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THE RACE: The Pepsi 400

Nextel Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, July 7, 2007 in Daytona Beach, FL

  • Title Sponsor: Pepsi Cola

  • Track: Daytona International Speedway

  • TV: TNT 8:00pm/et

  • Allstate Countdown to Green: TNT - 7:30pm/et - with Bill Weber

  • NASCAR on TNT Live: TNT - 6:30pm/et - Marc Fein, host
  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:20pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 11 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 12 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, July 13 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,202,439 (was $6,074,820 in 2006)
    Winner: $284,550 [minimum]
    2nd: $195,575
    3rd: $160,725
    4th: , $131,425
    5th: $118,725


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Thursday, July 5, 4:30 - 5:20pm/et TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Thursday, July 5, 6:40 - 7:45pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 5, 3:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, July 6 at 4:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 1:00am/et;
    LIVE via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday, July 5
    10 a.m.-2 p.m Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series practice
    2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Busch Series practice
    3:50 p.m.-4:20 p.m Busch Series rookie practice
    4:30 p.m.-5:20 p.m Nextel Cup Series practice
    5:30 p.m.-6:25 p.m Busch Series final practice
    6:40 p.m.-7:45 p.m Nextel Cup Series final practice
    8 p.m Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve (70 laps, 250 miles)

    Friday, July 6
    1:05 p.m Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo qualifying (two laps, all positions) 4:10 p.m Circle K Pole Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 (two laps, all positions) 8 p.m. Sixth Annual Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Busch Series race

    Saturday, July 7
    8 p.m 49th annual Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup Series race

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 975, Right-side -- 975;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4000; Right-side -- D-4006

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 30-33 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Daytona this weekend . . . teams in these two series also ran this same combination of left- and right-side tires at the season-opening weekend at Daytona in February . . . this left-side code (D-4000) first ran at Daytona in February 2006, while this right-side code debuted at Talladega in April 2006 . . . 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.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Daytona Beach, FL Area:
Daytona Beach News Journal
Florida Times-Union
Florida Today
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Lakeland Ledger
Miami Herald
Naples Daily News
Orlando Sentinel
Palm Beach Post
St Petersburg Times
Tampa Tribune
Treasure Coast Palm

by The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Daytona Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA
Daytona Champber of Commmerce - Speedweeks
Daytona Beach Campground
City of Daytona Beach, FL

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • McMurray squeaks by Kyle Busch at Daytona: #26-Jamie McMurray won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway by leading the last lap and beating #5-Kyle Busch by 0.005 seconds, which ties for 2nd closest finish since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993. #2-Busch finished 3rd, followed by #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon, #16-Biffle, #07-Bowyer [who led the most laps with 55], #17-Kenseth, #9-Kahne and #48-Johnson. The win is McMurray's 2nd career win and first since Oct 2002 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, 166 races ago. The race started off a tad crazy with three cautions within the first 25 laps which took out #8-Earnhardt Jr.[finished 36th], #20-Stewart [38th] and #11-Hamlin [43rd]. There were 8 cautions for 30 laps and 11 drivers lead the race with 27 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Daytona Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page
    Race Rundown: see my Daytona Race Info/Rundown Page for my race rundown page, laps led, top 10, race notes, lucky dogs and more.(7-7-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Daytona [18 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 2773
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin 2496 -277
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth 2390 -383
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2366 -407
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 2345 -428
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 2308 -465
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 2234 -539
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 2190 -583
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick 2172 -601
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2157 -616
    11) #07-Clint Bowyer 2142 -631
    12) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2040 -733
    some other notables:
    #26-McMurray is 13th
    #2-Busch is 15th
    #42-Montoya is 21st
    #9-Kahne is 26th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(7-7-2007)

  • Rumblings - Daytona Race Notes: Jamie McMurray edged Kyle Busch tonight at Daytona International Speedway and took the Pepsi 400 by all of .005 seconds....and it really was closer than that! With the lead changing hands at least three times from turn 4 to the line, McMurray captured his second career victory (his other win came in his second start subbing for Sterling Marlin at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October of 2002), the 98th for Roush Racing (and third this season), and became the 12th different winner this season (we had 13 of 'em last year). Jamie is now tied for 95th on the all-time win list, and this vistory was worth $302,500 from the over $6.2M in posted awards.
    Kyle Busch (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Richmond in May.
    Kurt Busch (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Talladega in April.
    Kasey Kahne (9th) had his best finish since he was 7th when we were here in February.
    David Gilliland (11th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Talladega in April.
    David Ragan (12th) had his best finish since he was 5th when we were here in February.
    David Stremme (22nd) had his best finish since he was 17th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 13 Top-10's in the last 14 races.
    Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is David Gilliand (+21), followed by Paul Menard (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Denny Hamlin (-41), followed by Tony Stewart (-32), Kevin Harvick (-26), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (-23). When you line up by points, you get a pretty heady group at the bottom of the "Shaft".
    Jeff Gordon lengthens his lead tonight....it's now a sizeable 277 markers. No driver moves into the "Chase" zone, and no change in the Top-35 in Owner Points. We did lop another six drivers out of "Chase" contention this week, tho.
    David Gilliland (32nd to 27th) made the best advance tonight, while Reed Sorenson (27th to 29th) was the only driver to fall multiple positions.(Stock Car Fans)(7-7-2007)

  • Fast Facts Pepsi 400:
    .. Jamie McMurray won the Pepsi 400, his second Nextel Cup victory in 168 races.
    .. McMurray’s last win took place at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 13, 2002.
    .. The margin of victory – .005 second – ties Talladega in July of 1993 (Dale Earnhardt over Ernie Irvan) as the second closest victory since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993. The closest margin of victory was .002 second at Darlington in March of 2003 (Ricky Craven over Kurt Busch).
    .. This is McMurray’s third top five and seventh top 10 this season.
    .. McMurray’s previous best finish at Daytona was second at the 2005 Pepsi 400.
    .. Kyle Busch, who finished second, notched his fourth top five and 10th top 10 of the season.
    .. Kurt Busch, who finished third, posted his third top five and fourth top 10 of the season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-7-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 160 of 160 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #26-McMurray-F (15)(3 laps led) by 0.005 seconds WOW!
    #5-Busch-C (11)(20 laps led)
    #2-Busch-D (16)(45 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-F (7)
    #24-Gordon-C (1)(9 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-F (18)
    #07-Bowyer-C (12)(55 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (3)
    #9-Kahne-D (27)
    #48-Johnson-C (4)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Daytona Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 30 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 88,42,19,29,43,8,66,20,96,41,11

  • Cars on the track: 41 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (2) and reason:
    #10-Riggs (engine-out)
    #14-Marlin (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 27 lead changes):
    #07-Bowyer (55);
    #2-Busch (45);
    #5-Busch (20);
    #25-Mears (11);
    #11-Hamlin (10);
    #24-Gordon (1st/rain, 9);
    #26-McMurray (3);
    #29-Harvick (3);
    #21-Elliott (2);
    #43-Labonte (1);
    #78-Wallace (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - 1st/rain; #24-Gordon 1-2; #11-Hamlin 3-8; #24-Gordon 9; #11-Hamlin 10-13; #29-Harvick 14-16; #78-Wallace 17; #07-Bowyer 18-30; #24-Gordon 31-32; #5-Busch 33-40; #07-Bowyer 41-58; #43-Labonte 59; #07-Bowyer 60-77; #2-Busch 78-108; #25-Mears 109; #21-Elliott 110-111; #2-Busch 112-114; #5-Busch 115-122; #2-Busch 123-133; #5-Busch 134; #25-Mears 135-141; #07-Bowyer 142-147; #25-Mears 148-150; #24-Gordon 151-154; #26-McMurray 155; #5-Busch 156-157; #26-McMurray 158; #5-Busch 159; #26-McMurray 160

    Cautions: 8 for 30 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 152 - 153: #13-Nemechek got loose and went up into #83-Vickers in turn 2, the #83 scraped the wall, then came down, and clipped the #13, both spun off the turn.
    Caution 7 - Laps 145 - 147: #38-Gilliland got up into #22-Blaney and spun around on the backstretch in front of a huge pack of cars and didn't hit anyone else
    Caution 6 - Laps 133 - 137: #00-Reutimann got into the turn 2 wall, #43-Labonte moved left to avoid the #00 and #42-Montoya had no place to go and was up on the #43 a bit, then both spun on the backstretch. #8-Earnhardt Jr. was in the area and went high and smacked the wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 116 - 119: #14-Marlin lost a right front tire and spun and clipped #88-Rudd, who scraped the turn 3 wall, but drove on
    Caution 4 - Laps 58 - 61: #42-Montoya moved up the track and into #29-Harvick, sending Harvick into the wall, Harvick continued on, then lost a right front tire and left debris on the track.
    Caution 3 - Laps 23 - 25: #96-Raines came up the track off turn 4 and #40-Stremme got into the rear of the #96 which got loose and smacked the frontstretch wall
    Caution 2 - Laps 15 - 19: #11-Hamlin, while leading, got hit in the rear by teammate #20-Stewart on the frontstretch, sending Hamlin into the wall and collecting the #20, #41-Sorenson got into #43-Labonte, sending the #43 into the wall, then #8-Earnhardt Jr. into the #41.
    Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 8: #66-Green moved up and into #9-Kahne, sending both into the turn 2 wall and spinning down to the grass

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 7: #45-Andretti, 28th
    Caution 6: #40-Stremme, 22nd
    Caution 5: #19-Sadler (still 7 laps down), 33rd
    Caution 4: #10-Riggs, 41st
    Caution 3: #8-Earnhardt Jr.(still down 1 lap), 36th
    Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Daytona Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 4
    2 #8 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 14
    3 #43 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 15
    4 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 15
    5 #20 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 15
    6 #10 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 15
    7 #10 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 22
    8 #43 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 22
    9 #10 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 24
    10 #26 PT Disobeying a NASCAR request - yellow line violation 30
    11 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 57
    12 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 115
    13 #8 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 132
    14 #45 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 132
    15 #19 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 132
    16 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 132
    17 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 133
    18 #38 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 144
    19 #13 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 151
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-7-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during the 5th caution, #40-Stremme was leaving his pit and got clobbered by #15-Menard, Stremme spun around two pit stalls ahead of his own, damage to the right front of the #40
    ---- after the green flag stops were all done, #2-Busch regained the lead on lap 112
    ---- on lap 109, #2-Busch came in for his green flag pitstop as the leader, locked up his brakes but no damage or problems, @25-Mears took the lead for a lap, then made his pit stop, handing the lead over to #21-Elliott
    ---- on lap 107, #10-Riggs slowed on the backstrech, no word why and no caution
    ---- green flag pitstops started on lap 106 with #40-Stremme being the 1st driver to make his pitstop, #17-Kenseth was next, then many others came in
    ---- on lap 78 while leading, #07-Bowyer slowed dramatically and fell back, the thought is that Bowyer hit an ignition switch which shut the car off, he turn the switch back on and regained speed, but fell back to 19th
    ---- just before the 4th caution, #96-Raines came back on the track after the crew made repairs, he is 36 laps down
    ---- #20-Stewart came back on the track on lap 51 after the crew made repairs, Stewart is 34 laps down
    ---- #66-Green is back on the track after the crew made repairs to the car from the lap 5 wreck
    ---- on lap 41, #8-Earnhardt Jr. took the car to the garage for the crew to make repairs to the car
    ---- on lap 36, #8-Earnhardt Jr. went down a 2nd lap
    ---- on lap 30, #26-McMurray passed #24-Gordon for 2nd, and improved his position by going below the yellow line, big no-no and after McMurray led 2 laps, he was black flagged by NASCAR and had to do a pass-thru penalty on pit road.
    ---- on lap 26, #19-Sadler is back on the track after the team made repairs to the transmission, Sadler is 8 laps down
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #96-Raines to the garage, #40-Stremme was on and off pit road for repairs. #8-Earnhardt Jr. also made a pit stop.
    ---- Stewart didn't have very kind words about his teammate Hamlin for the caution 2 wreck
    ---- during the 1st caution #44-Jarrett, #10-Riggs, #22-Blaney, #13-Nemechek came in to pit and make adjustments to their qualifying setups
    ---- #66-Green to the garage after the wreck and #9-Kahne made a few pitstops for the team to make repairs, but stayed on the lead lap
    ---- just before the green flag, TNT reported that #19-Sadler had no 1st or 2nd gear and dropped towards the rear after the start
    ---- green flag at 8:24pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 8:08pm/et by actor Kevin James, nice and loud!
    ---- Military Flyover: Four F-15s from Tyndall AFB
    ---- National Anthem by 12-year-old America's Got Talent champ Bianca Ryanion
    ---- To The Back [1]: #88-Rudd [oil pump change]


  • Race Coverage of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 2007.
    TV: TNT in Hi-Def at 8:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 8:15pm/et].
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 5:00pm/et and TNT at 5:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, July 12 at 3:00pm/et and;
    Thursday, July 12 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et on HDNET [high def broadcast]

  • Qualifying Rained out at Daytona: For the first time in 97 races, qualifying was cancelled at Daytona International Speedway for the Pepsi 400. Thirty-Nine drivers had gone out to qualify and #60-Boris Said was on the pole when the rains came. Said will not make the race as the field was set per the rules book [Top-35 in OWNER points, 2006/2007 race winner not in yet, past champions not in yet - NOTE: past chammps provisionals have NOTHING to do with these rules, so #44-Jarrett makes the race, then by 2007 race attempts with the tie broken by owners pts position]
    So #24-Jeff Gordon will start 1st, followed by #11-Hamlin, #17-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, #20-Stewart, #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick, #01-Martin and #1-Truex Jr. See starting lineup on my Daytona Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-6-2007)

  • Ten do not qualify for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway: #36-Mayfield [was 3rd fast]; #84-Allmendinger; #55-Waltrip; #37-Lepage; #49-Foyt; #4-Burton; #60-Said [fastest in rained out qualifying]; #09-Wallace; #04-McClure and #27-Shelmerdine.(7-6-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2007 at 4:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 4:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 1:00am/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order List for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 53 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #78-Wallace is due out first on Friday, July 6 at 4:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #96-Raines. For the Qualifying order, see my Daytona Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-5-2007)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Pepsi 300 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #7-Gordon 188.731
    #5-Busch 188.663
    #31-Burton 187.982
    #40-Stremme 187.516
    #70-Sauter 187.301
    slowest: #04-McClure 181.364 and #37-Lepage 181.528
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 46
    See all the speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(7-5-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Daytona in Happy Hour:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #22-Dave Blaney, 8th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 26th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 34th
    #00-David Reutimann, 39th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 40th
    #60-Boris Said, 41st
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 42nd
    #10-Scott Riggs, 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #09-Mike Wallace, 44th
    #4-Ward Burton, 45th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 46th
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 47th
    #15-Paul Menard, 48th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 49th
    #49-Larry Foyt, 50th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 41st
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 5nd
    #04-Eric McClure, 53rd/last
    (7-5-2007)

  • 1st Thursday Practice for the Pepsi 300 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #18-Yeley 190.014
    #16-Biffle 190.002
    #07-Bowyer 189.667
    #12-Newman 189.462
    #2-Busch 188.285
    slowest: #49-Foyt 180.484 and #04-McClure 180.890
    most laps run: #18-Yeley 35; #96-Raines 33
    notes: #5-Busch, #4-Burton and #36-Mayfield were held on put road for 15 minutes as they were late for inspection last week in NHIS.
    See all the speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(7-5-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Daytona:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 32nd
    #00-David Reutimann, 33rd
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 35th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 38th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 39th
    #60-Boris Said, 40th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 41st
    #10-Scott Riggs, 42nd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 44th
    #15-Paul Menard, 45th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 46th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 47th
    #09-Mike Wallace, 48th
    #4-Ward Burton, 49th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 50th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 51st
    #04-Eric McClure, 52nd
    #49-Larry Foyt, 53rd/last
    (7-5-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2007 at 4:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 4:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 1:00am/et on SPEED

  • Entry List for the Pepsi 300 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 53 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (17 attempts/41st in 2007 owners pts)
    #04-Eric McClure (1/65)
    #09-Mike Wallace (3/54)
    #4-Ward Burton (16/43)
    #10-Scott Riggs (17/36)
    #15-Paul Menard (17/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use](17/38)
    #22-Dave Blaney (17/37)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (1/66)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (17/45)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (17/49)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](17/42)
    #49-Larry Foyt (17/47)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (17/48)
    #60-Boris Said (3/50)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (17/44)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(17/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (17/46)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,22,15,00,78
    missing the race would be [10]: #'s 36,84,55,49,37,4,60,09,04,27
    See the full list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List
    (7-2-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Daytona are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, 35th and 36th are apart quite a bit with a 182 point difference
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    33) #13-Nemechek/Ginn 1,398, +233
    34) #45-Andretti/Petty 1,379, +214
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,347, 182 pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,165, 182 pts out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 1,159, -188
    38) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros 1,128, -219
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(7-1-2007)

  • IMPOUND: the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway will be the 3rd impound race of 2007, there are five impound races in 2007, both Talladega races, both Richmond races and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

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

  • 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Stewart looking to tie Pearson: #20-Tony Stewart will be hunting for a record third consecutive Pepsi 400 victory in this year's 160-lap, 400-mile event at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart will attempt to tie David Pearson's record of three straight Pepsi 400 wins (1972-74).(DIS PR)(7-4-2007)

  • July 2006 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 153.143mph, started 2nd

  • Feb 2007 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 149.335mph, started 34th

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

  • July 2006 Pole Sitter: #60-Boris Said, 186.143, finished 4th

  • Feb 2007 Pole Sitter: #38-David Gilliland, 186.320, finished 8th

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

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

  • Most Wins - All-time: 10 - Richard Petty

  • Most Wins - Active: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Wins - 2nd race: 5 - David Pearson

  • Most Poles - All-time: 13 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Poles - 2nd race: 8 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5s - Active: 12 - Sterling Marlin

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s - Active: 22 - Ken Schrader

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

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/1995

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/1974

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/1963

  • Most Leaders: 18 - 2/19/2006

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/1963

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/1989

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/1971

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/68

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/1971

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/2003

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/1976

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40, 7/5/2003

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/1965

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 151, Tony Stewart, 7/2/2005

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/1964

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner - July: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/1994

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner - Daytona 500: 4, Kevin Harvick, 2/18/2007

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 120 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 19
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 67 of 120 [55.8%]
  • Races won from the top 10: 96 of 120 [80.0%]

  • Races won from the top 15: 110 of 120 [91.7%]


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet
    Opened: 1959

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Actor Kevin James
    Command to start engines: Actor Kevin James
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: 12-year-old America's Got Talent champ Bianca Ryanion
    Military Flyover: Four F-15s from Tyndall AFB, FL

  • Track Homepage: daytonaintlspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Daytona International Raceway

  • July 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • February 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Daytona 500 to be moved to November? UPDATE denied: This week, sources within NASCAR told me [CTR] there has been closed door discussions to move the date of the Daytona 500, to November. Apparently, NASCAR is intrigued by the idea of switching the dates of the season ending Homestead race with the season opening Daytona 500. The allure of ending the NASCAR season and crowning a new Nextel Cup champion at the sports biggest race is something the France family is strongly considering. NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation own both tracks so a change of date would be easy to accomplish. For the past 25 years, NASCAR has led off the season in Daytona Beach, FL with the sports biggest race, the Daytona 500. In 2008, NASCAR will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500 on February 17th for what may be the final time ever in the month of February. Sources said the late Bill France Jr. was very much against moving the Daytona 500 and felt that it would hurt the integrity of the sport. NASCAR does not intend to have a final decision regarding the date change until the end of the 2007 season.(CTR-Captain Thunder Racing)(7-5-2007)
    UPDATE - denied: There's no validity to a rumor circulating on the Internet that NASCAR is having discussions about moving the Daytona 500 to November, Daytona spokesman Andrew Booth said. "That one was way out in left field," he said.(Tampa Tribune)(7-7-2007)

  • DIS, NASCAR Honor Bill France Jr. During Pepsi 400 Weekend: NASCAR legend Richard Petty will drive a specially designed Daytona International Speedway/NASCAR tribute car in honor of the late Bill France Jr. prior to Saturday night's Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. The on-track tribute highlighted by Petty is just one of several tributes that are taking place during the Pepsi 400 Weekend at Daytona International Speedway. France, who helped build Daytona International Speedway in the late 1950s and served as President between 1982-87, passed away last month at the age of 74.
    The tributes for Bill France Jr. include:
    * With Petty, the specially designed Daytona International Speedway/NASCAR tribute car will lead the Pepsi 400 field during the pace laps and slow as the field splits with the car falling to the back of the pack.
    * A moment of silence held before Friday's Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Busch Series race and Saturday night's 49th annual Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup Series race.
    * A special video tribute will be shown on the Nextel Vision screen during Saturday's pre-race festivities.
    * A special feature of Bill France Jr. in the 2007 Pepsi 400 Weekend souvenir program.(DIS PR)(7-7-2007)

  • Busch Race postponsed until Saturday Tix Info: The Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo has been postponed and been rescheduled for Saturday morning at 9 :00am/et. The following are the ticket procedures for Saturday, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway:
    * Both Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo tickets and Pepsi 400 tickets will be honored.
    * If a ticket holder has only a Winn-Dixie 250 ticket, they can view the Pepsi 400 from the Superstretch.
    * The Pepsi 400 ticket has priority over any Winn-Dixie 250 ticket for Saturday night's Nextel Cup race.
    * Gates will open at 7:30am/et
    * The NEXTEL FANZONE will open at 2:00pm/et and only Nextel Fanzone/Pre-Race passes for the Pepsi 400 will be honored
    * All Speedway parking/tram service will run as scheduled
    For more information, call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(7-6-2007)

  • Red, White and... Green at Daytona:Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation and the Daytona International Speedway have joined to encourage and enable recycling during the entire race week. More than 9000 pounds of aluminum cans and aluminum bottles and approximately 3000 pounds of plastic water bottles were collected at the track during February's Speedweeks at Daytona. Budweiser "Green Team" members and DIS employees will hand out blue recycle bags to campers as they enter the Speedway infield and the West Lot camping grounds for nightly pick up. In addition, 400 recycling containers will be located throughout the concourse, Fan Walk area, suites and hospitality tents. During the races, the Budweiser "Green Team" and speedway employees will service these recycling bins. To encourage guests to recycle their beverage containers, "Green Team" volunteers will walk through the campgrounds and reward adults that are "caught" recycling with Budweiser gear. Budweiser is the official beer of Daytona International Speedway. For more information on the Anheuser-Busch Environmental Outreach, visit ABenvironment.com.(fingerprint inc)(7-6-2007)

  • Giuliani to to serve as Honorary Race Official at Pepsi 400: Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani will serve as an Honorary Race Official for Saturday's Pepsi 400 at historic Daytona International Speedway. As Honorary Race Official, Mayor Giuliani will lead the 43-car field riding in an official event vehicle.(DIS PR)(7-5-2007)

  • Final Pepsi 400? Next weekend’s Nextel Cup race at Daytona will not only be the last restrictor-plate race using the old race car, it appears it also will be the last Daytona race called the Pepsi 400. Sports Business Daily reported Friday that Coca-Cola is close to signing a deal to give it pouring and marketing rights at Daytona. That would end an almost 50-year relationship between Pepsi and the track. The report says Pepsi’s deals with other International Speedway Corporation tracks at Phoenix, Talladega, Watkins Glen and Darlington will be dropped as they expire over the next few years.(Thatsracin)(6-30-2007)

  • Actor Kevin James Grand Marshal for Pepsi 400 at Daytona: Kevin James, who stars opposite Adam Sandler in Universal Pictures' new comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 49th annual Pepsi 400 Nextel Series Cup race on Saturday, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway. The film opens July 20. James will give the command "Gentlemen, start your engines" in the NASCAR mid-summer classic. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal Chevy Impala pace car. Tickets for any of the Pepsi 400 Weekend events, including the 49th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 7, the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race on Thursday, July 5, are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-30-2007)

  • DAYTONA USA is now "Daytona 500 Experience": For the past 11 years, DAYTONA USA, "The Official Attraction of NASCAR," has been delivering magical motorsports memories to both hard-core race fans and casual observers through hands-on activities, challenging thrills and one-of-a-kind sights. This year, the attraction continues to offer fans the thrills of racing at "The World Center of Racing." However, in an effort to align "The Official Attraction of NASCAR" with NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race -- the Daytona 500 -- DAYTONA USA will be renamed the Daytona 500 Experience beginning July 1, 2007. A new logo will accompany the name change as well as a new website address. Fans can see the new logo at www.Daytona500Experience.com.(DIS PR)(6-28-2007)

  • 2007 Pepsi 400 Purse Exceeds $6 Million: The stars of the Nextel Cup Series will vie for a purse of more than $6 million under the lights at the "World Center Of Racing" in the 49th annual Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7th at Daytona International Speedway. The posted awards for this year's mid-summer classic will be a record $6,202,439, an increase of almost $200,000. The posted awards for the 2006 Pepsi 400, which was won by Tony Stewart, was $6,074,820. The winner of this year's Pepsi 400 will collect a minimum of $284,550. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Pepsi 400 will receive a minimum of $195,575, $160,725, $131,425 and $118,725 respectively. The posted awards for the Winn-Dixie 250 Busch Series race presented by PepsiCo on Friday, July 6th will be $1,552,701. Tickets to any of the 2007 Pepsi 400 Weekend events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-27-2007)

  • NASA rocket launch to coincide with Pepsi 400 festivities: Whoever sings "and the rockets red glare," on Saturday, July 7, the day of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, will really mean it. Sometime between 4:09 and 4:36pm/et, NASA is scheduled to launch a Delta II Rocket from the Astrotech Space Operations Facility Launch Pad at Kennedy Space Center in nearby Titusville, FL. Weather permitting, those attending the Nextel Series Pepsi 400 race or in the area of the Speedway should be able to see the rocket churn toward space. The Dawn spacecraft is being prepared for launch and has gone through a series of tests including the loading on xenon for the ion propulsion system and the loading of Hydrazine, used for spacecraft control and maneuvering.(DIS PR)(6-25-2007)

  • 10 Finalists in Daytona 500 Celebrity Tickets for Charity Competition announced: When fans speak, Daytona International Speedway (DIS) listens. Some of the most passionate fans in professional sports have made their voices heard and narrowed a star-studded field of 46 celebrity designs to 10 finalists in the Daytona 500 "Celebrity Tickets for Charity" competition. Resembling a Who's Who among sports and entertainment personalities, these 10 celebrities have edged out the competition in an online battle for ultimate bragging rights and now move one step closer to the honor of having their artistic sense immortalized on the most sought after ticket in all of motorsports - the 50th running of the Daytona 500.
    The top 10 finalists, in no particular order, are as follows:
    1. Kevin Harvick - 2007 Daytona 500 winner
    2. Jeff Foxworthy - host of FOX's "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"
    3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 2004 Daytona 500 winner
    4. Tony Hawk - extreme sports icon
    5. Katie Cook - host of CMT Insider
    6. Mike Joy - NASCAR on FOX commentator
    7. Patrick McRae (age 17) - on behalf of Rick Hendrick
    8. Derek Wynne (age 7) - on behalf of Jimmie Johnson
    9. Marvin Panch - 1961 Daytona 500 winner
    10. Mario Andretti - 1967 Daytona 500 winner
    To commemorate the historic milestone of NASCAR's most prestigious race on February 17, 2008, DIS launched "Celebrity Tickets for Charity," a fun, philanthropic initiative that has provided a platform for professional athletes, musicians, famous actors and TV personalities to showcase their artistic talents through their personal canvases inspired by the "Great American Race." The response was overwhelming as Daytona500.com received an unprecedented number of visits from NASCAR fans voting for their celebrity designs. Voting began May 1 and ended June 14, 2007.
    A blue ribbon panel made up of members of the NASCAR community will decide the winning entry. International Speedway Corporation (ISC) President Lesa France Kennedy, DIS President Robin Braig, three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon, 1989 Daytona 500 winner Darrell Waltrip, and TNT on-air talent Marty Snider comprise the judging panel and have the responsibility of determining the look of the 2008 Daytona 500 ticket. The winning design will be announced Saturday, July 7 at DIS prior to the Pepsi 400. Once the winning design is chosen, all original celebrity artwork will be auctioned online with the proceeds benefiting The Jeff Gordon Foundation, which supports children with life-threatening and chronic diseases. Tickets to the 50th running of the Daytona 500 are currently on sale to the general public. To view the top 10 finalists, purchase tickets, or for ticket information, visit Daytona500.com.(DIS PR)(6-15-2007)

  • Historic 50th Running Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale May 9: Tickets for the 50th annual Daytona 500 will go on sale on Wednesday, May 9, at 8:00am/et. The pre-Mother's Day Weekend on-sale date marks the earliest opportunity ever for fans to purchase all remaining tickets for the 50th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 2008. Prior to Wednesday, May 9, only renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the 50th annual Daytona 500 were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. Oder by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office inside the lobby of Daytona USA. Tickets for other DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona events, including the Daytona 300 Busch Series race, the Chevy Silverado HD 250 Craftsman Truck Series race, the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Budweiser Shootout. Hospitality packages including the Daytona Club, the Daytona 500 Club, the Green Flag Club and the Party Zone. Tickets for the upcoming Pepsi 400 Weekend on July 5-7, including the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 7, the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race on Thursday, July 5.(DIS PR)(5-8-2007)

  • Daytona International Speedway Launches Celebrity Tickets for Charity: Daytona 500 winners Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Mario Andretti, Grammy Award nominee Jewel, TV host Kelly Ripa, and action sport legend Tony Hawk, among others, will put their artistic talents to the test to help commemorate the 50th running of NASCAR's crown jewel stock car race, the 2008 Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced its "Celebrity Tickets for Charity" competition, where the design of the most sought-after ticket in motorsports history will be chosen from submissions provided by celebrities, with fans having a voice in the decision. Program spokesperson and three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon and DIS President Robin Braig launched the program at Talladega Superspeedway and unveiled several celebrity designs. Celebrity spokesperson Carson Daly also participated in a media tour from New York City to kick off the program. Voting begins Tuesday, May 1. Fans are encouraged to click on the "Celebrity Tickets for Charity" banner on Daytona500.com as often as they like to view and vote for their favorite celebrity ticket designs. The top 10 most popular designs, based on fan voting, along with the members of a blue ribbon panel that will determine the winner, will be announced at Michigan International Speedway Friday, June 15. The winning design will be announced during the Pepsi 400 (July 5-7) weekend in Daytona Beach. Once the winning design is chosen, all original celebrity artwork will be auctioned online with the proceeds benefiting The Jeff Gordon Foundation, which supports children with life-threatening diseases. Tickets to the 50th running of the Daytona 500 go on sale Wednesday, May 9, 2007. To vote for ticket designs, purchase tickets, or for ticket information, visit Daytona500.com.(DIS PR)(4-28-2007)

  • Daytona International Speedway Earns Prestigious Welcome Mat Award: For the fifth straight year, historic Daytona International Speedway has been awarded the Welcome Mat from The Good Sam Club for hosting the most RV friendly NASCAR event - the Daytona 500. The Good Sam Club, the world's largest membership organization of RV owners, introduced their Welcome Mat Awards to recognize those businesses that know how to accommodate RVs and offer award-winning service to a growing number of RV owners. Nearly one million RV owners were eligible to vote for businesses and events that go out of the way to recognize the needs of RV owners. DIS hosted The Good Sam Club's "The Rally" in April 2006.(DIS PR)(4-8-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Camping World to sponsor Robby Gordon in 3 races: Robby Gordon Motorsports announced a new partnership with Camping World for the 2007 season. Camping World will sponsor Gordon in three Nextel Cup events and the Busch Series race in Canada, later this summer. “I am happy to have Camping World on board as a sponsor,” said Robby Gordon. “Camping World brings a new chapter to RGM. They have been a sponsor in all three NASCAR Series and know what it takes to be successful at this level. It’s always great to welcome a new sponsor and we are really happy about having them.” Gordon said. Gordon’s #7 Ford Fusion will debut the Camping World paint scheme this weekend at the Pepsi 400, again at the famed night race at Bristol and at the first Car Of Tomorrow race at a superspeedway, Talladega in October. Gordon’s #55 Busch Series Fusion will make its Camping World debut at the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4, 2007.(RGM Site), see an image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(7-5-2007)

    (7-5-2007)

  • RCR-DEI Engine Debut at Daytona: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies will debut the new common engine package this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. All six Richard Chiledress Racing [#07,#29,#31] and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) cars [#1,#8,#15] will run the new engine.(RCR PR)(7-4-2007)

  • Career start #100 for Raines: The Pepsi 400 will mark #96-Tony Raines' 100th career Nextel Cup Series start and his fourth career Nextel Cup start at Daytona.(HOF Racing PR)(7-4-2007)

  • Foyt to drive #49 at Daytona: BAM Racing is pleased to welcome Larry Foyt and associate sponsor Firehouse Subs to the #49 Dodge Charger for the Pepsi 400 this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Foyt will attempt to make his first Nextel Cup Series start of the season with BAM Racing this weekend. Although he has not competed this year, Foyt has accumulated many on-track hours testing at superspeedways in support of series manufacturer Dodge Motorsports. Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla. by former firefighting brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, will serve as an associate sponsor for the Pepsi 400 on the BAM Racing Dodge as well as on the Mac Hill Motorsports Busch Series car in partnership with Foyt.(BAM Racing PR)(7-4-2007)

  • Chaffin in the #49 for 2 races; Foyt at Daytona; Bliss resigns: BAM Racing announced Chad Chaffin will drive the #49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway and in two weeks at Chicagoland Speedway. BAM Racing and Mike Bliss have amiably decided to part ways. Chaffin will make his first Nextel Cup Series attempt of the season this weekend in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He has one Nextel Cup Series start at the 1.058-mile oval where he qualified on time and finished in the 34th position. In the Craftsman Truck Series, he has a total of four starts at the speedway with one top-5 and one top-10 start with two top-10 finishes. "I am excited to return to NEXTEL Cup Series racing this weekend," said Chaffin. "I am looking forward to working with the entire BAM Racing team as it attempts to turn its Car of Tomorrow program around. I've have been active on the track since last season and am prepared for the pressures that come with qualifying on time." Mike Bliss, who started with BAM Racing towards the end of the 2006 season, resigned from the team after a string of missed races. Larry Foyt is slated to drive the Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Daytona International Speedway. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its website at www.pva.org.(BAM Racing PR)(6-26-2007)

  • See the 2007 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
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #01-Mark Martin Principal Financial Group #01 Schemes Page
    #1-Martin Truex Jr National Wild Turkey Federation #1 Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan AAA Travel #6 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Camping World #7 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Red, White, Blue Budweiser #8 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry #9 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Schemes Page
    #13-Joe Nemechek Charleston, S.C. firefighters #13 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi/DuPont #24 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Marathon Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Red, White & Blue M&M's #38 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Pillsbury Cinnabon #43 Schemes Page
    #45-John Andretti Tire Kingdom #45 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Haas CNC #66 Schemes Page
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    #88-Ricky Rudd M&M's #88 Schemes Page


  • Double M&M's schemes at Daytona: Robert Yates Racing teammates' #38-David Gilliland and #88-Ricky Rudd will be running special M&M's paint schemes in Saturday's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Gilliland and Team 38 welcome the return of a fan-favorite special paint scheme, the M&M'S Red, White and Blue Ford in recognition of the Fourth of July holiday. Rudd will also exchange his Snickers colors to sport the standard M&M'S scheme on his #88 Ford as the two teams unite under one brand for the race.(M&M's Motorsports PR)(7-6-2007)

  • Nemechek's Car to Honor Charleston Fallen Firefighters: The paint scheme on Joe Nemechek's #13 Ginn Racing Chevy for this weekend's Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup race at Daytona International Speedway will honor the nine Charleston, S.C. firefighters who perished in a warehouse blaze on June 18. The names and ages of the nine fallen firefighters are listed on the decklid of Nemechek's Chevrolet while the logo of the Charleston S.C. Fire Department is showcased on each side of the car. "Being a South Carolina native I wanted to let the families of the fallen victims and the Charleston community know that our race team shares in the mourning of these great American heroes," said team owner Bobby Ginn."The tragedy personally moved me." Ginn is a former resident of Charleston and the Ginn Company has several communities in development in the area along with sponsoring an LPGA tournament.
    The names and ages of the nine fallen firefighters are as follows:
    Capt. William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48
    Capt. Mike Benke, 48
    Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34
    Engineer Mark Kelsey, 40
    Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37
    Assistant engineer Michael French, 27
    Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, 56
    Firefighter Brandon Thompson, 27
    Firefighter Melvin Champaign, 46
    Race fans wishing to make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can go the organization's website -- www.firehero.org.(Ginn Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #01 Team Schemes page.(7-5-2007)
  • Different colors for Martin at Daytona: As previously announced, The Principal Financial Group, the nation’s 401(k) leader1 and premier benefits provider, will serve as primary sponsor of Mark Martin’s #01 Chevy during the Nextel Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, July 7, 2007. The Principal will also feature Mark Martin and his Nextel Cup rookie co-driver Regan Smith in a two minute vignette airing as part of TNT’s Wide Open format of the live event broadcast. As a season-long associate sponsor of Ginn Racing’s three full-time Nextel Cup entries, Daytona marks the first of two Nextel Cup races where The Principal will serve as primary sponsor of the #01 Chevy. Regan Smith will pilot the Principal Financial Group Chevrolet Sept.16, in the Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway. The U.S. Army, Martin’s and Smith’s primary sponsor for the balance of the 2007 Nextel Cup season, will have associate sponsor status on the #01 car in both Daytona and New Hampshire.(Ginn Racing PR) see an image of the scheme on my #01 Team Schemes page.(7-5-2007)

  • Movie scheme for Kahne at Daytona UPDATE - image: #9-Kasey Kahne will be running a special paint scheme on his Evernham Motorsports Dodge to promote the new Universal Pictures’ comedy starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.” The film will be released in theaters on July 20. In “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”, Sandler and James team as two straight firefighters who stumble down the aisle with the best of intentions. Through one comic mishap after another, the duo is forced to answer the question, “How far would you go for a friend?” #9 will feature a bright yellow, black and red graphics wrap that showcases flames shooting over the hood and up the sides of the black racecar. The firefighters’ seal will adorn the hood along with the movie title. Additionally, the firefighters’ seal will be located on both sides of the car, along with the title on the quarter panels. This is the third time that Evernham Motorsports has partnered with Happy Madison Productions, Sandler and producer Jack Giarraputo . Previously, Kahne ran special graphics wraps to promote the “The Longest Yard” and “Click”.(Evernham Motorsports PR)(7-4-2007)
    IMAGE: see a small image of the scheme on my #9 Team Schemes page.(7-5-2007)

  • Special IRWIN scheme at Daytona for McMurray: Jamie McMurray will drive the #26 IRWIN Marathon with WeldTec Ford Fusion in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. This is a special paint scheme promoting IRWIN’s Marathon Saw Blades. It’s the same IRWIN blue but with yellow flames and a huge Marathon Saw Blade on the side of the car.(Roush Racing PR)
    IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(7-4-2007)

  • Truex Jr. to showcase Turkey Federation scheme at Daytona: Martin Truex Jr.will be driving the DEI, Bass Pro Shops #1 Chevy, showcasing the National Wild Turkey Federation's logo during the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, July 7. The sponsorship is a donation to the NWTF from John L. Morris and Bass Pro Shops and is part of the Conservation Fund's "Racing for America's Wildlife" program. The program is designed to engage the NASCAR community in upholding America's hunting and fishing heritage.(nwtf.org), see images of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(6-29-2007)

  • Special Paint Scheme for Dale Jr. at Daytona/LMS UPDATE:: Hearing that #8-Dale Jr. will run a special red white and blue Budweiser paint scheme in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. See an image of the car on my #8 Paint Schemes Page.(4-10-2007)
    Special Paint Scheme for Dale Jr. at Lowes Too: Hearing that #8-Dale Jr. will run a special camouflage Budweiser paint scheme in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. See an image of the car on my #8 Paint Schemes Page.(4-11-2007)
    UPDATE: Budweiser and NASCAR's four-time Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., are saluting the troops this NASCAR season with two military-themed paint schemes and collectible diecasts, the proceeds from which will provide college educations for surviving dependents of fallen Special Operations soldiers. The cars debuted during a special "One Night Stand with Dale Earnhardt Jr." event held for more than 1000 fans and many area-based troops last night at the Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie. Budweiser's brown and beige Desert Camo #8 Chevy will race Memorial Day weekend during the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The red, white and blue Stars & Stripes car will run in honor of Independence Day at the Pepsi 400 on July 7 at Daytona International Speedway. Budweiser will donate proceeds from the sale of the two collectible diecast car models to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), which provides full-ride college scholarships to surviving dependents of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel killed in combat or training missions, and immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. More than 700 dependents currently benefit from the efforts of the SOWF. For more information, visit www.specialops.org.(fingerprint inc./Budweiser Racing PR)(4-13-2007)

  • Principal to sponsor Ginn Racing in 2007: The Principal Financial Group, the nation’s 401(k) leader1 and premiere benefits provider, announced today that its expanded relationship with Ginn Racing will include a two-race primary sponsorship of the #01 Chevy, co-driven by Mark Martin and Regan Smith during the 2007 Nextel Cup season. The sponsorship calls for Mark Martin to race the Principal Financial Group Chevy:
    at Daytona International Speedway on July 7
    and for Regan Smith to race in the Principal Financial Group colors on Sept. 16 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    The Principal will serve as a season-long associate sponsor on Martin and Smith’s #01, and on Joe Nemechek’s #13 and Sterling Marlin’s #14 Ginn Racing Chevys. “Following the excitement of Mark Martin’s close second place finish in the Daytona 500, the Principal Financial Group is thrilled to support his return to Daytona International Speedway,” said Mary O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Principal Financial Group. “With Mark mentoring Regan Smith, The Principal is also proud to provide an edge to the next generation of NASCAR.” The Principal first joined Ginn Racing in August 2006 as an associate sponsor on Marlin’s Waste Management Chevy. The company increased its sponsorship in November when The Principal served as primary sponsor of Marlin’s #14 and Nemechek’s #01 Chevys during the Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The U.S. Army, Martin’s and Smith’s primary sponsor for the balance of the 2007 Nextel Cup season, will have associate sponsor status on the #01 car in both Daytona and New Hampshire.(Businesswire.com)(3-5-2007)

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