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    Thursday, February 5th
    7:30 am NSCS Haulers Enter

    9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens Inspection Begins For Budweiser Shootout Cars Only

    12:00 pm 5:00 pm ARCA Practice

    5:00 pm NSCS Garages Closes

    7:00 pm NSCS Drawing For Budweiser Shootout- Located, Outside Turn Four On The "Speed" Stage

    Friday, February 6th
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    12:00 pm ARCA Qualifying

    3:15 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Spotters Meeting

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    5:10 pm 6:15 pm ARCA Final Practice

    6:30 pm 7:30 pm NSCS Final Budweiser Shootout Practice

    8:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

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    9:30 am NSCS Daytona 500 Mandatory Spotter

    9:30 am NSCS Rookie Meetings & Drawing For Qualifying Order

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    4:15 pm ARCA Race 200 (80 Laps, 200 Miles)

    6:30 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Driver / Crew Chief Meeting

    7:50 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Driver Introductions

    8:10 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout (75 Laps, 187.5 Miles)

    11:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

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    7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens

    1:10 pm NSCS Qualifying (Two Laps, Two Positions)

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    8:00 am NNS Haulers Enter

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    6:00 pm NCWTS & NNS Garages Closes

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    7:00 am NCWTS Garage Opens

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    10:00 am NCWTS Mandatory, Spotter & Rookie Meetings & Drawing For Qualifying Order

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    2:00 pm 2:50 pm NSCS Practice (Final Practice Before Gatorade 150's)

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    7:00 pm NCWTS & NSCS Garages Closes

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    11:15 am 1:20 pm NCWTS Final Practice

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    5:00 pm NNS Garage Closes

    6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

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    9:00 pm NCWTS Garage Closes

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    7:00 am NNS Garage Opens

    8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens

    1:40 pm 2:40 pm NSCS Practice

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    11:00 am 12:30 pm NSCS Final Practice For The Daytona 500

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    1:15 pm NNS Race (120 Laps, 300 Miles)

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    • Race: Sunday, February 15, 2009 in Daytona Beach, FL

    • Title Sponsor: none

    • Track: Daytona International Speedway

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:45pm/et

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: FOX 2:00pm/et

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Thursday, February 19 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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    • Bud Shootout practice: Friday, February 6, 4:15 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Bud Shootout Happy Hour practice: Friday, February 6, 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 7, 10:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, February 7, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Wednesday, February 11, 11:00 - 11:55am/et, TV-SPEED
      Wednesday, February 11, 2:05 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Friday, February, 13, 1:40 - 2:40pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 14, 11:00 am - 12:30pm/et on TV-SPEED

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    • Qualifying Draw/Budweiser Shootout: Thursday, February 5, 7:00pm/et, TV-SPEED at 8:00pm/et and re-air at 12:00am/et

    • Qualifying Draw/Daytona 500: Saturday, February 7, 9:30am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2 and to set the Gatorade Duel 150 races, Sunday, February 8 at 1:10pm/et, TV-FOX, re-air none;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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    • Kenseth wins the Daytona 500: #17-Matt Kenseth won the 2009 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, his first Daytona 500 win and Roush Fenway Racing's first Daytona 500. The race was called due to rain after 152 [of 200] laps. Kenseth started 39, the farthest back a driver has ever started and won at Daytona. The win is Kenseth's 17th of his career. #29-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #44-Allmendinger, #33-Bowyer, #19-Sadler, #6-Ragan, #55-Waltrip, #14-Stewart, #43-Sorenson and #2-Busch. Pole sitter 31-Truex Jr. finished 11th. 2008 Cup Champion, #48-Johnson finished 31st. Last years Daytona 500 winner, #39-Newman, was never a factor and finished 36th. #18-Busch led the most laps with 88, was caught up in the 'big one' and finished 41st. There were 8 cautions for 36 laps and 10 drivers led a lap with 11 lead changes. The race is scheduled to re-air on SPEED, Thursday, February at 12:00pm/et.
      See race results, laps led and more on my Daytona Race Results page.(2-15-2009)

    • UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Daytona race 1 of 36]:
      1) #17-Matt Kenseth 190 [1 win]
      2) #29-Kevin Harvick 170 -20
      3) #44-A.J. Allmendinger 165 -25
      4) #33-Clint Bowyer 160 -30
      5) #19-Elliott Sadler 160 -30
      6) #6-David Ragan 150 -40
      7) #14-Tony Stewart 147 -43
      8) #55-Michael Waltrip 146 -44
      9) #43-Reed Sorenson 138 -52
      10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 135 -55
      11) #2-Kurt Busch 134 -56
      12) #24-Jeff Gordon 129 -61
      13) #00-David Reutimann 127 -63
      14) #42-Juan Montoya 121 -69
      See drivers and owners points standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page.(2-15-2009)

    • Racing Resources Says …Sprint Cup Series
      * Matt Kenseth won the 51st running of the Daytona 500.
      * This was the fourth rain-shortened Daytona 500. The previous rain-shortened 500s: 1965,133 laps; 1966, 198 laps; and 2003, 109 laps. Sunday's race ran 152 laps. The last rain-shortened Cup race was at Loudon last June.
      * Kenseth became the 33rd different winner of the Daytona 500, scoring his first victory in 10 starts in this prestigious race. It was his first restrictor-plate victory. His previous best finish at Daytona was a third-place finish in July 2008. That third-place was also his previous best restrictor-plate finish in 36 restrictor-plate races.
      * Kenseth posted his 17th career Sprint Cup victory in his 329th career start. Roush Fenway's previous best finish in the 500 was second three times: Jeff Burton (2000) and Kurt Busch (2003 and 2005).
      * Kenseth was winless in 2008, with his last Sprint Cup win coming at Homestead in November 2007. He led once in Sunday's 500 for the final seven laps.
      * Kyle Busch led the most laps in the race, leading twice for 88 laps.
      * Kevin Harvick finished second.
      * Ford posted its 11th victory in 51 Daytona 500s. Chevrolet has 20 500 victories, while Dodge has four.
      * Scott Speed (35th) was the highest-finishing rookie contender among the two rookies who raced. Speed started 38th.
      * Michael Waltrip (seventh) was the highest-finishing Toyota.
      * There were five first-time starters in this year's 500: AJ Allmendinger (third), Marcos Ambrose (17th), Aric Almirola (30th), Speed (35th) and Joey Logano (43rd).
      * The top 10 consisted of four Dodges, three Chevrolets, two Fords and one Toyota.(ESPN Monday Rundown)(2-16-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway:
      Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500, his 17th victory in 329 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 19 races at Daytona International Speedway.
      Kevin Harvick (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 16 races at Daytona.
      AJ Allmendinger (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Daytona and his career best finish.
      Scott Speed (35th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 20 points over Kevin Harvick. It is his first time to lead the points since October 2006.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-15-2009)

    • Daytona 500 Penalty Report:
      Car#, Lap, Infraction, Reason, Penalty
      #8, 8, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #77, 55, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #7, 56, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #00, 82, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
      #77, 119, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #12, 119, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #88, 120, Car pitting out of the assigned pit box, 1 Lap #12, 121, Excessive speed exiting the pits, 1 Lap
      #2, 125, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #11, 125, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #26, 125, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #12, 125, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #82, 125, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #98, 138, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #99, 138, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #8, 147, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      (NASCAR Statistics)(2-15-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap
      Caution 2: no driver down a lap
      Caution 3: #66-Labonte, 24th
      Caution 4: #34-Andretti, 19th
      Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 13th
      Caution 6: NONE as the drivers up for it [#83, #88] caused the caution
      Caution 7: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 27th
      Caution 8: #48-Johnson, 31st

    • There will be a competition caution on Lap 25 due to the rain overnight in Daytona Beach and so teams can check tire wear. Teams cannot fuel the car until the Lap 25 caution.

    • To the Back on Sunday: #29-Harvick [was to start 32nd], #39-Newman [36th, twice], #82-Speed [38th], #34-Andretti [37th], #77-Hornish Jr. [29th], #17-Kenseth [39th], #14-Stewart [5th];(all backup cars)

    • Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 15, 2009.
      TV: FOX at 3:30pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      SPEED, Thursday, February at 12:00pm/et;

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    • Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top 5:
      #43-Sorenson 191.575
      #17-Kenseth 191.042
      #2-Busch 190.815
      #42-Montoya 190.751
      #16-Biffle 190.718
      slowest: #9-Kahne 186.540 and #9-Kahne 186.970
      no speed listed: #66-Labonte, #7-Gordon
      incident: #39-Newman lost a right rear tire off turn 2 as the tire exploded, tearing the fender off, Newman spun and into the wall, #14-Stewart was behind Newman and slid sideways into Newamn, Newman will have to go to a 2nd backup car, Stewart looks like he will need a backup.
      #20-Logano scraped the wall.
      See speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(2-14-2009)

    • Friday practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #26-McMurray 191.546
      #7-Gordon 191.424
      #98-Menard 190.307
      #44-Allmendinger 190.170
      #16-Biffle 190.126
      slowest: #66-Labonte 182.304 and #21-Elliott 186.982
      Kyle Busch ran some laps in the #20 for Logano to help shake it down
      #29-Harvick smacked the wall, did enough damage that the team will pull out the backup
      no speeds/not practicing (6): #11-Hamlin, #82-Speed, #36-Riggs, #8-Almirola, #41-Mayfield, #18-Busch
      See speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(2-13-2009)

    • Newman Forced to Backup Car for 500 and four others: While running in third place with 13 laps remaining in Thursday's Gatorade Duel qualifying race, Ryan Newman's day came to an abrupt halt when his #39 U.S. Army Chevy got punted from behind by the #00 car of David Reutimann. The heavy hit on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile oval turned Newman around as he slapped the concrete wall, then skidded down track before coming to a stop on the infield grass. Newman did not suffer any injuries in the incident, but his car took a front-end beating, forcing the Stewart-Haas team to take out the backup car for Sunday's running of the Daytona 500. Newman's was credited with a 24th-place finish in the second qualifying race and will start 36th in the 500.(Stewart Haas Racing PR)
      OTHERS: that will have to go to the rear and will use backup cars: #17-Kenseth, #77-Hornish, #82-Speed, #34-Andretti, #29-Harvick.(2-13-2009)

    • Kyle Busch wins 2nd Gatorade Duel 150: #18-Kyle Busch won the 2nd Gatorade Duel Qualifying Race on Thursday. Busch's win means he will start 4th Sunday in the Daytona 500. #5-Martin finished 2nd but holds on to the 2nd starting spot. The rest of the top 10 were #83-Vickers, #42-Montoya, #11-Hamlin, #96-Labonte, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #99-Edwards, #41-Mayfield [raced in] and #44-Allmendinger [raced in]. With Mayfield and Allmendinger racing their way into the Daytona 500, #78-Smith and #28-Kvapil will fall back on their qualifying speed to make the race and #87-Nemechek and #08-Said will miss the race, they were the other drivers who had a chance to make the race via qualifying speed.
      For race results, cautions, winnings and more, see my Gatorade Duel 150's Results page.(2-12-2009)

    • Jeff Gordon wins 1st Gatorade Duel 150: #24-Jeff Gordon won the 1st Gatorade Duel Qualifying Race on Thursday, his first win of any kind since Charlotte in Oct 2007. Gordon's win means he will start 3rd Sunday in the Daytona 500. #14-Stewart finished 2nd and raced into the Daytona 500 and will start 5th. The rest of the top 10 were #48-Johnson, #20-Logano, #8-Almirola, #2-Busch, #9-Kahne, #36-Riggs [raced in], #98-Menard and #26-McMurray. Pole sitter #1-Truex Jr. got loose and spun late in the race, finishing 21st, but will start 1st in the Daytona 500. With Stewart racing his way in, #78-Smith locks into the Daytona 500 via speed. #87-Nemechek can still make the race via speed if Smith or #28-Kvapil race in. #08-Said can make the race via speed only if Smith AND Kvapil both race in. #21-Elliott locked up his transmission and finished 27th and will start 40th via speed. #66-Labonte failed to race in but makes the race via the past champions provisional.
      For race results, cautions, winnings and more, see my Gatorade Duel 150's Results page.(2-12-2009)

    • Gatorade Duel 150 at Daytona International Speedway Pit Stall Selections, Race 1 & 2

    • Race Coverage of the Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Races at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2009.
      TV: SPEED at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Air: on SPEED, Thursday, February at 9:00pm/et

    • See the Gatorade Duel starting lineups on my 2009 Gatorade Duel 150's Starting Lineup Page

    • 2nd Wed practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #8-Almirola 191.436
      #17-Kenseth 191.347
      #24-Gordon 191.335
      #18-Busch 191.054
      #7-Gordon 189.725
      slowest: #57-Benning 175.552 and #64-Bodine 179.795
      incidents: late in the session, #9-Kahne got loose leading a pack, #55-Waltrip checked up and #12-Stremme, who washind Waltrip, got into the rear of the #55, sending Waltrip skating accross the track, collecting #26-McMurray. Both cars look like they will be able to be repaired.
      See speeds, fast lap, average speed on my Practice Speeds Page.(2-11-2009)

    • First Wed practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top 5:
      #9-Kahne 190.994
      #2-Busch 190.840
      #77-Hornish Jr. 190.678
      #07-Mears 190.609
      #55-Waltrip 190.529
      slowest: #57-Benning 178.116 and #27-Shelmerdine 181.536
      54 of 56 cars have been on the track
      no speed: #73-Garvey, #64-Bodine
      incidents: #20-Logano smacked the wall and pancaked the right side of the car
      #39-Newman lost an engine and will have to change the engine
      See speeds, fast lap, average speed on my Practice Speeds Page.(2-11-2009)

    • Truex Jr. wins pole for Daytona 500: #1-Martin Truex Jr. [from New Jersey] won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 188.001mph for his 1st career Daytona 500 pole and 2nd pole of his career. #5-Mark Martin was 2nd fastest and has a set starting spot for the race, the outside pole. All other starting positions will be determined following the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races. The rest of the top five for qualifying were #39-Ryan Newman, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya and #21-Bill Elliott. #21-Elliott, #28-Kvapil and #14-Stewart are the three go-or-go-homers [not in the top-35 of end of season owners points] who are guaranteed of making the race via speed. #66-Terry Labonte os now guaranteed to make the race, at least thru the past champions provisional since Stewart and Elliott are in via speed. Four other drivers can get in via their speed IF the four already in [Elliott, Kvapil, Stewart, Labonte] race in via the Gatorade Duels [top 2 in each get in]: #78-Smith, #87-Nemechek, #08-Said and #36-Riggs.
      So it is the top 2 are in, followed by spots 3-39 [33 from the top 35 and 4 from the Duels], then spots 40, 41 and 42 from the next fastest cars, then then the most recent past champion in 43rd. If not needed, then the fastest driver not already in, would get the spot.
      See the qualifying results, qualifying procedures and more on my Daytona 500 Qualifying Results Page.(2-8-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 1:10pm/et.
      TV: FOX - 1:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 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 #24-Gordon, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #18-Busch. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #09-Keselowski, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #37-Raines. See the full qualifying order on my Daytona 500 Qualifying Page.(2-7-2009)

    • 2nd practice for the Daytona 500 is over, the top five were:
      #21-Elliott, Ford, 187.950
      #1-Truex Jr., Chevy, 187.504
      #88-Earnhardt Jr.,Chevy, 187.348
      #39-Newman, Chevy, 187.285
      #5-Martin, Chevy, 187.215
      fastest Toyota is #00-Reutimann at 8th
      fastest Dodge is #19-Sadler at 18th
      slowest: #57-Benning 176.665
      55 of 57 drivers have made runs
      no speeds for: #29-Harvick, #60-Hylton
      See the speeds for all on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds/Notes page.(2-7-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Daytona International Speedway:
      if things stay the same, these THREE drivers would make the race
      by having the fastest three speeds:

      #21-Bill Elliott [PC3], 1st fastest
      #14-Tony Stewart [PC1], 11th
      #36-Scott Riggs, 19th
      would make it via a past champs prov since Stewart was fast
      #66-Terry Labonte [PC2], 49th
      four of these drivers would need to race in via the Duels
      top two finishers from each, 14 will miss the race:

      #44-A.J. Allmendinger, 21st
      #28-Travis Kvapil, 24th
      #08-Boris Said, 29th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 30th
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 33rd
      #09-Brad Keselowski, 35th
      #71-Mike Wallace, 42nd
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 44th
      #73-Mike Garvey, 45th
      #37-Tony Raines, 47th
      #78-Regan Smith, 48th
      #23-Mike Skinner, 50th
      #75-Derrike Cope, 51st
      #64-Geoff Bodine, 52nd
      #51-Kelly Bires, 53rd
      #46-Carl Long, 54th
      #57-Norm Benning, 55th
      #60-James Hylton, 57th

    • First practice for the Daytona 500 is over, the top five late in the session are:
      #21-Elliott, Ford, 187.645
      #96-Labonte, Ford, 187.414
      #88-Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 187.348
      #1-Truex Jr., Chevy, 187.243
      #18-Busch, Toyota, 187.211
      fastest Dodge is #19-Sadler at 17th fastest
      slowest: #57-Benning 169.718 and #51-Bires 171.194
      56 of 57 drivers have made runs. No speed for #60-Hylton
      See the speeds for all on my Daytona 500 Practice Speeds/Notes page.(2-7-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 57 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
      #08-Boris Said (14 attempts)
      #09-Brad Keselowski (10/47)
      #14-Tony Stewart [past champ 2005](36/43)
      #21-Bill Elliott [past champ 1988] (36/41)
      #23-Mike Skinner (0)
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (0)
      #28-Travis Kvapil (0)
      #36-Scott Riggs (0)
      #37-Tony Raines (24)
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield (0)
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger (36/37)
      #46-Carl Long (1)
      #51-Kelly Bires (0)
      #57-Norm Benning (0)
      #60-James Hylton (4)
      #64-Geoff Bodine (0)
      #66-Terry Labonte [past champ 1996](0)
      #71-Mike Wallace (0)
      #73-Mike Garvey (0)
      #75-Derrike Cope (2)
      #78-Regan Smith (36/42)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (0)
      In the unlikely event qualifying AND the Gatorade Duel 150's are cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 14,66,21,44,78,37,08,09
      missing the race would be [14]: #'s 60,75,46,23,27,28,36,41,51,57,64,71,73,87
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona 500 Entry List.(2-5-2009)

    • Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duels/Daytona 500: see my Daytona 500 Entry List

    • 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 Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
      #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
      #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]

    • 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.

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Jayski's - 2008 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).

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

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


    • Engine Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 [just like qualifying] then the other 35 races, teams must run the same engine from Saturday's first practice session (Feb. 6th) through the Gatorade Duel 150 mile qualifying races (Feb. 12). If a team makes a change before the Duel, then it must start at the rear of the Duel 150 field. After the Duel 150 races, teams can make an engine change before the Happy Hour practice session. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.(2-11-2009)

    • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here

    • 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

    • 2008 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 152.672 mph, started 7th

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

    • 2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 187.075, finished 27th

    • 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 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

    • 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 123 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 the top 5: 67 of 123 [55.0%]
    • Races won from the top 10: 98 of 123 [79.5%]

    • Races won from the top 15: 113 of 123 [91.8%]

      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)

      • The 2009 edition will be the 51st running of the Daytona 500.

      • Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.

      • 505 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 293 of those in more than one.

      • Dave Marcis has competed in the Daytona 500 33 times, more than any other driver. His best Daytona 500 finish was sixth in 1975 and ’78.

      • 32 drivers have won a Daytona 500.

      • Eight drivers have won more than one Daytona 500, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.

      • 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 500s.

      • Dale Earnhardt finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 23 Daytona 500s, the best performance of drivers who have competed in more than 10.

      • Kurt Busch (4/8), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/9), Bill Elliott (14/27), Jeff Gordon (8/16), Jimmie Johnson (4/7), Elliott Sadler (5/10) and Tony Stewart (5/10), are the active drivers who have competed in three or more races with top-10 finishes in at least half of their Daytona 500s.

      • Only 12 drivers have an average finish of 10th or better in the Daytona 500, five of those competed in the Daytona 500 only once.

      • Jimmie Johnson has a 13.6 average finish in seven appearances, the best of the full-time drivers that have competed in more than one Daytona 500.

      • 18 drivers have a best finish of second in the Daytona 500, led by Kurt Busch and Terry Labonte, both of whom were runner up three times.

      Hard to Get There

      • Excluding the drivers who won the first four Daytona 500s, the average number of starts before winning is 6.39.

      • Other than Lee Petty, who won the inaugural Daytona 500, no driver has ever won in his first appearance.

      • 26 of the 32 drivers who have won, participated in at least two Daytona 500s before visiting Victory Lane.

      • Dale Earnhardt competed 19 times before winning his only Daytona 500 (1998), the longest span of any of the 32 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).

      • 16 drivers have competed in the Daytona 500 15 or more times without reaching Victory Lane.

      • The most Daytona 500s all-time without a victory was Dave Marcis (33 races).

      • Ricky Rudd (29), Kyle Petty (27), Ken Schrader (23) and Rusty Wallace (23) all failed to win the Daytona 500.

      • Terry Labonte (27) and Mark Martin (24) are the active drivers with 20 or more races without a victory.

      Career-first Victory
      • 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).

      • Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (point-paying) qualifying races: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).

      Repeat Winners
      • 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).

      • A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).

      Qualifying Matters

      • 26 of the 50 Daytona 500s have been won from a top-five starting position.

      • Nine have been won from the pole, but only twice in the last 10: 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), Jeff Gordon (15th - 2005) and Kevin Harvick (34th – 2007).

      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 123 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 50 have been 500 miles, 46 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races (one in 1959; two from 1960-1971).

      • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.

      • Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.

      • 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.

      • 51 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.

      • 52 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.

      • Qualifying has never been canceled at Daytona. The qualifying races were not held in 1968.

      • Bill Elliott won the 1988 summer race from 38th, 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.

      • Other than qualifying races, the race has been shortened four times at Daytona - all by rain: 1965 spring; 1966 spring, 1996 summer and 2003 spring.

      • There have been three green-white-checkered finishes at Daytona: 2005 spring (203/200), 2006 spring (203/200) and summer 2008 (162/160).

      Jeff Gordon has led 557 laps in 32 races at Daytona, more than any other active driver. He is 10th all-time in laps led there. Tony Stewart is 11th on the all-time list of laps led at Daytona with 531. Stewart has competed in just 20 Daytona events.



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

      Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Florida Governor Charlie Crist
      Command to start engines: Florida Governor Charlie Crist
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Bobby Allison
      Invocation: ?
      National Anthem: Gavin DeGraw
      Military Flyover: ?

    • Track Homepage:

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Daytona International Speedway

    • Last Season: see my February 2008 Daytona 500 Race Info page

    • Last July: see the July 2008 Race Info page

    • 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

    • Bobby Allison To Serve as Honorary Starter For 51st Daytona 500: Three-time Daytona 500 champion Bobby Allison will serve as the Honorary Starter for the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The 2009 Daytona 500 marks 30 years since the famous fight between Allison, his brother Donnie and Cale Yarborough in the 1979 Daytona 500. In the first live televised broadcast of the Daytona 500, Yarborough and Donnie Allison were battling side-by-side for victory on the final lap of the Daytona 500. But neither Yarbrough nor Allison ever made it to the checkered flag. The two drivers were beating and banging on each other all the way down the Superstretch and crashed entering Turn 3. Richard Petty went on to win the race while meanwhile back in Turn 3, one of the landmark moments in the history of NASCAR took place as Yarborough and Allison began a heated debate that turned into a fist fight with Allison’s brother Bobby jumping into the fray. Bobby Allison is one of only five drivers to have won the Daytona 500 three or more times. He captured the 1978 Daytona 500 with Bud Moore, the 1982 with DiGard Racing and the 1988 with Stavola Bros. In the 1988 Daytona 500, Allison and his son Davey delivered the race’s only 1-2 father-son finish. That same year, Allison also won the 300-mile Nationwide Series race, the Gatorade qualifying race and the fishing tournament.(DIS PR)(2-15-2009)

    • Daytona 500 Sold Out: After rolling back ticket prices from $99 to $55 as well as creating unique ticket packages and new concession offers – all in an effort to make NASCAR racing more affordable to the fans – the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday will again be played out in front of a capacity crowd and millions more around the world on FOX and MRN Radio. While grandstand seats are no longer available, fans can still purchase infield tickets for “The Great American Race,” which will go green at 3:30 p.m. In addition to infield tickets, fans can still experience the festivities surrounding the Daytona 500 with Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access or tickets to the Daytona 500 After Party or ConAgra Champion’s Breakfast at the Daytona 500 Experience. For information on tickets for any Daytona International Speedway events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit PR)(2-15-2009)

    • Gavin DeGraw To Sing National Anthem For Daytona 500: J Records singer-songwriter, Gavin DeGraw, whose latest album “Free” will be released March 31, will sing the National Anthem for the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Mercury Nashville recording artist and two-time Dancing With The Stars champion Julianne Hough, who was originally scheduled to sing the National Anthem for the Daytona 500, is unable due to illness. “I am so disappointed that I’m missing the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Daytona 500,” Hough said. “I came down with a severe case of influenza and the doctor told me I could not fly. I look forward to making it up to every one soon.” For tickets to the 51st annual Daytona 500 are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-14-2009)

    • Julianne Hough To Sing National Anthem at Daytona 500: Mercury Nashville recording artist and two-time Dancing With The Stars champion Julianne Hough will sing the National Anthem for the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-12-2009)

    • Daytona 500 Experience to Host Exclusive Parties: For race fans attending the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15, the entertainment at Daytona International Speedway continues well after the checkered flag waves on “The Great American Race.” The Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR,” will host two exclusive parties following the conclusion of the Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 After Party on Sunday, February 15, will commence immediately following the conclusion of the Daytona 500. The After Party will feature superb entertainment, complimentary food and beverages, and a complimentary shuttle service to Daytona International Speedway parking areas after the celebration ends. The ConAgra Foods Champion’s Breakfast on Monday morning, February 16, offers racing fans a special opportunity to be a part of exclusive Daytona 500 car induction festivities, a buffet breakfast and each fan will receive a commemorative ticket and special gift. Tickets to either the Daytona 500 After Party or the ConAgra Foods Champion’s Breakfast cost $40 and a combination ticket that includes both parties costs only $75 dollars. The Daytona 500 Experience is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (386) 947-6530 for more information or visit for tickets. To purchase tickets to the Daytona 500 After Party or the ConAgra Foods Champion’s Breakfast, call 1-800-PITSHOP or go online to PR)

    • Daytona track to be resurfaced: International Speedway Corporation plans to resurface Daytona International Speedway in three years, the first time that has occurred since 1978. "It has nothing to do with money, although it will be a $20 million project," DIS president Robin Braig said. "It has nothing to do with technology. We banked Talladega so we know we can do it on the high banking. "It's all about when NASCAR and Goodyear says we need to do it," Braig said. Daytona is one of the few major tracks that hasn't been resurfaced over the past 10 years. Talladega, Darlington, Lowe's Motor Speedway and many others have been through the process.(ESPN)(2-11-2009)

    • 2010 Camaro to pace Daytona 500? UPDATE: The 2010 Camaro will be the 2009 Daytona 500 race’s official pace car per an advertisement found by many readers. See the image and more at
      UPDATE: Daytona International Speedway officials announced the return of the Chevy Camaro as the Official Pace Car of the 51st running of the Daytona 500—the first Camaro to pace the field since 1969. “Chevy has been a great partner of the Daytona 500 for more than 30 years, and the Camaro is an automotive icon,’” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “This 2010 model will set the tone for a 21st century sports car, and that’s a perfect fit to lead the pack at the ‘Great American Race.’’ The 426-horsepower vehicle, powered by the 6.2-liter all-aluminum Chevy V-8, carries a PPG Cyber Grey paint scheme with a bold accent design befitting “The World Center of Racing.” A Camaro has paced the field just twice in Dayton 500 history, in 1968 and ’69, and this 2010 model is scheduled to hit showroom floors this spring. Built on GM’s new global rear-wheel drive architecture, the Camaro also will be offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models. Additional specs of the 2010 model pace car include:
      · All-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8
      · 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque
      · Fully integrated strobe system, including a GM-designed custom light bar utilizing Whelen 500 series linear strobes
      · 27-mpg estimated highway fuel economy
      · Fuel-saving Tremec 6-speed manual transmission
      Tickets remain available for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race. For tickets, Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access packages and more information for the 51st annual Daytona 500, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit PR)(2-7-2009

    • Official NASCAR Viewing Party of the Daytona 500 in NYC: the 4th annual viewing party of the Daytona 500 live in HD on a14-foot Big Screen at ESPN Zone in Times Square [at 42nd Street and Broadway -1472 Broadway, (212) 921-3776] in New York City is scheduled for Sunday, February 15th from 1:30pm/et until the conclusion of the race. Chance to win a trip for 2 to the 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by competing in a virtual racing tournament. Competition begins in the Sports Arena on the 3rd floor at 1:30pm, space is limited. Tailgate Toss competition to win 2 DreamSeat recliner seats in the front row of the Screening Room to watch the race; plus a $40 voucher for food and non-alcoholic beverages. Competition begins in the Sports Arena on the 3rd floor at 1:30pm, space is limited. This event is free and open to the public. Table service requires a minimum charge of $10 per person per hour. For more information you can go to:

    • Bud Shootout Draw Party Set at Daytona: The first official act of the 2009 NASCAR season will take place on Thursday night, Feb. 5 with the Budweiser Shootout Draw Party on the SPEED Stage located outside Turn 4 of historic Daytona International Speedway. Drivers that are eligible for the 31st annual Budweiser Shootout will draw their starting position for the 75-lap All-Star classic set for Saturday, Feb. 7 at "The World Center of Racing." The draw party, which begins at 6:30pm/et, is free and open to the public and parking is available at Lot 3 (Speedplex Offices). For ticket information on the Budweiser Shootout as well as other DIRECTV Speedweeks events, visit or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-1-2009)

    • Significant Upgrades Made To DIS Superstretch: Race fans who attend the upcoming DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race will notice significant improvements on the Superstretch at historic Daytona International Speedway. Work to improve the Superstretch began after the conclusion of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola in July, 2008. Included in the renovations were:
      · Widened roads and expanded loading/unloading zones for the Lot 10 parking lot that will greatly reduce the wait time for guests.
      · Improved lighting and an increase in restroom facilities ensure a high degree of safety and comfort.
      · New large video screens along the Superstretch and the brand new Budweiser Beer Garden and Budweiser Entertainment Stage will provide new and exciting entertainment.
      “We recognized the need to improve the Superstretch after the 50th running of the Daytona 500 last year,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “With improved parking and tram services and other new amenities, these are significant steps that will take the fans’ overall race experience at ‘The World Center of Racing’ to a new level.” The new and improved Superstretch will open to race fans during the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series on Saturday, Feb. 14 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-29-2009)

    • Florida Governor Charlie Crist Named Grand Marshal For Daytona 500: Florida Governor Charlie Crist has been named Grand Marshal for the 51st annual Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Daytona International Speedway, Track President Robin Braig announced. “We’re honored to have Gov. Charlie Crist serve as the Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500,” Braig said. “By serving as Grand Marshal, Governor Crist will be joining a long list of high-profile guests who have helped kick off ‘The Great American Race.’ “ As Grand Marshal, Gov. Crist will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports -- “Gentlemen, start you engines” – to start NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race. In addition, Governor Crist will attend the driver’s meeting prior to the waving of the green flag for the Daytona 500. Gov. Crist, a native of St. Petersburg, graduated from Florida State University in 1978 and earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1992, Governor Crist was elected to the state senate where he served for six years before being elected Commissioner of Education for the state of Florida in 2000. In 2002, Gov. Crist was elected Florida’s Attorney General and on November 7, 2006, Governor Crist was elected as the 44th Governor of Florida. “I am thrilled to serve as Grand Marshal at this year’s Daytona 500,” said Governor Crist. “As the 4th most recognized sporting event in the world, the race adds to the tremendous economic impact motorsports has on our state. In fact, Daytona International Speedway and the national headquarters of its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, contribute more than $2 billion dollars in annual economic impact to our economy.” Tickets for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-27-2009)

    • Daytona International Speedway Partners with Local Hotels: Representatives of Daytona International Speedway have been working closely with local area hotel owners, the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau to help make attending DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona more affordable for fans in these challenging economic times, As a result of this collaboration, many hotels in the Daytona Beach and the greater Central Florida region area have reduced or altogether eliminated minimum night stay requirements. In fact, there are a number of rooms available for less than $100. In addition, dozens of ticket packages and promotions are available that give fans added value and one-of-a-kind experiences with their race tickets during DIRECTV Speedweeks. Hotel availability can be found online at Tickets and great camping packages for DIRECTV Speedweeks and the 51st annual Daytona 500 can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-18-2009)

    • Palm Coast Resident Wins DIRECTV Mayor of Speedweeks: The votes have been tallied and Palm Coast resident Keith Quint has been declared Mayor of DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009. Quint’s 100-word essay on “Why I Should Be Mayor of DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009” was selected as the winner of the annual contest held by Daytona International Speedway. Quint, who owns a remodeling business, and his nine-year-old son, Brady, are avid NASCAR fans and have attended numerous races over the past few years where they cheer on their favorite NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. “I didn’t have any words,” Quint said describing his reaction to winning the contest. “I was speechless. The most exciting thing is getting to see my son be involved in something he will probably never get to do again. To get to experience this with my son means everything to me.” Quint’s first task as Mayor of DIRECTV Speedweeks will be kicking off the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend next Thursday morning, Jan. 22 when he is sworn in on pit road and waves the green flag for the first Rolex 24 At Daytona practice session. As part of the Mayor of the DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 prize package, Quint will receive two tickets to all the DIRECTV Speedweeks races in addition to witnessing Daytona 500 Gatorade Victory Lane celebration. Other Mayor of Speedweeks perks for Quint include Party Zone access during the Camping World 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, access to pre-race and the Sprint FANZONE for the Daytona 500, two tickets to the Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction and the opportunity to attend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Meeting. Tickets for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 are available online at PR)(1-15-2009)

    • Dierks Bentley to perform at Bud Shootout: Popular country music star Dierks Bentley, whose latest album “Feel That Fire” will be released in Feb. 3, will perform before thousands of race fans before and after the 31st annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, Feb. 7 at Daytona International Speedway. Bentley, who previously performed a pre-race and post-race concert for the 2007 Budweiser Shootout, will sing three of his hit songs from the Pre-Race Stage before the start of the Budweiser Shootout. The performance of his latest hit, “Feel That Fire.” will be carried live on FOX as part of the festivities. After the checkered flag drops, Bentley will perform a 60-minute post-race concert from the Sprint FANZONE Entertainment Stage. Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access holders will be able to view the pre-race concert from the tri-oval grass while all ticket holders will have access to the post-race concert, which will start in the Sprint FANZONE approximately 30-minutes after the end of the race. In addition to his Pre and Post Race Concerts, a special $85 ticket package designed around Bentley and the Budweiser Shootout has been created that includes a General Admission Grandstand ticket, Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, fan forum with Dierks Bentley, VIP access to the Pre and Post Race Concerts, an enter to win opportunity for an autographed Dierks Bentley CD and an enter to win backstage access for the Post Race Concert. The event distance is increasing from 70 to 75 laps and will continue to include a 10-minute intermission after 25 laps during which teams can change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Tickets for the 51st annual Daytona 500 and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access passes are available online at

    • Prices For Select Daytona 500 Tickets Rolled Back To $55: A limited number of tickets in select areas on the famed Superstretch for the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15 will be rolled back from $99 to $55, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig announced. The $55 ticket price for the Daytona 500 is the lowest ticket price for "The Great American Race" since 1995. To purchase race tickets for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 and the 51st annual Daytona 500, go online to or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(Daytona PR)(1-10-2009)

    • Keith Urban to headline Daytona pre-race show: Grammy Award winner and country music superstar Keith Urban will perform at the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to the start of the prestigious “Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway, on Sunday, February 15th. Urban is set to perform three of his eight #1 songs prior to the 51st annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event to the Sprint Cup Series.(Daytona PR)(1-10-2008)

    • Champion's Suite With Bobby Allison at Daytona: It’s an opportunity that every race fan would dream of doing – watching the Daytona 500 and visiting with a three-time winner of “The Great American Race.” Daytona International Speedway is making that dream happen. With the Champion’s Suite With Bobby Allison, race fans will have the opportunity to rub elbows with three-time Daytona 500 winner Bobby Allison during DIRECTV Speedweeks and the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15. Included in the package will be admission to the Champion’s Suite With Bobby Allison located on the famed Superstretch as well as other amenities such as: ,Meet and greet with Allison, Food and two drink tickets for beer or wine (cash bar for mixed drinks), Unlimited Coca-Cola soft drinks and Dasani water, Pre-Race access including Sprint Fanzone, Souvenir event program and Daytona 500 Experience admission. Prices range from the four-day package of $999 to a single-day package for the 51st annual Daytona 500 of $699.(DIS PR)(1-9-2009)

    • GM renews sponsorship of Daytona: General Motors Corp. has renewed its decades-long sponsorship of the Daytona International Speedway and its signature stock car race, the Daytona 500, but at a cheaper price. And instead of a multi-year deal, the cash-strapped automaker will sponsor NASCAR's most prestigious event on a year-to-year basis. Financial terms were not disclosed. The renewal ends speculation that GM's money woes, which have triggered a scaling back of corporate sponsorships, would force the automaker to terminate sponsorship of an event that was the top-rated motorsports telecast in North America last year. The multi-year deal expired Dec. 31. GM finalized the new deal Dec. 19, the same day President George W. Bush announced the Detroit automaker and Chrysler LLC would receive up to $17.4 billion in short-term loans. GM has sponsored Daytona for more than 40 years, and motorsports in general provide a prime marketing opportunity for automakers to reach customers who buy domestic vehicles at a rate higher than the national average. The race, which last year drew 33.5 million television viewers, is Feb. 15. GM provides fire and safety vehicles, pace cars and other vehicles for the race, as well as a July race at the track. GM did not disclose how much it spends on the Daytona deal or NASCAR sponsorships. Last year, GM had sponsorships at 12 tracks that host NASCAR events, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but three of those sponsorships have not been renewed. Chevrolet also is the official vehicle sponsor of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 held in September at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. That sponsorship expires this year.(Detroit News)(1-8-2009) Comment here

    • NextEra Energy partners with Daytona, Homestead: Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway announced a multi-year partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida-based FPL Group, and the nation’s largest provider of wind and solar energy. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under terms of the agreement, NextEra Energy Resources becomes the Official Renewable Energy Provider of Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rights include entitlement of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona and title sponsorship of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Speedjam IndyCar and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Championship weekend. NextEra Energy Resources will support its position through both a financial investment and a commitment for annual promotion around events at both facilities. Also as part of the arrangement, International Speedway Corporation, parent company of both racing facilities, will purchase certain renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra Energy Resources. The RECs will help fund a number of renewable energy projects, including the development of wind and solar energy plants.(HMS PR)(1-8-2009)

    • Below yellow line at Daytona/Talladega OK on last lap? NO UPDATE 3: This was posted back in Feb 2007 about the Truck Series race at Daytona. The 'rule' was metnioned at the end of ABC's broadcast, but NASCAR ruled otherwise.
      Drivers throughout the Craftsman Truck Series garage were still talking about last week's [Feb 2007] three-wide finish at Daytona International Speedway. While they admitted the finish was good for television, most wondered why NASCAR allowed Johnny Benson to drive below the yellow line - Daytona's out of bounds line - to jump from third to second in the final 200 yards. Benson wasn't penalized because "if you can see the checkered flag on the last lap, anything goes," according to NASCAR spokesman Owen Kearns.(Augusta Chronicle)(2-24-2007/10-5-2008), no word on the exact ruling, problem with the ruling? take it up with NASCAR, contact info on my Racing FAQ/Contact NASCAR page.
      from NASCAR: Post-Race Comments from NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 5, "You cannot improve your position anytime you go below the yellow line. In our judgment, he (Regan Smith) improved his position and the penalty for that is a pass thru, so he was moved back to the tail end of the longest line or 18th position. At the driver's meeting, we clearly state that you cannot improve your position by going below the yellow line. We do not feel he was forced below the yellow line. Anytime you get into a situation like this, there are going to be two different opinions. We respect Regan's view, but we made the call, we think it's the right call and the finish is final. NASCAR has to maintain some kind of control – and that's the reason we say, you cannot advance your position by going below the yellow line. If he had not improved his position, he probably would have been awarded 2nd place."(NASCAR)(10-5-2008)
      UPDATE: Smith and even Johnson, the two-time defending champion, said after the race they thought that the rules were not as tight coming to the finish line. A NASCAR spokesman stated publicly after a controversial truck race finish at Daytona in February 2007 that such was the case. Hunter, speaking for NASCAR on Sunday, said that was not true. "From what the officials tell me, it was pretty black and white,'' Hunter said of the decision. "You can't advance your position. It doesn't matter how you get there. It's a no-no.''(Roanoke Times)
      UPDATE 2: Talladega Drivers Meeting: THIS IS YOUR WARNING DRIVERS: Race Director -David Hoots told the drivers and crew chief’s today “This is your warning. If you race below the yellow line and in the judgement of NASCAR you advance your position, you will be black flagged. If, in NASAR’s judgement you force someone below the yellow line in an effort to stop him from passing you , you may be black flagged” Hoots added: “Aggressive driving zones..first off don’t place yourself in position of opening up in our judgement of what’s aggressive. It’s considered all the way around the race track with much emphasis and observation placed on the turns and in the tri-oval. If you think that you are getting ready to go over being aggressive back off and let’s get to the end of the race." Hoots also warned the group about speeding. “I would remind you all we had numerous speeding penalties yesterday at the entrance and exits and yellow line to yellow line,” he said. NO Questions: When asked by Hoots if there were any questions - the room of drivers and crew chiefs was silent.(Dialed in/Claire B. Lang)
      UPDATE 3: NASCAR Rule Clarification Regarding Passing At Daytona International Speedway And Talladega Superspeedway: At yesterday's Drivers Meeting, NASCAR reiterated the rule about passing under the yellow line and provided the same information to all drivers and crew chiefs in a hand out, as we've done in past Daytona and Talladega races. The verbatim language is: "This is your warning: race above the yellow line. If, in NASCAR'S judgment, you go below the yellow line to improve your position, you will be black-flagged. If in NASCAR's judgment you force someone below the yellow line (in an effort to stop him from passing you), you may be black-flagged."
      "During the last lap of yesterday's race at Talladega Superspeedway the driver of the #01 violated NASCAR policy by driving under the yellow line to improve his position," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "In NASCAR's opinion he was not forced below the yellow line. NASCAR correctly took immediate action to enforce the policy by penalizing the #01 and scoring the #20 as the race winner."
      Helton continued, "Since the end of the race there has been some confusion as to what is allowable during the last lap at Daytona and Talladega. To be clear, as we go forward, there will be no passing under the yellow line at any time during NASCAR races at Daytona or Talladega, period. This includes any passing below the yellow line near the start/finish line on the final lap," said Helton.(NASCAR PR)(10-6-2008) Comment here

    • DIS Begins Major Frontstretch Grandstand Renovation Project: Daytona International Speedway has embarked on a significant frontstretch grandstand renovation project. The project is currently under way and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The renovation project will replace the lower grandstand seating in the DePalma and Oldfield Grandstands (located near Turn 4) as well as the Seagrave, Keech and Lockhart Grandstands (located near Turn 1) with chair seats with arm rests. In addition, all risers and walkways will be replaced with new aluminum. New and additional handicap ramps and stairs will provide access to seating as well. The grandstand renovations will also create new open areas underneath the grandstands for additional concession/souvenir kiosks. “These renovations will enhance the race fan’s experience at Daytona International Speedway,” Track President Robin Braig said. “We’re very cognizant of our ‘Fans ’R’ 1st At Daytona’ program and we’re always looking for new opportunities to make the race fan’s visit to ‘The World Center of Racing’ more memorable.” To purchase tickets for DIRECTV Speedweeks 2009 and the 51st annual Daytona 500 call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(9-5-2008)

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


      Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Sprint Cup)

      Number of Tires: Left-side – 1,950; Right-side – 1,950

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4180; Right-side -- D-4222

      Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

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

      Minimum Recommended Inflation:
      Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
      Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

      Estimated Pit Window: Every 41-43 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

      Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be running a different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series at Daytona this week . . . Sprint Cup teams will be running the same left-side tire code (D-4180) that they ran at Daytona last July, but they will be running a brand new right-side code (D-4222) . . . the new right-side features a slight change in compound over last year, which is designed to make the tire more heat resistant . . . Daytona is the only track at which Cup teams will run either of these two tire codes in 2009 . . . 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.


    • No brace for Johnson: #48-Jimmie Johnson didn't wear a brace in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout and doesn't plan to wear one in Thursday's 150-mile qualifying races, Sunday's Daytona 500 or any practice sessions. Johnson cut tendons in the middle finger on his left hand last month at the Rolex 24 trying to cut a hole in his fire suit. He has gradually worked down the size of the plastic brace for off-track activities, but none are small enough to wear with a safety glove. "I wear a brace at night so when I'm sleeping I don't roll over and bend my finger back and hurt the tendon," Johnson said before Wednesday's first practice at Daytona International Speedway. "I whacked my wife in the head with it the other day. I clobbered her. She came swinging back, too."(

    • Baldwin and Riggs gets sponsor for Daytona: Red Bank Ale & Quail Outfitters of Red Bluff, CA will be running two cars at Daytona. The #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota that Scott Riggs will drive in the the Sprint Cup Gatorade Duels and the Daytona 500 [if Riggs qualifies for the race] and #81-DJ Kinnington in the Nationwide Series (Red Bank site). See an image of the #36 on my #36 Team Schemes page.(2-12-2009)

    • EGR close to naming driver for 4th car UPDATE 4.5 #34 and a sponsor, Mayfield to use #41: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will field a fourth entry -- the #41 Chevy -- in the Daytona 500 and expects to decide on a driver Monday [Jan 26th], team president Steve Lauletta said Saturday before the start of the Rolex 24 Grand-Am race at Daytona. Lauletta said the choice had been narrowed to two drivers but declined to name them, though he did indicate that veteran Sterling Marlin was not among the finalists. "We're hoping by Monday," Lauletta said of the decision process. "We came close to making a final decision [Friday]. We need to work over the weekend and Monday, but it'll be pretty quick. Same thing with one of the sponsor deals we have done for Aric -- next week."( / Sporting News)(1-25-2008)
      UPDATE: John Andretti is expected to drive the fourth Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy at Daytona. A technical alliance is in the works that would partner Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins and Andretti with EGR for Daytona and beyond, The car's number and sponsor should be announced later this week. Andretti, 45, who won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in 1997 driving for Cale Yarborough, has raced for Jenkins the last two seasons but would not comment on the current negotiations. Andretti admitted that after four seasons, Jenkins has wanted to expand his involvement in racing but wasn't entirely sure to what extent. "We're good friends and we work together on a lot of things," Andretti said of Jenkins. "(The future of the team) all depends on what Bob can do because sponsorship right now is limited." In 2009, Andrett's plans will not be limited to NASCAR. "The Indy 500 is not going to go off my radar screen," Andretti said. "I can't imagine not doing the Indy 500. I've had so much fun at Indy the last two years."(FOXSports)(1-27-2009)
      UPDATE 2: hearing that the 4th team will use the #15 and the owners points from the #15 DEI team and be affiliated with Front Row Motorsports and supposedly the #34 Front Row Motorsports team will run with Tony Raines driving.(1-28-2009)
      UPDATE 3: John Andretti will drive the #34 Window World Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy in the Daytona 500 on February 15th. Andretti will have a technical alliance that partners Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins and Andretti with EGR for Daytona and beyond, Ganassi sources confirmed on Friday. Window World [which was also announced as Terry Labonte's sponsor on the #66 Toyota], based in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is a residential replacement window company with more than 200 distributors nationwide.(FoxSports)
      UPDATE 4: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's fourth car in the Daytona 500, the #34 Chevy, will actually involve a partnership with owner Bob Jenkins' Front Row Motorsports and one of its drivers, John Andretti. An EGR spokesman said the collaborative effort would be only for the Daytona 500, and that the car would be a guaranteed starter via points accrued in 2008 by one of EGR's cars that won't compete this season. Those include the #01 and #15 that were fielded last season by Dale Earnhardt Inc. and the #41 fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing. The #41 has been registered to Jeremy Mayfield in 2009 for his Mayfield Racing Enterprises, but the points didn't go with the number, according to a Mayfield spokesperson. EGR this season will field full-season efforts for the #1, #8 and #42 Chevrolets. During Speedweeks, EGR's Steve Lane [was the #40 crew chief for Ganassi in 2008] will be the crew chief for the #34 and EGR crewmen will be among those tending the car. During the past five seasons, Jenkins and his son, Brad have fielded between one and three car numbers each year in the Cup Series, including the #34 and #37 cars the past two seasons. In that time the Front Row teams have made 52 races, but have never been guaranteed starters, except in the case of a rainout.(
      UPDATE 4.5: The team will be guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500 because it will have top-35 owners points from last year, although it was unclear whose points it will have. Whether the alliance will continue beyond the Daytona 500 is still to be determined. "We believe this is the beginning of a long-term partnership that will provide a technical platform for our team," Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins said. "After being in last year’s Daytona 500 with John Andretti, I realized that with the right alliance and adequate resources, we could put ourselves in a position to have a front-running car." Front Row Motorsports also announced that it plans to run the entire Nationwide Series with driver Tony Raines behind the wheel.(SceneDaily)(1-30-2009) Comment here

    • Gunselman, Bodine's start new Cup team: Journeyman driver Larry Gunselman is the latest to make an attempt at the Cup Series dream in 2009 as the Washington native has formed a team for himself and a pair of veteran brothers, Geoff and Todd Bodine. Gunselman, who won races in the old Winston West Series and its most popular driver award in 1996 before traveling east in 2000 to seek his racing fortunes, is the principal in the team that will field #64 Toyotas. He said Wednesday morning he's backed by a group of investors who are new to the sport and is still seeking primary sponsorship. "Right now we're looking at running for purse money while we try to come up with sponsorship dollars," Gunselman said. "The more sponsor dollars you get, the harder you can run. I tell people all the time, if you don't have money, you've got to race smart, and you can race hard if you do have money." If a team had been able to make all 36 Cup races last season and finish in the least-paying position, it would have won $2,880,640 in purse money. Gunselman has six Camrys -- three each that were purchased from Bill Davis Racing and Red Bull Racing -- and Wednesday he'd just come from the NASCAR R&D Center with his crew chief "for as long as I can keep him," former champion Doug Richert, and the second chassis they'd had certified. Gunselman, who has previous Cup team ownership experience from when he fielded the #98 Mach 1 Motorsports cars in 2004 with Chris Edwards, made 26 of 36 races and finished 39th in the owner standings, said to start the season attempting the races was critical. "There are so many people out of work out there right now that I believe the whole industry is going through a major correction factor -- the whole economy of the United States is going through a correction factor at the moment," Gunselman said. "There's an opportunity for a guy who's willing to go out there and take advantage of an opportunity and find a good group of people who really want to race, and we've got that. I think the current economic conditions are going to weed a lot of people out of our sport that didn't get in it for the right reason to begin with, and the real racers are going to figure out a way to survive and come out of this economic situation still involved in the sport."
      While the team wasn't sure who'd be in its car for Speedweeks, when the #64 will attempt to make the Daytona 500 as a "go-or-go-home" car, Gunselman said Todd Bodine would definitely drive at Fontana and Las Vegas, the second and third races on the schedule. Bodine is the 2006 Truck Series champion, who also has 15 wins in the Nationwide Series and 228 Cup starts, with five poles, seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Geoff Bodine, who won the 1986 Daytona 500, 18 Cup races, six in the Nationwide Series and hundreds of Modified races -- but who hasn't made a NASCAR national touring start since 2005, when he made eight starts in the Nationwide Series, may run at Daytona. Gunselman, 48, most recently made spot starts in all of NASCAR's national tours -- including 20 in the '08 Nationwide and Truck series.( Comment here

    • Carl Long to attempt Daytona 500: Carl Long has announced that he will be piloting the #46 Romeo Guest Construction Dodge in the 51st running of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 15th. The team's crew chief for the event will be Alex Astor, with racing engines supplied by Ernie Elliott. Romeo Guest Associates, Inc. of Durham, NC will be the primary sponsor of team for the event. The car will sport a special retro paint scheme commemorating the 16-year relationship between Carl Long and Romeo Guest. The yellow-and-green Dodge that Carl will drive will be reminiscent of the original Romeo Guest Construction Late Model that Carl Long raced on North Carolina short tracks from 1993 until 1995. Carl Long plans to have veteran racer Dennis Setzer at the helm of his #46 Dodge at Martinsville Speedway in March, with Carl Long returning to the wheel for the Sprint All-Star Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Additional sponsorship opportunities with Carl Long Racing are still available.( Comment here

    • Boris Said looking to run the Daytona 500: from - As for #60-Boris [Said], he plans on trying to qualify for the Daytona 500, and is looking for money to do addtional races. His Fusion is being prepped out of the Yates Racing shop, and we hope that he'll be able to do more races this year.( Comment here

    • Phoenix Racing announces 2009 plans UPDATE: Phoenix Racing announced today that they are expanding their Sprint Cup schedule to include the entire 2009 season. Driver announcement will be forth coming. Miccosukee Resorts and Gaming will continue their partnership with James Finch and Phoenix Racing as primary sponsor of the #1 Nationwide Chevrolet driven by Mike Bliss and the #09 Chevy for ten Sprint Cup races starting with the Daytona 500.(Phoenix Racing PR)(1-22-2009)
      UPDATE: Phoenix Racing will run Brad Keselowski in the #09 Miccosukee Resorts and Gaming Chevy for 10 races with Hendrick engines and the remaining races in Dodges bought from Ganassi with Ernie Elliott engines. The drivers for the #09 Dodge will be a combo of Sterling Marlin, Mike Bliss and Ken Schrader.(1-23-2009) Comment here

    • Terry Labonte to attempt Daytona 500: Add two-time NASCAR Cup champ [1984, 1996]] Terry Labonte to the list of Daytona hopefuls. Labonte is expected to pilot the Phil Parsons' Toyota [MSRP Motorsports] for the Daytona 500 field.(FoxSports), Labonte would become 2nd in line for the past champions provisonal, 43rd spot, if needed. #14-Tony Stewart [past champ 2005] would get first dibs on the spot if he fails to have a fast time or race in thru the Gatorade Duels and #21-Bill Elliott would be 3rd in line to get the spot, if needed.(1-23-2009) Comment here

    • Nemechek Announces 2009 Driving Plans: Joe Nemechek is gearing up for the 2009 NASCAR season. The driver and owner of NEMCO Motorsports said that he is planning to run the full Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedule, beginning with next month's season openers at Daytona International Speedway -- the Daytona 500 and Camping World 300. Nemechek will drive the #87 Toyota in the Cup Series and the #87 Chevy in the Nationwide races. "We are confident about acquiring sponsorship for 12 Cup races," said Nemechek. "We're working to secure sponsorship for the remaining 24 events and also for a number of Nationwide races. We have an excellent opportunity for a company interested in pursing a cost-effective motorsports sponsorship. Anyone interested can e-mail us at We want to race and put people back to work in these tough economic times." Veteran crew chief Philippe Lopez has joined NEMCO Motorsports and will oversee the competition side in both series. "We have a lot of exciting things happening at NEMCO," added Nemechek. "Having Philippe join us is a huge plus for our program. We were also able to acquire excellent equipment and are in position to run an economic yet competitive program."(NEMCO Motorsports PR)(1-23-2009) Comment here

    • Kvapil to run at least first five races..then: Yates Racing is committed to running the first five Sprint Cup races with #28-Travis Kvapil, with any races of the season beyond that still to be determined, team general manager Max Jones said Thursday. Jones said he hopes that sponsorship can be found, much like the team did last year when it ran an unsponsored car in several races and had several occasional primary sponsors. While optimistic that recent talks with potential sponsors will come through, Jones said the team doesn’t intend to run the team unsponsored the entire year. Kvapil’s crew chief will be Ben Leslie, who will also continue in his position as Ford Racing’s NASCAR field manager. Todd Parrott was going to be Kvapil’s crew chief, but he – and his entire team – is going to work with #96-Bobby Labonte, whose Hall of Fame Racing team will be operated by Yates Racing in a deal announced last week. Kvapil will have no points to fall back on in getting into the first five races. His points from 2008, when he finished 23rd in the driver standings, went to #98-Paul Menard, who brought sponsorship to the team.(SceneDaily)(1-23-2009) Comment here

    • Many New Teams for 2009 UPDATE: NASCAR says that 15 new teams have submitted Sprint Cup cars to be certified this year. According to Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby and other recent announcements, those teams would include Tommy Baldwin Racing [#36 Toyota], TRG Motorsports [#71 Chevy], Nemco Motorsports [#87 Chevy], Mayfield Motorsports [?-Toyota], R3 Motorsports [#23-Chevy], Germain Racing [#13-Toyota]], Phoenix Racing [#09-Chevy] and others.(SceneDaily)(1-22-2009)
      UPDATE: Jeremy Mayfield is among 15 people who have applied for ownership in the Sprint Cup series this season, NASCAR officials said on Thursday. Among the others are Tommy Baldwin, Joe Nemechek, Kevin Butler, Buddy Cisco and Larry Gunselman. A full list was not available. NASCAR officials have no idea how many races the teams will run or under what manufacturer they will run. Only Tommy Baldwin, a former crew chief, has said he plans to run a full season with Toyota support. "It could be a one-shot Hail Mary for the Daytona 500," Cup series director John Darby said of the others.
      Mayfield, who made the Chase in 2004 and 2005 at Evernham Motorsports, is optimistic he'll be at next month's opener in Daytona Beach and many more races. "We've applied and we're 99.9% sure it's going to be a really, really good deal and work out for us," he said. "I always said I didn't want to own my own team. But everything that has come together, I feel like it's an opportunity I cannot do." (

    • Mike Wallace has ride for Daytona 500 UPDATE: Mike Wallace says he's secured a ride in a "competitive car" for the season-opening Daytona 500, providing he can get through the arduous Daytona qualifying process. But beyond Daytona, Wallace said this week he just doesn't know what's going to happen. "We're still talking to people, and they're still interested in possibly doing something," Wallace said. "The only thing that I'm thinking is that I wish it was, like, three months ago -- because the way they're thinking and the way I'm thinking, knowing how close the beginning of the season is, causes me a little bit of concern." Wallace just doesn't know exactly what he's doing beyond Speedweeks -- though he'd consider racing any of NASCAR three national tours.(in part from
      UPDATE: TRG Motorsports announced today their entry in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. The team is taking its experience garnered at the top levels of professional sports car racing and in the Camping World Truck Series, where they posted their first win in 2008, to NASCAR's biggest stage. The team will have veteran driver Mike Wallace pilot the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet on Sunday, February 15 at the World Center of Speed. "This is a huge opportunity for TRG Motorsports," Kevin Buckler, team principal said. "With the group of partners we have and very competitive team and package we decided to put a program together and race at the 500. We have been on a very steep growth curve with our entries in the Truck Series and ARCA. With the economic situation, it is always nice to be able to look for opportunity wherever possible and that what we have done. This will be defining moment in our team's history. The plan we crafted two years ago is in place, objectives are being met and we are trying to reach our goals." With more than 55 entries expected to compete for 43 starting positions in the 200-lap Daytona 500, the biggest goal for TRG Motorsports is to make it in the show. TRG has enlisted one of the most competent super speedway drivers in the world to pilot their entry in "The Great American Race". Mike Wallace, who has often been regarded as a restrictor plate specialist, will drive for TRG in their debut in Daytona Beach, Florida. "I'm excited about the opportunity to work with TRG Motorsports in regard to their new Sprint Cup effort," Wallace said. "With all of the success that they've had in road racing and the championship caliber organization that they've put together on the NASCAR side, I'm really excited about he opportunity to race for them at Daytona. They are true racers and that's the type of group that I want to be associate with. They've proven that they can win in the Truck Series and to be able to help with their first effort in Sprint Cup is exciting." Wallace will have a solid chance after pairing with TRG Motorsports and veteran Crew Chief, Butch Hylton. Hylton is a Daytona winner, having led Kevin Harvick Inc.'s #33 Nationwide team to a win in the 2005 Daytona 300. Hylton was also responsible for helping Yates Racing place two cars on the front row for the 2007 Daytona 500. TRG Motorsports has purchased a super speedway car from one of the most powerful teams in NASCAR, Richard Childress Racing. Through their association with Chevrolet, TRG and RCR have entered into a technical alliance which will benefit both teams. "With a former Richard Childress Racing car and engines supplied by ECR Engines we have accelerated our learning curve substantially," Buckler explained. "Couple that package with the experience that Mike brings and I believe we have a very competitive package. While the competition will be very, very tough with Mike behind the wheel and Butch calling the shots as the crew chief, we should have a legitimate shot at qualifying our way into the field and making our Sprint Cup debut in this prestigious race! This will be a real honor to be able to see our time take that green flag." TRG Motorsports is based in Mooresville, North Carolina where they run two Camping World Truck Series teams as well as a two car ARCA series effort. The company founded in 1993 has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 25, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. More info about the team at Motorsports PR), see images of the car on my #71 Team Schemes page.(1-22-2009) Comment here

    • Motorcraft to sponsor Wood Bros for 9 races: For the ninth consecutive year, Ford Customer Service Division’s Motorcraft brand will team with legendary Wood Brothers Racing to compete in the highest form of stock car racing. Motorcraft, a Ford Motor Company brand of automotive parts ranging from filters and spark plugs to engines and transmissions, will be the primary sponsor on the Wood Brothers #21 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion for nine races (see schedule below), beginning in February at the Daytona 500 and culminating with the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bill Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR champion driving a Coors/Motorcraft Thunderbird, is scheduled to be the driver for all of Motorcraft's races. Elliott, Motorcraft and the Wood Brothers first joined forces in 2007. “We are very proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott,” said Darryl Hazel, Ford Customer Service Division Vice President. “The Woods are synonymous with Ford, and we are thrilled to be associated with such a tremendous group of people.”
      “We are very pleased to have Motorcraft back with us for the 2009 season,” said Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood. “Motorcraft first sponsored us in 2001 and we value their involvement in the sport for the past nine years. They have been loyal to us, we have always been loyal to them and Ford. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel like family. Without Ford Motor Company, the outlook for this season would probably be different.” The Wood Brothers are acknowledged pioneers in the sport of stock-car racing, and have earned 96 wins in over 50 years of NASCAR competition – second most in Ford Racing history. “Ford’s appreciation for our loyalty throughout the years is what kept us going, and, in turn, we keep on going for them, too,” said Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Len Wood. The nine races: Daytona, Atlanta [both], Texas [Apr], Charlotte [May], Michigan [June], Chicago, Indy and Homestead. Motorcraft offers a complete line of original equipment-approved parts that are designed, engineered, and recommended by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood and powertrain repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available locally and are backed nationwide by Ford Motor Company's Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit Campbell/Motorcraft/Quick Lane PR), see an image of the car on my #21 Team Schemes page.(1-22-2009) Comment here

    • Bires to attempt Daytona 500: Kelly Bires will attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut in the Daytona 500 next month, but he probably won't be too busy after that. On a week when he wrapped up a deal for the biggest race of his life, Bires also learned that he no longer has the promise of any Nationwide Series races with JTG Daugherty Racing. Michael McDowell brought sponsorship for the first 16 races, Bires said. Bires could race in the second half of the year if the team finds money, but he also is free to pursue other opportunities. Bires will drive for #51 Blackjack Racing, a new, part-time team out of the ARCA series, at Daytona. The car is an ex-Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge that became expendible when that team merged with DEI and switched to Chevrolets. "We could go there and run like crap, or we could go and run well and surprise a lot of people," Bires said. "Anything beyond making the show is an added bonus. If we make the race, we'll probably get more publicity out of that than I did out of a whole year and a half in the Nationwide Series." Blackjack plans a limited schedule for its regular driver, Dexter Bean, but with only one NASCAR short-track race to his credit, Bean has not been approved by NASCAR to race on a superspeedway.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(1-21-2009) Comment here

    • Shelmerdine plans to attempt all Cup races: hearing Kirk Shelmerdine and several partners have bought some of the Toyotas campaigned last year by #22 Bill Davis Racing and are trying to put a plan in place to run all the Sprint Cup races. Bill Davis Racing was bought by Triad Racing Technologies and supposedly they will not run any races in 2009.(1-21-2009) Comment here

    • Skinner to run for R3 Motorsports at Daytona: R3 Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Mike Skinner will attempt to qualify its #23 Chevy into the Daytona 500 this season. Crew chief Slugger Labbe will oversee the team. The former Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) champion drove the #5 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing last season. R3 team owner Rob Fuller says the team plans to run the first five races of the season and continue the schedule on a race-to-race basis depending on its success.(FoxSports)(1-20-2009) Comment here

    • Riggs to drive for Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced today Scott Riggs as the driver of the #36 Toyota for the 2009 NASCAR season. Riggs, formerly with Haas CNC Racing will start his sixth season in Sprint Cup competition. The 2009 season finds the 38-year-old native of Bahama, NC, eager to embark on a new chapter of his racing career, driving for the newly formed TBR team. Tommy Baldwin, who will hold the title of both owner and crew chief, announced the formation of his new race team earlier this month. "I look forward to working with Tommy," Riggs said. "I think we can work together to build something really strong. I feel fortunate to work with someone like Tommy who has so much experience." Riggs, with multiple years of experience at the Cup level and time behind the wheel in NASCAR's COT, brings credibility and marketability to the new team. TBR, located at 604 Performance Road, in Mooresville, NC, plans on competing in the 51st running of the Daytona 500 in February with plans to run a full schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. "Having Scott Riggs on board is a huge stepping stone for Tommy Baldwin Racing," Said Baldwin. "He's a top caliber driver, and I look forward to seeing the success we can have together." No sponsor has been named yet for the #36 Toyota.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(1-19-2009) Comment here

    • Menard to get owners pts from other Yates team UPDATE 38 to 96; 28 to 98: from a NASCAR Press Conference at Daytona for the Fanfest. NASCAR Ramsey Poston asked the questions: Has any determination been made at Yates what the point affiliation will be for your team? Are you going to start from scratch? Are you going to get one of the other cars on points, and is there more concern or more excitement about starting out the year with a totally new bunch and how critical is it going to be to gel quickly with that group?
      PAUL MENARD [#98 Menard's Ford]: As far as I know we're getting points so we'll be locked in. I'm not sure if it's #28 or #38 points, but one of them will slide over.(NASCAR PR)(1-17-2009)
      UPDATE: Hall of Fame Racing today the #96 Ford Fusion and Bobby Labonte as the manufacturers’ wild card entry into the famed Budweiser Shootout following NASCAR’s rule change on Friday. “The #96 joined the Ford family at the right time,” said Hall of Fame Racing Co-Owner, Tom Garfinkel. “We’re pleased to get Hall of Fame and into the Shootout and have an early chance to start working towards solid top-five and top-10 finishes this season. We are pleased to be working with Bobby Labonte and Yates Racing and look forward to seeing this combination of talent come together for the first time in the Shootout.” Labonte and the #96 will also receive Yates Racing points from the #38, piloted by David Gilliland in 2008. The transfer will put the #96 in 27th position going into the Daytona 500 in February. Yates Racing’s #98 Menards Ford Fusion will start the 2009 season in 23rd position after a points transfer from the #28. Paul Menard will drive the machine for the full 2009 season. Travis Kvapil will start the season as a fresh entry in the #28 Yates Racing Ford. Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Jon Sands with Yates Racing at 704-720-4621.(Yates Racing PR)(1-19-2009) Comment here

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

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