the fourth Daytona 500 Bud Pole for Robert Yates Racing. Yates has won three with Dale Jarrett (1995, 2000 and 2005) and one with Davey Allison (1991).
    Jimmie Johnson had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 47.829 seconds at 188.170 mph and will join Jarrett on the front row. It is his fourth top-10 start in his seven races at Daytona; all in the Daytona 500. This is Johnson's second front-row start in four Daytona 500s. Johnson won the Bud Pole for the 2002 Daytona 500. He started sixth in this race one year ago.
    The front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineups for the Gatorade Duel qualifying races were set by today's qualifying. The participating highest-ranked 35 in car owner points from 2004 will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Gatorade Duel races and the 2005 Daytona 500.
    Starting positions in the Gatorade Duel races are determined by qualifying speeds. The participating eligible highest ranked 35 in 2004 car owner points will be assigned to Gatorade Duel races based on their standing in the 2004 final car owner points. Odd-numbered ranked car owner's will compete in the first Gatorade Duel led to the green by the Bud Pole winner; even-numbered owners will compete in the second. Owners who failed to finish in the top-35 of the 2004 car owner points will be assigned to a Gatorade Duel based on qualifying times, the highest qualifying owner to the first Duel; the next to the second and alternating through the remaining entries.
    Finishing positions in the Gatorade Duel races will determine starting positions in the 2005 Daytona 500. First the front-row qualifiers will be removed from the equation. The remaining eligible highest ranked 35 in car owner points, plus the two highest finishing non-top 35 teams from each Dual and the four fastest drivers not among those 35 (by time from Daytona 500 qualifying) will make up the field for the 2005 Daytona 500.
    The NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus is worth $10,000. Only Kurt Busch is eligible for the award for the 2005 Daytona 500. If the reigning Series champion does not win the award at Daytona it will increase each race by $10,000 until won by the race winner/points leader and then start over.
    The winner of Daytona 500 has started in the top five in five of the seven Daytona 500s since 1998. The remaining two Daytona 500s in that seven-year period were both won by drivers who started 19th: Michael Waltrip (2001) and Ward Burton (2002).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-14-2005)

  • 2nd Daytona 500 Practice at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top five were:
    #24-Gordon 189.949
    #38-Sadler 188.675
    #45-Petty 188.312 [says he got some help / draft]
    #97-Busch 188.223
    #48-Johnson 188.127
    slowest are: #80-Belmont 175.531 and #52-Gunselman 179.447
    no speed for: #29-Harvick
    Speeds at NASCAR.com.(2-12-2005)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 57 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #55-Derrike Cope is due out first on Sunday, Feb 13th at 1:00pm/et on Fox/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #34-Randy Lajoie. For the Qualifying order, see my Daytona 500 Qualifying Page or NASCAR.com.(2-12-2005)

  • 1st Daytona 500 Practice at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top five were and some notes:
    #38-Sadler 188.155
    #24-Gordon, 187.868
    #97-Busch 187.313
    #88-Jarrett 187.274
    #11-Leffler 187.223
    slowest: #80-Belmont 174.852 and #93-Bodine 176.599
    no speed for #89-Shepherd
    #25-Vickers came off the track smoking, was just a tire rub.
    #29-Harvick was having fuel pressure problems, the team changed many parts.
    #27-Shelmerdine was smoking, ended up being a leaking seal.
    #88-Jarrett lost some rear-end oil on the track late in the session, red flagged for a bit to check out the track
    See full speeds at NASCAR.com.(2-12-2005)

  • Budweiser practice speeds are on the 2005 Budweiser Shootout page.

  • Entry List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 57 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #00-Kenny Wallace
    #09-Johnny Sauter
    #1-Martin Truex Jr.
    #13-Greg Sacks
    #14-John Andretti
    #23-Mike Skinner
    #27-KIrk Shelmerdine [Ford]
    #34-Randy LaJoie [was #98 in 2004]
    #36-Boris Said
    #37-Kevin Lepage
    #52-Larry Gunselman owned by Rick Ware
    #55-Derrike Cope
    #73-Eric McClure
    #80-Andy Belmont
    #92-Stanton Barrett
    #93-Geoffrey Bodine
    (2-11-2005)

  • Entry List Links:
    NASCAR.com - Daytona 500

  • New Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duel:

    NASCAR will institute a new procedure for setting the starting lineups for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced.

    The two qualifying races that establish the starting line-up for the Feb. 20 Daytona 500 will feature changes to the procedure of assigning cars to the respective qualifiers, which have been extended from 125 to 150 miles beginning this season.

    The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:

    The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Bud Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 13. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the 2004 owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:

    The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The second-fastest qualifier from Bud Pole Qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the 2004 owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final 2004 car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.

    The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in Bud Pole qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.

    The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the final 2004 car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the car’s starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.

    A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.

    Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final 2004 car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.

    The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.

    The Gatorade Duel at Daytona will be broadcast live on FX, beginning at 1:00pm/et, on Feb. 17. The Daytona 500 will be broadcast live on FOX, beginning at 1:00pm/et, on Feb. 20.

  • The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from qualifying on Feb 13th
    [no need to be top 35 in 2004 Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races [Feb 17th] race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.

    Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above

    Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only Bill Elliott will have it to use as the other past champions are in the top 35 in owners points and Terry Labonte is not running the Daytona 500 and at this point Elliott has only announced plans to run the Bdweiser Shootout. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.

  • The Gatorade Duel races: The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.

    Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.

    Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the 2004 season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Interesting stat from Big: Bill Elliott’s Daytona track record is 210.364. Last year, Greg Biffle sat on the pole with a speed of 188.387. Did you know if those two cars were in the same race, Elliott would go by Biffle every 8.57 laps? In a 500-mile race Biffle would get lapped 23 times. And you thought some of the backmarkers were slow.(Caledonian Record)(2-4-2005)

  • All 68: Six drivers have competed in all 68 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega: #5-Terry Labonte (2 Talladega wins, 0 Daytona wins)
    , #6-Mark Martin (2, 0)
    #21-Ricky Rudd (0, 0)
    #49-Ken Schrader (1, 0)
    #2-Rusty Wallace (0, 0)
    #15-Michael Waltrip (3, 1)
    Plus all six ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire, but that was not a drafting/aero track.(10-15-2004)

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    Daytona 500 Winners 1959-2003


    ESPN.com Daytona 500 winners

    2004 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 156.341mph, started 3rd

    Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles

    Pit Road Speed: 55mph

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

  • Event Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: Greg Biffle, 188.387, finished 12th

    Most Victories: (7) Richard Petty (1964, 66, 71, 73, 74, 79, 81)

    Most Consecutive Victories: (2) Richard Petty (1973-74); Cale Yarborough (1983-84); Sterling Marlin (1994-95)

    Most Career Starts: (33) Dave Marcis

    Most Consecutive Starts: (32) Dave Marcis (1968-99)

    Most Pole Positions: (4) Cale Yarborough (1968, 70, 78, 84); Buddy Baker (1967, 73, 79-80)

    Most Wins from the Pole Position: (2) Cale Yarborough (1968, 84); Bill Elliott (1985, 87)

    Most Consecutive Pole Positions: (3) Fireball Roberts (1961-63); Bill Elliott (1985-87); Ken Schrader (1988-90)

    Longest Span Between First and Last Victory: (17) Richard Petty (1964-81)

    Most Starts Before Winning: (20) Dale Earnhardt

    Most Races Led: (20) Richard Petty

    Most Times Completing All 500 Miles: (14) Dale Earnhardt

    Most Miles Completed: (12,150 miles, 4,860 laps ) Richard Petty

    Most Laps Led, Career: (780) Richard Petty

    Most Times Led, Race: (21) Bobby Allison (1981)

    Most Laps Led, Race: (184) Richard Petty (1964)

    Driver Leading the Most Laps and Winning: (184) Richard Petty (1964)

    Driver Leading the Most Laps and Not Winning: (170) Fireball Roberts (1961)

    Driver Leading the Fewest Laps and Winning: (4) Benny Parsons (1975)

    Most Different Leaders, Single Race: (15) (1974, 89, 96)

    Fewest Different Leaders, Single Race: (3) (1972)

    Most Lead Changes, Single Race: (60) (1974)

    Most Wins by a Manufacturer: (15) Chevrolet

    Most Starters in he Field: (68) (1960)

    Lowest Starting Position by a Winner: (33rd) Bobby Allison (1978)

    Widest Winning Margin: 2 laps, Richard Petty (1973)

    Closest Winning Margin: 2 feet, Lee Petty (1959)

    Fastest Winning Speed: 177.602 mph, Buddy Baker (1980)

    Slowest Winning Speed: 124.740 mph, Junior Johnson (1960)

    Youngest Winner: 25 years, 6 months, 12 days, Jeff Gordon (1997)

    Oldest Winner: 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, Bobby Allison (1988)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 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: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet

  • Track Homepage: www.daytonaintlspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my 2004 Daytona 500 Race Info Page.

  • Vanessa Williams to Sing National Anthem at Daytona 500: Vanessa Williams, who has recorded such hits as "Save The Best For Last" and "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's animated film "Pocahontas," will pull double duty for Daytona International Speedway, singing the National Anthem prior to the Daytona 500 and taking part in the NEXTEL Tribute to America, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race on Sunday, Feb. 20. In addition to the National Anthem, Williams, will sing "America The Beautiful" during the NEXTEL-sponsored show, which will be carried live on FOX. The show, produced by Atlanta based Q and A Entertainment, will pay tribute to music as the fabric of America and will feature thousands of cast members on the Speedway's historic five-acre tri-oval grass. In addition to Williams, a star-studded group of entertainers, including country music superstar Clint Black, Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, Columbia Records recording sensations John Ondrasik and "Five For Fighting," will highlight the NEXTEL Tribute to America.(DIS PR)(2-16-2005)

  • Chris Economacki Day: Longtime motorsports journalist Chris Economacki recently was honored during the 32nd RPM Promoters Workshops Series in Lake Mary, Fla. Florida state senator Bill Posey presented Economacki, the Publisher Emeritus, National Speed Sport News, with a certificate proclaiming “Chris Economacki Day” in Florida on Sunday, Feb. 20 – the same day of the 47th annual Daytona 500.(NASCAR PR)(2-14-205)

  • Daytona 500 Grandstands SOLD OUT: Grandstand seats for the 47th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 at historic Daytona International Speedway are sold out, Speedway officials announced today. While the grandstand seats have been sold, fans can still purchase infield tickets for "The Great American Race" - the kickoff to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. "We're happy to announce that the Daytona 500 is sold out," Speedway President Robin Braig said. "The fans, those in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX or listening on MRN Radio Network, continue to validate the Daytona 500 as the premier motorsports event in the world." The Daytona 500, which boasts a purse of more than $17 million, is the biggest, richest and most prestigious race in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Tickets are available for all other Speedweeks 2005 events at Daytona International Speedway online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-15-2005)

  • Daytona Truck Series Grand Marshal/National Anthem: Donnie Abraham of the New York Jets will serve as Grand Marshal and adult contemporary singer Tierney Allen will sing the national anthem for the sixth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Preceding the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 will be the season-opening round of the Crown Royal IROC Series, an invitation-only series featuring 12 of the best drivers in equally prepared cars in a 40-lap sprint.(DIS PR)(2-15-2005)

  • National Anthem: Monica Brown, a sophomore at Claflin University, sang the national anthem before Daytona 500 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. Brown beat out four other finalists in NASCAR’s “Race for the Mic” competition with an “American Idol” format that is a part of the sport’s recognition of Black History month. Brown won an all-expense paid trip to Daytona Beach and a one-on-one artist development session with Maulden Brand Agency.(The State)(2-14-2005)

  • Theaters to air Daytona 500 in High-Definition Format: NASCAR has announced plans to show the Daytona 500 in the high-definition format in two movie theaters. The event is scheduled to air at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in New York and the Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 in Irvine, Calif. Plans call for show-car displays at the theaters and the opportunity to win passes to NASCAR events and other prizes.. Ticket details are to be announced in media promotions in New York and Los Angeles.(NASCAR Scene)(2-11-2005)

  • Scouts are Free Sunday: members of Central Florida Council of Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of Citrus Council in uniform attend the Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying free; leaders and scouts should report to the grandstand entrance between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Gate 18, Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. Family members and friends pay $25, children 11 and younger free with paying adult. (386) 681-5648.(DBNJ)(2-12-2005)

  • Star-Studded Lineup To Perform In NASCAR'S Daytona 500 Pre-Show NEXTEL Tribute To America: A star-studded group of entertainers, including country music superstar Clint Black, Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, Columbia Records recording sensations John Ondrasik and "Five For Fighting," and singer/actress Vanessa Williams will highlight the NEXTEL Tribute to America, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20. The NEXTEL-sponsored show, which will be carried live on FOX and produced by Atlanta based Q and A Entertainment, will pay tribute to music as the fabric of America and will feature thousands of cast members on the Speedway's historic five-acre tri-oval grass. Black, a Grammy Award-winning artist and multiple Country Music Association award winner, will sing his No. 1 hit single "Nothin' But The Taillights." Among Black's more than 20 No. 1 hit singles are "A Better Man," "Killin' Time," "Like the Rain," "Something That We Do" and "When I Said I Do," a duet with his wife Lisa Hartman Black. Wilson, the singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and composer whose latest solo album "Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE" is nominated for three Grammys including "Best Pop Vocal Album" and "Best Rock Instrumental Performance," will sing the legendary Beach Boys hit single "Good Vibrations."
    "Five For Fighting," whose lead singer and song writer is John Ondrasik, will sing the No. 1 hit "100 Years" from their latest album "Battle For Everything." Williams, who has recorded hits such as "Save The Best For Last" and "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's animated film "Pocahontas," will sing "America The Beautiful." Williams, who has also starred in such films as "Eraser," "Dance With Me" and "Light It Up," recently released her latest album "Everlasting Love" on Jan. 25.
    Tickets for Speedweeks 2005 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP..(DIS PR)(2-12-2005)

  • Daytona 500 Pace Car: Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2004 Daytona 500 champion, unveiled the all-new 2005 Corvette that will pace the 47th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season opener during the national broadcast of Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning. Earnhardt Jr., who drives the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc., revealed the Corvette coupe that will pace the 43-car field in "The Great American Race" on Sunday, Feb. 20 - NASCAR's richest, biggest and most prestigious event at historic Daytona International Speedway. The design of the Daytona 500 Corvette pace vehicle includes elements that reflect the heritage and attitude of the historic winning Corvette race cars. The Corvette pace vehicle is millennium yellow with a black racing stripe centered across the hood, roof and trunk lid with the Daytona 500 logo on each door and Chevy's "An American Revolution" slogan on the rear spoiler. This will be the 34th consecutive year General Motors has provided the Official Pace Car for the Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 will be one of 60 NASCAR events Chevrolet will pace in 2005, including 28 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 17 Busch Series and 15 Craftsman Truck Series races.(DIS PR)(2-8-2005)

  • ISC and Checkers to make an announcement UPDATE: International Speedway Corp. President Lesa France Kennedy and Checkers Drive-In Restaurants President Keith Sirios are scheduled to make a joint business announcement tomorrow, the NASDAQ Stock Market says. The executives are scheduled to preside over the opening bell for NASDAQ in New York.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-7-2005)
    UPDATE: International Speedway Corporation announced it has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar official status agreement with Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. Checkers/Rally's will serve as the Official Drive-Thru and Burger of several ISC facilities. Checkers/Rally's will have a significant presence through prominent signage and promotion, as well as at-track restaurants at the following ISC facilities: Michigan, Daytona, Homestead, and Richmond. ISC owns and/or operates 11 of the nation's major motorsports facilities, the four named above and in Talladega, California, Kansas, Phoenix, Martinsville, Darlington and Watkins Glen. Other track ownership includes an indirect 37.5% interest in Raceway Associates, LLC, which owns and operates Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, Illinois. The Company also owns and operates MRN Radio, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; DAYTONA USA, the "Ultimate Motorsports Attraction" in Daytona Beach, Florida, the official attraction of NASCAR; and subsidiaries which provide catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produce and market motorsports-related merchandise under the trade name "Americrown." For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.iscmotorsports.com. More info on Checkers Drive-In Restaurants at www.checkers.com.(ISC PR)(2-8-2005)

  • Daytona 500 Purse at $17 million: The 47th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious event of the year, will carry the biggest purse in the history of stock car racing at more than $17 million. The post awards for the "The Great American Race" on Sunday, Feb. 20 will be $17,623,980, an increase of nearly $2 million. The posted awards for the 2004 Daytona 500, which was won by Dale Earnhardt Jr., was $15,972,313. The winner of this year's Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,430,030. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,029,425, $736,625, $584,750 and $456,875 respectively. Even the last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will be rewarded with a minimum of $219,931. "The Daytona 500 is without doubt NASCAR's signature event and the 43-car field in this year's event will be paid handsomely for their efforts," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. Other purses for Speedweeks 2005 events are: * Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $305,507 * Budweiser Shootout: $1,087,300 * Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: $807,103 * Hershey's Take 5 300 NASCAR Busch Series race: $2,409,495 Tickets to any of the Speedweeks 2005 events are available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. (DIS PR)(2-7-2005)

  • Daytona 500 Grand Marshal: Matthew McConaughey was selected the Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500. The actor will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" at the Feb. 20 race in Florida. "I'm honored and excited to be the Grand Marshal of this year's race," McConaughey said in a statement. "There is nothing more American than NASCAR and the Daytona 500. McConaughey, who has starred in films including "Dazed and Confused" and "The Wedding Planner," will star in the upcoming thriller "Sahara." Previous Grand Marshals include Ben Affleck last year and John Travolta in 2003. Ashton Kutcher will be the honorary starter of this year's race.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-8-2005)

  • 'BURN!' - Ashton Kutcher named starter for the Daytona 500: Ashton Kutcher [Kelso], the popular star of FOX's "That '70s Show" [bigtime Jayski Fave] and the star of the upcoming feature film "Guess Who" will serve as Honorary Starter for the 47th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race. As Honorary Starter, Kutcher will wave the green flag to start the 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers in the 200-lap, 500-mile race. "We're excited to have Ashton Kutcher here to start the Daytona 500 and the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season," Speedway President Robin Braig said. "Attracting a star of Ashton's caliber proves once again the Daytona 500 is one of the premier sports events in the world." Kutcher will co-star with actor/comedian Bernie Mac in Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises' "Guess Who," which will be released March 25 of this year. In the movie, in an effort to impress his prospective father-in-law Percy Jones (Mac), Simon Green (Kutcher), who has already secretly proposed to Jones' daughter, boasts of his (nonexistent) past as a NASCAR driver. Simon's repeated attempts to make a good impression are futile as Percy rebuffs him at every turn and makes it his mission to undermine his daughter's new relationship. The film also stars Zoë Saldaña and Judith Scott. Kutcher will also star in another 2005 release "A Lot Like Love" which is scheduled for release in April. His past movie credits have included "The Butterfly Effect," "Cheaper By The Dozen" "My Boss' Daughter," "Just Married" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" He is also the creator of MTV's popular reality series "Punk'd". "Being Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500 is great way to experience NASCAR and come together with more than 200,000 fans at the Super Bowl of racing," Kutcher said. "As a fan of NASCAR, I'm excited to be involved and to wave the green flag in NASCAR's signature event." Kutcher continues the tradition of high-profile actors, athletes and politicians that have participated in the Daytona 500 pre-race ceremonies. Comedian Whoopi Goldberg served as Honorary Starter for the 2004 Daytona 500 and singer Mariah Carey sang the National Anthem and served as Honorary Starter for the 2003 Daytona 500. President George W. Bush and Academy Award-winning actor Ben Affleck served as the Co-Grand Marshals and the President gave the starting command, "Drivers, start your engines," for the 2004 Daytona 500. Tickets for Speedweeks 2005 and the 47th annual Daytona 500, which will be televised live by FOX Sports, are available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-1-2005)

  • Daytona International Speedway Looking For People: If you want to be a part of a world-class entertainment production that will be broadcast to millions, has Daytona International Speedway got an offer for you? The World Center of Racing is looking for thousands of locals (ages 13-45) to be in the national spotlight, taking part in the heart-pumping pre-race revelry leading up to "The Great American Race" - the prestigious Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 2005. The high-energy NEXTEL Tribute To America, featuring national music entertainers (to be announced at a later date) and a world-class, pre-race show at Daytona International Speedway, will be televised live on Fox Television and produced by Q&A Entertainment. The NEXTEL Tribute To America pre-race extravaganza is the culmination of events leading up to NASCAR's most prestigious race. To participate in the event, visit www.jmbcasting.com or call 407-224-6621 for more information.(DIS PR)(1-22-2005)

  • Daytona Tunnel Problem Fixed: A potential problem has been hammered away at Daytona International Speedway. Workers were busy Thursday morning breaking apart a section of a seven-foot-wide pedestrian walk at the entrance to the new tunnel under Turn 1. The demolition work will provide for a wider entrance to the tunnel and make it easier for large vehicles -- RVs as well as race-team haulers -- to negotiate the turn at the tunnel entrance. Track president Robin Braig said the tweaking will also improve the plans for getting fans into the infield from the Turn 1-area grandstands, and back out again. "We've taken a look at the pedestrian flow from the grandstands," said Braig. "That area is also a tram turnaround. We flat-out had our directions wrong for the pedestrian flow. We're adding a stairwell from the grandstands to that side of the tunnel, so fans will have their choice of taking the tram or walking into the infield. "It will improve the pedestrian flow and relieve that 'pinch point' for two-way traffic."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-14-2005)

  • Hotel Rooms a problem for Daytona 500?: Damage from last summer's hurricanes could have a significant impact on this season's Daytona 500, because about 3,700 hotel rooms of the city's 13,548 were knocked out of commission by the storms and many may still be under repair when SpeedWeeks kick off. It's unclear how reservations with those properties will be handled, or even how many of those Daytona 500 ticket holders are even aware of the situation. About 60 Daytona Beach hotels and a number of high-rise condos were damaged by the hurricanes. (Winston Salem Journal)(1-13-2005)

  • 3 Doors Down Begin World Tour at Budweiser Shootout: 3 Doors Down, one of America's most popular bands, will perform during the 27th annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, Feb. 12 at Daytona International Speedway. The performance will be nationally televised on FOX and comes just days after the release of the band's new album Seventeen Days (Republic/Universal Records) which hits stores February 8th. 3 Doors Down will perform their new single "Let Me Go" and lead singer Brad Arnold will sing the National Anthem before the start of the All-Star race, which features last year's pole winners as well as previous Budweiser Shootout champions. Following the conclusion of the 70-lap no-holds barred, non-points race under the lights that jumpstarts the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, 3 Doors Down will kick off their world tour with a post-race concert, which will be free for all who purchase a Budweiser Shootout ticket. Twenty drivers are eligible for the Budweiser Shootout, two shy of the record 22 in 2002. Among the 2004 pole winners eligible to compete in the Budweiser Shootout under the lights include 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman. Among the past Budweiser Shootout champions eligible are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace. Tickets for the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(fingerprint inc./Anheuser-Busch PR)(1-5-2005)

  • Bye-bye Twin 125's, Hello Gatorade Duel at Daytona: Qualifying races that help set the field for the Daytona 500 will be 25 miles longer and have a new name in 2005. The races, formerly called the Gatorade 125s, will now be known as the Gatorade Duel at Daytona. Each race will now go for 150 miles, a move that could force teams to adjust their pit-stop strategies at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. There also will be a longer break between the races, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, during Speedweeks in 2005. Qualifying for the 2005 Daytona 500 will begin on Sunday, Feb. 13. Only the two fastest cars secure starting spots for the 500 on that day, the front-row spots on the starting grid. Speeds from that qualifying session are used to determine the lineup for the Gatorade Duel, with drivers in odd-numbered positions in the qualifying results in the first 150-miler and those in the even-numbered slots going into the second qualifying race. The top-14 finishers - aside from the driver already assured of a front-row spot in the 500 - in each qualifier will line up in order of finish starting with Row 2 for the 500. Finishers from the first Duel race will get the inside spots on each row, with finishers from the second getting the outside spots. The remaining spots in the 43-car field are awarded based on qualifying speeds and provisionals [which supposedly in 2005 will only be a past champ](ThatsRacin.com)(12-17-2004)
    AND more at the Daytona International Speedway site: Gatorade Duel At Daytona: The Daytona 500 uses a different qualifying procedure than any other race in the world. On Budweiser Pole Day, Sunday Feb. 13, only the fastest two cars solidify their starting spots for the Daytona 500. The fastest qualifier will earn the pole for both the Daytona 500 and the first 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying race. The second fastest qualifier earns the outside pole for the Daytona 500 and will start on the pole for the second 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying race, held on Thursday, Feb. 17. Drivers qualifying in odd-number positions will compete in the first Gatorade Duel race while drivers that qualify in even-number positions duke it out in the second Gatorade Duel race. The top-14 finishers, not including the pole sitter in the first 150-mile qualifying race, will line up behind the Daytona 500 pole sitter; while the top-14 finishers, not including the outside pole sitter in the second 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying race, will line up behind the outside Daytona 500 pole sitter. The next eight Daytona 500 starting positions (31-38) are awarded to the drivers with the fastest speed after pole qualifying. The final five positions (39-43) are given to teams that are entitled to a provisional [supposedly no provisionals except a Champ Prov will be used in 2005, so it may end up as drivers with teams in the top 35 get places then buy speed].(DIS Site)(12-17-2004)

  • 3 Doors Down To Perform National Anthem at DIS: Republic/Universal recording group 3 Doors Down will sing the National Anthem during the 27th annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, Feb. 12 at historic Daytona International Speedway. The performance will be nationally televised on FOX and comes just days after the release of their new album Seventeen Days which hits stores on February 8th. 3 Doors Down will perform and then sing the National Anthem before the start of the All-Star race, which features last year's pole winners as well as previous Budweiser Shootout champions. Following the conclusion of the 70-lap no-holds barred, non-points race under the lights that helps jumpstart the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, 3 Doors Down will kick off their world tour with a post-race concert, which will be included in the race admission.(DIS PR)(12-17-2004)

  • Update on Daytona Infield Renovation: Daytona International Speedway's multi-million, multi-faceted infield renovation is beginning to see the light at the end of the Turn 1 tunnel. With the Turn 1 tunnel covered and re-paving of the Turn 1 track section complete, "The World Center of Racing" will see its first track activity since the Pepsi 400 Weekend in July. The ARCA RE/MAX Series will take to the historic 2.5-mile tri-oval on Dec. 18-19 for a two-day test session in preparation for the season-opening Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 on Saturday, Feb. 12. The test session will be free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand available through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.
    Even though there's a test session on the calendar, there's still plenty of work remaining on the infield renovation project, which is scheduled to be complete in time for December's Daytona KartWeek. Other recent developments include:
    * The curtain wall around the Daytona 500 Club has been completed and dry wall is continuing in both the interior and exterior. Pavement on the Gatorade Victory Lane area is expected soon.
    * The stairs for the viewing deck above one of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series garages are scheduled to arrive this week and be installed.
    * At the new Turn 1 tunnel, the entry roads have been paved and the area is being prepped for sod and landscaping.
    * Two of the new motorcycle track sections have been boxed out and lime rock placed.(DIS PR)(12-6-2004)

  • DIS Infield Renovation Still On-track: As a third hurricane - Hurricane Jeanne - made its way through the Volusia County area last weekend, Daytona International Speedway and DAYTONA USA all weathered the storm with no significant damage. The multi-million infield renovation project at the "World Center of Racing" also went unscathed, with no significant damage to the project and no concerns of delay. The infield renovation project, which is scheduled to be completed in time for December's Daytona KartWeek, includes amenities such as a state-of-the-art tunnel, a uniquely designed Fan Zone with viewing of the new NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series garage areas, waterfront specialty vehicle parking and a new Gatorade Victory Lane where fans can now also be part of the Victory Celebration. Other developments in the infield renovation project include:
    * Excavation of the tunnel is complete.
    * Construction beginning on the floors in the new Victory Lane Club.
    * Final garage walls going up and roofs being placed on the NASCAR Busch Series garages.
    * Additions on the Infield Media Center are taking shape with walls and steel being installed.
    Race fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the massive construction project can visit DAYTONA USA and take the Speedway Tour, which costs $7.50 plus tax. The Oldfield Grandstand is also open and free to the public.(DIS PR)(10-1-2004)

  • Walls Going Up As Infield Renovation Project Takes Shape At DIS: Daytona International Speedway's multi-million infield renovation project is now deep into its third month of construction and buildings in the historic infield are beginning to take shape. The Victory Lane Club, located near the center of pit road, has gone vertical with the installation of walls with the help of cranes. Walls are also going up on the first NEXTEL Cup viewing garage while foundations are being set on the second NEXTEL Cup garage and the infield media center extension. Among the newest fan amenities included in the multi-million dollar infield renovation project are a state-of-the-art tunnel that will accommodate team transport vehicles and guest's specialty vehicles, anuniquely designed Fan Zone with roof-top viewing of the new NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series garage areas, waterfront specialty vehicle parking and a new Gatorade Victory Lane where fans can now also be part of the Victory Celebration. Other fan amenities at the "World Center of Racing" include free parking and tram service, the popular Fan Walk display area outside of Turn 4, information booths located throughout property during events and the pedestrian bridge. Race fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the massive construction project can visit DAYTONA USA and take the Speedway Tour, which costs $7.50 plus tax. The Oldfield Grandstand is also open and free to the public.(DIS PR)(9-14-2004)

  • Some fans protest new infield plans at Daytona: Tent-pitching fans' fears that the planned overhaul of the Speedway infield might not leave much room for them kicked up a small protest Saturday afternoon. Bulldozers are lined up to level the garage area of Daytona International Speedway to begin a $50 million renovation soon after the Pepsi 400 competitors speed off. Before Speed Weeks rolls around in February, it's anticipated that 15 acres of the infield's Lake Lloyd will be filled in and replaced with a new waterfront boardwalk with souvenir bazaars and other places to shop. Most controversial, though, is the plan to add 500 more spaces for recreational vehicles. At about noon Saturday, about two dozen people marched around "Tent City" urging that the tradition of tents and vans in the infield remain. For the renovation or not, both sides could agree one change would be for the better: infield showers.(Daytona Beach News Joural)(7-4-2004)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Daytona International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • #23 picks up a sponsor: seen on Speed Channel's Daytona 500 practice coverage, the #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge with driver Mike Skinner has Argent Mortgage on the hood of the car.(2-16-2005)

  • Coca-Cola Racing Family New Anime Ad to Debut During Daytona 500: In the first-ever NASCAR-themed Anime ad, Coca-Cola Racing Family members Tony Stewart, Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte and Kevin Harvick are seen as animated superheroes engaging in adventurous activities such as scuba diving with sea monsters and flying fighter planes before they return to the track for a Coke and a bit of racing. Breaking during the broadcast of the Daytona 500 on February 20 -- a growing showcase for new advertising -- the 60-second ad, entitled "Fantastic Four," is the only animated spot in the new Coca-Cola "Make It Real" campaign. It will also run in more than 10,000 movie theaters across the country and a 30-second version of the spot will be featured on NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. The spot concludes with one word -- 'Adrenaline' -- followed by the campaign tagline, 'Make It Real.' The word 'adrenaline' underscores the drivers' energetic attitude both on and off the track. Created by Berlin Cameron / Red Cell, the new 'Make it Real' campaign also includes print and outdoor executions. Additional ads are planned for later in 2005.(Coca-Cola PR)(2-15-2005)

  • Tire Problems at Daytona UPDATE 2: A potentially serious tire problem with Goodyear's new Daytona 500 tires developed last night during the first hours of SpeedWeeks practice for tonight's Bud Shootout kickoff, and some drivers, according to crews, are "scared." [this was noted during Speed Channel's coverage of Budweiser Shoot practice when #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #19-Mayfield cut down tires and #01-Nemechek, the fastest, showed heavy tire wear, all were the right rear]. Greg Zipadelli, the crew chief for Stewart, says the problem of delamination includes both right-rear and right-front tires, indicating to him that it's not a chassis problem but a tire production problem. Tommy Baldwin, crew chief for #9-Kasey Kahne, says the problem also apparently included a left-rear tire problem with at least one tire on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car, indicating a more widespread issue. "It looks like a delamination problem," Baldwin said. "But it seems we always have a little problem in practice but never in the race. We'll see Saturday. Hopefully we don't. But it could be a serious problem all week." NASCAR's John Darby said Goodyear engineers were studying the problem. "We've had probably five or six isolated issues," Darby said. "Goodyear is still checking into it, and we'll meet with them in the morning."(Winston Salem Journal), Noticed and mentioned during Speed Channel's coverage of Budweiser Shoot practice, the 'Goodyear' yellow letters are much larger this year on the tire.(2-12-2005)
    UPDATE: Complaints about tire problems during the first two [Bud Shootout] practice sessions led Goodyear to pull about 300 tires from circulation Saturday. The tread from #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s tire split during the first practice session Friday, and #01-Joe Nemechek had nearly the same thing happen in the second session. Goodyear engineers lined up all the serial numbers of the tires it had distributed to teams and discovered the ones that had problems came from the same batch. So the company pulled all the tires from that batch as a precaution. Goodyear said it was investigating why the tread was splitting, and officials stressed to teams that there will not be a tire shortage leading up to the Daytona 500.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-13-2005)
    UPDATE 2: The tire problems encountered by several Nextel Cup teams last week appear to have been remedied. The problem involved treads that were slightly separating from the tires. At high speeds, the slight separations became major. Goodyear engineers determined that all the problem tires were from the same batch. The tires were replaced, and there have been no problems since.(Kansas City Star)(2-14-2005)

  • Robby Gordon's car had illegal intake: #7-Robby Gordon's #7 Jim Beam Chevy was fitted with an illegal intake manifold that NASCAR discovered during inspection late Friday night. The part was removed and put on display in the NASCAR hauler, and Gordon was scrambling to get the situation fixed. His engines are built by Menard Engineering in Indianapolis. The only other manifold the team had at Daytona International Speedway did not fit Gordon's Chevrolet, so they were waiting for Menard to mail them a new one in time for Sunday's qualifying. Menard builds engines for Indy cars, but this is its first year in NASCAR racing. There will likely draw a substantial penalty from NASCAR, which has a precedence of handing out stiff fines and docking points for illegal engine parts at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway. Forced to practice Saturday with a manifold that didn't correctly fit, Gordon was at the bottom of the speed charts and almost a second slower than what the team projected it would be.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-13-2005)

  • Bodine gets a sponsor for Daytona: GIC-24 Racing and GIC Mixon Motorsports today announced Golf Closeout Warehouse as a sponsor for the NASCAR Nextel Cup #93 and the NASCAR Busch Series #24 cars for Daytona Speedweeks activities. Founded in 1995, Golf Closeout Warehouse is America's largest liquidator of golf merchandise, including apparel, clubs, balls and accessories. The company has marketed merchandise in 52 different locations during the past 18 months, using a unique format in which it spends from as little as 30 days to as long as ten months in each market. Golf Closeout Warehouse is currently operating in four Florida locations--Clearwater, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples--and in Brownsville, TX. The Daytona Beach store is next to Ruby Tuesday in the Volusia Point Shopping Center directly across from Daytona U.S.A. on International Speedway Boulevard. "We're excited to join the GIC team," said company founder and president Greg Hayes. "We're launching our website store, www.GCWE.com, and we like the idea of linking with cars driven by Geoff Bodine and Kim Crosby during Daytona Speedweeks." The #93 GIC Mixon Motorsports Chevrolet will compete in the Budweiser Shootout and qualifying activities for the Daytona 500 with Geoffrey Bodine driving. The #24 GIC-24 Racing Chevrolet will compete for a spot in the Hershey's Take 5 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on February 19.(PSE-3 PR)(2-13-2005)

  • More parts conficated: NASCAR found several illegal parts and pieces during its inspection process at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR inspectors confiscated the transmission from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet because it had the wrong gear ratio. That will likely lead to a monetary fine for the #8 Budweiser team. #33-Kerry Earnhardt and #23-Mike Skinner both had unapproved window nets, #80-Andy Belmont and #52-Larry Gunselman both had unapproved fire extinguishers and #5-Kyle Busch's car had unapproved spacers. #24-Jeff Gordon and #7-Robby Gordon were both found to have unapproved under-pans on their cars.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-13-2005)

  • #23, Skinner, Benson and Lester? possible sponsors: Mike Skinner said Davis is trying to convince two companies to sponsor the #23 Dodge. He said three scenarios for filling the seat are under consideration. "He's thinking about splitting the races between me and one of our other truck drivers, Johnny Benson, and maybe even Bill Lester from the truck team," Skinner said. "He's thinking about hiring an up-and-coming youngster, and he's thinking about letting me and Johnny do most of the races and then let the new driver get some seat time."(High Point Enterprise)(2-11-2005)

  • See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    Daytona - Bud Shootout
    #2-Rusty Wallace Miller Lite - Last Call #2 Schemes Page
    #6-Mark Martin Kraft #6 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser - Born On Date #8 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Retro #9 Schemes Page
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield Retro #19 Schemes Page
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. Tide Coldwater #32 Schemes Page
    #39-Bill Elliott Coor's Retro #39 Schemes Page
    Daytona - Daytona 500
    #00-Kenny Wallace Aaron's 50th Anniversary - Gold #00 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser - Born On Date #8 Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench/RCR 20th Anniversary #29 Schemes Page
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. Tide Coldwater #32 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Office Depot #99 Schemes Page


  • Born on Date Scheme returns at Daytona UPDATE: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return with another Bud Born on Date paint scheme at Daytona in February.(RacingOne)(12-7-2004)

  • GM Goodwrench Unveils 2005 Daytona 500 Paint Scheme: GM Goodwrench unveiled at Kansas Speedway, the 2005 Daytona 500 paint scheme that will help kick off their 20th anniversary with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in NASCAR. The multi-colored #29 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a combination of the different looks that GM Goodwrench has been a part of over the years, is only the beginning of a yearlong celebration planned to commemorate the great partnership that has brought so much to stock car racing. As a sponsor, GM Goodwrench has enjoyed unparalleled success during its relationship with RCR, accumulating six NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship, 68 race wins, the biggest Daytona 500 victory in the modern era, and two stunning Brickyard 400 wins. The special paint scheme, designed by famed NASCAR illustrator Sam Bass, unites old with new by combining the original black #3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet driven by Earnhardt in 1988 with the white #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet first driven by Harvick in 2001. The 20th anniversary logo commemorating the 20 years with RCR sits on the silver hood that adorned the GM Goodwrench paint scheme run throughout the 2002 season. GM Goodwrench plans for next year's 20th anniversary celebration are going to be widespread, with several unique special paint schemes in store, a number of parties, special guests from the past, innovative promotions, and even a few surprises. Being the longest continuous team sponsor in the sport allows for some excitement to be had throughout the year. (Champion Sports Group/RCR PR), added an image of the car on the 2005 Paint Schemes page.(10-9-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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