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Thursday February 7th
7:00 PM – NSCS Drawing for Budweiser Shootout Pole

Friday February 8th
4:15 - 5:00PM – NSCS Bud Shootout Practice

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1:15 PM- NSCS Daytona 500 Qualifying

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12:00 – 12:55 PM– NSCS Practice

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Thursday February 14th
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM - NNS Final Practice

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM - NCTS Final Practice

2:00 PM – NSCS Gatorade Duels 150 Mile Qualifying Races

7:10 PM – NCTS Qualifying (All Positions)

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1:40 PM – 2:40 PM – NSCS Practice

3:10 PM – NNS Qualifying (All Positions)

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1:15 PM - NNS Camping World 300

Sunday February 17th 2:30 PM – NSCS Driver Introductions for the 50th Running of the Daytona 500

3:30 PM – NSCS 50th Running of the Daytona 500

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THE RACE: The DAYTONA 500

Sprint Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, February 17, 2008 in Daytona, FL

  • Title Sponsor: none

  • Track: Daytona International Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:30pm/et


Television Coverage/Reair/TV Team

  • FOX 2:00pm/et

  • 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, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
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  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, February 21 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • SPEED Announces Daytona Speedweeks Schedule: SPEED will deliver 100 hours of High-Definition programming from Daytona Speedweeks, highlighted by coverage of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 at 2:00pm/et with a prime time replay at 9:00pm/et, the season opening Craftsman Truck Series race Feb. 15 at 7:30pm/et, the ARCA 200 on Feb. 9 at 4:00pm/et and special editions of the high-energy NASCAR pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay. Krista Voda and Jeff Hammond will host SPEED coverage of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, with Hammond being joined in the booth by Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip for race coverage. Steve Byrnes, Dr. Dick Berggren and Matt Yocum will report from the pits. SPEED opens its Daytona Speedweeks lineup with coverage NASCAR Media Day on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the Bud Shootout Drawing at 8:00pm/et. The second annual SPEED Performance Awards (10:00pm/et), culminating with Mario Andretti's crowning of the SPEED Performer of the Year will close out first-day coverage. In addition to extensive on-track action, Daytona Speedweeks marks the return of popular NASCAR on SPEED programming, including NASCAR RaceDay, NASCAR Victory Lane, Trackside Live, Tradin' Paint with Kyle Petty, NASCAR Live!, NASCAR Performance, Go or Go Home, Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain and The SPEED Report. Speedweeks on SPEED also will mark the debut of The Humpy Show, with legendary promoter and NASCAR storyteller Humpy Wheeler making the connection between NASCAR's past and current storylines. The premiere airs Feb. 12 at 9:00pm/et with guests Buddy Baker and Kurt Busch.(SPEEDtv.com)(1-22-2008) Comment here


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Purse/Race Awards

    $18,689,238 (was $18,386,023 in 2007)
    1st - winner, minimum of: $1,445,250 2nd minimum of $1,044,400
    3rd $752,400
    4th $598,450
    5th $471,500
    43rd/last $233,865

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2007): $18,386,023; Winner [#29-Kevin Harvick] got: $1,510,469; 2nd; $1,102,258; 3rd: $819,216; 4th: $615,658; 5th: $529,350; and 43rd: $334,931; lowest payout: 42nd, Kyle Petty at $248,050

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2006): $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

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (1959): $53,050; Winner [Lee Petty] got: $19,050; 2nd $7,650; 3rd $4,600; 4th $2,525; 5th $1,875; last 59th $100


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Bud Shootout practice: Friday, February, 8, 4:15 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Bud Shootout Happy Hour practice: Friday, February, 8, 6:30 - 7:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

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

  • Daytona 500 practice:
    Saturday, February 9, 10:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, February 9, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 13, 12:00 - 12:55pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 13, 2:05 - 2:55pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February, 15, 1:40 - 2:40pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 16, 10:35 - 11:55am/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw/Budweiser Shootout: Thursday, February 7, 7:00pm/et, TV-SPEED at 8:00pm/et and re-air at 12:00am/et

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

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2 and to set the Gatorade Duel 150 races, Sunday, February 10 at 1:10pm/et, TV-FOX, re-air ?;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Newman wins Daytona 500: #12-Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, getting pushed by his teammate #2-Kurt Busch for the first Daytona 500 winner for owner Roger Penske, first restrictor plate win for Penske and first ever 1-2 finish for Penske Racing in a Cup race. It is Newman's first win since Sept 18, 2005 at New Hampshire, 80 races ago and his 13th career win. #20-Tony Stewart finished 3rd, followed by #18-Kyle Busch, #41-Reed Sorenson, #19-Elliott Sadler, #9-Kasey Kahne, #7-Robby Gordon, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #16-Greg Biffle. Pole sitter #48-Jimmie Johnson got in a late wreck and finished 27th, #24-Jeff Gordon had a shock plate problem and finished 39th. Outside pole sitter, #55-Michael Waltrip led three laps early, but fell back and finished 29th. #77-Sam Hornish Jr. was the highest finishing rookie at 15th. There were 7 cautions for 23 laps and there were 42 lead changes among 16 drivers. The average speed was 152.668mph. See results at Jayski's Race Results/Awards Page
    For drivers and owners points, see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Dyatona page.(2-17-2008) Comment here

  • Some Daytona 500 Notes: early in the race #29-Harvick thought his engine was going, but as of lap 52 and a pit stop, Harvick is running better and in the top 25. #78-Nemechek lost 13 laps when a lugnut went thru the oil cooler, losing the oil, the team made repairs and as of lap 58, he is back on the track. #77-Hornish had a vibration, came in for an unscheduled pitstop on lap 58, losing a lap. #7-Gordon has Valvoline decals on the quarter panels, looks like helping out GEM sponsors, since Gordon is affiliated with GEM now and the #10 didn't make the race. As of lap 64, Nemechek is back in the garage, engine may be shot. #34-Andretti short pitted earlier then the other regular scheduled stops, about 15 laps early and went down a lap on lap 63. On lap 67, #19-Sadler scraped the wall hard after cutting a right tire down, came in to pit for new tires and lost a lap. Nemechek came back on the track and is 28 laps down after 95 laps. #34-Andretti's car was pushed behind the wall around lap 136 with a broken shock. #78-Wallace headed to the garage on lap 142. #01-Smith was off track a few laps and came back out, 6 laps down. On lap 154, #24-Gordon came back to pit road, the crew went under the hood and found a broken shock plate, took it to the garage. Gordon came back out 11 laps down, Andretti is back out, 16 laps down.
    Lucky Dogs:
    Caution 1: #26-McMurray
    Caution 2: #83-Vickers
    Caution 3: #8-Martin
    Caution 4: #66-Riggs
    Caution 5: #38-David Gilliland
    Caution 6-7: none, ten laps or less left
    (2-17-2008) Comment here

  • NEXT RACE: Daytona Race Info/Rundown Page

    including...

  • Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

  • Daytona 500 Pit Stall selection page


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Unofficial Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

  • Gatorade Duel 150 races results page

  • Daytona 500 Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500 is over at Daytona International Speedway, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 191.034
    #34-Andretti 190.937
    #45-Petty 190.634
    #7-Gordon 190.375
    #16-Biffle 190.323
    slowest: #87-Wallace 186.590 and #40-Franchitti 186.590
    most laps run: #41-Sorenson 50; #9-Kahne 46
    incidents: #07-Bowyer ran into the rear of #41-Sorenson when the field slowed and he hit the outside wall, doing damage to the front right nose of the #07. #66-Riggs and #01-Smith both scraped the wall
    See the speeds on the Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(2-16-2008)

  • Friday's practice for the Daytona 500 is over at Daytona International Speedway, the top 5 were:
    #41-Sorenson 190.351
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 189.825
    #1-Truex Jr. 189.781
    #66-Riggs 189.577
    #29-Harvick & #48-Johnson 189.438
    slowest: #42-Montoya 184.787 and #78-Nemechek 185.185
    six drivers did not practice: #'s 96,07,87,11,18,8
    See the speeds on the Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(2-15-2008)

  • Gatorade Duel Race #2: #11-Denny Hamlin won the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin just beat #20-Tony Stewart, who finished 2nd and pushed Hamlin past #24-Jeff Gordon on the final lap for the win. Gordon was third, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne, #8-Mark Martin, #6-David Ragan, #29-Kevin Harvick, #16-Greg Biffle, #44-Dale Jarrett and #34-John Andretti. Jarrett clinched the first of the two spots available to drivers out of the top 35 in points from last year and Andretti got past #00-David Reutimann on the last lap to get the other spot. Reutimann earned a spot based on his qualifying lap last Sunday and will start 42nd. Ironically, the top three finishers all had backup engines and had to start at the rear of the field. There were 14 lead changes amoung 9 drivers and 3 cautions for 15 laps. For results, see my Gatorade Duel 150 races results page and for the Daytona 500 lineup, see my Daytona 500 Starting Lineup.(2-14-2008)

  • Gatorade Duel Race #1: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 1st Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt started from the rear of the pack due to an engine change and first took the lead at lap 18, leading 25 of the 60 laps to win his 2nd race at Daytona in 2008. Earnhardt also won the Bud Shootout last Saturdat night and has a chance to be the first driver ever to win the Bud Shootout, a qualifying race and the Daytona 500. #41-Reed Sorenson came from the back to finish 2nd, followed by #12-Ryan Newman, #5-Casey Mears, #99-Carl Edwards, #43-Bobby Labonte, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #87-Kenny Wallace, #77-Sam Hornish and #15-Paul Menard. Wallace clinched the first of the two spots available to drivers out of the top 35 in points from last year and #83-Brian Vickers finished 11th to grab the 2nd spot. #78-Joe Nemechek fell back on his speed to make the race and will start 41st. #2-Kurt Busch had electrical problems and finished 26th/out of the race and will use the past champions provisional to start the Daytona 500 43rd. #08-Carl Long finished 24th, but the car was found to be too low during post race inspection and he was credit with finishing 27th/last. There were 16 lead changes amoung 9 drivers and 2 cautions for 5 laps. For results, see my Gatorade Duel 150 races results page and for the Daytona 500 lineup, see my Daytona 500 Starting Lineup.(2-14-2008)

  • Drivers who will miss the Daytona 500 after the first Gatorade Duel 150: #84-Allmindinger, #21-Elliott, #09-Marlin, #08-Long
    after the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150, missing the race are: #27-Villeneuve; #50-Barrett, #37-McClure, #10-Carpentier, #49-Schrader and #60-Said
    (2-14-2008)

  • Gatorade Duel 150 Lineups

  • Wednesday's 2nd Practice for the Gatorade Duel 150's/Daytona 500 is over, the top five were:
    #12-Newman 189.765
    #55-Waltrip 189.557
    #22-Blaney 188.957
    #21-Elliott 188.917
    #9-Kahne 188.838
    slowest #37-McClure 177.326 and #08-Long 182.760
    47 of 53 drivers have made runs
    The six who didn't run: #19-Sadler, #48-Johnson, #5-Mears, #24-Gordon, #66-Riggs and #96-Yeley
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. lost and engine midway thru the practice and the team will change engines, then it was mentioned on SPEED's coverage that all the Hendrick Motorsports cars #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, Earnhardt and #5-Mears will change engines as there is some sort of lifter problem. #66-Riggs team is changing engines, also uses Hendrick engines and the other teams that run Hendrick engines are checking them out: #09-Marlin, #87-Wallace, #70-Mayfield and #78-Nemechek [not changing engines]. Also #07-Bowyer lost an engine and is changing their engine.
    confirmed engine changes: #48-Johnson, #5-Mears, #24-Gordon, #66-Riggs, #96-Yeley, #07-Yeley and #88-Earnhardt Jr. that means these drivers have to fall to the rear of the pack before the drop of the green flag for the Gatorade Duel they are running. This doe NOT effect where they start the Daytona 500. Team are allowed to change engines between the Duels and the Daytona 500.
    For all the sppeds, see my 2008 Practice Speeds page. (2-13-2008) Comment here.

  • Wednesday's 1st Practice for the Gatorade Duel 150's/Daytona 500 is over after rain shortened the 90 scheduled minute practice to 60 [the original sched], the rain stopped and they are drying the track and the plan is to try to practice as soon as the track is dry. The 2nd practice today is scheduled for 2:00pm/et. The top-5 were:
    #18-Busch 190.525
    #17-Kenseth 190.440
    #66-Riggs 190.351
    #99-Edwards 190.311
    #20-Stewart 190.299
    slowest is #37-McClure 183.113 and #34-Andretti 185.300
    the drivers are drafting, running in a packs
    #27-Villeneuve hit the wall and pancaked the right side of the car, the team made repairs and Villeneuve is back on track making laps
    also #18-Kyle Busch and #50-Stanton Barrett also scraped the wall. and #96-Yeley lost an engine, the 6th Toyota to expire since last Friday.
    See the speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(2-13-2008)

  • Johnson on pole for Daytona 500: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 187.075mph for his 2nd career Daytona 500 pole and 14th pole of his career. #55-Michael Waltrip was 2nd fastest and has a set strating spot for the race. All other starting positions will be determined following the Gatorade 150 qualifying races. The rest of the top five for qualifying was #78-Joe Nemechek, #00-David Reutimann and #22-Dave Blaney. Nemechek, Reutimann and Waltrip are thee three go-or-go-homers [not in the top-35 of end of season owners points] who are guaranteed of making the race. Three other can get in via speed if the other three race their way in on Thursday: #60-Boris Said; #10-Patrick Carpentier, #83-Brian Vickers and #27-Jacques Villeneuve. #2-Kurt Busch was not fast enough to get in the race, but could race in via the Duels [4 spots, 2 each, get in via the Duels], but Busch can use the past champions provisional [and start 43rd]. If Busch races his way in, the #44-Jarrett could use it and if Jarrett races in, the #21-Bill Elliottt could use it. If none of the three drivers need it, the the next fastest driver not already in, would get in the race.
    So it is the top 2 are in, followed by spots 3-40 [34 from the top 35 and 4 from the Duels], the spots 41 and 42 from the next fastest drivers/cars, then then the most recent past hampion in 43rd...if needed. If not needed, then the fastest driver not already in, would get the spot. See the qualifying speeds on my Daytona 500 Qualifying Page.(2-10-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 1:10pm/et.
    TV: FOX - 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none known

  • Daytona 500 practice 2 at Daytona International Speedway is over. Teams once again did single car runs in preparation for qualifying on Sunday, the top 5 were:
    #10-Carpentier 186.150
    #55-Waltrip 186.089
    #20-Stewart 185.962
    #11-Hamlin, 185.943
    #28-Kvapil 185.912
    slowest were #50-Barrett 180.861 and #08-Long 181.163
    no speed listed: #27-Villeneuve, #48-Johnson, #57-Benning, #22-Blaney
    50 of 54 drivers made runs
    see speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice page.(2-9-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Daytona in Practice 2
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 1st fastest
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 2nd
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 6th
    #2-Kurt Busch, 43rd would use the past champ prov or race in
    if things stay the same, these drivers need to make the race via the Gatorade Duel [first 2 get in] or would miss the race:
    #00-David Reutimann, 7th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 9th
    #21-Bill Elliott, 11th [could use past champ provisional]
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 16th [could use past champ provisional]
    #37-Eric McClure, 20th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 22nd
    #60-Boris Said, 31st
    #49-Ken Schrader, 41st
    #87-Kenny Wallace, 46th
    #34-John Andretti, 47th
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 48th
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 49th
    #08-Carl Long, 50th
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve, no speed
    #57-Norm Benning, no speed
    see speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice page.(2-9-2008)

  • Daytona 500 practice 1 at Daytona International Speedway is over. Team did single car runs in preparation for qualifying on Sunday, the top 5 were:
    #48-Johnson 186.285
    #10-Carpentier 186.023
    #20-Stewart 185.831
    #24-Gordon 185.824
    #27-Villeneuve 185.820
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. was 8th fastest
    slowest: #34-Andretti 180.393 and #08-Long 180.945
    no speed listed for #57-Benning
    see speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice 1 page.(2-9-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Daytona
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 2nd
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve, 4th
    #00-David Reutimann, 9th
    #2-Kurt Busch, 46th would use the past champ prov or race in
    if things stay the same, these drivers need to make the race via the Gatorade Duel [first 2 get in] or would miss the race:
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 10th [could use past champ provisional]
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 16th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 19th
    #21-Bill Elliott, 22nd [could use past champ provisional]
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 28th
    #60-Boris Said, 32nd
    #49-Ken Schrader, 40th
    #37-Eric McClure, 42nd
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 45th
    #87-Kenny Wallace, 47th
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 50th
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 51st
    #08-Carl Long, 52nd
    #34-John Andretti, 53rd
    #57-Norm Benning, 54th no speed
    see speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice 1 page.(2-9-2008)

  • Entry List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 54 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    And these drivers who need to get in on speed or the Gatorade Duel 150's and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (36/39)
    #08-Carl Long (8/53)
    #2-Kurt Busch [Past Champ 1](8/51 switched with #77)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (7/52)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (36/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ 3](36/36)
    #27-Jacques Villenueve (36/44)
    #34-John Andretti (29/49)
    #37-Eric McClure (8/56)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 2] (36/40)
    #49-Ken Schrader (36/47)
    #50-Stanton Barrett (none)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (36/41)
    #57-Norm Benning (none)
    #60-Boris Said (6/50)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (36/42)
    #87-Kenny Wallace (none)
    #83-Brian Vickers (36/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (36/43)
    In the event qualifying AND Duels are cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 2,44,21,10,83,00,55,78
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 84,27,49,34,08,37,09,60,50,57,87
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona 500 Entry List
    (2-8-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 Sprint 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).

  • Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duels/Daytona 500:

    (this is the only Cup race that uses this procedure, for how it 'normally' works, see the Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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][teams do NOT have have to attempt all races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint 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]

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


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Most Wins - Active: 6 - Jeff Gordon

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

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

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

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

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

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

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

  • Oldest Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/88

  • 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, 2/16/2003

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

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, 7/7/2007

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

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

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

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

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 121 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: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1 [July Race]
  • Races won from the top 5: 67 of 121 [55.4%]
  • Races won from the top 10: 96 of 121 [79.3%]

  • Races won from the top 15: 111 of 121 [91.7%]


  • Daytona 500 notes:

    Daytona 500 and Championship in same year: only eight times by five drivers has the Daytona 500 and the Sprint Cup Championship been won in the same season:
    1959: Lee Petty
    1964, 1971, 1974, 1979: Richard Petty
    1977: Cale Yarborough
    1997: Jeff Gordon
    2006: Jimmie Johnson

    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), Kevin Harvick (2007)

    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: (18) Chevrolet

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

    Lowest Starting Position by a Winner: (34th) Kevin Harvick (2007)

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

    Closest Winning Margin: .020 seconds, Kevin Harvick (2007)

    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 Tidbits:
    • Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
    • 501 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500,; 293 of those in more than one.
    • Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin and Kyle Petty have all competed in the Daytona 500 26 times – more than any other active drivers.
    • 31 drivers have won a Daytona 500.
    • Only eight drivers have won the Daytona 500 more than once: Richard Petty (seven), Cale Yarborough (four), Bobby Allison (three), Dale Jarrett (three), Jeff Gordon (three), Bill Elliott (two), Sterling Marlin (two) and Michael Waltrip (two).
    • Three drivers have won back-to-back Daytona 500s: Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95)
    • Other than Lee Petty, who won the inaugural Daytona 500, no driver has ever won in his first appearance.
    • Fred Lorenzen posted a top-10 finish in eight of his nine Daytona 500s – the best of all drivers who have competed in more than two Daytona 500 races.
    • Dale Earnhardt finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 23 Daytona 500s, the best performance of the drivers who have competed in more than 10.
    • Jimmie Johnson (4 of 6), Bill Elliott (14 of 26), Jeff Gordon (8 of 15), Kevin Harvick (3 of 6), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4 of 8) are the active drivers who have competed in three or more races with top-10 finishes in at least half of their Daytona 500s.
    • Jimmie Johnson has an 11.33 average finish in six appearances, the best of the active drivers who have competed in more than one Daytona 500.
    • 18 drivers have a best finish of second in the Daytona 500, led by Terry Labonte who was the runner-up three times.
    • The average number of starts before winning the Daytona 500 is 6.19.
    • Dale Earnhardt competed 19 times before winning his only Daytona 500 (1998), the longest of any of the 31 race winners.
    • Six drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first Daytona 500 victory: Dale Earnhardt (19), Buddy Baker (18), Darrell Waltrip (16), Bobby Allison (14), Michael Waltrip (14) and Sterling Marlin (12).
    • The most Daytona 500s all-time without a victory was Dave Marcis (33 races). Ricky Rudd (29), Terry Labonte (27) and Rusty Wallace (23) all failed to win in the Daytona 500.
    • Three active drivers have gone 20 or more races without a victory: Kyle Petty (27), Mark Martin (23) and Ken Schrader (23).
    • Dave Marcis has competed in the Daytona 500 thirty-three times, more than any other driver. His best Daytona 500 finish was sixth in 1975 and ’78.
    • Six drivers have posted their career-first victory with a win in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994) and Michael Waltrip (2001).
    • Mario Andretti won one of the three Daytona 500s in which he competed. He failed to finish the other two.
    • Pete Hamilton won one of the four Daytona 500s in which he competed. He failed to finish the other three.
    • A.J. Foyt competed in 28 Daytona 500s , posting one victory and seven top-10 finishes. He failed to finish in his other 19 events.
    • Seven of the last 11 Daytona 500s have had a margin of victory of less than three-tenths of a second:
    1996 0.120
    1999 0.124
    2001 0.128
    2002 0.193
    2004 0.273
    2005 0.158
    2007 0.090
    • Twenty-six of the 49 Daytona 500s have been won from a top-five starting position.
    • Nine have been won from the Coors Light Pole, but only twice in the last nine: Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).
    • The only Daytona 500s won from outside a top-10 starting position since 1980 were by Derrike Cope (12th - 1990), Michael Waltrip (19th - 2001), Ward Burton (19th – 2002) and Jeff Gordon (15th – 2005) and Kevin Harvick (34th – 2007).
    • Four former winners of the Indianapolis 500 will attempt to qualify for the 2008 Daytona 500: Jacques Villeneuve (1995), Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Sam Hornish Jr. (2006) and Dario Franchitti (2007).
    • A.J. Foyt is the only Indianapolis 500 winner to go on to win the Daytona 500. Foyt won at Indy in 1961 and at Daytona in 1965 and 1972. Mario Andretti also won both races but his Daytona 500 victory (1967) came before his win at Indy (1969).
    • 14 winners of the Indianapolis 500 have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Eight competed in at least one Daytona 500:
    Driver, Indy Win Daytona 500s Best Daytona 500
    A.J. Foyt, 1961, 28, 1st (1965, 72)
    Johnny Rutherford, 1974, 7, 9th (1963)
    Gordon Johncock, 1973, 3, 29th (1966)
    Mario Andretti, 1969, 3, 1st (1967)
    Mark Donahue, 1972, 1, 35th (1972)
    Parnelli Jones, 1963, 3, 15th (1963)
    Tom Sneva, 1983, 3, 7th (1983)
    Juan Pablo Montoya, 2000, 1, 19th (2007)
    (NASCAR PR)

    PREVIOUS DAYTONA 500 RACE/POLE WINNERS
    Daytona 500 Winners 1959-2007



PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Cask No. 16 #26 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Sorenson in black at the Shootout: The #41 Target Dodge driven by Reed Sorenson will feature an all black paint scheme for the Budweiser Shootout. The car will return to its regular scheme for the Daytona 500.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see an image of the car on my #41 Team Schemes page.(2-6-2008) Comment here

  • Diffferent scheme, car chief for Blaney: #22 Dave Blaney will start the year with a new paint scheme for the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. The Caterpillar Dealers logo will adorn the #22 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Camry. The "Cat Dealers" car for the Budweiser Shootout salutes the U.S. and Canadian dealers and their longtime support of the Cat Racing program. The names of all U.S. and Canadian Cat dealers will adorn the trunk lid of the #22 Toyota for the special event. Phil Moran has stepped into the position of car chief for the #22 Caterpillar Racing team. Moran, a native of Colchester, Conn., was previously the Cup shop foreman at BDR. Jeremy Milless has also joined the team and will serve in the engineer position. Milless comes to BDR from the open wheel ranks. The remainder of the team remains the same as last year [for those see my Pit Crew chart].(BDR PR), see an image of the car on my #22 Team Schemes page.(2-6-2008) Comment here

  • Special scheme for McMurray in the Shootout: Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion in Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. This special paint scheme promoting a new blend of Crown Royal will run in both the Shootout and the Daytona 500. McMurray on racing at Daytona International Speedway in the Shootout: "I'm really looking forward to the Shootout in Daytona for a lot of reasons. The last time we raced at Daytona; I won there, which gives the team a lot of confidence heading into the race. Also, I really think that all speedway races should be no more than 50 to 70 laps. The rest of the time the guys are just putting themselves into a position to really go for it at the end. We are showcasing a brand new paint scheme in Daytona. It's the #26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion. The No. 16 isn't the car number, but actually the beginning of the postal code from the famous cognac region of France. Cask No. 16 is a new blend from Crown Royal.(Roush Fenway Racing PR), have not seen an image of the scheme...yet.(2-5-2008)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

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

    Daytona 500 Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: 24 Daytona 500 winners
    Command to start engines: 24 Daytona 500 winners
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Richard Petty
    National Anthem: Trisha Yearwood
    Military Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
    Pace Car Driver: Junior Johnson
    Gatorade Duel 150's Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: ?
    Command to start engines: Darrell Waltrip
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Darrell Waltrip
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?

  • More info and news about the Budweiser Shootout on the Budweiser Shootout page

  • Track/Race Websites:
    daytonaintlspeedway.com
    Daytona 500
    Daytona 500 Experience

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Daytona

  • Last Year: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • Last Year: see my July Daytona Race Info page

  • 2006: see the Feb 2006 Daytona 500 Race Info page


  • Trisha Yearwood to Perform National Anthem at Daytona 500: Grammy-Award winning county star Trisha Yearwood will perform the National Anthem for the historic 50th Running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Yearwood, will be part of a musical array of talent performing at "The World Center of Racing" including the Sprint Pre-Race show featuring the most awarded duo in country music history with more than 80 industry awards, Brooks & Dunn, Chubby Checker, Michael McDonald and Kool & the Gang. Tickets for the DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events, including the 50th running of the Daytona 500, are still available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-15-2008)

  • Harley J. Earl trophy, who was Earl? The Daytona 500? Its trophy is named after Harley J. Earl. Who was Earl? No drivers asked knew about Earl. None of these responses come as a surprise to Richard Earl, Harley's grandson. The 48-year-old West Palm Beach resident is determined to put his late grandfather's prize on a figurative mantel alongside the most-recognized prizes in sports. Richard Earl believes Daytona's annual Speed Weeks, which culminate in Sunday's 50th running of the Daytona 500, should be a perfect platform for a Harley Earl renaissance. He had hoped to do much to educate the public about his grandfather's legacy, but his plans haven't materialized. He's disillusioned, not sure he'll even accept Daytona International Speedway's invitation to attend the race. "When you look at all their promotion for the upcoming race, there's very little mention of Harley," Richard Earl said. "This guy did a lot. His name's on this trophy for a reason. He's a real icon." Harley Earl was an automotive pioneer, the father of car design. He has been called the "Da Vinci of Detroit." When he began in the 1920s American cars were basically boxes on wheels. By the time he retired in 1958, he and his designers had created many "concept cars" that looked more like spacecraft. See the full story at the Palm Beach Post. Richard Earl, a former Wall Street broker, makes his living selling Harley Earl-designed cars. " 'Motoramic masterpieces' is how I like to refer to them," he said. He maintains the official Harley Earl Web site, carofthecentury.com, and is working on a biography of his grandfather.(2-14-2008) Comment here.

  • DW named starter for the Gatorade Duels: Darrell Waltrip, five-time winner of the Gatorade Duel At Daytona and 1989 Daytona 500 champion, will serve as the Honorary Starter for the 50th annual Gatorade Duel At Daytona on Thursday, Feb. 14 at historic Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip will wave the green flag for the first 150-mile Gatorade Duel At Daytona qualifying race, which is scheduled to start at 2pm/et. The Gatorade Duel at Daytona is a pair of 150-mile qualifying races that finalize the startling lineup for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, which is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17. "Gatorade was my first big sponsor and they put me on the map so to speak," Waltrip said. "Many drivers feared the Gatorade green, the orange lighting bolt, that big 88 on the door and my name on the roof. That was a winning combination. As far as waving the green flag, I can't wait to feel the power at Daytona. I am truly humbled that after all these years, Gatorade still considers me part of the family." Waltrip, who is a three-time NASCAR champion, owns 14 victories at DIS and captured wins in the Gatorade Duel in 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1988. The 2007 winners of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona were #24-Jeff Gordon and #20-Tony Stewart. Tickets for the DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events, including the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP/(DIS PR), the Duels will also be shown on SPEED live at 2:00pm/et [re-air at 9:00pm/et], MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.(2-11-2008)

  • 24 Daytona 500 Champs to serve as Grand Marshals of Daytona 500: The 24 living Daytona 500 Champions will serve as Grand Marshals for the historic 50th Running of the Daytona 500, giving the command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," to get the most anticipated even in racing history underway. On Sunday, Feb. 17th, the culmination of DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will peak when 24 legends get NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race started from "The World Center of Racing." Drivers on hand throughout the momentous weekend who will order the most anticipated words in racing include: Bobby Allison (1978, 1982, 1988); Mario Andretti (1967); Buddy Baker (1980); Geoff Bodine (1986); Ward Burton (2002); Derrike Cope (1990); Dale Earnhardt, Jr.* (2004); Bill Elliott* (1985, 1987); A.J. Foyt (1972); Jeff Gordon* (1997, 1999, 2005); Pete Hamilton (1970); Kevin Harvick* (2007); Ernie Irvan (1991); Dale Jarrett* (1993, 1996, 2000); Jimmie Johnson* (2006); Junior Johnson (1960); Fred Lorenzen (1965); Sterling Marlin* (1994, 1995); Marvin Panch (1961); David Pearson (1976); Richard Petty (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981); Darrell Waltrip (1989); Michael Waltrip* (2001, 2003); Cale Yarborough (1968, 1977, 1983, 1984).[* still active, eight drivers to attempt Daytona 500 in 2008]. To purchase tickets to 2008 DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona events call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-6-2008)

  • 1960 Daytona 500 Champion Junior Johnson to Drive Corvette Z06 Pace Car for Daytona 500: Former Daytona 500 champion Junior Johnson, who claimed 50 NASCAR victories including the 1960 edition of "The Great American Race," will be behind the wheel of a 2008 Corvette Z06 as he paces the field before the start of the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 and named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998, the North Carolina native claimed his Daytona 500 victory in only his second season in NASCAR competition. That memorable win was behind the wheel of the #27 John Masoni Daytona Kennel Club Chevrolet Impala. Johnson joins past drivers who have paced "The Great American Race" including Baseball "Iron Man" Cal Ripken Jr., Actor Ben Affleck and Tonight Show host Jay Leno. This is the 37th consecutive year that General Motors has provided the Daytona 500 with the Official Pace Vehicle, and the fifth year running that Chevrolet has chosen Corvette for the job. The '08 Corvette Z06 will be decked out in "anniversary gold" in honor of the occasion, making it one of Chevy's most uniquely designed pace cars. Race tickets for the DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events are still available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-4-2008)

  • Sister Hazel To Perform National Anthem at Bud Shootout: Sister Hazel will perform the National Anthem at the 30th annual Budweiser Shootout at historic Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Feb. 9. In addition to National Anthem, which will be televised live nationally by FOX Sports, Sister Hazel will also perform three songs during pre-race ceremonies as well as a 60-minute post-race concert from the Entertainment Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE next to the Budweiser Bistro. Sprint FANZONE and hospitality passes will permit fans to view the pre-race concert from the tri-oval area along pit road and all Budweiser Shootout ticket holders will be able to attend Sister Hazel's post-race concert. Tickets to the 30th annual Budweiser Shootout as well as other DIRECTV Speedweeks events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-2-2008)

  • 50th Running of Daytona 500 Sold Out: Daytona International Speedway officials announced that all grandstand seats for the historic 50th Running of the 2008 Daytona 500 have been sold. While all grandstand seats are sold out, fans can still purchase infield tickets for "The Great American Race", scheduled for Feb. 17. In addition to infield tickets, fans can still experience the festivities of other exciting events surrounding the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 by purchasing tickets to other exciting DIRECTV Speedweeks events including in February:
    9th: 30th Annual Budweiser Shootout
    14th: 50th Gatorade Duel At Daytona
    15th: 9th annual Chevy Silverado 250 Truck Series race
    16th: 50th annual Camping World 300 Presented by Chevy Nationwide Series race
    Recording its earliest sellout of the event in modern history, Speedway President Robin Braig said, "The anticipation of the 50th running of the Daytona 500 - NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - has been at a fever-pitch level throughout the year. Although there are no grandstand seats left for 'The Great American Race', there are still tickets left for the other exciting Speedweeks events throughout DIRECTV Speedweeks." Tickets for these and all events at historic Daytona International Speedway can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-31-2008)

  • Grand Marshals named for Community Motorsports Parade: Alli Owens, a Daytona Beach native, is proud to announce that she will serve as the Co-Grand Marshal for the Inaugural Community Motorsports Parade. The event, which marks the start of Daytona Speedweeks festivities, is being held on February 2, 2008 in conjunction with the Community Motorsports Festival. NASCAR driver Mike Skinner is the other Co-Grand Marshal. Owens is entering her rookie season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Driving the #12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevy, the 19-year-old is making her first start on the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. The parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00am/et, starts at Lincoln and Mary McLeod Blvd. runs to Beach St. to Magnolia Ave. to City Island.(PR)(1-30-2008)

  • The 'King' named Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500: Seven-time Daytona 500 Champion Richard Petty, who's father Lee won the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, will serve as Honorary Starter for the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17. Petty will drop the green flag at Daytona International Speedway to get the historic event underway at 3:30pm/et. "We are so honored and proud to have Richard Petty drop the green flag to get the most anticipated event in racing history underway," said Speedway President Robin Braig. "Richard and the Daytona 500 are synonymous with NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race and we're thrilled to have him get the 50th spectacle underway." Over the course of 32 years driving on the Sprint Cup circuit, along with his record seven Daytona 500 wins, "The King" has a record 200 victories; won seven Sprint Cup championships; recorded 27 wins in 1967; was named the circuit's "Most Popular Driver" nine times and was the Series Rookie of the Year in 1959. Tickets for the DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events, including the 50th running of the Daytona 500, are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-30-2008)

  • Record purse announced for the Daytona 500: The 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 - the most anticipated event in racing history - will carry a record purse of more than $18 million. The posted awards for "The Great American Race" on Sunday, Feb. 17 will be $18,689,238.The posted awards for the 2007 Daytona 500, which was won for the first time by Kevin Harvick in a photo finish over Mark Martin, was $18,386,023. The winner of this year's Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,445,250. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,044,400, $752,400, $598,450 and $471,500 respectively. The last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will also be well compensated with a minimum of $233,865. The winner for the inaugural Daytona 500 back in 1959 - Lee Petty - collected $19,050 and the last-place finisher - Ken Marriott - earned $100. Other purses for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events are:
    *ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $283,552
    *Budweiser Shootout: $1,217,154 with the winner pocketing $215,000 *Gatorade Duel At Daytona: $1,350,000, $675,000 for each race *Chevy Silverado 250 Craftsman Truck Series race: $875,448 *Camping World 300 presented by Chevy Nationwide Series race: $2,640,772 Tickets to any of the DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-29-2008)

  • Entertainment announced for the Daytona 500: Brooks & Dunn, the most awarded duo in country music history with more than 80 industry awards, including 20 Country Music Association Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards, will highlight the highly acclaimed Sprint Pre-Race Show - the heart-pumping, one-of-a-kind pre-race prelude to the most anticipated event in racing history - the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500. In addition to Brooks & Dunn, Chubby Checker. Michael McDonald and Kool & the Gang will rock the high-profile pre-race entertainment stage, bringing together an amazing collection of musical icons from different musical eras. The pre-race extravaganza will air live before millions of national television viewers on FOX and more than 200,000 energized race fans on-site at historic Daytona International Speedway (DIS) prior to the Daytona 500. 2008 marks the fifth consecutive year that JHE Production Group and Q&A Entertainment Inc. will produce the Daytona 500 Sprint Pre-Race Show.(DIS PR)(1-23-2008)

  • Daytona area resident elected 'mayor' of Speedweeks: Rich Scherer was elected 2008 honorary "Mayor of DIRECTV Speedweeks" in a contest held by Daytona International Speedway and Black Crow Broadcasting. Hundreds of fans threw their hats in the political arena, vying for the title. The winner, who says he's seen every Daytona 500 since 1959 and spent his honeymoon in the infield watching Lee Petty win the 1959 event, pointed out in his application "somehow I scrape enough money together to go to all the races, but never have I been treated like a VIP celebrity by attending the festivities as an honorary Mayor."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-15-2008) Conversation

  • NASA Astronaut At Daytona Speedway Event for 50th Milestones: Astronaut Andrew Feustel will participate in NASCAR's Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway, Fla., on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The appearance is in celebration of NASA's 50th anniversary and the Daytona International Speedway's 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008. Feustel will ride around the track, or take "hot laps," in an official track vehicle. Immediately afterward, he will be available for media interviews behind the Pit Road wall. Technology developed for the space program has helped NASCAR drivers increase their performance and stay safe over the years. They wear cooling suits similar to what astronauts wear during a spacewalk. Foam that NASA developed for aircraft seats protects racecar drivers' necks in crashes. In addition to participating in the fan festival, NASA will fly three Daytona 500 flags aboard an upcoming space shuttle flight. Speedway officials plan to wave one of the flags to begin the 2008 installment of the Daytona 500, while another will be presented to the winning driver. NASA will keep the third. Feustel will fly on the space shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The mission will extend and improve the observatory's capabilities through 2013. Launch is targeted for August 2008.(News Blaze)(1-7-2008)

  • US Senate designates Feb. 17th "Race Day in America" By unanimous consent, the United States Senate recently designated February 17th, 2008 - the date of the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 - as "Race Day in America." The resolution, introduced during the 110th Congress by Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez highlights the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 and festivities surrounding the event. Noting that the Daytona 500 is the most prestigious stock car race in the United States; and that Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race"; and that winning the prestigious Harley J. Earl Trophy is stock car racing's greatest prize and privilege; and that well-known politicians, celebrities and athletes take part in the festivities surrounding the Daytona 500, the resolution passed easily. "What a special way to recognize the most anticipated event in racing history," said Speedway President Robin Braig. "We are looking forward to the historic 50th running of 'The Great American Race' and the festivities that surround it." Tickets for the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 at historic Daytona International Speedway and all events at DIS can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-4-2008)

  • Daytona International Speedway Generates $1.9 Billion Annually: Daytona International Speedway, host of NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious event - The Daytona 500 - has an annual overall economic impact of more than $1 billion. According to the report conducted by The Washington Economics Group, Inc. and Chuck Yaros, Daytona International Speedway and Daytona 500 Experience boast a total economic impact of $1.9 billion annually. The economic impact study was conducted over a several month period utilizing the IMPLAN model, which analyzes both the direct and indirect benefits of an economic producer in a region and statewide. The WEG study also found: * DIS and Daytona 500 Experience operations create nearly 32,000 jobs. * DIS and Daytona 500 Experience provide more than $856 million dollars in labor income annually. * DIS and Daytona 500 Experience generate $155.4 million dollars annually in tax revenue to state and local governments. The report also noted that International Speedway Corporation, the parent company of Daytona International Speedway, announced that its operations generate $2.3 billion in economic benefit each year. Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno also read a proclamation on behalf of the County Council of Volusia County proclaiming Feb. 17, 2008, as "DAYTONA 500 50th ANNIVERSARY DAY."(DIS PR)(12-18-2007)

  • Thunderbirds to Flyover at Daytona: The world-renowned “Thunderbirds” – the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron – will provide race fans with an aerial spectacle during the National Anthem flyover at the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. It is the first time the exclusive flying squadron will perform a flyover at the historic “World Center of Racing.” It will also be the first flyover by the exclusive group in 2008.(Daytona PR), they did however, do a flyover in the late 1950's, over the Daytona beach course.(12-11-2007)

  • NASCAR enters the Space Age: If NASA's promotional plan pays off, millions of NASCAR fans will have their eyes glued to the skies next month when space shuttle Atlantis blasts off into orbit -- carrying three Daytona 500 race flags in its cargo bay. The green starter flags are being launched into space to celebrate the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in February, as well as NASA's own upcoming 50th anniversary. "It's great," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said. "It will hopefully bring space to a whole new audience." NASA, working hard to wind down the shuttle program in 2010 and start its next phase of space exploration that will bring humans back to the moon, is trying to drum up public enthusiasm for an invigorated space program. And the Daytona racetrack was looking for an out-of-this-world way to celebrate its own milestone, said David Talley, spokesman for Daytona International Speedway. NASA came up with the idea to link the two anniversaries earlier this year. Both sides are trying to arrange astronaut-driver promotional events, including a possible joint NASCAR driver-shuttle crew press event during Atlantis' 11-day mission next month. The agency sets aside a small amount of space on every shuttle mission for commemorative items. Last month, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber flew aboard Discovery to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise. In 2000, a small piece of fabric from Orville and Wilbur Wright's airplane flew on a shuttle mission. The flags had to be measured and weighed carefully to meet NASA's requirements for onboard items and will be stowed throughout the mission. Upon their return to Earth, one flag will be awarded to the winner of the 50th Daytona 500 on Feb. 17; one will go to the Daytona 500 Experience attraction at the racetrack; and the third will stay with NASA. NASA officials will announce Atlantis' launch date Friday. It is expected to be Dec. 6.(Orlando Sentinel)(11-29-2007)
    UPDATE: NASCAR will drop the green flag for shuttle Atlantis as it lifts off the launch pad at 3:31 p.m. Dec. 6. Inside the orbiter's payload are three flags being sent to space to celebrate the 50th running of the Daytona 500. The flags will travel more than a million miles at 17,500 mph during the 12-day mission to deliver Columbus, a science research module -- a far cry from the 200 mph the cars will go during the February race.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(11-29-2007)

  • Daytona July 2008 race tix on sale: On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8:00am/et, fans will have their first opportunity to purchase all remaining tickets for the July Sprint Cup Series 400 on July 5, 2008 at Daytona International Speedway. Great seats, including a limited number of premium tower seats, will be available. DIS also has something special for current tickets holders who refer a friend that buys tickets to the July Sprint Cup Series 400 - a brand new Corvette. Current customers can refer as many accounts as they like and will be registered each time they are mentioned as a referring account. Both the referring account and new customer account are registered for the Corvette. Drawing for the new Corvette will be held in May. For more info see daytonainternationalspeedway.com of call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(10-11-2007)

  • Daytona to add Second Fan Deck to Sprint Fanzone: The Sprint Fanzone, located in the heart of the infield of Daytona International Speedway, will be bigger and better for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 and the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17. Beginning in mid-October, a second Fandeck will be added atop the Sprint Cup Series garages on the south side of the Sprint Fanzone. The new fan deck, which will include a bridge connecting it to the north fan deck, adds an additional 23,500 square feet to the Sprint Fanzone and provides race fans with a view of the south side of the Sprint Cup Series garages. Construction on the expansion of the Fandeck will be completed in time for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-27. The Sprint Fanzone was constructed in 2004 during Daytona International Speedway's multi-million dollar infield renovation and made its debut in 2005. A Sprint Fanzone/Pre-Race access pass for the 50th running of the Daytona 500 is $90 (must already have purchased a race ticket). For the other days during DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008, an advance Sprint Fanzone/Pre-Race pass is $25 (must be purchased two weeks before event date). For tickets to DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events, including the 50th running of the Daytona 500, call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(9-14-2007)

  • Ford hired by ISC: Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of pioneer automaker Henry Ford, is becoming a director of International Speedway Corp., owner of Daytona International Speedway. Ford, 58, due to be formally elected in November, will take over the board seat of Chairman William C. France, who died in June. Ford has been a vice president of Ford Motor Co. since 1993. James C. France, William C. France's brother, officially took over as ISC chairman. Lesa France Kennedy, ISC president and William's daughter, became vice chairman.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-6-2007)

  • Race Fans Go Behind The Scenes At DIS With VIP Hot Pass Tour: Have you ever wondered what it's liketo see Gatorade Victory Lane from a $5,000 seat at Daytona International Speedway? What the view is from the eyes of a sportswriter?; Where NASCAR President Mike Helton lays down the law prior to a NASCAR race? Well, race fans visiting the Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction can see those things and much more by taking advantage of the new VIP Hot Pass Tour - an exclusive behind-the-scenes personalized two-hour tour that opens the door to the backstage of motorsports' most historic venue "The World Center of Racing." The VIP Hot Pass Tour debuted last Friday and Saturday and both were sold out. On the VIP Hot Pass Tour, race fans can travel in comfort throughout the hallowed Speedway grounds and get an insider's look at popular hot spots such as the four-story icon Daytona 500 Club and upscale President's Row, the Sprint Cup garages, the Infield Media Center where hundreds of reporters from the Associated Press to NASCAR Scene pen stories, the Driver's Meeting Room where drivers, crew chiefs, owners and VIPs gather for the pre-race dos and don'ts, the Houston Lawing Press Box and a luxury suite in Sprint Tower where Fortune 500 executives rub elbows.
    Included in the $50 Daytona 500 Experience VIP Hot Pass tour are:
    * Admission to the Daytona 500 Experience, "The Official Attraction of NASCAR."
    * Two-hour personal track tour aboard the comfort of a Speedway motor coach.
    * Lunch at the Budweiser Bistro in the heart of the SPRINT FANZONE.
    * Discount on merchandise from the Pit Shop, located just outside The Daytona 500 Experience and jam packed with the latest in NASCAR apparel. * Two ACCELERATION ALLEY ride vouchers, where guests hop in 80% scale motion simulators and race each other on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. All VIP Hot Pass tours must be scheduled by calling (386) 947-6530 or by visiting www.DAYTONA500EXPERIENCE.com.(DIS PR)(8-14-2007)

  • Pavers, graders replace sound of stock cars at Daytona: The sound of stock cars at Daytona International Speedway, have been replaced - for the time being - by the sound of bulldozers, pavers and graders. "The World Center of Racing," which undertook a major infield renovation project in 2004, is currently experience yet another tweak in its infield, with several alterations underway.
    Those projects include:
    Remove all above ground obstructions and ditches from the interior grassed sections of the road course (overhead power, drainage structure headwalls, fencing).
    Regrade the interior grassed section of the road course, install drainage structures and grates.
    Construct a 12' wide extension of pit road to extend pit road out to the east horseshoe where it blends into the main track.
    Construct a new inner East Horseshoe which will match the existing radius and slope of the existing turn.
    Strip the grass and topsoil between road course in and out and pave the area.(DIS PR)(7-31-2007)

  • Daytona 500 Web Site Launched: Race fans looking to get their Daytona 500 “fix” prior to the historic 50th running of “The Great American Race” scheduled for Feb. 17, 2008, can visit the preeminent on-line destination for news, history and background on the most anticipated event in racing history. At www.daytona500.com, the Official Site of the Daytona 500, race fans can access a comprehensive, user-friendly website with the latest innovative technology, allowing fans to view exclusive and historical content, videos, photos, audio as well as downloading screensavers and wallpapers and other multimedia elements.(DIS PR)(7-23-2007)

  • Coke signs deal with ISC, and title rights for July races in Daytona: International Speedway Corporation announced that the company has signed an exclusive ten-year agreement with Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). Specific financial terms were not released. Under the terms of the agreement, CCNA brands will become the "Official Soft Drink," "Official Sparkling Beverage" and "Official Water" for 10 of ISC's wholly owned and/or operated motorsports facilities; as well as the Daytona 500 Experience, the Ultimate Motorsports Attraction. Beginning in January 2008, the partnership will include the following ISC properties:
    Daytona International Speedway, including race entitlement rights for the facility's July Sprint [to be Sprint] Cup and Busch series events; The DAYTONA 500 Experience; Chicagoland Speedway; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Kansas Speedway; Michigan International Speedway; Richmond International Raceway. The relationship will extend to Darlington Raceway in 2009, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International in 2011, and Phoenix International Raceway in 2012 [no mention of Martinsville or California speedways]. Under the new agreement, CCNA beverages will be served exclusively at the facilities by Americrown, ISC's catering, concessions and merchandising subsidiary, and by other facility concessionaires. In addition, CCNA will leverage its marketing expertise to create a variety of programs featuring ISC properties both at-track and wherever racing fans enjoy their favorite sport.(DIS PR)(7-9-2007)

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

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 2,000; Right-side -- 2,000

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4124; Right-side -- D-4126

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 44-48 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Speedweeks '08 is the first time that teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be running these tire codes . . . the change from last year's tire set-up was brought on by the change in car style, with this being the first time the "Car of Tomorrow" is being raced at Daytona . . . the tire combination run by Sprint Cup teams is different than the one to be run here by NASCAR Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series teams this week . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation," based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., will be covering the NASCAR races at Daytona this weekend.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Daytona 500 testing speeds-news:
    2008 Daytona 500 Testing Session 2 Day 4 Speeds/Notes
    2008 Daytona 500 Testing Session 1 Day 1 Speeds/Notes
    2008 Daytona 500 Testing Session 1 Day 2 Speeds/Notes
    2008 Daytona 500 Testing Session 1 Day 3 Speeds/Notes
    Session 1 Cumulative Speeds - Single Car Runs
    Session 1 Cumulative Speeds - Drafting/All Speeds

  • McClure to Honor Laura Chichester During Speedweeks: Eric McClure, will run a special decal on the C-post of his #24 HeftyR brand Chevrolet (Nationwide Series) and his #37 HeftyR brand Impala SS (Sprint Cup Series) during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, honoring Laura Chichester of Cornelius, NC. Chichester, who has been part of the NASCAR family since graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management, passed away on December 20, 2007 at the age of 28. Chichester, an account executive at GMR Marketing in Charlotte, North Carolina for AlltelR Racing, was close friends with Eric's sister, Emily McClure, who coordinated the tribute with Front Row Motorsports and Chichester's family.(Team McClure- Hefty Brand Racing PR)(2-7-2008) Comment here.

  • Furniture Row Racing to field two cars in 2008 UPDATE: Furniture Row Racing enters its third year of competitive Sprint Cup racing this season, and the team is positioning itself to have its best opening season yet. Striving to reach its top potential, the team will be powering their Chevy Impala's with Hendrick Motorsports engines. Team Manager Joe Garone comments, "Having a world class driver in Joe Nemechek, and in our mind the best power in the garage with Hendrick engines, allows us to put the driver and engine program behind us. Crew chief Jay Guy and his staff can now focus on the vehicle dynamics and aero package of the new COT's." Furniture Row Racing will be running the #78 Chevy Impala this season with sponsorship from both Furniture Row and Denver Mattress. The Team will continue to seek associate sponsorship for the #78 and primary sponsorship for the #87 Chevy Impala which will be making its debut at the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500. Additional races for the #87 will only be scheduled when sponsorship is secured. The #87 Chevy Impala will be piloted by former Furniture Row driver Kenny Wallace. "I'm honored that Furniture Row Racing has asked me to attempt to qualify the #87 Denver Mattress Chevy in the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500. It's a team effort, with Joe and I hopefully both qualifying. It's also a chance… which is better than no chance at all to race." Ed Nathman will be the crew chief for the #87 Denver Mattress Chevy Impala. Furniture Row Racing looks forward to having Kenny as Joe Nemechek's teammate. As this sport evolves into more and more multi-car teams, single car teams are becoming a thing of the past. To be able to continue their two car effort, Furniture Row is eagerly seeking sponsorship for the #87 car. For more information on sponsorship opportunities you can go to www.furniturerowracing.com.(FRM PR)(1-22-2008)
    UPDATE: There is a catch, however. If Kenny Wallace qualifies [for the Daytona 500 in the #87] and teammate #78-Joe Nemechek doesn't, Wallace must relinquish the seat to Nemechek.(SceneDaily.com)(1-22-2008)

  • Fuller testing 2nd Furniture Row car at Daytona: Furniture Row Racing, whose full-time driver Joe Nemechek tested last week [in the #78], has brought its #87 entry for this test, with Jeff Fuller behind the wheel.(SceneDaily.com)(1-14-2008)

  • BAM Racing and Schrader team up for Daytona UPDATE: Been told that BAM Racing plans to field a “Diamond Driven” Dodge Charger with veteran driver Ken Schrader for both the Bud Shootout and the Daytona 500 with David Hyder as the crew chief and engines by Evernham Motorsports.(1-13-2008)
    UPDATE: Ken Schrader is among the 31 drivers on hand for the second Sprint Cup test session today through Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. Schrader, who is eligible to compete in the Budweiser Shootout, confirmed Monday morning that he would run the Speed Weeks events for BAM Racing and also will do the tests at California and Las Vegas later this month. "We're just going to see what happens," said Schrader, who owns his own race team and often races at short tracks across the country. "The only thing I know for sure is I'm going to race every weekend this year. I don't know where or what."(SceneDaily.com)(1-14-2008)

  • Long to run the #08 at Daytona: Carl Long is running the Daytona 500 with the #08 E&M Motorsports team with sponsorship from Millstar Tools and Rhino's Energy Drink. The team will be testing their #08 Dodge at Daytona on Monday. Long is also scheduled to drive at Bristol with California and Las Vegas as a possibilities.(Carl Long Racing)(1-13-2008)

  • Benning to test at Daytona: ARCA driver Norm Benning plans to test the #57 NBR Sprint Cup car [Chevy?] in Daytona. (NBR) Norm Benning Racing has secured a Car Of Tomorrow and Engine and will be testing in Daytona for the Daytona 500. Testing the week of January 14th.(Norm Benning site)(1-9-2008)

  • Ski Motorsports & NOS Energy Drink to compete in '08: SKI Motorsports and NOS Energy Drink have announced that they will team up to take on the Sprint Cup Series in 2008. Backed by innovative promotions and top-notch equipment, the team will attempt the Series most celebrated races next season-the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driver for the #50-NOS Energy Drink/Ski Motorsports Chevy will be Stanton Barrett.(SKI Motorsports PR), the team has competed on a limited basis in the Busch Series over the last 2 years.(10-10-2007)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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