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THE RACE: Coke Zero 400

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2010 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Saturday, July 3, 2010 in Daytona Beach, FL

  • Title Sponsor: Coca Cola

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:49pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 6:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 7:30pm/et

  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Phil Parsons

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, July 7 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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  • Practices:
    Thursday, July 1, 4:00 - 5:20pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, July 1, 6:35-8:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 1, 3:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 2 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 12:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Most improved drivers from 2009 to 2010: A look at which drivers have gained the most points in comparison to where they were at the midway point of the 2009 season.(7-5-2010)

    Driver 2009 Pos.
    After Daytona
    2009 Pts
    After Daytona
    2010 Pos.
    After Daytona
    2010 Pts
    After Daytona
    Points
    Difference
    #29-Kevin Harvick 26 1683 1 2684 +1001
    #83-Scott Speed 35 1218 24 1765 +547
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21 1810 11 2177 +367
    #98-Paul Menard 31 1504 23 1847 +343
    #31-Jeff Burton 15 2061 8 2319 +258
    #43-A J Allmendinger 29 1646 22 1900 +254
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. 24 1730 20 1930 +200
    #20-Joey Logano 20 1847 18 1997 +150
    #18-Kyle Busch 8 2234 6 2376 +142
    #17-Matt Kenseth 10 2201 7 2322 +121
    #11-Denny Hamlin 6 2302 5 2400 +98
    #33-Clint Bowyer 16 2031 14 2121 +90
    #6-David Ragan 30 1620 26 1709 +89
    #1-Jamie McMurray 19 1863 19 1945 +82
    #5-Mark Martin 13 2101 13 2131 +30
    #2-Kurt Busch 4 2414 4 2439 +25
    #16-Greg Biffle 9 2215 10 2234 +19
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 3 2525 3 2459 -66
    #24-Jeff Gordon 2 2539 2 2472 -67
    #00-David Reutimann 14 2092 17 2000 -92
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. 25 1705 29 1604 -101
    #7-Robby Gordon 34 1468 32 1334 -134
    #19-Elliott Sadler 23 1794 28 1650 -144
    #39-Ryan Newman 7 2235 15 2090 -145
    #99-Carl Edwards 5 2317 12 2170 -147
    #9-Kasey Kahne 12 2166 16 2016 -150
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 11 2187 21 1924 -263
    #47-Marcos Ambrose 18 1948 27 1660 -288
    #71-Bobby Labonte 27 1679 31 1391 -288
    #14-Tony Stewart 1 2719 9 2251 -468


  • Harvick wins at Daytona: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd win at the track, 2nd win of the season and 13th of his career. The start of the race was delayed 90 minutes because of rain. #9-Kahne finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #2-Busch, #83-Sorenson, #71-Bliss, and #82-Speed. The race ended with a green-white-checker finish. #33-Bowyer was leading on the final restart but lost the lead and ended up spinning on the final lap to finish 17th. The "big one" happened on lap 148 when #2-Busch and #31-Burton made contact while running up front. Drivers behind them tried to check up but set off a chain reaction. There were a total of 19 drivers involved: #77-Hornish, #42-Montoya, #48-Johnson, #39-Newman, #09-Labonte, #98-Menard, #82-Speed, #9-Kahne, #5-Martin, #20-Logano, #14-Stewart, #83-Sorenson, #38-Kvapil, #7-Gordon, #12-Keselowski, #47-Ambrose, #16-Biffle, #78-Smith, #11-Hamlin. The accident caused a 19 minute red flag. Points leader #29-Harvick saw his lead increase to 212 [from 105] and #24-Gordon moved to second.
    There were 47 lead changes among 18 drivers and 9 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 115,000, the same as 2009.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Daytona Race Results/Awards page.(7-3-2010)

  • Daytona News & Facts:
    • Kevin Harvick won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. It was Harvick's 13th Cup series victory (tied for 51st all time) in his 340th race and his second win of 2010. It was Harvick's third restrictor-plate victory in 38 races. His past three wins have come on plate tracks.
    • Harvick is the sixth different race winner in the past six Daytona races.
    • Harvick led eight times for 28 laps, including the final two. He has led in nine of the 18 Cup races in 2010.
    • Richard Childress Racing scored its 91st Cup victory and second win in 2010, both by Harvick.
    • Chevrolet posted its ninth win in 2010, leading all makes; Toyota has seven, Dodge has two and Ford is winless. It was Chevy's 40th win at Daytona; Ford has 29, Dodge has 15 and Toyota has one; all others combined have 42.
    • The top 10 consisted of five Chevrolets, two Toyotas, two Fords and one Dodge.
    • Kasey Kahne (second) has scored top-5 finishes in three of the past four races.
    • Jeff Gordon (third) scored his fourth straight top-5 finish.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) has finished 11th or better in his past four races in 2010.
    • Jeff Burton (fifth) scored his best finish in his past seven races at Daytona.
    • Carl Edwards (sixth) posted top-10 finishes in four of his past five Daytona races.
    • Kurt Busch (seventh) has posted top-10 finishes in six of his past seven Daytona races.
    • Reed Sorenson finished eighth in his 150th career Cup start.
    • Mike Bliss (ninth) scored his best finish in 2010 and best since his 10th-place finish at Talladega in April.
    • David Reutimann (11th) finished in the top 15 in all three 2010 restrictor-plate races.
    • Bobby Labonte finished a season-best 16th in his 600th career Cup start. Labonte has never won in 36 Cup races at Daytona.
    • Kevin Conway (14th) scored his career-best finish.
    • Clint Bowyer (17th) extended a 10-race streak of running at the finish at Daytona.
    • Mark Martin (28th) has never won in 51 Cup races at Daytona.
    • Jimmie Johnson finished 35th, 31st and 31st in the three restrictor-plate races in 2010.
    • It was the seventh green-white-checkered finish in 2010.(ESPN.com)(7-5-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    Kevin Harvick won the COKE ZERO 400 Powered By Coca-Cola (52nd Running), his 13th victory in 340 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    There were an event-record 18 different leaders. The previous record was 15 (1986, 2006).
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 19 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2010.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 36 races at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-3-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2684
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2472 -212
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2459 -225
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2439 -245
    5) #18-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2400 -284
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2376 -308
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2322 -362
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 2319 -365
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2251 -433
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 2234 -450
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2177 -507
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2170 -514
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2131 -553, 39 points out of the chase
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2121 -563, -49
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2090 -594, -80
    16) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2016 -668, -154
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1924, -246
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-3-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Chicago:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #37 team dropped to 35th, but is 96 points ahead of the #26.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1435, +179
    33) #71-Lally/TRG, 1393, +137
    34) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1379, +123
    35) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1352, 96 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1256, 96 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 1193, -159
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-3-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Daytona:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #11 Pre-Race to the rear, To the Rear
    #83 Pre-Race to the rear, To the Rear
    #14 Pre-Race to the rear, To the Rear
    #37 Pre-Race to the rear, To the Rear
    #2 60, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tailend of the field
    #43 66, Pitting before pit road is open , Tailend of the field
    #43 66, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Tailend of the field
    #26 68, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tailend of the field
    #9 105, Lug nut(s) not installed, stop & go
    #56 117, Pitting before pit road is open,y Tail of the field
    #1 117, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #9 117, Pitting before pit road is open, tail of the field
    #46 141, Pitting before pit road is open, held 1 lap
    #19 142, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
    #77 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
    #48 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #14 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #5 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #42 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #47 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #39 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #26 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #09 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
    #98 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Tailend of longest line
    #36 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail end of longest line
    #11 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail end of longest line
    #20 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail end longest line, Garage
    #78 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #38 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    #12 148, Pitting before pit road is open, garage
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-3-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver on track down a lap
    Caution 2: #37-Richardson, 23rd
    Caution 3: #71-Bliss, 9th
    Caution 4: #29-Harvick, 1st
    Caution 5: #11-Hamlin, 24th
    Caution 6: #34-Conway, 14th
    Caution 7: #46-Yeley, 19th
    Caution 8: None, #38-Kvapil was involved in the accident
    Caution 9: #98-Menard, 18th
    (7-3-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Daytona (or seemed to)?
    41st: #87-Nemechek, 38 laps run
    42nd: #13-Papis, 6 laps
    43rd: #66-Blaney, 4 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #55 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(7-3-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Daytona: The selections of pit stalls for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #29-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 21, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 7th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-2-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2010.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:49pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, July 7 at 12:00pm/et

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Qualifying rained out in Daytona; Harvick on pole: Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was rained out so the field was set but the rule book / 2010 owners points / race attempts. #29-Harvick will start first, followed by #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #31-Burton, #14-Stewart, and #16-Biffle. The two drivers missing the race are #55-McDowell and #64-Bodine. See the starting lineup on my Daytona Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-2-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 2, 2010 at 4:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 12:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #34-Conway.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-Park with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-1-2010)

  • IMPOUND: the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is the 2nd of 3 IMPOUND races of 2010, there are THREE impound races in 2010, both Talladega races [April & Nov] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impound Rules and Info page

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Coke Zero 400 at Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest and some notes:
    #7-Gordon 195.126
    #16-Biffle 194.317
    #47-Ambrose 194.250
    #9-Kahne 194.217
    #43-Allmendinger 194.133
    slowest: #36-Park 185.843 & #66-Blaney 185.010. no speed: #1-McMurray & #64-Bodine
    incidents: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. scraped the wall between turn 1 & 2 early in the session. #47-Ambrose also hit the wall in a separate incident. The teams are repairing both cars. #20-Logano slowed to come into the pits and was hit in the rear by #99-Edwards but didn't hit anything. There was a short caution because of showers at the track. An accident with 30 minutes remaining involved #11-Hamlin, #83-Sorenson, #37-Richardson, and #14-Stewart. All four drivers will go to a backup. The session was called about 15 minutes early because of rain.
    For practice speeds, average speeds, ten lap average speeds, laps run, see the Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(7-1-2010)

  • Daytona practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC], 26th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 36th
    #13-Max Papis, 37th
    #26-David Stremme, 38th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 39th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 40th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 41st
    #36-Steve Park, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 43rd
    #64-Todd Bodine, no time
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • First Thursday practice: for the Coke Zero 400 at Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest and some notes:
    #20-Logano 193.932
    #33-Bowyer 193.778
    #39-Newman 193.719
    #17-Kenseth 193.715
    #14-Stewart 193.648
    slowest: #64-Bodine 186.031 & #66-Blaney 185.437
    There was some rain in the area but didn't impact the track during the session. Arica Almirola again jumped in the #48 for Jimmie Johnson to get a few laps in, but there's still no updated baby news.
    incidents: #6-Ragan got loose in turn 4 and was hit in the rear by #18-Busch. #9-Kahne also got some damage and all three will go to a backup.
    For practice speeds, average speeds, ten lap average speeds, laps run, see the Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(7-1-2010)

  • Daytona practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC], 34th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #36-Steve Park, 37th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 38th
    #26-David Stremme, 39th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 41st
    #13-Max Papis, 42nd
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #64-Todd Bodine, 44th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner/past champ 2000)(40/17)
    #13-Max Papis (39/17)
    #26-David Stremme (2009 race winner as owner)(36/17)
    #36-Steve Park (38/17)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (37/17)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (41/17)
    #55-Michael McDowell (44/17)
    #64-Todd Bodine (47/7)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43/17)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/17)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,38,13,36,46,87,66
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 55,64
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List.(6-28-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35, but the #26 is closer to 35th and the #71 has dropped to 35th, only 56 points ahead of the #26.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1303, +104
    33) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1258, +59
    34) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1258, +59
    35) #71-Bliss/TRG: 1255, 56 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1199, 56 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1132, -123
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-27-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 17 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2489
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2384, -105
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2328, -161
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2304, -185
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2302, -187
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2288, -201
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2204, -285
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 2159, -330
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2158, -331
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 2126, -363
    11) #5-Mark Martin, 2047, -442, +30
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2020, -469, +3 ahead of 13th
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2017, 3 points out of the chase
    14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2005, -15
    15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2004, -16
    16) #20-Joey Logano, 1921, -99
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    20) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1846, -174
    22) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1837, -183
    35) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-27-2010)

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

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  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.

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

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

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

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Four Current Race Tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Daytona: 0 for 49 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    Pocono: 0 for 46 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Homestead: 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    (plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win)(6-6-2010)

  • 2010 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 137.284mph, started 13th

  • 2009 July Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 142.461mph, started 1st [rained out]

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

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

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

  • 2010 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 191.188, finished 12th

  • 2009 July Pole Sitter: none, rained out, set by points, #14-Stewart started 1st

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 51 years, 0 months, 27 days, 2/6/2010

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon

    , 24 years, 11 months, 2 days, 7/6/1996

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

  • Track 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 - Active: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5s Active: 11 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

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

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/1974

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

  • Most Leaders: 21 - 2/14/2010

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

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/1989

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

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/1968

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

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

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

  • Most Running at the Finish: 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

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Daytona 500 Winner: 2, Jamie McMurray, 2/14/2010

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 24 [of 126 races, 19.1%]
  • 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: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1 [July Race]
  • Races won from starting pos 39: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from the top 5: 68 of 126 [52.4%]
  • Races won from the top 10: 99 of 126 [78.6%]
  • Races won from the top 15: 115 of 126 [91.3%]
  • At Daytona International Speedway::
    · Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was 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.
    · 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 lights ever since.
    There have been 126 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 52 have been 500 miles, 47 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were points races.
    · 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 first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    · Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    · 52 drivers have posted poles; 20 have more than one.
    · Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles.
    · Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles.
    · 54 drivers have won a race; 25 have won more than once.
    · Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories with 10.
    · Jeff Gordon has six victories, more than any other active driver.
    · The Wood Brothers have won 14 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
    · 16 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole, including last year’s Coke Zero 400, won by polesitter Tony Stewart.
    · A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.
    · The last nine Daytona races that finished under green have had a margin of victory under a half second.
    · There have been 163 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.
    · 157 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Florida.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Mark Martin CARQUEST #5 Team Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Budweiser Camo - USO #9 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office (blue) #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Burger King #14 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M Scotch-Brite #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler U.S. Air Force #19 Team Schemes Page
    #36-Steve Park Richie Evan's Tribute #36 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman Tornados #39 Team Schemes Page
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger Paralyzed Veterans of America #43 Team Schemes Page
    #46-J.J. Yleye Cash America #46 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Kingsford / Bush Baked Beans #47 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimme Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard "8 Soldiers & 8 Missions" #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards #98 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Subway #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Coke Zero sponsoring Labonte at Daytona: #09-Phoenix Racing announced that Coke Zero brand will sponsor the team and Coca-Cola Racing Family member Bobby Labonte for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Coke Zero will commemorate driver Bobby Labonte's 600th Sprint Cup Series start. Labonte will also be serving as the Grand Marshall for Coke Zero during the race event. Labonte is an original member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family.(Breaking Limits PR)(7-2-2010)

  • Steve Park to run Cup race at Daytona? IMAGE: from the Tommy Baldwin Racing Facebook page: "Steve Park & TBR Daytona july race. We [Tommy Baldwin Racing] want to do a Richie Evans replica design", posted by TBR.(5-22-2010)
    UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Steve Park announced that they will be entering a fan sponsored, Richie Evans tribute car at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 3. The #36 Chevy will feature a throwback orange and black paint scheme with the fans’ names sponsoring the car integrated into the design. Richie Evans, “The King of Modified Racing”, won eight consecutive Modified Championships from 1978 to 1985. In 1979, Evans posted 54 top-five finishes in 60 Modified races. From Quebec to Florida, Evans racked up more than 400 career victories. His achievements have been heralded by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame as, “One of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports.”
    “Richie Evans is one of the guys we all worked hard to beat and to be around,” Baldwin said. “I always looked up to him." Evans was fatally injured at the age of 44 during practice for the Winn-Dixie 500 Triple header at Martinsville Speedway in 1985. At the time of the accident he had already clinched the Winston Modified Tour championship, now known as the Whelen Modified Tour. "I hope that this will be the first in a line of tributes to some of the best racers in the world who inspired me and many others - modified racers,” Baldwin said. Two-time Sprint Cup Series winner Steve Park will drive the TBR machine in the Daytona race. This will be Park’s first trip back to Daytona since he won the pole in 2003. “I’m extremely honored to be driving a car that pays homage to one of the greatest race car drivers of all time,” said Park. “Richie is respected by so many drivers and he really made his mark in this sport. This is a really neat way to get the fans involved while paying homage to one of the greats.”Fan sponsors will choose from different tiers of sponsorship that range from $20 -$10,000 allowing them to actively participate in a memoriam of the greatest racers in the Modified Series, a junior league to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. More info at the Tommy Baldwin Racing website.(5-27-2010)
    IMAGE: see an image of the car on my #36 team paint schemes page.(7-1-2010)

  • 8 Soldiers, 8 Missions on the #88: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 National Guard "8 Soldiers 8 Missions"/AMP Energy Chevy will feature a special camouflage paint scheme this weekend at Daytona in honor of the eight National Guard Soldiers and eight missions in which they served. These eight Soldiers served in domestic and overseas missions for their country. #88 Chevy was designed to commemorate the heroic efforts and service of these Soldiers and the other men and women who serve in the National Guard. The eight soldiers Earnhardt will recognize are Staff Sgt. Ryan Brubaker with the Montana Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Daniel Caldwell with the Alabama Army National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Chris Dempsey with the Arizona Army National Guard, Spc. Tabitha Foster with the Kentucky Army National Guard, Spc. Richard Ghent with the New Hampshire Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Justin Lampert with the North Dakota Army National Guard, 1st Lt. Reed Preece with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and Spc. Joseph Ruiz with the New York Army National Guard.(Hendrick PR), see an image of the car on my #88 team paint schemes page.(7-1-2010)

  • Scotch-Brite on the #16: This weekend the #16 3M Ford Fusion will have a new look with a special Scotch-Brite paint scheme.(Roush Fenway PR), see an image of the car on my #16 team paint schemes page.(7-1-2010)

  • Mission: ABLE on the #43 at Daytona: The Paralyzed Veterans of America new initiative Mission: ABLE will be featured on the #43 Ford this weekend. The PVA is the nation's leading veteran organization and its national network provides comprehensive support for veterans. In addition to featuring its new Mission: ABLE initiative, which raises awareness and funds to enable veterans to find jobs, secure benefits and receive care and camaraderie, three members of the PVA will attend the race and be guests of RPM.(Richard Petty Motorsports PR)(7-1-2010)

  • #46 has sponsor for four races? UPDATE 3: Whitney Motorsports facebook page reports "We have a 4-race sponsor deal with major sponsor. Tracks are, Daytona, Brickyard, Phoenix, and Homestead-Miami." J.J. Yeley currently drives the #46 Dodge for Whitney Motorsports. No word on who the sponsor is. Also the #09 Chevy that Terry Cook is driving for Phoenix Racing is listed as the Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet on the entry list. The #09 team is up for sale, no word if Whitney Motorsports has bought it.(6-4-2010)
    UPDATE: a Whitney Motorsports rep denied the team has bought the #09 team and hase no plans to do so, the listing on Pocono's entry list was simply a mistake.(6-6-2010)
    UPDATE2: per Whitney Motorsports facebook page, the sponsor for those four races is Cash America.(6-8-2010)
    UPDATE3: Cash America announced a multi-race motorsports marketing program - a relationship where Cash America will participate in each of NASCAR's top three nationally touring series. Cash America will be the primary sponsor of a Sprint Cup Series team and a Nationwide Series team for upcoming events at Daytona, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Homestead. Cash America will also sponsor a Camping World Truck Series team for events in Nashville and Phoenix. For the final ten weeks of the season, Cash America will be a presenting sponsor for the syndicated motorsports news program Raceweek during its Southeastern broadcasts, focusing on coverage of the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Cash America will sponsor the Whitney Motorsports #46 Dodge Charger driven by J.J. Yeley in the Sprint Cup Series. Cash America will sponsor the Day Enterprises #05 Chevrolet Impala in the Nationwide Series and the Randy Moss Motorsports #81 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series; both entries will be driven by David Starr.(Integrity Sports Management), the four scheduled Sprint Cup races are, Daytona in July, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Homestead-Miami(6-8-2010)

  • Special scheme for Kenseth in two races: Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka is scheduled to be the primary aponaor for #17 Matt Kenseth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July. See image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(4-13-2010)

  • Sponsor debut for Newman at Vegas: While Ryan Newman embarks on his 299th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, he will also celebrate an important first for his #39 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Sunday’s Shelby American will be the first of nine races where new sponsor Tornados, a brand of family owned Ruiz Foods, will adorn the #39 Chevy as the team’s primary sponsor (SHR) at the following races:
    Las Vegas - 2/28
    Atlanta - 3/7
    Phoenix - 4/10
    Charlotte - All Star Race - 5/22
    Daytona - 7/3
    Michigan - 8/15
    Auto Club Speedway - 10/10
    Martinsville - 10/24
    Texas - 11/7
    See a schedule of races for Tornados on my #39 Team News & Links page and images of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)

  • Carquest returns to sponsor #5 team: Carquest Auto Parts has extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the #5 Chevy driven by Mark Martin through the 2011 NASCAR season. The two-year pact will showcase Carquest with primary sponsor placement in eight points races annually beginning in 2010. When its red, white and blue shield is not on the hood, Carquest will maintain a significant presence on the #5 Chevys as a major associate sponsor. "Carquest is pleased to be an eight-race primary sponsor of Mark Martin and the #5 team for the 2010 NASCAR season," said Temple Sloan III, president and CEO of General Parts/Carquest Auto Parts. "In our eight years as a partner of Hendrick Motorsports we have enjoyed many successes, and this year has been tremendous. As the Official Auto Parts supplier to Hendrick Motorsports we are proud to have Mark, Alan Gustafson (crew chief) and the team partnering with us. Winning is the goal our team strives for every day, both on the track and in our stores." For more information about Carquest, visit www.Carquest.com.(Hendrick Motorsports)
    The CARQUEST Auto Parts #5 Impala is scheduled to race in 2010 at:
    Martinsville in March
    Charlotte in May
    New Hampshire in June
    Daytona in July
    Bristol in August
    Atlanta in September
    California in October and
    Texas in November.
    See an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2009)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Bobby Labonte
    Command to start engines: Bobby Labonte
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Pastor Corwin Lasneby, Sr
    National Anthem: Darius Rucker
    Military Flyover: F-18s, VFA-125 Rough Riders - Lemoore, CA

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Websites:
    Daytona International Speedway
    Daytona 500
    Daytona 500 Experience
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
    Facebook - Daytona International Speedway
    Twitter - Daytona International Speedway
    Daytona 500 Browser Theme

  • July 2009: see my Daytona Race Info page

  • February 2010: see my Daytona 500 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)


  • Formula One president at Daytona: Jean Todt was guest of NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Todt, who replaced Max Mosley as president of the FIA (Formula One's governing body) in October, received exposure to American auto racing, which included the Nationwide Series race on Friday night followed by the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Sprint Cup race on Saturday. So what was Todt's interest in NASCAR? "You know, simply, why all those people are here," Todt said. "It's very interesting to see what the others are doing, and it's always something to learn about. Of course, there are reasons why NASCAR is so big in America and why Formula One has never really been able so far to do something out here while doing a lot in other countries around the world. It's a fascinating experience."(Fox Sports)(7-4-2010)

  • Goodyear Tires to 'Support Our Troops' UPDATE & Tire Notes: been told that Goodyear will have special tires for the NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday. With the Goodyear logo and "Support Our Troops" in red-white-blue. See an image below or a larger images on my Tire News and Testing page.(6-28/29-2010)
    UPDATE: For the first time in its history, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR's three major national series, has announced it will transform all Goodyear Racing Eagle tires for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races over the July 4th holiday weekend. The new design, featuring a patriotic red, white and blue color scheme reading "Support Our Troops" on the tires' sidewalls, is designed to say 'thank you' to the service men and women of the United States Armed Forces and launch the Goodyear Support Our Troops program. The Company will help jump-start this new support and fundraising effort with a $20,000 donation to a leading military support program. The Goodyear Support Our Troops program will also provide consumers a variety of ways to show their support for the troops and will encourage everyone to participate in a series of fund-raising initiatives to benefit members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The rebranded Goodyear Support Our Troops tires will raise awareness for the support effort and will also serve as the first step in the fund-raising campaign, as Goodyear will auction the special logo'd, driver-autographed tires used in the July 3rd Coke Zero 400. All funds raised will be donated to Support Our Troops, a nonprofit nationwide organization which bolsters the morale and well-being of America's troops and their families. Funds raised through the Goodyear effort will benefit the highly effective programs, which deliver more than $8 million per year in care packs and requested items to the front lines, positive support at home, kids' camp assistance and more. The Goodyear Support Our Troops Charity Auction, held online at www.Goodyear.com, will begin when the green flag drops on July 3rd and will run through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 17th.(Goodyear PR)(7-1-2010)
    Daytona Tire Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at Daytona in February . . . this is a new tire set-up for Nationwide teams, considering that teams in that series have a new car to run . . . Goodyear confirmed this tire set-up on the Nationwide cars during a NASCAR test at Daytona on May 18-19 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . the air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.The estimated pit window for the Sprint Cup cars are every 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.(Goodyear), see full notes, codes, number of tires and more on the Daytona Race Info page - Goodyear section.(7-1-2010)


    Goodyear - Support the Troops

  • Workers repair Daytona track patch: UPDATE: On Thursday night track workers were diligently attempting to repair the patch between turns one and two, which was formed during February’s debacle that halted action twice for a total of 2 hours and 25 minutes as asphalt crumbled from the surface. According to fans camped near the patch, workers appeared prior to the first Nationwide Series practice Thursday morning. Johnny Grainger, 57, of Deltona said representatives from Daytona International Speedway explained the workers were covering the patch with concrete and then grinding the surface around a square area where the cars were bottoming out throughout the practice sessions. Grainger added that the workers returned shortly after Happy Hour ended around 8 p.m. By 10 p.m., 11 vehicles along with a trailer surrounded the area as workers continued to address it. Although track officials denied there was any problem with the surface and NASCAR representatives were unaware of any issues, from the infield fence there was clearly visible a three- to four-foot hole in the patched area. Additional calls to Daytona and International Speedway Corp. were not returned Thursday night.(Fox Sports)(7-2-2010)
    UPDATE: According to Daytona officials, "During an inspection by Daytona engineers after Thursday track activity an area of approx 1' x 4.5' in Turn 2 was repaired as a precautionary measure. Our track inspections will continue throughout the weekend and we will make any other repairs deemed necessary. The event schedule was not impacted and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series cars were on track this morning at 8 a.m. as scheduled."(DIS)(7-2-2010)

  • Bobby Labonte named Grand Marshal for Coke Zero 400: Bobby Labonte, who is scheduled to make his 600th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday night, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Labonte, who is driving the #09 car for owner James Finch in Saturday's 160-lap, 400-mile race, will give the starting command, "Gentlemen start your engines." Labonte, who is an original member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, has captured 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories and 26 poles as well as the series' championship in 2000.(DIS)(7-2-2010)

  • Daytona to honor six Medal of Honor Recipients: Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to six Medal of Honor recipients during this week's Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. It's the second straight year that the "World Center of Racing" will honor Medal of Honor recipients, a program that was first started by Bill France Sr. back in the 1970s. The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, to be honored are:
    * Joe M. Jackson, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel from Newman, Ga.
    * Don Jenkins, retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from Quality, Ky.
    * Thomas Norris, retired U.S Navy Lieutenant from Jacksonville, Fla.
    * Richard A. Pittman, retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant from French Camp, San Joaquin, Calif.
    * Kenneth Stumpf, a retired U.S Army Staff Sergeant from Menasha, Wis.
    * Michael Thornton, a retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer from Greenville, S.C.
    All six Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special luncheon on Friday at the Bill France Room inside Daytona 500 Experience and will attend driver's meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 2 and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 3. There will be a special salute to the six Medal of Honor recipients between the National Anthem and the starting command, "Gentlemen start your engines," for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.(DIS)(7-1-2010)

  • Daytona 500 Tickets On Sale: The race to purchase coveted tickets for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 is about to begin. Tickets for the 2011 edition of “The Great American Race” – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale this Friday at 9:00pm/et. Prior to Friday, June 18, only renewals for seat assignments for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. For the third straight year, tickets for the 2011 Daytona 500 – which will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on the new asphalt at Daytona International Speedway – will start at $55. Immediately following the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on Monday, July 5, Daytona International Speedway’s entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. The repaving project will be completed in time for Speedweeks 2011 and the 2011 Daytona 500. For information and to buy tickets, go to daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(6-17-2010)

  • Bigger restrictor plate for Daytona in July: NASCAR has announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will use carburetor restrictor-plate openings of 1 1/32 inches for the July 3 event at Daytona International Speedway. The previous plate at Daytona last February was 63/64-inch. Monday’s announcement pertains only to next month’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – the last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on the current Daytona asphalt. The 2.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway will be repaved prior to the 2011 Daytona 500. Each restrictor plate contains four openings which restrict air flow to the engine, thus slowing cars. Larger openings mean more air, and more speed. "We think this will be a needed boost due to the additional drag we've picked up since switching from a rear wing to a rear spoiler," said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. Rule changes, announced Jan. 21, mandated switching from a wing mounted on the rear deck lid of NASCAR’s new car, back to a more traditional stock-car spoiler. The March event at Martinsville Speedway marked the first race for the new spoiler. Carburetor restrictor plates are used only at Daytona and 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. The 1 1/32-inch size openings will be the largest since the one-inch mandate in 1988, the first year the horsepower-reducing plates were mandated for yearly use in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition at Daytona. Teams used openings of 15/16-inch for this season’s spring race (April 25) at Talladega. That size was determined following a March 16 test at Talladega that helped answer several mechanical questions, among them, spoiler height and the restrictor-plate openings.(NASCAR)(6-7-2010)

  • Daytona repaving gives Goodyear tight timeline: Daytona International Speedway is repaving the 2.5-mile super-speedway for the first time since 1978. While work will begin following the Coke Zero 400 in July, track officials don't expect the asphalt to be ready for testing until Jan. 1. That's more than a month before NASCAR teams return for Speedweeks and it may not leave Goodyear ample time to perfect a tire for the Daytona 500. NASCAR officials informed Goodyear of an open Daytona test scheduled for mid-January (rumored to be Jan. 15th but denied by top brass from the sanctioning body). Goodyear traditionally begins manufacturing tires in October for Speedweeks with the usual run of 6,000 units. With a test involved, as is anticipated given a completely green and unknown track surface, Goodyear would likely up the tire inventory to 8,000 tires for all the Daytona events - the Budweiser Shootout, Gatorade Duels, Camping World Truck race, Nationwide Series race and the 500 (and practices for all those events). Originally, Stu Grant of Goodyear had hoped to start the testing process no later than Nov. 1, using the current Daytona tires as the control tires and build a data base. Should Goodyear not have time for a tire test prior to January, the Daytona open test sessions would become the tire test. Lane Contruction recently repaved Talladega using the same asphalt compound for Daytona, so Grant says Goodyear would now use the Talladega tire as the control tire. Goodyear has received pavement samples from Lane but if testing is not an option, the tires will have to be developed by engineers in the lab instead of on the track. The selection process begins with a control tire and usually requires four to six weeks to assemble the materials, then build and cure the tires. Even if Goodyear could test a tire on Jan. 1, teams would not have track-tested tires for a full Cup Series test on Jan. 15. Although it would be a push, teams could have the new tires for the opening day of Speedweeks on Feb. 9(Fox Sports)(5-9-2010)

  • Daytona to repave track for 2011 season: For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway will be repaved following the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola in July, track President Robin Braig announced. “This is a historic moment for NASCAR’s most storied race track -- Daytona International Speedway,” Braig said. “Daytona was originally repaved in 1978 and the time has come again to put new asphalt on this legendary race track.” Since the conclusion of the 52nd annual Daytona 500 in February, International Speedway Corporation’s team of engineers and asphalt specialists have conducted a thorough evaluation of the entire track, and upon completion of that analysis, the results were delivered to the ISC Board of Directors where the decision was made to repave the race track following the 2010 Coke Zero 400. Daytona International Speedway’s entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. Concrete will be used for the pit stalls. All of the existing asphalt will be removed down to the original 52-year-old lime rock base, which will be leveled and then paving will begin. The repaving of Daytona International Speedway will remain true to Bill France Sr.’s original vision, layout and geometry of the track that was constructed in the late 1950s. The repaving project will begin immediately after the Coke Zero 400 Weekend on Sunday, July 4 with a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011. Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Lane Construction, which repaved other ISC race tracks including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, has been contracted to repave Daytona International Speedway. Due to the repaving project, the October motorcycles races, Richard Petty Driving Experience dates, testing sessions and other track rental events will be cancelled for the rest of the year. Daytona KartWeek presented by Cometic Gasket World Karting Association races on Dec. 28-30 will continue as scheduled with the sprint and dirt track events only as those two series do not utilize the 2.5-mile tri-oval. If race fans want to claim a piece of history, they can renew their 2011 Daytona 500 tickets and each account holder will receive a portion of Daytona’s track surface representing over 50 years of memories. The Daytona 500 ticket renewal process begins today. Race fans will be able to view all the progressions of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(4-24-2010)

  • Daytona to repave track for 2011 season: After months of investigation into Daytona’s aged asphalt surface, we finally have an answer as to the future of the speedway’s repaving project. Sources tell Mike Lovecchio [from Frontstretch.com] that an announcement will be made tomorrow by ISC the track will be fully repaved in time for the 2011 Daytona 500. According to sources, investigation into the track surface, which was last repaved in 1978, revealed “concerns” that have forced ISC to move up the timeline of the project. A source also says there are still private worries remaining about the condition of the asphalt for July’s Coke Zero 400, but the choice has been made to not rush the project and wait until after the second round of Daytona races. The move is an about face from ISC and Daytona’s stance on the matter in February. After a pothole caused two red flags totaling two hours, 25 minutes for repairs in this year’s 500, DIS President Robin Braig was adamant the track would hold off on its repaving job until 2012. No word on the exact cost of the project, but sources claim pieces of the old asphalt could be sold to fans once the repave is complete. Daytona International Speedway did not return a phone call for comment.(Frontstretch)(4-23-2010)

  • ISC profit up: Net income edged slightly higher in the first quarter at International Speedway Corp., but results came sharply below Wall Street expectations as admissions revenue fell. Profit was $25.4 million, or 53 cents per share, in the three months ended Feb. 28, up 1 percent from $25.1 million, or 52 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago. However, excluding unusual items, earnings were 45 cents per share, down from 56 cents. Analysts, who typically exclude one-time items from their estimates, were looking for 53 cents, according to Thomson Reuters. Revenue also fell short. While company boasted a capacity crowd at its marquee event, NASCAR's Daytona 500, overall revenue for the quarter slipped 8 percent to $152 million from $166.1 million, as admissions revenue fell about 19 percent. Analysts expected revenue of $161.7 million.(Associated Press)(4-9-2010)

  • ISC says Daytona patch worked: Officials from International Speedway Corp., which owns several tracks that host Cup events, said they're confident the concrete patch used at Daytona International Speedway after a pothole developed in the 500 will work but that they're awaiting further analysis on the track to see if the track will need be repaved. The track was last repaved more than 30 years ago. John Saunders, president of ISC, said Thursday in a conference call with investors that planned repaving of the track, as of now, is targeted for around 2012. Saunders said the analysis shows that three things led to the pothole developing:
    1. A "very unusual cold winter" in Florida. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the average temperature in Daytona in February was 53.1 degrees -- the coldest in Daytona since 1978.
    2. Moisture where Saunders said "we experienced what the engineers call delamination, which occurs below the surface. It's not visible on the surface.'' This is where materials can weaken and split into layers.
    3. The cars bottoming out. Said Saunders: "Eventually, with that weight and that force, it began to cut the asphalt and once that happens, it begins to accelereate.'' (Hampton Roads)(4-9-2010)

  • Daytona 'pot hole' repair looks good: The tiny pothole that brought the mighty Daytona 500 to its knees has been eliminated as a racing nuisance. The hole, which started as a gouge from the chassis of a Sprint Cup Series stock car, caused NASCAR to stop the 500 twice for more than 2 1/2 hours to repair the area. The pothole was fixed with a concrete patch four days after the checkered flag fell on the Daytona 500, capping three weeks of auto racing events. The area was allowed to "cure" for several days to complete the repair. Daytona 200 Motorcycle Week started Saturday with a dozen motorcycle road-racing events and the patch was not a worry for competitors. "There have been no issues with the bikes," Speedway president Robin Braig said. "We talked to tire and bike manufacturers and riders and there are no concerns." In a random survey of Championship Cup Series riders, who are racing in the West Banking area, the consensus was the patch -- closer to the apron than the outside retaining wall -- was not even in the preferred racing line. Braig is confident the patch will serve its purpose. "We don't anticipate any other issues with our track surface," Braig said.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(3-1-2010)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,100, Right-side - 1,100;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4278; Right-side -- D-4280

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.8 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at Daytona in February . . . this is a new tire set-up for Nationwide teams, considering that teams in that series have a new car to run . . . Goodyear confirmed this tire set-up on the Nationwide cars during a NASCAR test at Daytona on May 18-19 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . the air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Bliss to drive for TRG at Daytona: TRG Motorsports welcomes back Mike Bliss to drive the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevy for the Coke Zero 400 to be run at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday, July 3. Bliss had two starts with TRG Motorsports in 2009 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Richmond as well as their first Craftsman Truck race at Daytona in 2008 where he had an outstanding run. Bliss will be running with Dan Stillman, crew chief, for the first time. Bliss qualified tenth in his last superspeedway start at Talladega in April. Bliss has the highest qualifying effort to date for TRG Motorsports, a seventh at the Charlotte Sprint Cup race last year.(TRG Motorsports PR)(6-3-2010)

  • Labonte to run #09 car for two race: Phoenix Racing and team owner James Finch announced that Bobby Labonte will drive the team's #09 Chevy in a two-race agreement. Labonte will race the #09 Chevy in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3rd. He is also slated to drive the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10th for the team. The team will compete for wins in both events. "It's good to know that we'll have a past champion in our car for these two races," said team owner James Finch. "I've known Bobby for a while and he always works hard behind the wheel. This is a good opportunity for us to race for a win." Labonte, a veteran of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, will be making his 600th career start at Daytona during the Coke Zero 400. The team is currently looking for sponsorship for the two events and will secure Labonte for additional events if sponsorship can be acquired. "Any driver wants the chance to win at Daytona," said Labonte. "It's awesome that James has given me this opportunity and also the chance to compete at Chicagoland. I'm looking forward to these two races and making my 600th start at Daytona during the Coke Zero 400."(Breaking Limits / PR)(6-23-2010)

  • Steve Park to run Cup race at Daytona? UPDATE: from the Tommy Baldwin Racing Facebook page: "Steve Park & TBR Daytona july race. We [Tommy Baldwin Racing] want to do a Richie Evans replica design", posted by TBR.(5-22-2010)
    UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Steve Park announced that they will be entering a fan sponsored, Richie Evans tribute car at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 3. The #36 Chevy will feature a throwback orange and black paint scheme with the fans’ names sponsoring the car integrated into the design. Richie Evans, “The King of Modified Racing”, won eight consecutive Modified Championships from 1978 to 1985. In 1979, Evans posted 54 top-five finishes in 60 Modified races. From Quebec to Florida, Evans racked up more than 400 career victories. His achievements have been heralded by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame as, “One of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports.”
    “Richie Evans is one of the guys we all worked hard to beat and to be around,” Baldwin said. “I always looked up to him." Evans was fatally injured at the age of 44 during practice for the Winn-Dixie 500 Triple header at Martinsville Speedway in 1985. At the time of the accident he had already clinched the Winston Modified Tour championship, now known as the Whelen Modified Tour. "I hope that this will be the first in a line of tributes to some of the best racers in the world who inspired me and many others - modified racers,” Baldwin said. Two-time Sprint Cup Series winner Steve Park will drive the TBR machine in the Daytona race. This will be Park’s first trip back to Daytona since he won the pole in 2003. “I’m extremely honored to be driving a car that pays homage to one of the greatest race car drivers of all time,” said Park. “Richie is respected by so many drivers and he really made his mark in this sport. This is a really neat way to get the fans involved while paying homage to one of the greats.”Fan sponsors will choose from different tiers of sponsorship that range from $20 -$10,000 allowing them to actively participate in a memoriam of the greatest racers in the Modified Series, a junior league to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. More info at the Tommy Baldwin Racing website.(5-27-2010)

  • See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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