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THE RACE: The Daytona 500

Nextel Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, February 18, 2007 in Daytona, FL

  • Title Sponsor/Link: none

  • Track: Daytona International Speedway

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 2:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 3:15pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, February 22 at 3:00pm/et on Speed

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $18,386,023 (was $18,035,635 in 2006)

    1st - winner, minimum of: $1,443,250 2nd minimum of $1,041,525
    3rd $747,575
    4th $593,550
    5th $466,000
    43rd/last $226,295

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2005): $18,029,052; Winner [#48-Jimmie Johnson] got: $1,505,124; 2nd; $1,095,766; 3rd: $796,116; 4th: $684,076; 5th: $537,944; and 43rd: $269,882; lowest payout: 40th, Hermie Sadler at $245,633

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2005): $17,623,980; Winner got: $1,497,154; 2nd; $1,106,138; 3rd: $828,796; 4th: $643,896; 5th: $533,579; and 43rd: $276,444

  • 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, 9, 4:15 - 5:00pm/et, TV-Speed

  • Bud Shootout Happy Hour practice: Friday, February, 9, 6:30 - 7:30pm/et, TV Speed

  • More info and news about the Budweiser Shootout on my 2007 Bud Shootout page

  • Daytona 500 practice:
    Saturday, February 10, 10:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-Speed
    Saturday, February 10, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et, TV-Speed
    Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 - 12:55pm/et, TV-Speed
    Wednesday, February 14, 2:05 - 2:55pm/et, TV-Speed
    Friday, February, 16, 1:40 - 2:40pm/et, TV-Speed

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 17, 10:35 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw/Budweiser Shootout: Thursday, February 8, 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed at 8:00pm/et

  • Qualifying Draw/Daytona 500: Saturday, February 10, 9:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2 and to set the Gatorade Duel races, Sunday, February 11 at 2:10pm/et, TV-FOX, NO re-air date/time found AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    THURSDAY, February 8th

    FRIDAY, February 9th

    SATURDAY, February 10th
    10:30 AM 12:30 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    1:30 PM 3:00 PM NNCS PRACTICE

    SUNDAY, February 11th

    MONDAY, February 12th
    No Nextel Cup activity scheduled

    TUESDAY, February 13th
    No Nextel Cup activity scheduled

    WEDNESDAY, February 14th
    12:00 N 12:55 PM NNCS PRACTICE

    THURSDAY, February 15th
    (60 LAPS, 150 MILES, EACH)

    FRIDAY, February 16th
    8:00 PM NCTS DAYTONA 250 (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)

    SATURDAY, February 17th

    SUNDAY, February 18th
    3:15 PM NNCS DAYTONA 500 (200 LAPS, 500 MILES) LIVE on FOX

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series


  • MRN Daytona Radio Programming:
    Local Radio Coverage in Daytona WNDB-AM 1150
    Schedule Of Events For Speedweeks 2007:
    Monday, Feb. 12: MRN's Greatest Memories of the DAYTONA 500: 7-8pm/et
    DAYTONA 500 Preview Show: 8-9pm/et Live from DAYTONA U.S.A. with special guests David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip, and Clint Bowyer

    Tuesday, Feb. 13: NASCAR Live: 7-8pm/et
    DAYTONA 500 Preview Show: 8-9pm/et Live from "Race and Rock Fest" (downtown Daytona Beach) with special guests Greg Biffle, David Ragan, Todd Kluever, Stacy Compton, Kelly Biers, Jon Wood, Marcos Ambrose, and Brendan Gaughan (guests will appear from 7pm-9pm/et)

    Wednesday, Feb. 14:
    NASCAR Performance Live: 7-8pm/et
    DAYTONA 500 Preview Show: 8-9pm/et Live from in front of DAYTONA U.S.A. with special guests Kasey Kahne, Ricky Rudd, Scott Riggs, Sam Hornish, Jeff Burton, Richard Childress, Ward Burton, Jeff Green and Johnny Sauter

    Thursday, Feb. 15: Special Edition of NASCAR Live: 7-8pm/et
    DAYTONA 500 Preview Show: 8-9pm/et Live from in front of DAYTONA U.S.A. with special guests Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Tony Raines, David Gilliland, and Richard Petty (guests will appear from 7 pm-9pm.et) For more information please contact MRN Radio affiliate relations at (386) 947-6400, select option (1).

  • SPEED to televise Gatorade Duels Live, then re-air in primetime: SPEED will offer special "Duels Day" coverage on Feb. 15 from Daytona Speedweeks, as the network hosts the high-anxiety qualifying races for the first time. Opening the broadcast day at 11:00am/et with NASCAR Live!, SPEED will offer 14 hours of programming from Daytona, including live coverage of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona at 2:00pm/et and a Prime Time replay at 10:00pm/et. Dave Despain will host SPEED coverage of the Duel 150s, with Mike Joy offering play-by-play and Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond providing Analysis. SPEED pit reporters will include Steve Byrnes, Dick Berggren, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum. In addition to inaugural SPEED coverage of the Duel 150s, including a special edition of NASCAR RaceDay (1 p.m. ET) with John Roberts, Kenny Wallace, Jimmy Spencer and Wendy Venturini, "Duels Day" will feature NASCAR Victory Lane, Craftsman Truck Series practice and qualifying for the Chevy Silverado 250, a special edition of The SPEED Report at 8:00pm/et. The Duels at Daytona are two 150-mile qualifying races to determine the starting order for the Daytona 500. Two drivers from each race will earn spots not already achieved in the 2006 owner point standings and Bud Pole Qualifying.(Speed PR)(1-30-2007)

  • Sirius NASCAR Radio Daytona 500 coverage: On Sunday, February 18, SIRIUS will air the Daytona 500 live nationwide on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128, carrying the broadcast of Motor Racing Network (MRN). On 10 additional channels, SIRIUS will combine the race broadcast with the driver-to-crew chatter of 10 different race teams, allowing fans to follow the overall race call and the in-car audio of a driver on a single channel. Listeners will hear drivers and crew chiefs schedule pit stops and discuss strategy over audio of the overall race broadcast. When the team members are not on the radio the audio of the live race broadcast will come up allowing listeners to follow the entire race uninterrupted. For this weekend's Daytona 500, SIRIUS subscribers can hear the following:
    * Live race call provided by Motor Racing Network - channel 128
    * Jimmie Johnson in-car audio - channel 122
    * Tony Stewart in-car audio - channel 126
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. in-car audio - channel 125
    * Jeff Gordon in-car audio - channel 121
    * Kasey Kahne in-car audio - channel 114
    * Kevin Harvick in-car audio - channel 119
    * Matt Kenseth in-car audio - channel 130
    * Jeff Burton in-car audio - channel 147
    * Denny Hamlin in-car audio - channel 144
    * Fan's Choice - channel 140 (Ricky Rudd)(Sirius PR)(2-17-2007)


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

    Tire Quantities:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1875, Right-side -- 1,875; Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;

    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 375, Right-side -- 375

    Recommended Tire Inflation:
    Left-front -- 55 psi; Left-rear -- 50 psi;
    Right-front -- 30 psi; Right-rear -- 30 psi

    Notes: All three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes this weekend at Daytona, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . all three series ran this left-side code (D-4000) at Daytona throughout 2006 . . . Busch Series teams also ran this right-side code (D-4006) at the track last July, while the Cup cars returned for that second visit with the same right-side code they ran in February . . . while this is the first Cup and Truck races at Daytona for this right-side code, all NASCAR teams did run it at Talladega throughout 2006.(Goodyear PR)(2-16-2007)

Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • none awarded after the first race of season


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Daytona, 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
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
Daytona Champber of Commmerce - Speedweeks
Daytona Beach Campground
City of Daytona Beach, FL

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

news and links

  • Harvick wins Daytona 500: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st ever Daytona 500 win on the 6 year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death. It was the 2nd Daytona 500 win for car owner Richard Childress, who won in 1998 with Earnhardt. Harvick is the 31st driver to win the Daytona 500 in 49 races and it was his 11th career win. Harvick won $1,510,469. With a green-white-checker finished after a wreck on lap 196. Martin was leading when the green-white-checker flew and was holding off the field until #5-Busch got loose and caused a large wreck at the very end. NASCAR chose not to throw a caution and let Martin and Harvick race to the start-finish line, with Harvick nipping Martin by 2/100ths of a second. Martin held onto 2nd followed by #31-Burton, #09-Wallace, #6-Ragan [the highest finishing rookie], #19-Sadler, #9-Kahne, #38-Gilliland [pole sitter], #13-Nemechek and #24-Gordon.. Harvick had also won the Busch race Saturday, becoming the 4th driver to win both races [Bobby Allison 1988, Darrell Waltrip 1989, Dale Earnhardt Jr 2004]. #2-Kurt Busch led the most laps with 95, but while running 2nd, got into a wreck with then leader #20-Tony Stewart, ending both of their days. #07-Clint Bowyer had a wild ride on the final lap wreck, crossing the s/f line on his roof, the car turned back over, caught fire and Bowyer got out ok. There were 7 cautions for 25 laps [and approx a 15 minute red flag during the 6th and final caution] and 9 drivers lead the race with 13 lead changes.
    For race results see my Daytona Race Results page
    For points standings see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page after Daytona page.(2-18-2007)

  • Rumblings - Daytona: Kevin Harvick passed Mark Martin as all heck was breaking loose behind them tonight and took the Daytona 505 by all of .02 seconds at the line. It was Harvick's first plate win and the 11th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied with Greg Biffle for 50th place on the all-time win list). You just knew when they went G/W/C that a bunch of 'em weren't gonna come back in one piece, and one driver (Clint Boywer) slid across the finish line on his roof! Harvick made an amazing move on the outside going into turn three for the final time, and came from the lowest starting spot of any 500 winner in history....34th. Kevin was 7th when we got the final green, btw. This was win #82 [actually #84] for Richard Childress Racing. Six years to the day since we lost Dale Earnhardt....and that was his car in Victory Lane. Oh, maybe the number and the color was different, but we know better.
    Mark Martin (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Atlanta last March.
    Mike Wallace (4th) had his best finish since he was the bridesmaid at Phoenix in October of 2001!
    David Ragan (5th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 25th at Martinsville last October.
    Elliott Sadler (6th) has his best finish since he was 6th at Loudon last September.
    David Gilliland (8th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 15th twice last season.....at Talladega in October and Atlanta the same month.
    David Stremme (11th) equalled his career-best finish today. He was 11th twice last season....at Loudon in July and the Homestead finale.
    J. J. Yeley (12th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Loudon in September.
    Reed Sorenson (13th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Dover in September.
    Johnny Sauter (16th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Lowes in October of 2005 (only three races).
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: David Ragan (5th) is the top-finishing freshman in a short field today. He was followed by Juan Pablo Montoya (19th) and David Reutimann (40th). Paul Menard, Brandon Whitt, and A. J. Allmendinger were dnq's this week.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: The Operator of the Week is Kevin Harvick (+33), followed by Jeff Gordon (+32), David Ragan (+30), Johnny Sauter (+25), Mark Martin (+24), Elliott Sadler (+24), Robby Gordon (+24), Kasey Kahne (+21), Sterling Marlin (+21), Dale Jarrett (+21), and Reed Sorenson (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Tony Stewart (-40), followed by Kurt Busch (-27), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-27), Ricky Rudd (-24), and Ryan Newman (-22). For you new subscribers this is the differential between starting position and finishing position.(Stock Car Fans)(2-18-2007)

  • Daytona 500 Fast Facts:
    * Kevin Harvick won the Daytona 500, his 11th Nextel Cup victory in 179 races.
    * Harvick's best previous finish in the Daytona 500 was fourth in 2003 and 2004.
    * Harvick's starting position of 34th was the lowest starting position of a Daytona 500 winner ever.
    * Harvick's four laps led are tied for the fewest laps led by the Daytona 500 champion (Benny Parsons, 1975).
    * Harvick is the first reigning Busch Series champion to win the Daytona 500 the following year.
    * There are now four drivers who have won the NASCAR Busch Series race and the Daytona 500 in the same year: Bobby Allison (1988); Darrell Waltrip (1989); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004); Kevin Harvick (2007). LeeRoy Yarbrough won the Daytona 500 and the late model race at Daytona in 1969.
    * This is the eighth closest Nextel Cup Series finish overall and the closest Daytona 500 since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.
    * This is Richard Childress Racing's first Daytona 500 win since Dale Earnhardt in 1998.
    * This is the first Nextel Cup-Busch Series sweep since Kevin Harvick in 2006 (Richmond, September).
    * Jimmie Johnson ended a streak of 105 races in the Top 10 (sixth longest streak in Nextel Cup Series history).(NASCAR Statistics)(2-19-2007)

  • 2007 Daytona 500 Champion's Schedule:
    (Tentative and Subject to Change)
    Monday, February 19th
    7:50am - ABC’s Good Morning America LIVE via satellite 8:00am - Daytona 500 Car Induction Ceremony Daytona USA 9:00am - Daytona 500 Media Breakfast, Bill France Room - Daytona USA 9:45am - One on One Interviews:
      ESPN Cold Pizza
      INSIDE Nextel Cup
      The Morning Drive on SIRIUS
    10:30am - FOX Sports Radio Out of Bounds
    12:00pm - Wheels up to New York, NY
    4:00pm - The Late Show with David Letterman [guest: Jim Carrey], airs 11:35pm/et
    Tuesday, February 20th
    9:00am - Live with Regis and Kelly [guest: Heather Graham]
    11:00am - Luncheon with New York Media, Waldorf=Astoria Peacock Alley
    1:00pm - Nextel Cup Series Teleconference
    3:00pm - Various Interviews at ESPN Headquarters
    Wednesday, February 21st
    1:00pm/pt - California Speedway Day in LA Hollywood and Highland
    4:00pm/pt Mason and Ireland Radio Show
    7:00pm/pt ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
    Thursday, February 22nd
    7:20am/pt - Rick Dees Radio Show
    TBA - Various TV and Radio Morning Shows.(NASCAR PR)(2-18-2007)


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

  • The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 202 of 202 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #29-Harvick-C (34)(4 laps led)
    #01-Martin-C (26)(26 laps led)
    #31-Burton-C (7)
    #09-Wallace-C (22)
    #6-Ragan*-F (35)
    #19-Sadler-D (30)
    #9-Kahne-D (28)
    #38-Gilliland-F (1)(18 laps led)
    #13-Nemechek-C (18)
    #24-Gordon-C (42)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota

  • Cars on the lead lap: 27 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 11, 1

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 55,96,66,10,45,2

  • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)
    #00-Reutimann (accident-out)
    #48-Johnson (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (engine-out)
    #21-Schrader (accident-out)
    #22-Blaney (parked-out)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (accident-out)
    #26-McMurray (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 13 lead changes):
    #2-Busch (95, led most);
    #20-Stewart (35);
    #01-Martin (26);
    #38-Gilliland (18, pole);
    #1-Truex Jr. (13);
    #17-Kenseth (6);
    #5-Busch (4);
    #29-Harvick (4);
    #12-Newman (1);

  • Lap leaders: #38-Gilliland - pole; #38-Gilliland 1-18; #2-Busch 19-48; #20-Stewart 49-80; #29-Harvick 81-83; #2-Busch 84-127; #12-Newman 128; #2-Busch 129-149; #20-Stewart 150-152; #5-Busch 153-156; #1-Truex Jr. 157-168; #17-Kenseth 169-174; #1-Truex Jr. 175; #01-Martin 176-201; #29-Harvick 202

    Cautions: 6 for 26 laps

    Caution END - Laps 202: #5-Busch got on the apron and shot up into #17-Kenseth sending the #17 accross the track, sending cars flying all over, #25-Mears got into #07-Bowyer, flipping Bowyer over, the #07 crossed the s/f line upside down and flipped back over on the wheels. Also involved was #40-Stremme.
    RED FLAG as of 6:44pm/et until 6:58pm/et
    Caution 6 - Laps 197 - 200: #17-Kenseth got into the rear of #26-McMurray off turn 2, sending the #26 into the back stretch wall, bouncing down, #8-Earnhardt Jr. ran into the back of #28-Rudd, sending Rudd int othe wall and a lot of damage to the #8. Also involved were #1-Truex Jr and #40-Stremme
    Caution 5 - Laps 187 - 190: #99-Edwards got forced into the wall by #41-Sorenson off turn 4, slowed which jammed up the field, #09-Wallace came down into #22-Blaney who cut down a right front tire and ended up going down pit road full speed, then the #22 came out of the exit of pit road and into #21-Schrader.
    Caution 4 - Laps 175 - 179: #48-Johnson got loose, went up and intp the wall, bounced off the wall back into traffic collecting #96-Raines, #11-Hamlin, #00-Reutimann and #66-Green.
    Caution 3 - Laps 154 - 159: #20-Stewart was leading, got on the apron a bit in turn 4, got loose, headed up the track, #2-Busch who was running 2nd tried to go by, but the #20 came back down, sending the #2 into the wall.
    Caution 2 - Laps 80 - 83: #45-Petty lost a right rear tire in turn 2, leaving debris on the track. #20-Stewart ran over some of the debris
    Caution 1 - Laps 18 - 20: #60-Said moved up and ran into #00-Reutimann, sending Said spinning thru the backstretch grass. Reuitmann drove on with a 'donut' on the driver side door area.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 6: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya, 19th
    Caution 4: #07-Bowyer, 18th
    Caution 3: #38-Gilliland, 8th
    Caution 2: #00-Reutiman, 40th
    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.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- with #48-Johnson's 39th place finish, he will not leave Daytona in the top 10 in points, he had run 105 races the 6th longest in history.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, all the lead lap cars came in to pit. #70-Sauter ran into #99-Edwards while coming out his pit on pit road, some ledft side damage to the #99 and a little right nose damage to the #70. The the #99 was penalized for having a tire escape the pit stall and roll accross pit road, sent to the end of the longer line.
    ---- during the green flag pitstops arouind lap 126, the was a problem with #31-Burton's pit stop, jackman Josh Yost got injured, possibly a calf muscle.
    ---- the leaders came in for their pit stops on lap 127 #2-Busch came in leading, with 2nd place #11-Hamlin in with him, #2-Busch went out leading. #12-Newman was 3rd, but stayed out to lead a lap. #07-Bowyer failed to adhere to the commitment line when he made his pitstop and had to do a pass-thru penalty.
    ---- green flag pit stops started on lap 124 when #99-Edwards made hit pit stop, #45-Petty and #10-Riggs are back on the track as the crews made repairs to the cars. #48-Johnson and #8-Earnhardt Jr. both came in with many others on lap 126
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr got high and loose around lap 91 and fell back in the pack to recover
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #20-Stewart was caught speeding off pit road and hes to restart at the end of the longer line
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #7-Gordon cut in front of #38-Gilliland, spinning Gordon around, also blocking #20-Stewart, who came in leading but went out 15th
    ---- on lap 65, the leaders came in, #20-Stewart came in first, with #2-Busch 2nd, they came back out in the same postions, Minor adjustment for the #20, #8 and #38. #38-Gilliand came in hot and stalled the car when leaving.
    ---- #24-Gordon came in for his green flag stop on lap 63, #48-Johnson came in on lap 64
    ---- green flag pit stops are starting on lap 61, #55, #44 and #7 were the first in.
    ---- on lap 45, #17-Kenseth thinks he may have a tire going down
    ---- around lap 42, #48-Johnson scraped the wall and had to lift a bit.
    ---- around lap 39, #20-Stewart, while running 2nd, is reporting his water temp is high
    ---- around lap 14, #24-Gordon scraped the turn 2 wall
    ---- as of lap 7, #8-Earnhardt Jr. has a little smoke showing, no word what it could be
    ---- weather = sunny, 54° track temp 79° wind MW 17-25mph ---- green flag by Phil Parson's at 3:30pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 3:18pm/et by Grand Marshal, Actor Nicolas Cage
    ---- To The Back [5]: #7-Gordon [backup/was to start 39th]; #6-Ragan [backup/35th]; #00-Reutimann [trans change/40th]; #18-Yeley [trans change/12th]; #41-Sorenson [trans change/33rd]

  • GWC factoid: There have been 20 green-white-checkered [GWC] finishes in NASCAR [Nextel Cup] history, and only five times has the leader lost the lead on those final two laps.
    #01-Mark Martin led in the 2007 Daytona 500, #29-Kevin Harvick passed him as a huge wreck took place behind them and beat Martin to the line by 2/1000th's of a second.
    #17-Matt Kenseth led 146 laps at Las Vegas in 2006, #48-Jimmie Johnson passed him at the line and won by 1/2 a car length, only leading 1 lap to win.
    #17-Matt Kenseth led at Talladega in Oct 2005, Dale Jarrett passed
    #16-Greg Biffle won at Darlington after #12-Ryan Newman led heading into the green-white-checkered in May 2005
    Biffle won the final race of 2004 when #20-Tony Stewart had fuel problems at Homestead.(2-18-2007)

  • Maintaining a Top-10 Standard; Johnson's streak ends: #48-Jimmie Johnson was ranked in the top 10 in the Nextel Cup point standings after every race since Atlanta in March 2004, 105 straight races, thru the 2007 Daytona 500 when he finished 39th after a wreck in the season opening race. The record is held by Dale Earnhardt with 174 races from Feb. 23, 1986 at Richmond to Mar 1, 1992 at Rockingham. Johnson's streak is the 6th longest.(2-18-2007)

  • Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, February 18, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 2:00pm/et [green flag around 3:15pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:00pm/et - 3 hour show
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 3:00pm/et

  • Daytona 500 Happy Hour practice at Daytona Intl Speedway is over, the results:
    #40-Stremme 190.106
    #5-Busch 190.042
    #70-Sauter 189.942
    #13-Nemechek 189.889
    #6-Ragan 189.394
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 183.434 and #60-Said 183.531
    #55-Waltrip went out very late, with just the car# and a NAPA logo on the car
    most laps run: #18-Yeley 47; #09-Wallace 41
    weather: sunny, 42º track temp ?º, wind ?mph
    incidents: none
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 187.336 [13th fastest lap], 8 laps run
    #21-Schrader 186.198 [14th], 5 laps
    #20-Stewart 185.507 [34th], 8 laps
    See speeds for this practice and the other practices on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds Page.(2-17-2007)

  • Daytona 500 Friday practice at Daytona Intl Speedway is over, the results:
    #88-Rudd 190.216
    #16-Biffle 190.174
    #1-Truex Jr. 190.174
    #2-Busch 190.014
    #22-Blaney 189.974
    slowest: #60-Said 182.905 and #66-Green 185.460
    no laps run: #41-Sorenson, #40-Stremme, #96-Raines, #07-Bowyer, #55-Waltrip
    most laps run: #19-Sadler 40; #11-Hamlin 37
    weather: sunny, 54º track temp 79º, wind W 12-17mph
    incidents: none
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman 186.424 [7th fastest lap], 14 laps run
    #2-Busch 185.515 [4th], 33 laps
    #01-Martin 185.435 [8th], 19 laps
    See speeds for this practice and the other practices on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds Page.(2-16-2007)

  • Post Inspection Problem with #24? UPDATE #24 fails inspection: SPEED's Victory Lane show is reporting NASCAR is looking hard at the #24-Jeff Gordon car that won the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150 race, supposedly something with the templates.
    MORE: SPEED updated their report, it seems the #24 may be too low, could be something with a shock mount, NASCAR's John Darby has been under the rear of the car a few times, still no announcement about it.
    UPDATE: News came late in the day that Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevy failed a post-race inspection. The quarter panels were too low. Instead of starting the Daytona 500 on the second row, Gordon will start 42nd. That's his punishment. His victory will stand. NASCAR officials said the problem probably was unintentional. It was the fourth qualifying race win of Gordon's career and his second in a row.(ESPN.com)
    AND: #24-Jeff Gordon will start 42nd in Sunday's Daytona 500 after failing post-race inspection following the second of Thursday's two 150-mile qualifying races. Because the infraction -- the rear panel was almost an inch low -- was not considered intentional to create a competitive advantage Gordon will be allowed to keep his victory in the race. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, said no further penalties would be levied against Gordon's team. It was the third straight day NASCAR's governing body passed out penalties at Daytona International Speedway. Gordon was unaware of the issue until informed during his post-race interview. "That would really suck," he said. Pemberton said the shock fastener and spacers used to hold the rear shocks that are installed during pre-race preparation for restrictor plate races were misaligned. He said it likely was a mistake made by the mechanic. "We felt it was unintentional," Pemberton said. "Actually, it was unsafe. We felt it was a part failure and unintentionally done."(ESPN.com)(2-15-2006)

  • Daytona 500 Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page

  • Ramblings - Daytona: In the first Gatorade Duel 157.5 we had an example of just how rough and tough a qualifier can be. In a race that set a record for cautions (7 for 24 laps) Tony Stewart led the final 13 circuits for the victory....surviving a green/white/checker in the process. On Sunday, he'll try to go where no driver has gone before....win the Shootout (nee Clash), a qualifier, then the big enchilada. Think we'll hear that a couple more times this weekend? Michael Waltrip was the story of Duel #1....and it wasn't always pretty. Just how big is a little hole? Not big enough for a Camry! I don't know how you can have a "wicked push" on the straightaway, but..... Robby Gordon ended any chances for A. J. Allmendinger on lap 24....and we may wanna keep an eye on this one. In the end, Mikey transferred in along with Boris Said....and that put Mikey's teammate David Reutimann into the field on time. Then came Duel #2. While the first qualifier was marred with a lot of rubbing, this one was mostly highlighted by mechanical problems. Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick, Reutimann, and Mike Skinner all fell out with a variety of ailments. In the end of a race dominated by the Busch Boys, Jeff Gordon passed Kurt in turn 4 of the final lap to capture his 3rd Duel....then, in keeping with the theme of the week, promptly flunked post-race inspection! Gordon's quarter panels were an inch too low, and NASCAR (once again showing the consistent inconsistency we've grown to love) deemed there will be no penalties levied, but Gordon will start 42nd.
    The transfers were Joe Nemechek and Mike Wallace (he passed Sterling Marlin with about 50 yards to go and beat him to the line by about a foot), while Marlin gets in on time. To no one's surprise, Dale Jarrett will take the Champions Provisional.
    David Gilliland captured his second career Bud Pole last Sunday (his first was at Talladega last October) and he'll join teammate Ricky Rudd to give us a "Sweet" front row from Robert Yates Racing.
    For Rudd, this is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Martinsville in October of 2005.
    Tony Stewart (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole here last July.
    David Stremme (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at New Hampshire last September.
    Martin Truex Jr (13th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 11th at New Hampshire last September.
    Michael Waltrip (15th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at The Brickyard in August of 2005!
    David Ragan (35th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 37th at Dover last season in two starts.
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races. Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(Stock Car Fans)(2-16-2007)

  • Gordon wins the second Gatorade Duel 150 with a last lap pass of #2-Kurt Busch. #13-Nemechek and #09-Wallace raced their way into the Daytona 500. #14-Marlin and #00-Reutimann made the race via their qualifying speed. This is, of course, unofficial. See my Gatorade Duel 150's Results page.(2-15-2007)

  • Stewart wins the first Gatorade Duel 150, #60-Said and #55-Waltrip race their way into the Daytona 500, #70-Sauter is in via his qualifying speed. #44-Jarrett will need to use the past champions provisional to start 43rd. There are two more spots available for the two drivers not already locked in, they need to race their way in. #00-Reutimann and #14-Marlin is in via speed. If Marlin or Reutimann get in by racing their way in, #36-Mayfield would make the race, if BOTH make the race, then Mayfield and #23-Skinner would make the Daytona 500. This is, of course, unofficial. See my Gatorade Duel 150's Results page.(2-15-2007)

  • Daytona 500 practice #4 at Daytona Intl Speedway, is over on Wed., Feb 14th, the results [drafting speeds]:
    #12-Newman 187.668
    #31-Burton 187.590
    #22-Blaney 187.379
    #20-Stewart 187.375
    #16-Biffle 187.332
    slowest: #58-Hylton 180.534 and #49-Bliss 183.091
    no speed listed for: #55-Waltrip and #7-Gordon [had to change an oil pan]
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 36; #31-Burton 33
    weather: 74º, wind 26mph
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #23-Skinner 184.282 [12th fastest lap], 17 laps run
    #1-Truex Jr. 184.273 [39th], 12 laps
    #15-Menard 184.255 [14th], 32 laps
    see speeds from all the practices on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds Page.(2-14-2007)

  • Daytona 500 practice #3 at Daytona Intl Speedway, being run on Wed., Feb 14th, is over, the results [drafting speeds]:
    #17-Kenseth 188.281 [ironic]
    #41-Sorenson 188.139
    #25-Mears 188.135
    #09-Wallace 187.946
    #74-Cope 187.825
    slowest: #58-Hylton 183.139 and #39-Smith 183.557
    no speed listed: #55-Waltrip
    most laps run: #96-Raines 34; #5-Busch & #45-Petty 30
    incidents: #10-Riggs scraped the wall, doing some damage to the right rear of the car. #88-Rudd scraped the wall and did some damage to the right rear bumper. #15-Menard scraped the wall and came to garage. #11-Hamlin slapped the wall and #99-Edwards got into the #11, but both kept going, #11 car sie is pancaked pretty good. Polesitter, #38-Gilliland pancaked the side when he scraped the wall.
    weather: 70º, wind is 24mph
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #88-Rudd 186.178 [12th fastest lap], 9 laps run
    #40-Stremme 185.045 [7th], 22 laps
    #25-Mears 185.037 [3rd], 20 laps
    see speeds from all the practices on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds Page.(2-14-2007)

  • Gilliland wins the pole for the Daytona 500: #38-David Gilliland won the Budweiser Pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 186.320mph for his 2nd career pole and first pole at Daytona. Gilliland's teammate, #88-Ricky Rudd will start 2nd, on the outside pole. The rest of the top-five are #40-David Stremme, #42-Juan Montoya and #6-David Ragan, but only the top two drivers are guaranteed their spots after qualifying Sunday. Three drivers not in the top-35 owners points [from 2006] are guaranteed to make the Daytona 500: #60-Boris Said, #14-Sterling Marlin and #70 Johnny Sauter. Plus #44-Dale Jarrett is in the race for sure as he is first on the list to use the past champion provisional. #00-David Reutimann was the fastest Toyota, 15th fastest. See the revised qualifying results on my Daytona Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-11-2007)

  • Gatorade Duel 150 race 1 and race 2 starting lineup page

  • Kenseth, Kahne times disallowed UPDATE penalties could be announced today: #9-Kasey Kahne and #17-Matt Kenseth qualifying times/speeds been disallowed, both will start at the end of the 2nd Gatorade Duel race. The #17 and #9 cars were found to have illegal aerodynamic devices/enhancements. NASCAR's Jim Hunter said both infraction is considered as serious as the one that caused #48-Johnson's crew chief to be suspended after Daytona 500 qualifying last year. While the crew chiefs have not been suspended, NASCAR has not rules out anything, penalties are forthcoming. Both Kahne and Kahne will be allowed to start their respective Duel 150's from the rear.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show), #17-Kenseth had qualified 11th, #9-Kahne 28th. See the revised qualifying results on my Daytona Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE: The qualifying times for both drivers were disallowed because inspections found unapproved changes to the body of both cars. Kenseth was 11th and Kahne was 28th in the qualifying speeds. Hunter said penalties will follow for both teams, probably in an announcement on Monday. "We found unapproved devices that enhanced the aerodynamics of those cars," Hunter said. "There were holes where it was supposed to be sealed. One of the cars had holes in the wheel well." Both cars will be allowed to start at the back of the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race on Thursday. Both teams are guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500 because they were among the top 35 teams in points last year.(ESPN.com)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR is meeting today over the #17 and #9 times being disallowed, penalties could be announced today.(2-12-2007)

  • #55 manifold confiscated; car impounded UPDATE 3 Sterno?: during pre-qualifying inspection, the intake manifold of the #55 NAPA Toyota of Michael Waltrip was confiscated by NASCAR, it didn't meet specifications and the team had to install another one.(SPEED's NASCAR Live), been told there was a substance on the inside of the manifold and it was taken away in a black bag, will be taken to NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC to be examined, Waltrip's team was allowed to change engines, go thru tech inspection and make a qualifying attempt, Waltrip qualified 25th.(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE: the #55 Toyota was impounded by NASCAR and Hunter said the car would be inspected 'with a fine tooth comb'.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR impounded the #55 NAPA Toyota of driver/owner Michael Waltrip after qualifying. NASCAR officials confiscated the intake manifold off Waltrip's Camry during a prequalifying inspection. NASCAR officials don't know if Waltrip's car is illegal. Waltrip's fate is up in the air. Hunter said NASCAR officials decided to impound the car before qualifying, but allowed Waltrip to make a qualifying run after placing a new manifold on the car. Now NASCAR officials will inspect the entire car to determine if any violations exist. "Our inspectors will go over that car a with a fine-tooth comb," Hunter said. "I don't know how long we will keep it. As of right now, we do not know that the manifold is illegal, but we want to know." Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's director of competition, said officials sent the manifold to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for testing Monday. "Our inspector caught a substance inside that we didn't really know what it was," Pemberton said about the manifold. Pemberton wouldn't give specifics about the problem, but Waltrip said inspectors found oil inside the manifold. "And it's not supposed to be there," Waltrip said. "So they took it to see why the oil was there. I don't really understand what is going on, and people here a lot smarter than me don't understand it either, but we'll figure it out. I'm sure it'll be fine." Hunter wasn't buying Waltrip's explanation. "Our inspection team was not comfortable that it was oil," Hunter said. Pemberton said the situation with the #55 problem was not specific to any individual manufacturer. (ESPN.com)(2-12-2007)
    UPDATE 3: Waltrip's Toyota was impounded, with Hunter raising the possibility Waltrip will not be allowed to run that particular car in the 150s or the 500. "We'll go over that car with a fine-tooth comb ... and I don't know how long we'll keep it," Hunter said. Sterno? That's the horsepower trick that rivals suspect tripped up Waltrip when he was busted by NASCAR in the pre-qualifying inspection line for having some unknown "substance" in his intake manifold. NASCAR's Robin Pemberton, the vice president for competition, said that the manifold was being sent back the Concord R&D center for analysis. Presumably the substance could have been some type of oxidant, to provide a bit of horsepower for a short period of time. For years, stock-car teams have at times used such illegal chemical additives at Daytona and Talladega, where NASCAR severely restricts air to the engine, to limit speeds. Ty Norris, the general manager of Waltrip's team, insisted that it was not Sterno: "No, no, no, no. They found some oil in the manifold and said it shouldn't be there," Norris said. "They thought something was amiss. So we changed manifolds, and had the same issue. We showed NASCAR we thought it was blow-by engine oil.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-12-2007)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying at Daytona?
    Top four are in the race, [61 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race via speed:
    #60-Boris Said, 185.212
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 184.945
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 184.850
    has at made the race, at least thru the Past Champ Provisional:
    #44-Dale Jarrett [CH1], 182.061
    these drivers could make the race via speed if the above drivers made the race via the Duels:
    #00-David Reutimann, 184.419
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 184.351
    #23-Mike Skinner, 184.324
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 183.899
    this driver could make the race via a Champ Prov if Jarrett races his way in:
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 182.708
    these drivers would need to make the race via the Duels:
    #39-Regan Smith, 183.865
    #4-Ward Burton, 183.464
    #15-Paul Menard, 183.426
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 182.856
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 182.711
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 182.708
    #83-Brian Vickers, 182.508
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 182.500
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 182.474
    #71-Frank Kimmel, 181.693
    #49-Mike Bliss, 181.539
    #04-Eric McClure, 181.269
    #30-Stanton Barrett, 181.163
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 181.127
    #72-Brandon Whitt,180.473
    #74-Derrike Cope, 180.353
    #58-Jame Hylton, 179.637
    #09-Mike Wallace, 171.305

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    where they start will be determined how they finish in the Duel 150's
    #00-David Reutimann(X), 184.419, starts ?
    #6-David Ragan, 185.300, starts ?
    #15-Paul Menard, 183.426(X), starts ?
    #42-Juan Montoya, 185.338, starts ?
    #72-Brandon Whitt, 180.473(X), starts ?
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 182.856(X), starts ?
    X = needs to race their way in to the Daytona 500.(2-11-2007)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #41-Sorenson went out and only ran one lap, no word if there was a problem.
    #09-Wallace went out 9th to qualify, but brought the car in before the green flag and the crew went under the hood, Wallace went out 6 drivers later and was slow.(2-11-2007)

  • Practice Results:
    Daytona 500 Practice Speeds Page

  • How did the eight Toyota's do in qualifying at Daytona:
    #00-Reutumann, 184.919, 15th fastest
    #22-Blaney, 183.035, 39th
    #23-Skinner, 184.324, 18th
    #36-Mayfield, 184.351, 16th
    #44-Jarrett, 182.061 [make at least via champ prov], 50th
    #55-Waltrip, 183.899, 25th
    #83-Vickers, 182.508, 45th
    #84-Allmendinger, 182.856, 40th
    all but Jarrett and Blaney must race their way in the Daytona 500 in the Duel 150's

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #24-Gordon, 185.079 [7th fastest], starts - determined after the Duel 150's
    Dodge: #40-Stremme, 185.487 3rd fastest], starts - determined after the Duel 150's
    Ford: #38-Gilliland, 186.320, starts 1st
    Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 184.419 [15th fastest],starts - determined after the Duel 150's

  • Qualifying Order List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 61 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #83-Vickers is due out first on Sunday, Feb 11th at 2:00pm/et on FOX, last driver scheduled out is #96-Raines. For the Qualifying order, see my Daytona 500 Qualifying Page.(2-10-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 2:10pm/et.
    TV: FOX - 2:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Daytona 500 practice #2 at Daytona International Speedway is over, results:
    #88-Rudd 186.761, Ford
    #14-Marlin 186.093, Chevy
    #38-Gilliland 186.000, Ford
    #36-Mayfield 185.858, Toyota
    #24-Gordon 185.563, Chevy
    fastest Dodge: #42-Montoya 6th
    slowest: #58-Hylton 179.240
    no speed listed: #31-Burton
    most laps run: 8 laps by #'s 60,84,99,78,21,09
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #88-Rudd 185.776 [1st fastest lap], 2 laps run
    #14-Marlin 185.179 [2nd], 2 laps
    #36-Mayfield 185.075 [4th], 2 laps
    See speed for each practice on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds page.(2-10-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers the 2nd practice at Daytona?
    these drivers and one past champ would make the race by speed if things stayed the same:
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 2nd fastest
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 4th
    #00-David Reutimann, 12th
    #44-Dale Jarrett [CH1], 54th
    these drivers would need to make the race via the Duels if things stayed the same:
    #23-Mike Skinner, 13th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 18th
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 20th
    #39-Regan Smith, 23rd
    #60-Boris Said, 28th
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 33rd
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 36th
    #15-Paul Menard, 37th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 38th
    #09-Mike Wallace, 45th
    #4-Ward Burton, 46th
    #71-Frank Kimmel, 47th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 48th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 49th
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 52nd
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 53rd
    #49-Mike Bliss, 55th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 56th
    #30-Stanton Barrett, 57th
    #72-Brandon Whitt, 58th
    #04-Eric McClure, 59th
    #58-Jame Hylton, 60th
    See speed for each practice on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds page.(2-10-2007)

  • Daytona 500 practice #1 at Daytona International Speedway is over run, the results:
    #88-Rudd 186.050, Ford
    #38-Gilliland 185.774, Ford
    #14-Marlin 185.437, Chevy
    #24-Gordon 185.090, Chevy
    #19-Sadler 185.037, Dodge
    fastest Toyota: #36-Mayfield 20th
    slowest #30-Barrett 180.169
    no speed listed: #58-Hylton
    most laps run: #49-Bliss, #18-Yeley, #4-Burton; 9 laps
    #22-Blaney had an engine problem that causes a stoppage early in practice
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #14-Marlin 184.405 [3rd fastest lap], 5 laps run
    #88-Rudd 184.382 [1st], 5 laps
    #38-Gilliland 184.349 [2nd], 5 laps
    See speed for each practice on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds page.(2-10-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Daytona
    these drivers and one past champ would make the race by speed if things stayed the same:
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 2nd fastest
    #60-Boris Said, 10th
    #39-Regan Smith, 14th
    #44-Dale Jarrett [CH1], 51st
    these drivers would need to make the race via the Duels if things stayed the same:
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 15th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 20th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 26th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 29th
    #00-David Reutimann, 31st
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 33rd
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 34th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 38th
    #4-Ward Burton, 39th
    #23-Mike Skinner, 41st
    #15-Paul Menard, 44th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 45th
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 50th
    #71-Frank Kimmel, 52nd
    #09-Mike Wallace, 53rd
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 54th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 55th
    #72-Brandon Whitt, 56th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 57th
    #04-Eric McClure, 58th
    #30-Stanton Barrett, 60th
    #58-Jame Hylton, no speed.(2-10-2007)
  • Entry List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 61 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2006 owners points (2006 race attempts in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (36 races attempted by team in 2006, using #32 points)
    #04-Eric McClure (1)
    #09-Mike Wallace (20)
    #4-Ward Burton (36)
    #13-Joe Nemechek (0)
    #14-Sterling Marlin (36)
    #15-Paul Menard (8)
    #23-Mike Skinner (9)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (16)
    #30-Stanton Barrett (3)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (0)
    #39-Regan Smith (0)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [CH1](none)
    #49-Mike Bliss (36)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (36)
    #58-James Hylton (0)
    #60-Boris Said (5)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (2)
    #71-Frank Kimmel (0)
    #74-Derrike Cope (25)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (36)
    #83-Brian Vickers (1)(won in 2006)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (2)
    added after prelim entry list was released:
    #34-Kevin Lepage (35)
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2](14)
    #72-Brandon Whitt (11)
    In the unlikely event that qualifying and the qualifying races were rained out..
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 44,37,83,14,00,55,4,49
    missing the race would be [18]: #'s 78,34,74,27,72,15,09,60,23,30,70,84,04,13,36,39,58,71

  • 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)

  • Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duels/Daytona 500:

    Budweiser Pole Day: This “locks in” the first two positions – the front row – for the Daytona 500. It also establishes the starting orders for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, which are two 150-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

    The fastest car earns the pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the first Gatorade Duel race.

    The second-fastest car earns the outside pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the second Gatorade Duel race.

    The Gatorade Duel at Daytona: These two 150-mile qualifying races set positions 3-39 for the Daytona 500.

    A combined total of 66 cars will be allowed into the two Gatorade Duel races.

    Cars must compete in one of the Gatorade Duel races, in order to race in the Daytona 500.

    Odd-number finishers in the final 2006 car owner point standings (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) are in the first Gatorade Duel race.

    Even-number finishers in the final 2006 car owner point standings (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) are in the second Gatorade Duel race.

    Additional qualified cars that weren’t in the final 2006 top 35 are alternated between the two Gatorade Duel fields using an odd-even format.

    Setting the Daytona 500 field:
    Cars that finished in the top 35 in the 2006 car owner point standings automatically make the Daytona 500 field.
    The top two starting positions are determined by Budweiser Pole Day qualifying speeds.
    Positions 3-39 are determined by finishing orders in the Gatorade Duel races.
    The final four spots in the 43-car field will be based on Budweiser Pole Day qualifying speeds of cars that have not already earned a starting position. However, if there is an eligible Nextel Cup Series past champion entered who has not already qualified, that past champion will receive the 43rd and final position. If there is more than one past champion eligible for this berth, it goes to the most recent champion.

    another way to look at it:

    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 previous NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Bud Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the the previous season 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 previous season 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 previous season 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 previous season 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 finalprevious season 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 previous season 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 simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from Bud Pole qualifying
    [no need to be top 35 in prevoius season car Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in prevoius season car owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races 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, 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 previous 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.

  • What happens if qualifying AND the qualifying races gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]

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

  • Jayski's - 2006 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).


  • More info and news about the Budweiser Shootout on my 2007 Bud Shootout page

  • All 76: Three drivers have competed in all 76 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega:
    #01-Mark Martin (2 Talladega, 0 Daytona wins)
    #21-Ken Schrader (1, 0)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (1, 3)
    Plus all three ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire, but that was not a drafting/aero track.(10-8-2006)

    2006 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 142.667mph, started 9th

    Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

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

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

  • 2006 Pole Sitter: #31-Jeff Burton, 189.151, finished 32nd

  • 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, 2/14/88

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/95

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/74

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Leaders: 18 - 2/19/2006

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/89

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/68

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/03

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/76

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40, 7/5/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/65

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 151, Tony Stewart, 7/2/05

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/64

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/94

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 36 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 119 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 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 67 of 119 [56.3%]
  • Races won from the top 10: 96 of 119 [80.7%]

  • Races won from the top 15: 110 of 119 [92.4%]

    Daytona 500 notes:

    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); Bill Elliott (1985, 86, 87, 01)

    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: (18) (2006)

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

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

    Most Wins by a Manufacturer: (17) 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)


    Daytona 500 Winners 1959-2006


  • 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

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Actor Nicolas Cage
    Command to start engines: Nicolas Cage
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Phil Parsons
    National Anthem: Big & Rich
    Military Flyover: F-15's, Eglin AFB, FL
    Pace Car Driver: Cal Ripken Jr.
  • More info and news about the Budweiser Shootout on my 2007 Bud Shootout page

  • Track Homepage: www.daytonaintlspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my Feb 2006 Daytona 500 Race Info page.

  • Last Year: see my July Daytona Race Info page.

  • 2005: see my 2005 Daytona 500 Race Info Page.

  • 49th Annual Daytona 500 A Sellout: All grandstand seats for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 at historic Daytona International Speedway are sold out, Speedway officials announced Saturday. While all the grandstand seats are sold out, fans can still purchase infield tickets for the "Great American Race" - the kick off to the Nextel Cup Series season. "We're happy to announce that the Daytona 500 is sold out," Speedway President Robin Braig said. "The fans continue to show that the Daytona 500 is the premier stock car race in America." Tickets for all other events at Daytona International Speedway are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-18-2007)

  • Parsons to wave the green? UPDATE: hearing that Phil Parsons, brother of the late great Benny Parsons, will be the Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500 on Sunday and wave the green flag.(2-13-2007)
    UPDATE: Phil Parsons, younger brother of 1975 Daytona 500 champion and 1973 NASCAR champion Benny Parsons, has been named Honorary Starter for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Benny Parsons, who was diagnosed with lung cancer, passed away last month in Charlotte, N.C. after complications from treatment. "Benny Parsons was a special member of the Daytona International Speedway family and we're honored to have his brother wave the green flag for Sunday's Daytona 500," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. Benny Parsons was a member of the NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers and a winner of 21 races and 20 poles. After retiring from racing in 1988, Parsons excelled at broadcasting and spent the past six years with NBC and TNT. Phil Parsons was also a NASCAR driver making 202 Nextel Cup Series starts and winning a Nextel Cup race in 1988 at Talladega Superspeedway. Parsons, who also won two Busch Series races, now serves as an analyst for SPEED Channel's coverage of the Craftsman Truck Series.(DIS PR)(2-14-2007)

  • Big & Rich To Sing National Anthem At Daytona 500: The multi-platinum genre bending country music duo and Grammy nominated Big & Rich will perform the National Anthem for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 at historic Daytona International Speedway. (Big Kenny) and John Rich formed Big & Rich in 1998 and the duo has released two chart-topping albums - "Horse Of A Different Color" and "Comin' To Your City" - and has another album due out by the middle of 2007. Also participating in Daytona 500 pre-ceremonies will be actor Nicolas Cage as Grand Marshal, singer Kelly Clarkson in the NEXTEL Tribute To America and baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. as Daytona 500 pace car driver. Tickets to all exciting events at Daytona International Speedway are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-13-2007)

  • 2007 Daytona 500 Purse Exceeds $18 Million The 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, America's richest, biggest and most prestigious motorsports event of the year, will once again carry the biggest purse in the history of stock car racing at more than $18 million. The posted awards for the "The Great American Race" on Sunday, Feb. 18 will be $18,386,023. The posted awards for the 2006 Daytona 500, which was won for the first time by Jimmie Johnson, was $18,035,635. The winner of this year's Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,443,250. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,041,525, $747,575, $593,550and $466,000 respectively. Even the last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will be well compensated with a minimum of $226,295.
    Other purses for Speedweeks 2007 events are:
    * ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $277,936
    * Budweiser Shootout: $1,153,518 with the winner pocketing $215,000
    * Gatorade Duel At Daytona: $1,350,000, $675,000 for each race
    * Chevy Silverado HD 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: $865,733
    * Orbitz 300 NASCAR Busch Series race: $2,596,288.(DIS PR)(2-7-2007)

  • Daytona International Speedway OK there was a major tornado in Central Florida this afternoon, killing over a dozen people. Have heard the tornado didn't hit Daytona International Speedway and there is no damage there. More than 2 inches of rain fell overnight at Daytona Beach International Airport [right next to the speedway] but no high wind gusts were reported there. Reports on the tornado can be found at the Daytona Beach News Journal.(2-2-2007)
    AND The storms that struck middle Florida spared Daytona International Speedway, site of NASCAR's upcoming season-opening Daytona 500. "We're A-OK," Speedway spokesman Andrew Booth said Friday morning. "We had a lot of rain, wind and lightning, but no damage." NASCAR activities at Daytona crank up next weekend with the Budweiser Shootout on Feb.10 followed by the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(2-3-2007)

  • Cal Ripken Jr. to pace Daytona 500 Field: Cal Ripken Jr., best known as baseball's "Iron Man", playing in a record 2,632 straight games for the Baltimore Orioles, will be behind the wheel of a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette as he paces the field for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Voted to baseball's Hall of Fame in 2007, his consecutive games played record, which took 16 years to establish, made him a popular player with baseball fans everywhere as evidenced by his 19 All-Star Game appearances. "The Daytona 500 is one of the most storied sporting events in the country and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it. NASCAR drivers are tremendous athletes and I look forward to being in that environment," said Ripken. Tickets for the Daytona 500 as well as other Speedweeks 2007 events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-30-2007)

  • Actor Nicolas Cage grand marshal for Daytona 500: Nicolas Cage, the star of the upcoming action-adventure Ghost Rider from Columbia Pictures, in theaters everywhere on February 16th, has been named Grand Marshal of the 49th annual Daytona 500, Cage will command the drivers, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" at NASCAR's signature event, which will run on Sunday, Feb. 18 at historic Daytona International Speedway. Cage has starred in more than 50 films including such popular releases as National Treasure, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Face/Off, Con Air, The Rock, Raising Arizona, and Leaving Las Vegas, which garnered him an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actor.(DIS PR)(1-26-2007)

  • Clarkson To Headline Nextel Tribute To America at Daytona 500: Two-time Grammy winner and Sony recording artist Kelly Clarkson will headline the Nextel Tribute To America, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to "The Great American Race" -- the prestigious Daytona 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 18. Clarkson will perform in the Nextel-sponsored show, which will be carried live on FOX Sports. The Nextel Tribute To America pays 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.(DIS PR)(1-18-2007)

  • 2007 DIS Fan Guide Now Available: Continuing Daytona International Speedway's "Fans R 1st @ Daytona" initiative, the 2007 edition of the Fan Guide - the top fan information source at "The World Center of Racing" - is now available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Guests can download the Fan Guide by clicking on the Fan Info banner at the top of the main page. For the first time, the Fan Guide is available for download in both individual sections as well as the complete version. The Daytona International Speedway Fan Guide is loaded with ticket information, schedules, specialty vehicle overnight parking information, traffic patterns and Speedway facility maps including free parking locations, disabled guest assistance services and other tidbits that will make the fans' visit an even more enjoyable experience. If you don't have Speedweeks 2007 tickets call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-11-2007)

  • Fans gobbling up “Sit With Jimmy” tickets: Jimmy Spencer was right – he is in touch with the fans. And judging from “Sit With Jimmy” ticket sales, he’s as popular as ever. In response to Kenny Wallace’s accusation in September that Jimmy Spencer is out of touch with race fans, “Mr. Excitement” unveiled his own Daytona 500 special ticket package for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18. Since his announcement, “Sit With Jimmy” tickets have been a popular item, already selling out the original Superstretch Lund Section seats. Because of its popularity, seats in the Allison grandstand have been added. Two different "Sit With Jimmy" packages are still available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visit sitwithjimmy.com.(DIS PR)(12-20-2006)

  • 'The World Center of Racing' Renamed DeLana International Speedway: Kevin Harvick Inc. and owner DeLana Harvick have dominated the past two Daytona 300 Busch Series races at Daytona International Speedway, winning the prestigious season-opening events with driver Tony Stewart. With Kevin Harvick Inc.'s success in the Daytona 300, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig announced that the legendary historic motorsports facility will now carry the name of its team owner -- DeLana -- for the day. "Kevin Harvick Inc. and its owner DeLana Harvick have won the last two February Busch Series races at DIS," Braig said. "Since they 'own' the track, in their honor, we're going to change the name of Daytona International Speedway to 'DeLana International Speedway' for the day." On Thursday during NASCAR Busch Series Champion's Week Media Luncheon at the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk, Braig made the announcement and gave a piece of historic pavement from DIS to DeLana Harvick with the new track logo. The Daytona 300, the premier event in the NASCAR Busch Series season, will kick off the 2007 Busch Series season on Saturday, Feb. 17. The race will also be televised on ESPN2HD, the new television home to the Busch Series.(DIS PR)(12-8-2006)

  • Pepsi 400 Tickets On Sale Saturday, Oct. 14: On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8am/et, fans will have their first opportunity to purchase all remaining tickets for the 49th annual Pepsi 400 on July 7, 2007. Great seats, including a limited number of premium tower seats, will be available. Prior to Saturday, Oct. 14, renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the Pepsi 400 were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. Also available beginning on Saturday will be a three-day Pepsi 400 Weekend ticket package, which will include tickets to the NASCAR Busch Series 250 and Circle K Pole Qualifying Day for the Pepsi 400 on Friday, July 6 and the Rolex Sports Car Series 250 on Thursday night, July 5. Daytona International Speedway offers several convenient methods for fans to purchase tickets to the mid-summer classic, more info at 1-800-PITSHOP or daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS PR)(10-14-2006)

  • Sit With Jimmy: In response to Kenny Wallace’s recent accusation that Jimmy Spencer is out of touch with race fans, "Mr. Excitement" unveiled his own Daytona 500 ticket package on Sunday’s NASCAR RaceDay at Dover, Del. More info at sitwithjimmy.com.(9-24-2006)

  • Finishing Touches on Daytona 500 Champion's Walk Of Fame: In conjunction with DAYTONA USA's 10th anniversary celebration, "The Official Attraction of NASCAR" put the final touches on the new Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame on Friday. Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig and DAYTONA USA General Manager Kim Isemann assisted operations personnel in installing the 3x3 cement blocks that showcase the Daytona 500 champion's handprint, right foot and autograph into their final place. During the recent Pepsi 400 Weekend, winning drivers of the Daytona 500 since 1996, the first year of operation for DAYTONA USA, had their hands, right foot and signature immortalized in cement in a special ceremony inside the 60,000-square foot attraction. Daytona 500 champions Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton and Michael Waltrip all had the honor of placing their hands, right foot and signature in the famous wet cement. A special plaque in the Walk of Fame will honor the late Dale Earnhardt and his 1998 Daytona 500 victory. Guests at DAYTONA USA will now mill around outside DAYTONA USA, much like the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and gaze down at the 3x3 cement blocks remembering those historic moments from NASCAR's signature event. Annual handprints, right foot prints and autograph of the Daytona 500 champion will take place each year in a special ceremony.(DIS PR)(9-10-2006)

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


  • Blue Ox to sponsor #66 in Duel 150 race: Haas CNC Racing announced that Blue Ox Products will serve as the primary sponsor of the #66 Chevy, driven by Jeff Green, in the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway. Blue Ox, of Pender, Neb., is a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicle and towing industry supplies and accessories. The race will mark the second time Blue Ox has been the primary sponsor of a Haas Racing entry. Blue Ox appeared on the hood and quarter panels of Johnny Sauter's #00 Haas CNC Racing Chevy in the Busch Series race at Bristol last March. Green rolls off in the 14th starting position during the first race of the Gatorade Duel 150s.(Haas CNC Racing PR)(2-12-2007)

  • McClure to attempt Daytona 500: Eric McClure hopes to be the "Cinderella Story" of the Daytona 500 as he makes his second attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500. McClure's first attempt dates back to February 2005 with Raabe Racing. Hefty Brand is making its second appearance as primary sponsor of the #04 Chevy during this year's running of the Daytona 500, which is referred to by many as the Super Bowl of Auto Racing. Hefty Brand first adorned the hood of the No. 04 Chevrolet during the UAW- Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2006. The #04 will be fielded by Morgan McClure Motorsports (MMM), located in Abingdon, Virginia. Calling the shots for driver Eric McClure from atop the pit box is MMM veteran employee Robert Larkins. McClure will be attempting to qualify for his fourth career Nextel Cup Series event. McClure has a career best start of 27th (Talladega- October 2006) and a best finish of 26th (Talladega- April 2004). Morgan McClure Motorsports (MMM) and McClure participated in the first of two 3-day practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month posting the 48th fastest time out of 64 cars with a time of 48.766 seconds.(Morgan McClure PR)(2-8-2007)

  • Front Row Motorsports buying #37 R&J Racing? UPDATE 2: hearing that Front Row Motorsports, who has three teams, the #34 with Kevin Lepage [which plans to run at least the first five races of the 2007 season], and the #61 and #92 teams that have no schedules or drivers yet for 2007, have bought out or into the #37 RJ Racing Dodge team. The #37 team plan to run Bill Elliott at Daytona in the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500, but after that plans have not been announced. Elliott did test the #37 Dodge at Las Vegas, which was listed as the #37 Front Row Motorsports Dodge.(2-4-2007)
    UPDATE: hearing that #37 team over John Carter will still own the #37 team, with RJ Racing partnering up with Front Row Motorsports in 2007.(2-4-2007)
    UPDATE 2: Front Row Motorsports (FRM) announced today they will run two (2) cars during the 2007 Nextel Cup season. FRM will run the #34 driven by Kevin Lepage with Randy Seals as the crew chief. For the second FRM entry, team owner Bob Jenkins has formed a partnership with John Carter. The team will convert the #61 from 2006 to the #37 for the 2007 season. The team has hired Bill Elliott to run a limited number of events, with Chad Chaffin slated to compete in the remainder of the schedule. Mark Tutor will serve has crew chief for the team. NASCAR veteran Gere Kennon will be Director of Competition and oversee the efforts of both teams. Both teams will run Dodge Chargers powered by motors built by Ernie Elliott Inc. "Given the increased level of competition this season, I could not be happier with the group of experienced professionals we have assembled," stated Jenkins. "I am excited about our driver line-up, and with the opportunity to partner with someone like John. In addition, our affiliation with Dodge has already paid dividends in testing and with car preparation. Obviously to compete at this level, sponsorship is essential to having a successful team. We currently have several associate sponsorships in place. However, we are continuing to pursue full-time primary sponsors for both teams. Our approach has always been to build a strong foundation so that a potential sponsor would see themselves as the only missing component to our success." For additional information about Front Row Motorsports please visit: www.frontrowmotorsports.com.(FRM PR)(2-8-2007)

  • Kimmel and Hillenburg team up for Daytona 500: Eight-time ARCA Series Champion, Frank Kimmel will attempt to make his first career start in the Daytona 500 Nextel Cup Series race with the help of fellow ARCA Champion Andy Hillenburg. Kimmel will pilot the #71 FastTrack Ford for the Speed Week events including Sunday's qualifying round as well as Thursday's Gatorade Duels which will determine Kimmel's spot in the starting field for the Daytona 500. Kimmel has made seven previous Nextel Cup Series starts in his career with his best starting position coming at the Talladega Superspeedway in 2002 of 29th and his best finish of 26th came at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in October of 2002 while competing for team owner, Travis Carter. Kimmel has many starts at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway including 15 ARCA Series starts, one Craftsman Truck Series start where he finished eighth in 2004 and last season's IROC start where he finished in the third position. "There are a lot of very strong cars and drivers that put a tremendous amount of work into their cars just to come to Daytona and attempt to make the field," said Kimmel. "The FastTrack Racing team is no exception, Andy (Hillenburg) and his team has put together a great car and it would be a great accomplishment for all of us to earn a starting position in the Daytona 500. I do think there is some advantage to having a lot of experience drafting when it comes to making this race because of the unique qualifying format of the Gatorade Duels. That race will be all about keeping my nose clean, but finishing high enough to earn a place in Sunday's race." Kimmel will compete in Saturday's Daytona ARCA 200 event prior to Sunday's initial qualifying round for the Daytona 500 and will have only two practice sessions in preparation for Thursday's Gatorade Duels.(LM Motorsports Marketing PR)(2-7-2007)

  • Smith to debut in Daytona in 4th Ginn Racing car:While Regan Smith's first official ride in the #01 Army Chevy is scheduled for Bristol Motor Speedway (March 25), the upstate New York (Cato) native is looking to make his Nextel Cup debut in the Daytona 500. Last week Smith tested the #39 Chevy at Daytona for Ginn Racing, which plans to enter four Cup cars for NASCAR's season opener. Joe Nemechek (#13) and Sterling Marlin (#14) took part in the previous week's Daytona test session for Ginn Racing. "We're going there (Daytona) with four cars and I have every intention of the Daytona 500 being my first Cup start," said Smith, who filled in for Nemechek for a pair of test sessions in Daytona last week. Since Smith's #39 Chevy is not part of the top 35 in points from 2006, he will have to qualify for the Daytona 500. Smith will also compete in the Busch Series in 2007 for Ginn Racing. He will share the #04 Chevy ride with Kraig Kinser.(Ginn Racing site)(1-22-2007)

  • Skinner to attmept the Daytona 500 in the #23: Mike Skinner will start testing next week in Daytona in his #5 Toyota Tundra Truck - then head right into the 2nd Nextel Cup test in the Bill Davis Racing #23 Toyota in preperation to make the Daytona 500 with Tommy Baldwin leading the attempt.(mikeskinner.com)(1-6-2007)

  • Stock Car Racing Legend James Hylton Enters Daytona 500 in RCR car: in 1966 James Harvey Hylton was named “Rookie of the Year” in NASCAR’s Grand National Division [now known as Nextel Cup], starting an amazing career that would span five decades. During his career, Hylton would go on to finish second in NASCAR Grand National points in 1966, and repeat that performance during the 1967 and 1971 seasons. He would also score wins in the 1970 Richmond 400 [Cup], the 1970 NASCAR Grand American Citrus 250 [not sure what series] and the 1972 Talladega 500 [Cup] along with capturing four pole positions in NASCAR Winston / Nextel Cup competition. During his career, Hylton recorded 140 Top-Five finishes and 301 Top-Ten finishes in NASCAR Winston / Nextel Cup and in 2006, he finished 18th in points in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
    When asked why he has sat his sites on the 2007 Daytona 500, Hylton states “I have never been able to come to Daytona with a well-financed operation and a first-rate car. I have always wanted to be able to race the 500 and not be limited by budget constraints and even though it has taken over 40 years, I am finally at that position. At my age, the odds against me are astronomical but it’s a challenge and I love a good challenge.”
    Long-time friend J.C. Weaver and his upcoming music festival, GrahamFest, will sponsor Hylton. Weaver is owner of Mountain Rock Music, a publishing and recording company.
    Hylton will drive the #58 Chevy built and prepared by Richard Childress Racing of Welcome, NC. The car was constructed on a Ronnie Hopkins chassis and is powered by engines from the RCR shop. A crew chief for the team will be named during January. Hopkins is also constructing a “Car of Tomorrow” for Hylton Motorsports, which will debut in March at Bristol. When Hylton Motorsports comes to Bristol, Damon Lusk of Kennewick, WA, will take Hylton’s place in the seat of the #58 car and Hylton will become Crew Chief. Lusk has two wins in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition along with along with 10 Top-5 and 23 Top-10 finishes. Lusk has also recorded 17 Busch Series starts and six Craftsman Truck series starts. “We are looking at running 19 Nextel Cup races in 2007 and Damon is a perfect fit for our plans,” states Hylton. Hylton has competed in 16 Daytona 500s, with his best finish being a third in 1967.(Hylton Motorsports PR)(1-3-2007)

  • Elliott & RJ Racing to attempt Daytona races: looks like the #37 R.J. Racing team and driver Bill Elliott will attempt the races at Daytona in February 2007, the Budweiser Shootout, Duel 150's and Daytona 500. The team is looking for sponsorship for the race and the 2007 season.(rjracing.us)(12-31-2006)

  • 2007 Daytona 500 Testing: Testing Session 1 and Testing Session 2.

  • See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    Daytona - Budweiser Shootout
    #2-Kurt Busch World Beer Cup
    Golden Award Winner
    #2 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman My Circle 500 #12 Schemes Page
    #21-Ken Schrader Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    Daytona - Daytona 500
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Peak Antifreeze #15 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Ameriquest #16 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page

  • New sponsor for Menard? UPDATE: hearing that #15-Paul Menard will make a sponsorship announcement on Saturday morning at Daytona. No word if it is for the Busch or Nextel Cup Series.(2-10-2006)
    UPDATE: Long-time racing supporter and sponsor to some of the most celebrated drivers in motorsports history, Old World Industries of Northbrook, Illinois, has today announced that its PEAK Antifreeze brand will re-enter Nextel Cup in 2007 by entering into an agreement with Dale Earnhardt Incorporated [DEI] to sponsor top Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Paul Menard and the #15 PEAK/Menards DEI Chevy. Menard, entering his first full season of Nextel Cup action, will have PEAK adorn his #15 Chevy throughout the entire 2007 season. PEAK will serve as Primary sponsor during Speedweeks at Daytona, and in the Fall Bristol Nextel Cup race. Menard will also appear within PEAK advertising, promotions and in-store merchandising programs at Menards stores throughout the United States. For Speedweeks in 2007, it will defintely be "PEAK Week" in Daytona. In addition to seeing the iconic PEAK mountain logo on the hood of the #15 DEI Nextel Cup Chevy, PEAK will also adorn the hood of DEI's #15 PEAK/Menards Busch Series car (also driven by Menard) for Saturday's race, as well as the hood of Thorsports' #88 PEAK/Menards Chevy (driven by Matt Crafton) for Friday's Craftsman Truck Series race. PEAK Antifreeze can be found at major retailers like Menards, AutoZone, Advance, CSK, NAPA, O'Reilly, Pep Boys, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target and Walgreens. In total, Old World products are sold on the shelves of more than 200,000 outlets nationwide, across every retail channel - whether automotive, mass merchandise, home/hardware, food/drug, or convenience. For more information about PEAK see www.peakantifreeze.com.(PR), see an image of the car on my #15 Team Schemes page.(2-10-2007)

  • Alltel puts name on race: Alltel Wireless, sponsor of Ryan Newman's #12 Alltel Dodge, will make a major announcement early next week regarding what is rumored to be a race unlike any other - the Alltel "My Circle 500." The pursuit begins February 13, 2007. To learn more, fans can visit mycircle500.com. Also two time champion ('84 & '96) Terry Labonte is getting back into racing this season. Labonte is making his return in the highly anticipated Alltel "My Circle 500."(alltel Racing PR), also see some images I came accross of the scheme on my #12 Team Schemes page.(2-7-2007)

  • Kurt Busch to run Gold scheme at Bud Shootout UPDATE: #2-Burt Busch will run a special gold paint scheme in the Bud Shootout, to promote and congratulate Miller Lite Beer for winning the World Beer Cup, Golden Award Winner in 2006. See the images on my #2 Team Scemes page.(2-5-2007)
    UPDATE: Miller Brewing Company today announced it will paint Kurt Busch’s #2 Miller Lite Dodge with an all-gold scheme for the February 10 Bud Shootout. The one-race re-design honors Miller Lite’s fourth gold award in the American-Style Light Lager category at the World Beer Cup. The car will be painted from front to back in gold paint and will feature the World Beer Cup logo and “World Beer Cup Winner” on the hood, spoiler and rear quarter panels. Miller Lite won its fourth gold in the prestigious bi-annual competition in 2006. The 2006 Brewers Association World Beer Cup is the world's largest and most diverse international beer competition for commercial breweries, this year touting 2,221 entries from 540 breweries in 56 countries, including all other major breweries. The World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996 and is presented by the Association of Brewers, a not-for-profit educational and trade organization founded in 1978 that is dedicated to the promotion of quality beers and brewing throughout the world. The Association also hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival and is based in Boulder, Colo. Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch is excited about driving a gold car in this weekend’s Bud Shootout. “Gold is a color long-associated with great achievements,” Kurt said. “Gold always signifies the best in class, and that’s what we’re constantly striving for on the track. And I know the folks in Milwaukee take great pride in the unmatched quality of Miller Lite. We’d love to kick off the 2007 season by putting this awesome looking car in Victory Lane.” Until recently, Kurt was not aware of the great competitive history of Miller-sponsored gold cars at Daytona. “Someone pointed out that Bobby Allison was driving a gold-colored Miller car when he won the ’88 Daytona 500 in that super-exciting battle with his son, Davey,” Kurt said from Las Vegas last Saturday (2/3/07). “It’s nice to know that there is such good fortune associated in the past with the gold color scheme at Daytona. Man, wouldn’t it be cool to follow in Bobby’s footsteps and win the Shootout in another gold Miller car?” The record book also shows that Allison claimed Daytona wins in the 1987 Pepsi 400 and his 1988 “Twin-125” qualifying race behind the wheel of gold Miller-sponsored cars.(Tom Roberts PR)(2-6-2007)

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


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