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    THE RACE: Coke Zero 400

    TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Saturday, July 4, 2009 in Daytona Beach, FL

    • Title Sponsor: Coke Zero

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:19pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: TNT 6:30pm/et

    • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Wednesday, July 8 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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

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

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

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    Practice Dates/Times/TV

    • Practices: Thursday, July 2, 4:00 - 5:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, July 2, 6:35 - 8:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 2, 3:00pm/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 3 at 4:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at ?;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

    • Then the cars will be Impounded after qualifying


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Stewart wins at Daytona: #14-Tony Stewart won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd win of 2009 and the 35th of his career. #18-Busch passed Stewart coming to the white flag and led through turn 4, but Stewart gave him a bump and tried to pass on the outside, Busch moved up to block and Stewart moved him out of the way, spinning Busch into the wall. Busch was then hit by #9-Kahne and several other cars were collected at the start-finish line. #48-Johnson finished second followed by #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards, #2-Busch, #47-Ambrose, #83-Vickers, #17-Kenseth, #42-Montoya, and #19-Sadler. There was also a big wreck on lap 77 that involved 13 cars. There were 8 cautions for 30 laps and there were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Daytona Race Results Page.(7-4--2009) Comment here

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]:
      1) #14-Tony Stewart 2719 [2 wins], finished 1st
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon 2539 -180 [1 win], 28th
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2525 -194 [2 wins], 2nd
      4) #2-Kurt Busch 2414 -305 [1 win], 5th
      5) #99-Carl Edwards 2317 -402, 4th
      6) #11-Denny Hamlin 2302 -417, 3rd
      7) #39-Ryan Newman 2235 -484, 19th
      8) #18-Kyle Busch 2234 -485 [3 wins], 14th
      9) #16-Greg Biffle 2215 -504, 18th
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth 2201 -518 [2 wins], 9th
      11) #42-Juan Montoya 2187 -532, 8th
      12) #9-Kasey Kahne 2166 -553, 15th
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #5 Mark Martin 2101, 65 points out of 12th, [3 wins], 38th
      14) #00 David Reutimann 2092 -74, [1 win], 36th
      15) #31 Jeff Burton 2061 -105
      16) #33 Clint Bowyer 2031 -135
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(7-4-2009)

    • Sprint Cup Series Facts and Notes:
      Tony Stewart won the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. Stewart posted his 35th victory in his 374th start, and his third win at Daytona in his 22nd race -- all in July. Stewart is the 16th driver to score three or more wins at Daytona.
      Stewart won the race from the pole, the fifth time he has won from the first starting position -- three when qualifying has been canceled, two after winning the pole.
      This is the fourth restrictor-plate win for Stewart (three at Daytona, one at Talladega). This is the eighth win for Stewart in the month of July, the most of all months.
      Stewart led 86 of the 160 laps run. He has now led 633 laps at Daytona, the most of all active drivers and eighth all time.
      This is Stewart-Haas Racing's second win. Stewart also won at Pocono earlier this year.
      This is the fifth win for crew chief Darian Grubb, and his second at Daytona (won the 2006 Daytona 500 with Jimmie Johnson).
      Stewart has completed 5,191 of the 5,194 laps raced this season (99.94 percent).
      This is the ninth win by Chevrolet in 2009. Toyota has five, and Ford and Dodge each have two.
      Hamlin (fourth) scored his best finish at Daytona in his eighth start there; he had finished outside the top 15 in all previous starts.
      Kurt Busch (fifth) posted his fifth consecutive top-10 finish at Daytona; he is the only driver with top-10 finishes in all three restrictor-plate races in 2009.
      Marcos Ambrose (sixth) scored his third top-10 finish in the past five races.
      Brian Vickers (seventh) scored his seventh top-10 finish of 2009.
      Juan Pablo Montoya received the "lucky dog" free pass twice and rebounded to finish ninth.
      Elliott Sadler (10th) posted his third top-10 finish of 2009 and second in the past three races.
      This was the 24th last-lap pass at Daytona and third in the past six races.
      The top 10 consisted of three Chevy, three Toyotas, two Fords and two Dodges.
      (Racing Resources/ESPN)(7-6-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway:
      * Tony Stewart won the COKE ZERO 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, his 35th victory in 374 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      * This is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2009. The last driver-owner to win multiple races in a season was Ricky Rudd in 1997 (Dover and Indianapolis).
      * This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 22 races at Daytona International Speedway. All of Stewart's Daytona wins have come in the July race.
      * Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2009.
      * Denny Hamlin (third) posted his first top-10 finish in eight races at Daytona International Speedway.
      * Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 180 points over Jeff Gordon.
      (NASCAR Statistics)(7-4-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Daytona
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #00, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
      #16, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
      #77, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
      #87, 27, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #07, 28, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #07, 30, Pulling up to pit, 1 lap
      #77, 58, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #09, 58, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #37, 58, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77, 65, Safety violation, pit
      #83, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #39, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #09, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #24, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #88, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #9, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #33, 77, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #29, 78, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 78, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #00, 78, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77, 100, Safety violation, pit
      #00, 102, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #24, 102, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #83, 103, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #29, 103, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #39, 103, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77, 103, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #39, 104, Excessive speed EXITING the pits , tail end
      #6, 122, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #82, 153, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      (NASCAR Statistics)(7-4-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap on track
      Caution 2: #37-Raines, 30th
      Caution 3: #42-Montoya, 8th
      Caution 4: #42-Montoya(2), 8th
      Caution 5: #26-McMurray, 10th
      Caution 6: #83-Vickers, 7th
      Caution 7: #29-Burton, 17th
      Caution 8: #39-Newman, 19th
      (7-4-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Daytona: The selections for pit stalls of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #14-Stweart chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], while outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 21 the next with an opening in front of it and #99-Edwards, who starts 5th took stall 43, the final pit stall. See the pit selection chart on the Daytona Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-3-2009)

    • Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.(SceneDaily)(2-8-2009) Comment here

    • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2009.
      TV: TNT at 8:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 8:16pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, July 8 at 12:00pm/et;

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


    NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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    • Daytona Pit Stall Selections

    • Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway has been cancelled due to rain. The field was set by the rules book, first 35 by owners points position, then #09- past race winner, then by race attempts with owners points as a tie breaker. So #14-Stewart starts 1st, followed by #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #99-Edwards, #39-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch and #17-Kenseth.
      The eight go-or-go homers who made the race: #09-Keselowski, #82-Speed, #71-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #66-Blaney, #36-Carpentier, #37-Raines, and #78-Smith
      Drivers who will miss the race: #78-Smith [9 attempts] and #13-Papis [8]
      The #64-Wallace team did not make the race because they were a late entry, even though they had more attempts than the #78-Smith team.
      See the the starting lineup on the Daytona Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(7-3-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2009 at 4:10pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 4:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Qualifying Re-Air: 11:00pm/et on SPEED

    • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #39-Newman, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #20-Logano. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #09-Keselowski with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek. See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-2-2009)

    • Happy Hour practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #00-Reutimann 192.135
      #07-Mears 192.061
      #29-Harvick 192.029
      #83-Vikers 191.980
      #42-Montoya 191.591
      slowest: #66-Blaney 183.760 & #64-Wallace 182.994
      notes: #77-Hornish and #16-Biffle were involved in Turn 2 late in the session. Both drivers will go to a backup car. The session started over an hour late after a rain shower move across the track.
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(7-2-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice in the final session at Daytona International Speedway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:

      #09-Keselowski, 29th
      #78-Smith, 34th
      #71-Gilliland, 38th
      #82-Speed, 39th
      #87-Nemechek, 40th
      #36-Carpentier, 41st
      #41-Papis, 42nd
      #37-Raines, 43rd
      these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
      #66-Blaney, 44th
      #64-Wallace, 45th
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(7-2-2009)

    • 1st Thursday practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #6-Ragan 190.714
      #07-Mears 190.666
      #26-McMurray 190.460
      #20-Logano 190.166
      #83-Vickers 189.398
      slowest: #64-Wallace 181.965 & #37-Raines 180.926
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(7-2-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice in the 1st session at Daytona International Speedway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:

      #78-Smith, 34th
      #09-Keselowski, 36th
      #82-Speed, 37th
      #87-Nemechek, 38th
      #71-Gilliland, 39th
      #36-Carpentier, 40th
      #41-Papis, 41st
      #66-Blaney, 43rd
      these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
      #64-Wallace, 44th
      #37-Raines, 45th
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(7-2-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/17 attempts)
      #13-Max Papis (43/8)
      #36-Patrick Carpentier (42/17)
      #37-Tony Raines (50/10)
      #64-Mike Wallace (49/11)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/17)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/17)
      #78-Regan Smith (40/9)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/17)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (39/17)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,64,37
      missing the race would be [2]: #'s 78,13
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List.(6-29-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
      No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th is up to 155 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1366, +273
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1248, 155 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1093, 155 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1009, -239
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-28-2009)

    • IMPOUND: the Cole Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is the second IMPOUND race of 2009, there will be THREE [not five] impound races in 2009, both Talladega races [April & Oct] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

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

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.

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

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

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

    • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • 2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.554mph, started 9th

    • 2009 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 132.816mph, started 39th

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

    • 2008 Pole Sitter: #15-Paul Menard, 185.916mph, finished 15th

    • 2009 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #1-Martin Truex Jr., 188.001, finished 27th

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

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

    • NOTE: Active = drivers who will run this race

    • 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 - Active: 3 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

    • Most Top 5s Active: 11 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

    • Most Top 10s Active: 17 - Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin

    • 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 124 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: 7
    • Races won from starting pos 8: 6
    • Races won from starting pos 9: 10
    • 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 starting pos 39: 1 [Daytona 500]
    • Races won from the top 5: 67 of 124 [54.0%]
    • Races won from the top 10: 98 of 124 [79.0%]
    • Races won from the top 15: 113 of 124 [91.1%]

    • At Daytona International Speedway:
      • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was on Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.

      • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.

      • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona was held on Feb. 13, 1982.

      • Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.

      • Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.

      • The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona was held on Feb. 18, 2000.

      • There have been 124 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 51 have been 500 miles, 46 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were points races (one in 1959; two from 1960-1971).

      • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.

      • Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, a 100-mile qualifying race for Daytona International Speedway.

      • Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.

      • Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.

      • 52 drivers have posted poles at Daytona; 19 have more than one.

      • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.

      • Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles at Daytona.

      • 54 drivers have won at Daytona; 24 have won more than once.

      • Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories at Daytona, with 10.

      • Jeff Gordon has six victories at Daytona, more than any other active driver.

      • The Wood Brothers have won 14 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.

      • Fifteen full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole. Thirteen have been won from the second starting position – a total of 28 race winners from the front row.

      • A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.

      • Matt Kenseth won this season’s Daytona 500 from 39th, the deepest in the field that a Daytona race winner has started.

      • Other than qualifying races, there have been four Daytona races run caution-free: 1959 spring, 1959 summer; 1960 summer; 1961 spring; 1961 summer and 1962 spring.

      • There have been 160 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.

      • 154 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Florida.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon MAPEI #7 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Burger King #14 Team Schemes Page
      #16-Greg Biffle 3M/Scotch Brite #16 Team Schemes Page
      #17-Matt Kenseth R&L Carriers #17 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
      #26-Jamie McMurray Irwin Marathon saw blades #26 Team Schemes Page
      #29-Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum #29 Team Schemes Page
      #37-Tony Raines Gander Mountain #37 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Soernson Air Force #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger PVA.org #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Kingsford Charcol #47 Team Schemes Page
      #48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
      #64-Mike Wallace Fred's Hometown Discount Stores #64 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard ACU Camo #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte Academy Sports + Outdoors #96 Team Schemes Page
      #99-Carl Edwards Subway #99 Team Schemes Page


    • Gunselman Motorsports picks up sponsor for Daytona: Gunselman Motorsports has secured a major sponsor with Fred's Hometown Discount Stores for this weekend's Coke Zero 400 in Daytona. The Fred's Inc. logo will adorn the hood and quarter panels of Mike Wallace's #64 Toyota. "Decals are being applied at this very moment and our team is very excited to have Fred's back on the car, this time, as a major sponsor and partner," said Larry Gunselman.(Gunselman Motorsports PR), see image of the scheme on the #64 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2009)

    • MAPEI on the #7 at Daytona: MAPEI, a leading manufacturer in the floor-covering industry, returns as the primary sponsor of Gordon's No. 7 Camry in this weekend's 400-mile race.(RGM PR), see image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2009)

    • Different look for Harvick at Daytona: Instead of the usual yellow and red Shell-Pennzoil colors, Kevin Harvick’s #29 RCR Chevy will carry a special silver design in this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 to promote Pennzoil Platinum. Pennzoil Platinum is full synthetic engine oil with superior Active Cleansing Agents that continuously attacks potential and stubborn deposits to help keep the engine clean. Pennzoil Platinum is designed to provide the ultimate cleansing under the most severe driving style or conditions to maximize engine responsiveness.(RCR), see image of the scheme on the #29 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2009)

    • McMurray to sport saw blades look: #26-Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Irwin Marathon Ford at Daytona in the Coke Zero 500. This is a special paint scheme promoting Irwin's Marathon saw blades.(RFR), see image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2009)

    • Gander Mountain sponsoring Front Row Motorsports cars at Daytona Gander Mountain will be the primary sponsor of both Front Row Motorsports' (FRM) #37 Sprint Cup entry and FRM's #34 Nationwide entry at the legendary Daytona International Speedway during the 4th of July holiday race weekend. The sponsorship highlights Gander Mountain's new online firearms department and free standard shipping program. Both race cars will be piloted by Tony Raines, currently 13th in driver point standings in the Nationwide Series. Raines has routinely qualified for races this season behind the wheel of the #37 Dodge for FRM. Gander Mountain, with 116 stores in 23 states, is the nation's largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle apparel, products and services. FRM team owner Bob Jenkins welcomes Gander Mountain as a sponsor and said, "Gander Mountain is sure to have success with its launch of online firearms sales and free shipping program." He continued, "We intend to run strong and help spread the word at Daytona over this holiday weekend."(Front Row Motorsports PR), see image of the scheme on the #37 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2009)

    • R&L returns to sponsor Kenseth: The #17 Ford of Matt Kenseth will carry the green and gold colors of R+L carriers this weekend at Daytona. The scheme will highlight R+L Global Services. It will be the second of four races this season with R+L Carriers as the primary on the #17 Ford. Kenseth has carried the R+L Carriers paint scheme 11 times since 2006. In his 11 previous starts in the #17 R+L Carriers Ford, Kenseth has achieved 11 top-12, nine top-10, and four top-five finishes. Kenseth will not be racing the same car that he won with in the Daytona 500. That car (RK-631), which was actually Kenseth’s third car that weekend, was left behind and can be seen at the Daytona Experience up until next season. The team will bring a brand new chassis (RK-658) to the race this weekend.(RFR). See the scheme on my #17 Team Scheme page.(7-1-2009)

    • Special scheme for Dale Jr. at Daytona: To honor the National Guard and celebrate Independence Day, the #88 Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run a special hand-painted camouflage ACU (Army Combat Uniform) scheme this weekend. The Hendrick Motorsports body shop needed two days and 14 coats of DuPont paint to finish the job. Earnhardt will unveil the paint scheme to National Guard soldiers and fans at Daytona's Bandshell on Wednesday. The Nationnal Guard "Serving America"/AMP Energy Chevy is a special paint scheme to honor National Guard soldiers who dedicate a portion of their time to serving their nation, state and local communities. Since first muster in 1636, National Guard soldiers have brought glory and honor upon themselves and the Guard through quiet and selfless service. Approximately 363,000 soldiers strong, the Army National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and celebrated its 372nd birthday in December 2008.
      Earnhardt has 12 wins at Daytona International Speedway. He won the 2004 Daytona 500, the 2001 Pepsi 400, two Budweiser Shootouts (2003 and 2008) and five NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Earnhardt also won his Gatorade Duel qualifying races in 2003, 2004 and 2008. At this year's AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, thousands of members of JR Nation will see their names on Earnhardt's #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy as part of the AMP Energy "Get on the 88" promotion. More info at www.AMPEnergy.com.(HMS)(7-1-2009)

    • PVA/Petty scheme for Allmendinger: The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway marks the 25th anniversary of Richard Petty’s 200th victory. The Paralyzed Veterans of America is running a tribute paint scheme on the #44 Dodge of A.J. Allmendinger in honor of the anniversary.(RPM)(7-1-2009)

    • R&L Carriers to sponsor Kenseth for four races: R&L Carriers is an associate sponsor for #17-Matt Kenseth. For a total of four races this season (May 24-Charlotte, July 4-Daytona, Sept. 6-Atlanta and Oct. 11-California), Kenseth’s Ford will prominently display the green and yellow colors of R&L as well as the company’s logo, according to Donald R. DeLuca, vice president and general counsel for R&L. For the remainder of the Sprint Cup season, R&L Carriers brand will be located on either the rear quarter panel or on the TV panel. This is the final year of a three-year contract R&L has with Kenseth.(Wilmington News Journal), see images of the #17 Team Schemes page for the image of the scheme.(2-17-2009) Comment here

    • Subway to sponsor Edwards in 2009 UPDATE Subway is completing a deal with #99-Carl Edwards that will make the ultra-fit NASCAR driver a spokesman for the big-spending restaurant chain, industry sources said. Subway is expected to be the primary sponsor for Edwards' #99 Ford in three Sprint Cup races next year and sign him to a personal-services agreement to use him in its advertising. The three-race primary sponsorship will run Subway about $2.25 million. Terms on the personal services agreement were not available. Subway will be an associate sponsor on the #99 car the rest of the season.(Sporting News/SportsBusiness Journal.)(8-19-2008)
      UPDATE - Subway for 3 races: Subway Restaurants will serve as the primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the #99 Sprint Cup Series Ford for three races in 2009, which includes the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in April [18th]. Edwards will also pilot the car in the Coke Zero 400 [July 4th] at Daytona International Speedway and then a to be announced race.(RacingOne), see image of the scheme on my #99 Team Schemes page.(2-7-2009) Comment here

    • Academy Sports + Outdoors sponsoring Labonte for 5 races: Hall of Fame Racing announced that Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leader in the sports and outdoor industry, will sponsor Bobby Labonte and the #96 Ford for five races in the Sprint Cup Series in 2009. Academy Sports + Outdoor's will debut with the # 96 Academy Sports + Outdoor Ford at Bristol Motor Speedway. The retail leader will again race at Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500, Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400, Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Pep Boys Auto 500 and Talladega Superspeedway in the Amp Energy 500. (Yates Racing PR)(1-28-2009) Comment here

    • Burger King to sponsor Stewart for 2 races: Burger King Corp. announced that the company has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing. As part of the sponsorship agreement, BKC has two primary paint schemes on the #14 Sprint Cup car which will be featured at the July 4th Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway and the September 27th race at Dover International Speedway. The company also has a personal services agreement with Stewart that includes appearances in commercials, restaurant promotions and at BKC sponsored events. "I'm extremely happy to welcome Burger King Corp. to the team and really proud to be associated with such a great brand," said Tony Stewart. "This demonstrates another important step in getting Stewart-Haas Racing ready for the season. I am a huge fan of Burger King restaurants, especially of the Whopper Sandwich, and even received my own customized BK Crown Card!" BKC will leverage the sponsorship both on and off the track, through comprehensive national marketing programs and promotions. "This sponsorship with Tony provides the perfect scenario to get back into NASCAR. His passion, both on and off the track, resonates very well with our core Burger King customers," said Russ Klein, president, global marketing, strategy and innovation. "We've long understood the power of NASCAR, and its millions of fans, and are looking forward to an exciting season." Additionally, BKC will be the exclusive quick service restaurant sponsor of Eldora Speedway in 2009, giving the company the chance to speak to fans on a grassroots level. Activation surrounding this sponsorship will include Burger King signage at the track, hospitality and other on-site activities.(Edelman/True Speed PR)(1-21-2009) Comment here

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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
      Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
      18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
      Date track opened: 1959
      Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
      Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
      Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
      Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
      Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
      Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
      Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
      Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
      Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
      Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
      Pit Road Width: 50 feet
      Opened: 1959

      Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Kyle Petty
      Command to start engines: Kyle Petty
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: John Schnatter, Founder of Papa John’s
      Invocation: Father Ed Waters, St. Timothy Paris
      National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Chorus
      Military Flyover: 4 F-15s, Naval Air Station - Jacksonvill
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: daytonainternationalspeedway.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Daytona International Speedway

    • February 2009: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page

    • July 2008: see my Daytona Race Info page

    • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009) Comment here


    • Kyle Petty Named Grand Marshal For The Coke Zero 400: Kyle Petty will serve as Grand Marshal for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Petty, who is currently serving as an analyst for TNT, will give the command "Gentlemen, start your engines" to the 43-car field and to his father Richard Petty, who will pace the field in a replica 200th-winning #43 car.(Daytona Speedway PR)(7-2-2009)

    • Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter to Serve as Honorary Starter for Coke Zero 600: John Schnatter, also known as “Papa John,” the Founder and CEO, for Papa John’s pizza restaurants, will serve as Honorary Starter for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Schnatter will wave the green flag for the 43-car field from the starter’s stand and kick off the racing action in the Independence Day holiday classic. At the age of 22, Schnatter knocked out the broom closet in his father's tavern, sold his prized 1972 Z28 Camaro, purchased $1,600 worth of used restaurant equipment and began delivering pizzas out of the back of the bar. Papa John's opened its first pizza restaurant in 1984 and today is the world’s third largest pizza company with more than 3,400 restaurants world wide. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 4 are available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(7-1-2009)

    • DIS To Honor Five Medal of Honor Recipients: Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to five Medal of Honor recipients during the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, reinstituting a program that was first started by Bill France Sr. back in the 1970s. The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, to be honored are:
      * Walter Marm, a retired U.S Army Colonel from Washington, Penn.
      * Kenneth Stumpf, a retired U.S Army Sergeant Major from Neenah, Wis.
      * John McGinty, a retired U.S Marine Captain from Boston, Mass.
      * Charles Hagemeister, a retired U.S Army Lieutenant Colonel from Lincoln, Neb.
      * Gary Littrell, a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major from Henderson, Ky.
      All five Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special luncheon at noon on Friday at the Bill France Room inside Daytona 500 Experience and will attend driver’s meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It’s bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. Tickets for the luncheon in which Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey will serve as Master of Ceremonies are $40 and can be purchased by calling Daytona 500 Experience Group Sales at (386) 681-6470.
      Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 4 are available at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(7-1-2009)

    • NBA Star to Serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver for Coke Zero 400: NBA basketball star and nearby Mainland High School graduate Vince Carter will serve as the Honorary Pace Car driver for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday, July 4. Carter, who currently plays for the New Jersey Nets, will pace the 43-car field prior to the green flag waving on the Independence Day holiday classic. Carter has shined off the court with his Embassy of Hope Foundation, assisting children and families in the Daytona Beach area, New Jersey and Toronto. Most recently, Carter, along with his mother Michelle Carter-Scott, donated $1.6 million to the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation to help build a 100-bed treatment center for alcohol and drug addiction recovery to be named “The Vince Carter Sanctuary.” Carter and his mother Carter-Scott will be honored during the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation Annual Dinner on Wednesday, July 1 at the Daytona 500 Club for their numerous contributions to the local community. Tickets remain available for the Independence Day holiday classic – the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. For tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(6-29-2009)

    • Daytona International Speedway deals with flooding: The more than 17 inches of rainfall that has fallen in Daytona Beach, Fla., since Sunday has left portions of Daytona International Speedway under water. Pictures show water levels halfway up the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers in some portions of the track. The Turn 1 tunnel that haulers use to enter the track is filled with about 10 feet of water. Track spokesman Andrew Booth said there is no apparent damage and the track will be ready for the July 4 Sprint Cup race. "It's a significant amount of water, but all it is, is water,'" Booth said. "We have people living around the speedway and in Flagler County with water in their homes. We believe that is more pressing than water in our tunnel. What happened will not affect what happens in July.'" NASCAR officials have seen photos of the track and are not concerned about damage. They said no special test will be scheduled to help rubber in the surface. But until the water level has dropped, Booth said there is no way to know for sure there is no damage. "The pictures are very dramatic,'' he said. "It's not a sight you usually see. We'll be good to go in July.'"(ESPN)(5-22-2009)
      NOTE: the six images were removed per request of the Daytona International Speedway.(5-27-2009)

    • Tix Prices For Coke Zero 400 rolled Back To $40: A limited number of tickets in the Oldfield and Lockhart Grandstands will be rolled back from $55 to $40 for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 4, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig announced. The $40 tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola is the lowest ticket price for the Independence Day holiday classic since 1998. Tickets and great camping packages for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 2-4, which includes the Daytona 250 Nationwide Series race on Friday night and the Brumos Porsche 250 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series event on Saturday, can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(5-17-2009)

    • Daytona 500 tickets to go on sale: Tickets for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 will go on sale this Saturday at 9:00am/et. Prior to Saturday, May 16, only renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets for the Daytona 500 will start at $55 and for the first time since 1982, there have been no ticket price increases for any seat locations for the prestigious race that will kick off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Sunday, Feb. 14. Race fans that purchase Daytona 500 tickets on Saturday, May 16 will be eligible for a special one-day offer where they can take advantage of Daytona’s monthly payment plan. With the plan, they will be able to get tickets to the Daytona 500 for as low as $10 per month. In addition, parking at Daytona International Speedway is always free, race fans can continue to bring their coolers with food and beverages and area hotels are continuing to make their rooms even more affordable. Ticket information for the 2010 Daytona 500, 2009 Coke Zero 400 and other races can be found at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(5-14-2009)

    • Daytona 500 - Super Bowl Conflict coming? Plans to expand the NFL's regular season could very well wind up putting the Super Bowl on the weekend that's also the traditional date for NASCAR's premiere event, the Daytona 500, based on comments from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Speaking Friday in a meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors before this weekend's draft in New York City, Goodell outlined a scenario for the extended regular season that would push the Super Bowl back to President's Day weekend. It would have two preseason games in August, down from the current four. That would be followed by an open week on Labor Day weekend, followed by the opening week of the regular season. “We have not found a saturation point for pro football, which is a good thing,” Goodell said. “I don't want to be around if we do.” NASCAR's position on an expanded NFL regular-season and a possible conflict with the Daytona 500 hasn't changed. “We're aware of the proposal and are watching to see what happens,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said.(Charlotte Observer)(4-26-2009)

    • New DIS entrance will take place of dog track: International Speedway Corp. officials are putting together a plan for a new entrance to the track that will include vendors and a TV compound, a company spokesman said Tuesday. Charles Talbert said the first step in creating the new look is the demolition of the former home of the Daytona Beach Kennel Club. ISC filed plans with the St. Johns River Water Management District last week outlining how it will handle drainage issues associated with the changes. The company got the city's OK in December for a major sports district on the 23-acre former dog track site on International Speedway Boulevard and a 110-acre property south of Bellevue Avenue east of Williamson Boulevard. ISC built the new $30 million home for the Daytona Beach Kennel Club, then traded that property for the old dog track, which is adjacent to the speedway. Delaware North Companies, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based operator of the greyhound track, paid ISC $8 million as part of the deal. Talbert said the old dog-track site will be used as temporary parking for events until construction begins on the new entrance. He declined to share details of the entrance plans. Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said last year the speedway has had to turn down moneymaking events because of zoning restrictions. The change to a major sports district allows such events.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(3-19-2009)

    • DIS 'superstretch' to be closed for Coke Zero 400: The 57,000-seat "superstretch" grandstand, which begins just off Turn 2 and runs about halfway down the back straightaway, will be closed for next July's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The only grandstand tickets sold will be for the 110,000-seat stands that run the length of the front "dog-leg" from Turn 4 to Turn 1. "We did the math," DIS track president Robin Braig said Wednesday. The two large Jumbotron television monitors, which face the backstretch seats during race events, reportedly cost about $200,000 to rent. When Speedway officials included the costs of additional shuttle buses and manpower needed to manage a race-day event, closing those seats became a viable option. "We're trying to keep the costs down on tickets," Braig said. "When we open the superstretch, there's everything from concession stands, cleanup crews, parking lots with buses and trams, the two huge Jumbotrons . . . Add up all that for the amount of people who are sitting back there, we just said, 'Hey, let's try to get everybody in the best seats we have, and try to hold costs down, especially since the demand for that area is lower than in past years.' " In an effort to soften the blow for those fans who actually prefer the backstretch to the front, DIS officials are highlighting the virtues of the main grandstands.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(8-22-2008)

    • 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 - 900; Right-side - 900

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4180; Right-side -- D-4258

      Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.8 in.; Right-side -- 88.5 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 -- 48 psi

      Estimated Pit Window: Every 35-37 laps, based on fuel mileage.

      Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same left--side tire code at Daytona this weekend, though they will run distinct right-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams have run this left-side code (D-4180) twice already at Daytona -- July 2008 and February 2009 . . . this right-side code (D-4258) is being run for the first time . . . it came out of a 10-car test that Goodyear held at Daytona in May . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Paul Menard and Scott Speed . . . the new right-side features changes designed t o give the cars more grip and stability in the draft . . . 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 the outer tire.


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Michael Waltrip Teams Up with DW for Coke Zero 400: #55-Michael Waltrip will be going after his fourth Sprint Cup victory at Daytona International Speedway next Saturday night with a little extra help. He’s putting his big brother, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 1989 Daytona 500 winner, Darrell Waltrip to work on the NAPA team. Waltrip thought it was a good idea since NAPA started implementing a new Honorary Pit Crew Member program this season for valued customers and clients at select races. “I have enjoyed watching all the NAPA people take part in the program and I thought, ‘Why not Darrell,’” said Waltrip, who has two Daytona 500 wins and one Pepsi 400 victory under his belt. “In my opinion, he is the perfect candidate because he’s been a loyal NAPA customer since the day I was born and he comes with a lot of experience. Both of us have enjoyed a lot of success at Daytona so he’ll be a good addition to the NAPA team.”
      “I believe my brother is going to win Daytona,” added the 62-year-old Waltrip who made his Daytona victory lane celebration memorable by doing the Ickey Shuffle. “I want to be a part of that from the pits not the broadcast booth. I don't get much time to be in the garage when I'm working so this will be fun for me to get my hands dirty and hopefully, help my little brother win another race in Daytona. He is one of the best restrictor-plate racers of all time. It should be fun!” Darrell is the ninth person to take part in the popular program. A few perks include the placement of a decal with the Honorary Pit Crew Member’s name on the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, an opportunity to assist with the crew during the race, and watch the event on the pit box with crew chief Bootie Barker.
      “I haven’t told Bootie yet, but I’m pretty sure I know what job Darrell wants to help with on Saturday night,” elaborated Waltrip. “It would not surprise me if he gets on the radio, but it would mean a lot to me if he waves me into my pit box with my sign. Then my guys can put him to work by running gas or helping out with the tires. It should be a lot of fun for all of us.” This season at 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup events where NAPA is hosting its popular Race Day Experience, a guest will be chosen based on different criteria determined by the NAPA management from that region.(MWR)(6-27-2009)

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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