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THE RACE: The Daytona 500

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2010 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, February 14, 2010 in Daytona Beach, FL

  • Title Sponsor: none

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 9:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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  • SPEED sets Daytona Speedweeks Schedule: SPEED will open its 2010 Daytona Speedweeks coverage Feb. 4 with live coverage of Budweiser Shootout practice, the Budweiser Shootout Selection Show and the Fourth Annual SPEED Performance Awards. On Feb. 6, SPEED will bring race fans live and exclusive coverage of Danica Patrick's stock car debut, as the popular open wheel racer makes her first ARCA Racing Series start for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports race team. To enhance television coverage of Patrick's effort, SPEEDtv.com, will offer exclusive in-car and ISO streaming videos, along with pit-to-car radio communication between Danica and her team. The Gatorade Duel at Daytona takes center stage Feb. 11, beginning with a special edition of NASCAR RaceDay Built by The Home Depot at 1 p.m. ET, followed by live race coverage at 2 p.m. ET. Krista Voda and Jeff Hammond will host. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opens its season Feb. 12 with Krista Voda hosting NCWTS Setup at 7:30 p.m., followed by race coverage at 8 p.m. ET. Rick Allen, Darrell Waltrip and Phil Parsons will call the race for SPEED, with Ray Dunlap and Adam Alexander in the pits. And on Sunday, Feb. 14, SPEED delivers a special three-hour edition of NASCAR RaceDay Built by The Home Depot, leading into FOX coverage of the Daytona 500. John Roberts hosts, with Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace sharing their observations as teams prepare for The Great American Race. Wendy Venturini and Hermie Sadler lead a team of SPEED RaceDay voices reporting from all around the race track.(SPEEDtv PR)(1-27-2010)


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Budweiser Shootout Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Thursday, February 4, 5:00 - 5:45 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Thursday, February 4, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, TV-SPEED


Daytona 500 / Gatorade Duels
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  • Practices:
    Friday, February 5, 2:10 - 3:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February 5, 4:00 - 5:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, TV-SPEED
    Wednesday, February 10, 2:00 - 2:50 pm, TV-SPEED
    Friday, February 12, 1:40 - 2:40 pm, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 13, 10:30 - 11:55am/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, February 5, 1:10pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2 and the order for the Gatorade Duels, Saturday, February 6 at 1:05pm/et, TV-FOX, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio Channel 128.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • McMurray wins the Daytona 520: #1-Jamie McMurray held off a hard charging #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap of the 2nd green-white-checker try to win the 52nd Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The race ran an extra 8 laps, for 208 laps and 520 miles. The win is McMurray's 4th of his career [1 win in a Chevy, 1 win in a Dodge, 2 wins in a Ford] and 2nd at Daytona. The race took just over 6 hours to run as there were two lengthy red flag for holes in the turn two area that needed repair. #16-Biffle, who led going in to the 1st green-white-checker, finished 3rd, followed by #33-Bowyer, #00-Reutimann, #56-Truex Jr., #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards & #42-Montoya. #24-Gordon and #7-Gordon got together on the last lap, but NASCAR let McMurray & Earnhardt race to the checkered flag. 4-time Sprint Cup champ had a rear-end go out late in the race and finished 35th. Pole sitter $5-Martin finished 12th. McMurray is the 34th different winner of hte Daytona 500 in 52 runnings. The last nine Daytona 500's have had nine different winners. There were two red flags for over two hours of downtime. There were 9 cautions for 40 laps. There were a record 21 leaders with 52 lead changes.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Daytona 500 Race Results/Awards page.(2-14-2010)

  • Daytona 500 Notes:
    * Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. It was his first start with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The last driver to win in his first start with a new team was Michael Waltrip in the 2001 Daytona 500.
    * McMurray became the 34th winner of the "Great American Race." It was his first victory in eight starts in the 500. He is the ninth Daytona 500 winner in the past nine races. It was his fourth Cup victory in his 259th start. Three of his four victories were on restrictor-plate tracks. It was his second series victory at Daytona in 15 starts -- his last Daytona win came in July 2007.
    * McMurray's last Cup victory was at Talladega in November 2009.
    * McMurray's previous best 500 finish was 26th in 2008.
    * McMurray led once for the final two laps, the fewest laps led by a Daytona 500 winner (previous record was four laps by Benny Parsons in 1975 and Kevin Harvick in 2007).
    * Harvick (seventh) led the most laps in the race, leading seven times for 41 laps.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second ) posted his first top-10 finish in the past 13 races. It was his best finish since a runner-up finish at Talladega in April 2009.
    * Greg Biffle (third ) posted his best Daytona finish since a win at Daytona in July 2003.
    * Clint Bowyer (fourth ) posted his third top-10 in five Daytona 500s. He also finished fourth in this race in 2009.
    * David Reutimann (fifth ) posted his first top-10 in four Daytona 500s.
    * Pole-winner Mark Martin finished 12th.
    * Chevrolet scored its 21st Daytona 500 victory. Ford has 11 Daytona 500 victories, Dodge has four and Toyota has never won the 500.
    * No rookie contenders were in the 500.
    * There were four first-time starters in the Daytona 500: Robert Richardson (31st), Michael McDowell (33rd), Brad Keselowski (36th) and Max Papis (40th).
    * Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson finished 35th.
    * The top 10 consisted of five Chevrolets, three Fords and two Toyotas.
    * The 21 different leaders were a record for the 500.
    * It was the fourth green-white-checkered in the 500.
    (Racing Resources at ESPN)(2-16-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #1-Jamie McMurray, 1 win, 190
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 175, -15
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 170, -20
    4) Clint Bowyer, 165, -25
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 156, -34
    6) #00-David Reutimann, 155, -35
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 155, -35
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 142, -48
    9) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 139, -51
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 138, -52
    11) #5-Mark Martin, 132, -58
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 130, -60
    See standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(2-14-2010)

  • McMurray's Daytona 500-Winning #1 Chevy Inducted into Daytona 500 Experience: Winning the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit finally started to sink in Monday morning for 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray, who celebrated with his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team during the Daytona 500 Champion's Breakfast at Daytona 500 Experience. "It's kind of sinking in," McMurray said. "Every time we do something it's a little more real. Whether it's getting the jackets or the ring or just everything that's a part of this, it's just really, really exciting." After a late night of celebrating their coveted victory in "The Great American Race", the team handed over their #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy to be inducted into the attraction's Gatorade Victory Lane. The winning car will be on display until next February when it will be returned to the team prior to the 53rd annual Daytona 500. Winning crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion was enjoying the surreal experience.
    "Everything's been in fast forward," Manion said. "Pictures, media center, inspecting the car, pushing the car to the trailer to come over here and then a couple hours of sleep for some of us. It's just been so exciting. (On) rain delays you stay over but winning the race and you have to stay over and have breakfast -- that's pretty cool."
    Also enjoying the festivities was co-owner Chip Ganassi, who is one of only two owners to win both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. "Jamie showed me a text from (last year's Daytona 500 champion) Matt Kenseth where he said, 'You'll never want this day to end.' I agree completely. I don't want this day to end. "You have a complete flashback of your entire racing career -- thinking about the possibility of something like this happening. You're always shooting for that and you're always trying for that. It's just so reflective right now. Every sacrifice you made and every tough meeting I've had with a crew chief or a driver – the ups and downs of this business. It all seems worth it now."
    McMurray, who also unveiled the logo for 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20th [2011], is now on a whirlwind media tour making appearances on Late Show with David Letterman [Monday at 11:35pm/et CBS] and Live with Regis and Kelly [Tuesday morning, check local listings] in New York City as well as making stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles before Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
    Despite his hectic upcoming schedule, McMurray knows the memory he's going to take away from all of this."The thing that I'm going to remember is getting out of the car and running up and grabbing the flag and then running back down and seeing the Daytona (painted) in the infield (grass) and seeing 'Daytona 500'. I don't think I'll ever forget that. That's the memory I have burned in my head right now of the 500; that's something I'll never forget." The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return in July for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola July 1-3. For tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(2-15-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500, his fourth victory in 259 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    There were 21 different leaders, most ever at Daytona. There were 52 lead changes, third-most ever at Daytona.
    McMurray led two laps, the fewest ever by a Daytona 500 winner.
    This is McMurray's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 15 races at Daytona International Speedway. His first Daytona victory came in July, 2007.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 21 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 15 races at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-14-2010)

  • Daytona 500 Notes:
    * Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. It was his first start with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The last driver to win in his first start with a new team was Michael Waltrip in the 2001 Daytona 500.
    * McMurray became the 34th winner of the "Great American Race." It was his first victory in eight starts in the 500. He is the ninth Daytona 500 winner in the past nine races. It was his fourth Cup victory in his 259th start. Three of his four victories were on restrictor-plate tracks. It was his second series victory at Daytona in 15 starts -- his last Daytona win came in July 2007.
    * McMurray's last Cup victory was at Talladega in November 2009.
    * McMurray's previous best 500 finish was 26th in 2008.
    * McMurray led once for the final two laps, the fewest laps led by a Daytona 500 winner (previous record was four laps by Benny Parsons in 1975 and Kevin Harvick in 2007).
    * Harvick (seventh) led the most laps in the race, leading seven times for 41 laps.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second ) posted his first top-10 finish in the past 13 races. It was his best finish since a runner-up finish at Talladega in April 2009.
    * Greg Biffle (third ) posted his best Daytona finish since a win at Daytona in July 2003.
    * Clint Bowyer (fourth ) posted his third top-10 in five Daytona 500s. He also finished fourth in this race in 2009.
    * David Reutimann (fifth ) posted his first top-10 in four Daytona 500s.
    * Pole-winner Mark Martin finished 12th.
    * Chevrolet scored its 21st Daytona 500 victory. Ford has 11 Daytona 500 victories, Dodge has four and Toyota has never won the 500.
    * No rookie contenders were in the 500.
    * There were four first-time starters in the Daytona 500: Robert Richardson (31st), Michael McDowell (33rd), Brad Keselowski (36th) and Max Papis (40th).
    * Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson finished 35th.
    * The top 10 consisted of five Chevrolets, three Fords and two Toyotas.
    * The 21 different leaders were a record for the 500.
    * It was the fourth green-white-checkered in the 500.
    (Racing Resources at ESPN)(2-16-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Daytona:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #24, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Back Up
    #31, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Back Up
    #51, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Back Up
    #43, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Engine
    #99, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Engine
    #77, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Pitting before Green
    #13, 8 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #13, 67 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #34, 117, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #48, 117, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #14, 122, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #14, 161, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #51, 161, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #26, 162, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #38, 163, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #37, 194, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #20, 199, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #21, 199, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #71, 203, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(2-14-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #26-Said, 25th
    Caution 3: none, as #36 was eligible, but caused the caution
    Caution 4: #55-McDowell, still 2 laps down, 33rd
    Caution 5: #55-McDowell (2), still 1 lap down, 33rd
    Caution 6: #55-McDowell (3), 33rd
    Caution 7: #43-Allmendinger, 32nd
    Caution 8: #43-Allmendinger (2), 32nd
    Caution 9: #21-Elliott, 27th
    (2-14-2010)

  • Cars to the Back for the Daytona 500 (5): #24-Gordon, #31-Burton, #51-Waltrip [backup cars];
    #43-Allmendinger, #99-Edwards [engine changes]

  • Pit Stall Selections - Daytona: The selections of pit stalls for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #88-Earnhardt, Jr. took pit stall 20, the first with an opening behind it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 21st pit stall, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #24-Gordon, who starts 21st.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Daytona 500 Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-12-2010)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Race Coverage of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 14, 2010.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00pm/et

  • 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)

    • Mike Fisher, managing director of NASCAR's Research & Development Center, has some additions to his team. They include Brett Bodine as the director of racing R&D, Tom Gideon as director of safety, R&D, and Jamie DiPietro as manager of safety inspections R&D.

    • Beginning with the Feb. 13 season opener at Daytona, NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will be limited to 15 crew members, including the driver, crew chief, spotter and seven over-the-wall pit-crew members. Teams also won't be required to provide a scorer. Last year teams had no limit on at-track crew members.

    • NASCAR Nationwide Series teams may run no more than two races in 2010 without using an engine sealed by series officials. Last year they could run three races before using a sealed engine.

    • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will use double-file restarts "shootout style" in 2010, making restart rules uniform across all three national series. Teams also will return to traditional pit stops, eliminating last year's procedure of refueling and changing tires on separate stops. Teams also may use a new, vented fuel dump can, eliminating the need for a catch can.(NASCAR)(1-21-2010)

  • Rules Changes in NASCAR for 2010: NASCAR officials unveiled a host of rules changes and adjustments for the 2010 racing season during the session at the NASCAR Research and Development Center:
    * The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will eventually replace the wing on the back of the car with a spoiler. No timetable was announced, though NASCAR has a test scheduled for March 23-24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    * NASCAR will no longer police bump-drafting at Daytona and Talladega. "We will put it back in the hands of the hands of the drivers and we will say, 'Boys, have at it and have a good time,'" said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition.
    * Because of gradual changes to the Cup car, NASCAR will use a larger restrictor plate at Daytona and Talladega, increasing the size of each of the four openings to 63/64ths of an inch.
    * Following the lead of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will implement a limit of 15 crew members for each team at every race. Included in that 15 are driver, crew chief and spotter.
    * The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will use double-file restarts in all races this year. The series will return to standard pit stops, allowing four tires and fuel on all stops. To help keep pit crews at the six-person limit, NASCAR unveiled a new fuel dump can that eliminates the need for a catch can. The truck teams can also begin use a spec engine at every track a mile and a quarter or less.(CMS - Media Tour Notes)(1-21-2010)

  • 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)

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


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links

  • Bud Shootout news, starting lineup, practice results, results and more on my 2010 Budweiser Shootout page

  • Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach News Journal is over, some results and notes:
    #31-Burton 195.194
    #29-Harvick 194.641
    #47-Ambrose 194.376
    #00-Reutimann 194.321
    #17-Kenseth 194.267
    slowest: #36-Bliss 190.311 and #55-McDowell 190.722
    most laps run: #31-Burton, 60 & #12-Keselowski, 59
    notes: No wrecks or blown engines, pretty clean practice session. #48-Johnson ran some laps early, 15 laps and parked the car. Mike Wallace ran a few laps in the #99 in case Edwards wife delivers the baby a few days early...like on Sunday
    See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Daytona Practice Speeds Page(2-13-2010)

  • Mike Wallace practices a few laps: Mike Wallace will take the #99 Aflac Ford out for a few laps as Carl Edwards wife Kate, is due to deliver a baby on Wednesday, Feb 17th. Wallace will practice a few laps to get a feel ofr the car in case Edwards had to leave Sunday if the baby decides to come a few days early. This is a 'just in case' scenario as of now.(2-13-2010)

  • Friday Practice cancelled: Friday's only Cup practice has been cancelled by rain. Nationwide qualifying and the Camping World truck race are still on schedule but the rain is likely to persist throughout the day. The forecast for the rest of the weekend looks good. See weather links on my Daytona 500 race page.(2-12-2010)

  • Daytona 500 Pit Stall Selections

  • The Starting Lineup is set for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway as the Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying races are over. #5-Martin starts on the pole after running a lap of 191.188mph, #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 2nd. Spots 3 thru 39 were set by the finishes of the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races. #48-Johnson won the 1st Duel race and starts 3rd. #9-Kahne won the 2nd Duel and starts 4th. Four drivers out of the top-35 in owners points raced their way in by being the top-2 finishers of those drivers: #55-McDowell, #36-Bliss, #13-Papis and #82-Speed. Four other drivers out of the top 35 owners points made the race by speed: #21-Elliott starts 40th, #87-Nemechek starts 41st, #71-Labonte starts 42nd and #51-Waltrip start 43rd.
    The eleven drivers who did not qualify for the Daytona 500: #90-Mears, #49-Gilliland, #75-Cope, #09-Almirola, #66-Blaney, #92-MWallace, #57-Benning, #32-Sorenson, #97-Fuller, #46-Cook & #27-TBodine
    It is the first time since the beginning of his career that Mears had failed to qualify for a Sprint Cup race. Mear had qualified for 252 consectutive races and never DNQ'd before.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Daytona 500 Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(2-11-2010)

  • Jeff Gordon goes to backup car: #24-Jeff Gordon was involved in an accident in the first Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway when #51-Waltrip had a tire go down, causing #78-Smith to slow and Gordon's Chevy hit Smith's car, doing damage to the nose of the #24 car. The team will go to a backup car for the Daytona 500. #24 Crew Chief Steve Letarte reports: "The nose is pushed up and we sent our Shootout car that we wrecked on the last lap (Saturday night) home, and they've already repaired that, so that car is as good as new. So we're better off just bringing that car out. So the Shootout car has already been back to the shop and been repaired and come back down." SO THE DECISION IS MADE TO GO TO THE BACK-UP? "Yeah, it's not worth it. You've worked all month long to try to win the Daytona 500 and we're not going to beat the side out and mud it and just try to go for 20 spots on the grid. If you can't win from 43rd but you could have won from 20th, you didn't have a chance anyway."(GM Racing)(2-11-2010)

  • Gatorade Duel at Daytona - Fast Facts:
    . Jimmie Johnson won the Gatorade Duel at Daytona #1, his first victory in the Daytona 500 qualifying event. His previous best finish was third (2004 and 2009).
    . Michael McDowell (14th) and Max Papis (15th) earned the two transfer spots in Gatorade Duel #1. It will be the first Daytona 500 start for both drivers.
    . The margin of victory in Gatorade Duel #1 was .005 seconds. That was the second-closest Duel finish since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993. The closest was .004 seconds in the second Duel of 2001 [Mike Skinner beat Dale Earnhardt Jr.]
    . Kasey Kahne won the Gatorade Duel at Daytona #2, his first victory in the Daytona 500 qualifying event. His previous best finish was fourth (2008).
    . Mike Bliss (13th) and Scott Speed (14th) earned the two transfer spots in Gatorade Duel #2. It will be Bliss’ third Daytona 500 start, and Speed’s second.
    . Earning a spot in the Daytona 500 via their qualifying time: Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, Bobby Labonte and Michael Waltrip. (NASCAR Statistics)(2-11-2010)

  • Kahne wins Gatorade Duel 2: #9-Kasey Kahne won the 2nd Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway, beating #14-Tony Stewart by a couple of inches. #42-Montoya was 3rd followed by #2-Busch & #19-Sadler. #36-Bliss finished 13th and #82-Speed finished 14th and were the two go-or-go homers to race into the Daytona 500. #51-Waltrip gets in by his qualifying speed since #82-Speed raced into the Daytona 500. Bliss raced his way in, after wrecking in practice and made it in running a backup car. #71-Labonte makes the race by his speed and will start 42nd.
    The eleven drivers who did not qualify for the Daytona 500: #90-Mears, #49-Gilliland, #75-Cope, #09-Almirola, #66-Blaney, #92-MWallace, #57-Benning, #32-Sorenson, #97-Fuller, #46-Cook & #27-TBodine
    See race results on my Gatorade Duel 150's results page.(2-11-2010)

  • Johnson wins Gatorade Duel 1: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 1st Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway, beating #29-Kevin Harvick by about an inch [margin of victory was .005 seconds]. #18-Busch was 3rd, followed by #33-Bowyer & #78-Smith. #55-McDowell finished 14th and #13-Papis finished 15th and were the two go-or-go homers to race into the Daytona 500. #51-Waltrip finished 25th and failed to race in. Waltrip can only make the Daytona if either #71-Labonte or #82-Speed race their way into the Daytona 500 and not have to fall back on their speeds. #36-Bliss, who will run the 2nd race, can get in via speed only if BOTH #71-Labonte or #82-Speed race their way in.
    See race results on my Gatorade Duel 150's results page.(2-11-2010)

  • the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway are scheduled to re-air Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Gatorade Duel 150 Race 1 & 2 Starting Lineups

  • Gatorade Duel 150's Pit Stall Selections

  • Race Coverage of the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2010.
    Television (TV): SPEED at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, February 11 at 9:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections - Gatorade Duels: The selections of pit stalls for the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
    Duel 1 Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1.
    Duel 2 Pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr. chose pit stall 20 which is just past start-finish line and has an opening in front of and in back of it..
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Gatorade Duel 150's Pit Stall Selections.(2-10-2010)

  • Backup cars for the Gatorade Duel: Looks like five drivers will go to backup cars for the Gatorade Duel 150's at Daytona International Speedway. #48-Johnson, #33-Bowyer, #20-Loganao, #00-Reutimann, #75-Cope and #36-Bliss. All were involved in practice wrecks on Wednesday. Drivers who go to backup cars, will have to fall to the rear of the field of their assigned Gatorade Duel before the drop of the green flag. Going to a backup before the Duel's does not mean the drivers have to go to the rear of the field for the Daytona 500. Teams are also allowed ONE engine change after the Duels and before Happy Hour practice and not lose their starting spot for the Daytona 500.
    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.(2-10-2010)

  • Weds 2nd and final practice: for the Daytona 500/Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway is over. After 50 scheduled minutes, the top five and some notes:
    #47-Ambrose, 193.403
    #32-Sorenson, 193.096
    #20-Logano, 192.728 [wrecked, to a backup car]
    #9-Kahne, 192.612
    #17-Kenseth, 192.612
    slowest: #57-Benning 180.458 & #36-Bliss 180.625 [wrecked]
    no speed listed: #75-Cope, #33-Bowyer, #26-Said, #82-Speed
    most laps run: #9-Kahne, 26; #31-Burton 25
    incidents: #83-Vickers had a tire go down near turn 1 and spun around thru the grass. Just after the track returned to green, #36-Bliss was in the middle of a three wide pack and got loose, came down, corrected it, and came back up the track into the wall, collecting #20-Logano. #48-Johnson was the #20 and spun and slid, ending up on pit road with a orange cone jammed under the splitter. All three will go to backup cars for the Duels.
    Next was someone got in to the rear of #51-Waltrip, sending Waltrip flying thru the grass, he limped back to pit road
    See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Daytona Practice Speeds Page(2-10-2010)

  • Weds 1st practice: for the Daytona 500/Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway is over. After 90 minutes of practice, the top five and some notes:
    #17-Kenseth 194.254
    #18-Busch 194.221
    #83-Vickers 194.145
    #31-Burton 193.769
    #99-Edwards 193.503
    slowest: #97-Fuller 183.748 and #26-Said 183.255
    most laps run: #6-Ragan, #77-Hornish Jr., and #12-Keselowski, 49 laps
    incident: #33-Bowyer had a tire go down in turn 2 and slid up the track and slapped the wall, #00-Reutimann had no place to go andhit the rear of the #33 car, then #75-Cope hit the rear of the #00 car. All were able to drive back to the garage, but the #33 and #00 will go to backup cars for the Gatorade Duel.
    Todd Bodine practiced the #27 Toyota of Kirk Shelmerdine.
    See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Daytona Practice Speeds Page(2-10-2010)

  • Martin wins pole for Daytona 500: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 191.188mph [3 mph faster then last years pole of 188.001] for his 1st career Daytona 500 pole and 49th pole of his career. #5-Mark Martin is the oldest pole sitter ever for a Sprint Cup race at Daytona at 51 years, 0 months, 27 says (Dale Jarrett held the record at 48 years, 2 months, 17 days). #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the outside pole. Martin and Earnhardt Jr. are the only two drivers with their starting spots set for the Daytona 500. All other starting positions will be determined following the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races on Thursday.
    The rest of the top five for qualifying were #39-Ryan Newman, #21-Bill Elliott and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. #21-Elliott, #82-Speed and #87-Nemechek 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. #71-Bobby Labonte is now guaranteed to make the race, at least thru the past champions provisional. Four other drivers can get in via their speed IF the four already in [Elliott, Speed, Nemechek, Labonte] race in via the Gatorade Duels [top 2 in each get in]: #51-Waltrip, #36-Bliss, #32-Sorenson and #90-Mears.
    So it is the top 2 are in, followed by spots 3-39 [33 from the top 35 and 4 from the Gatorade Duel], 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.(2-6-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona 500:
    Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 47.074 seconds, 191.188 mph.
    This is his 49th pole in 759 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He is now tied with Bobby Isaac for eighth on the all-time poles list.
    Mark Martin, at 51 years, 27 days, is the oldest Daytona 500 pole winner. The previous oldest was Dale Jarrett, who was 48 years, 2 months, 17 days when he won the Daytona 500 pole in 2005.
    This is his first Daytona 500 pole. It is his second Daytona pole overall. His last came in the Coke Zero 400 in 1989.
    Martin also started on the front row for the 2009 Daytona 500. He started second and finished 16th.
    Nine Daytona 500 pole winners have won the Daytona 500. The last was Dale Jarrett in 2000.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) will make his second Daytona 500 front row appearance. His last was 2003 when he started second and finished 36th.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-6-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 1:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Daytona 500 Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 54 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 #7-Gordon.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #43-Allmendinger.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #87-Nemechek with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #51-Waltrip.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona 500 Qualifying Page.(2-5-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 54 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #09-Aric Almirola (2009 race winner as owner)(38/36)
    #13-Max Papis (43/21)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ 1988](44/13)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (60/3)
    #32-Reed Sorenson (none/0)
    #36-Mike Bliss (40/36)
    #46-Terry Cook (none/0)
    #49-David Gilliland (none/0)
    #51-Michael Waltrip (none/0)
    #55-Michael McDowell (none/0)
    #57-Norm Benning (63/1)
    #66-Dave Blaney (42/35)
    #71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 2000](37/36)
    #75-Derrike Cope (54/6)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/36)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (39/36)
    #90-Casey Mears (none/0)
    #92-Mike Wallace (none/0)
    #97-Jeff Fuller (none/0)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,71,21,82,87,36,66,13
    missing the race would be [11]: #'s 75,27,57,32,46,49,51,55,90,92,97
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List and the 2010 Owners Points Standings for the first FIVE races page.(2-4-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    If it is the first five races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - ALL Past 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]


Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duels/Daytona 500

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

    The fastest car earns the pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the first Gatorade Duel race.
    The second-fastest car earns the outside pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the second Gatorade Duel race.
    The Gatorade Duel at Daytona: These two 150-mile qualifying races set positions 3-39 for the Daytona 500.

    A combined total of 66 cars will be allowed into the two Gatorade Duel races.
    Cars must compete in one of the Gatorade Duel races, in order to race in the Daytona 500.
    Odd-number finishers in the final car owner point standings from last season (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) are in the first Gatorade Duel race.
    Even-number finishers in the final car owner point standings from last season (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) are in the second Gatorade Duel race.
    Additional qualified cars that weren’t in the final top 35 in last season's owners points are alternated between the two Gatorade Duel fields using an odd-even format.

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

    another way to look at it:

    The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:

    The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Pole Day Qualifying. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the the previous season owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:

    The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous season NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The second-fastest qualifier from qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final previous season car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.

    The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.

    The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the finalprevious season car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the car’s starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.

    A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.

    Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final previous season car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.

    The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current Sprint Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.

  • The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:

    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from qualifying
    [no need to be top 35 in prevoius season car Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in prevoius season car owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.

    Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above

    Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.

  • The Gatorade Duel races:

    The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.

    Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.

    Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.


  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway [California], teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to 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 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 52 races, 4 rain outs: four Daytona 500's out of the 51 run have been shortened by rain:
    1965 won by Fred Lorenzen, ran 129 laps for 322.5 miles
    1966 won by Richard Petty, ran 198 laps for 495 miles
    2003 won by Michael Waltrip, ran 109 laps for 272.5 miles
    2009 won by Matt Kenseth, ran 152 laps for 380 miles.(2-14-2010)

  • 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

  • First Career Sprint Cup win in the Daytona 500: Six drivers have gotten their first career Sprint Cup win in the Daytona 500:
    Tiny Lund, 1963 [5 total wins]
    Mario Andretti, 1967 [1]
    Pete Hamilton, 1970 [4]
    Derrike Cope, 1990 [2]
    Sterling Marlin, 1994 [10], won the Daytona 500 twice, also in 1995
    Michael Waltrip, 2001 [4], won the Daytona 500 twice, also in 2003

  • 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 45 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)(2-14-2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oldest 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

  • NOTE: Active = drivers who will run this race

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

  • Most Wins - Active: 6 - Jeff Gordon

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

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

  • Most Poles - Active: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5s Active: 11 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

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

  • Oldest 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

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/1974

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

  • Most Leaders: 18 - 2/19/2006

  • 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: 38 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 24 [of 125 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 19
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 10
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1 [July Race]
  • Races won from starting pos 39: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from the top 5: 68 of 125 [54.4%]
  • Races won from the top 10: 99 of 125 [79.2%]
  • Races won from the top 15: 114 of 125 [91.2%]


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Monster Eneregy Drink #7 Team Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Budweiser - Olympics #9 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Boris Said Window World Cares #26 Team Schemes Page
    #34-John Andretti Window World Cares #34 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Kroger Flroal/TD> #47 Team Schemes Page

  • Monster Energy to sponsor Gordon at Daytona: Robby Gordon Motorsports announced an extension of their partnership with Monster Energy, who will serve as the primary sponsor for the Daytona 500 of the #7 Toyota. Monster Energy and Robby Gordon already have a well-developed partnership through Robby’s off-road endeavors. Monster Energy currently serves as the one of the primary sponsors on Gordon’s Trophy Truck and Hummer. Robby Gordon’s off-season did not include much downtime, instead the driver of the #7 Monster Energy Camry spent most of his time racing. After securing the SCORE International Off-Road Racing 2009 Championship in the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck, Robby Gordon and the Robby Gordon Off-Road team quickly turned their focus to the 2010 Dakar Rally, which took place January 2-16 in South America. In that event, Gordon raced his Monster Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER across the deserts of Argentina and Chile where he won Stage 4 and finished 8th-place overall in the grueling 14-stage event. Immediately after crossing the finish line in the Dakar Rally, Gordon headed to Laughlin, Nev., where he raced the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires trophy truck in the Laughlin Desert Challenge for the SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series. Robby’s Remarks – “I had a lot of fun during the NASCAR off-season,” commented Gordon. “It gave me a chance to return to my off-road racing roots, secure a championship and celebrate victory with the Robby Gordon Off-Road team. Even as much as I love off-road racing, I’m ready for the NASCAR Season to get underway. We are very fortunate to have Monster Energy on the hood of our Camry for the Daytona 500, and I’m excited to extend our partnership with them. Monster Energy is a great brand that I love representing. We have been very strong at Daytona in the past, so I hope that we can bring home a great finish for Monster Energy’s 2010 NASCAR debut.”(RGM), see images of the Monster Energy race car and hauler on my #7 Team Schemes page.(2-5-2010)

  • Kroger floral scheme for Ambrose at Daytona: JTG Daugherty Racing announced that Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer and world’s largest florist, will be the primary sponsor for Marcos Ambrose and the #47 Toyota team during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14. This year, NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race happens to fall on Valentine’s Day, February 14. To recognize the traditional day of love, Kroger is running a special floral paint scheme of red roses on Ambrose’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) entry as a reminder that they offer floral arrangements and gifts for every occasion. You can order flowers with ease by calling 1-800-900-6575 or visiting www.Kroger.com. “Kroger and our family of stores are excited to bring the Daytona 500 closer to our customers and race fans this year,” said Don Becker, Executive Vice President of Kroger. “Sponsoring Marcos in the race on Valentine’s Day is particularly thrilling since Kroger sells more roses that day than any other florist in the world.” Because Kroger delivers flowers internationally in addition to domestically, they are top of mind for Ambrose to send flowers to his family and friends in Australia. Just like Ambrose is passionate about racing and delivering results, Kroger’s family of stores are passionate about flowers and deliver the freshest flowers from growers around the world. This year, Kroger will come in handy for the Aussie while his wife Sonja and two daughters remain in their homeland during the Daytona 500 on Valentine’s Day. In addition to Kroger’s presence on the hood, they are extending the sponsorship to their family of grocery and multi-department stores by including Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Food 4 Less, Gerbes, King Soopers Ralphs, QFC and Smith’s. Kroger will also have one of their jewelry stores on the quarter panels to remind people to visit Fred Meyer Jewelers, which carries a large selection of watches, engagement rings, wedding rings, gemstones, diamonds and more.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(1-16-2010)

  • Kahne to run Olympic scheme at Daytona: Budweiser announced that it will celebrate U.S. Olympians with a special paint scheme at next season's Daytona 500. Driver Kasey Kahne will pilot the #9 Budweiser Team USA Ford in the 52nd running of "The Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14, 2010, and the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif. on Feb. 21, 2010, both which coincide with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games (Feb. 12-28). Budweiser Team USA Olympic Paint Scheme die cast cars will be available for purchase beginning October 23 and can be ordered through BudShop.com, Nascar.com and at the tracks. Proceeds from the die cast car sales will be donated to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to assist athletes' training and travel costs for the Olympic Winter Games. Budweiser has been associated with the Olympic Games since the Los Angeles 1984 Games. Budweiser first sponsored a team on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit in 1983. Budweiser also is the title sponsor of the annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, the exclusive beer and malt beverage advertiser of the Daytona 500, and the "Official Beer Sponsor" of Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400.(Team USA), see images of the car on my 2010 #9 Team Schemes page.(10-17-2009)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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: NASCAR Legend Junior Johnson
    Command to start engines: Junior Johnson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Wood Brothers Racing: Glen, Leonard, Len & Eddie Wood
    Invocation: Dr. David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Orlando
    National Anthem: Harry Connick Jr.
    Military Flyover: two fighters

  • 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

  • February 2009: see my Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2009: see my Daytona Race Info page

  • Harley J. Earl trophy, who was Earl? If there's one trophy a driver dreams of putting his hands on, it's the Harley J. Earl trophy. Awarded to the winner of the Daytona 500, the Harley J. Earl trophy is one of the most prized possessions in motorsports. Named after Harley J. Earl, a famous General Motors designer and friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy rests year round inside The Daytona 500 Experience , "The Official Motorsports Attraction of NASCAR," and bears the name of every Daytona 500 champion.
    Each year, the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy makes a trip outside the attraction to the hallowed grounds of Gatorade Victory Lane at the "World Center of Racing" for a meeting with the Daytona 500 champion.
    While the Daytona 500 champion doesn't take home the Harley J. Earl trophy, the winner of the "Great American Race" is awarded a replica Harley J. Earl trophy, which has a black base with a scaled-down replica of the Firebird One that Earl created in 1954 at the peak of his career with General Motors.
    For the 50th running of the Daytona 500, the trophy was painted gold. The Harley J. Earl trophy is just one of three trophies awarded on the day of the Daytona 500.
    The winning crew chief of the Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Cannonball Baker trophy, which is named after the famous coast-to-coast racer who was elected the first national commissioner of NASCAR in 1948 while the owner of the winning Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Governor's Cup.(DIS PR)
    Richard Earl, a former Wall Street broker, makes his living selling Harley Earl-designed cars. " 'Motoramic masterpieces' is how I like to refer to them," he said. He maintains the official Harley Earl Web site, carofthecentury.com, and is working on a biography of his grandfather.(3-24-2009)


  • Wood Brothers Named Honorary Starters for Daytona 500: Marking the Wood Brothers’ 60th year in NASCAR competition, Glen Wood, one of the founders of Wood Brothers Racing, will wave the green flag for the 52nd running of ‘The Great American Race” – the Daytona 500. Joining Glen Wood in the flagstand for the start of the Daytona 500 will be his brother Leonard as well as Glen’s sons Len and Eddie Wood, who currently lead Wood Brothers Racing efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today. Under the leadership of Glen and Leonard Wood, Wood Brothers Racing has captured the Daytona 500– NASCAR’s most prestigious race –four times and earned a total of 96 wins with legendary drivers such as David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Tiny Lund, Neil Bonnett, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and Cale Yarborough. In the 52nd running of the Daytona 500, the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford will be wheeled by two-time Daytona 500 champion Bill Elliott, who will start 40th.(DIS)(2-14-2010)

  • Daytona 500 To Be Staged In Front Of Capacity Crowd: After listening to race fans and delivering a new rules package and the earliest start time for the Daytona 500 since 2003 – all in an effort to make NASCAR racing even more exciting – the 52nd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday will again be played out in front of a capacity crowd and millions more around the world on FOX Sports 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 1 p.m., 2 ½ hours earlier than last year’s start time. In addition, ticket holders can still purchase Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access or tickets to the Daytona 500 After Party or Daytona 500 Champion’s Breakfast at the Daytona 500 Experience. For information on tickets to any future Daytona International Speedway events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(2-14-2010)

  • The King to drive pace car for Daytona 500 Richard Petty will find himself in a very familiar place on Sunday afternoon, leading the field in the Daytona 500. Petty, who holds the NASCAR record with seven Daytona 500 victories, has accepted the role as “Pace Car Driver” for the 52nd running of “The Great American Race,” and will pace all 43 cars to the green flag behind the wheel of a special edition 2011 Mustang GT, powered by Ford’s all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Petty is back as a member of the Ford Racing family after Richard Petty Motorsports merged with Yates Racing during the recently concluded off-season. “The King” previously drove for the blue oval in 1969 and won nine races that season in a Ford Torino. Ironically, the last and only other time Ford served as pace car for the Daytona 500 was one year later when a Ford Torino GT convertible started the 1970 event. In addition to the special paint, this year’s Mustang pace car features a Brembo brake package, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique 19-inch painted wheels, and summer-only tires. The actual car that Petty will drive recently was sold for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., with all proceeds above the MSRP being donated to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.(DIS)(2-13-2010)

  • Grand Marshals named for Gatorade Duel At Daytona: Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the past four seasons with the University of Florida, and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will serve as Grand Marshals for the Gatorade Duel At Daytona on Thursday, Feb. 11.
    Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s top player in 2007, will deliver the starting command “Gentlemen, start your engines” for the first Gatorade Duel while Jones-Drew will give the command to fire engines in the second Gatorade Duel. Tebow led the University of Florida Gators to National Championships in 2006 and 2008 and set numerous national, SEC conference and school records on the field including becoming the only player in the NCAA to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season.
    Jones-Drew is an explosive triple threat as a rusher, receiver and returner for the Jaguars and has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting running backs to watch in the NFL. Drafted in second round out of UCLA, Jones-Drew averaged 83.8 yards from scrimmage and 127.7 all-purpose yards per game in his first three seasons. This year, Jones-Drew had a stellar year and was named to the Pro Bowl. He rushed for 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns on 312 carries and added 53 catches, 374 yards and a touchdown receiving. It was the first time in his career that he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing.
    “We’re excited to welcome two of the state’s most popular football figures to the Gatorade Duel At Daytona,” Track President Robin Braig said. “Tim Tebow is a football hero to so many Floridians and Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the NFL’s most versatile players. We’re looking forward to hearing their starting commands and kicking off an exciting doubleheader day of racing.”
    The two 150-mile, 60-lap Gatorade Duel races will finalize the starting lineup for NASCAR’s most prestigious race – the 52nd annual Daytona 500. The front row for ‘The Great American Race’ was set during Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger with #5-Mark Martin taking the pole and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. capturing the outside pole.
    Tickets for all of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the Daytona 500, are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(2-9-2010)

  • Junior Johnson Named Grand Marshal For Daytona 500: To mark the 50th anniversary of his 1960 Daytona 500 triumph, NASCAR legend Junior Johnson will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 52nd running of NASCAR’s most prestigious race – the Daytona 500 – on Sunday Feb. 14. As Grand Marshal, Johnson will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Gentlemen, start your engines.” Johnson, who was the first driver to use drafting on the superspeedways, was recently selected in 2009 as one of the five inductees for the inaugural class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 and named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998, Johnson claimed his only Daytona 500 win in 1960 driving for crew chief Ray Fox and owner John Masoni in a last-minute deal. Retiring from driving in 1966, Johnson moved into ownership earning 139 victories and six championships. Tickets for all of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the Daytona 500, are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(2-9-2010)

  • Harry Connick Jr. To Sing National Anthem For Daytona 500: Singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr. will sing the National Anthem for the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 14, NASCAR biggest and most prestigious race of the season. Three-time Grammy Award winner Connick recently released his 24th album titled ‘YOUR SONGS,’ which consists of Connick singing classic songs with a full orchestra, and, as with nearly all of Connick’s previous albums, he arranged and orchestrated all of the songs himself. Connick has performed in front of the NASCAR family before singing at the season-ending awards ceremony back in 2003. Tickets for all of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the Daytona 500, are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(2-9-2010)

  • Two Daytona 500-Winning Cars To Be Honored: The past and present will converge in the pace laps prior to the green flag for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway. To mark the 50th anniversary of Junior Johnson’s victory in the “The Great American Race”, a replica Daytona 500-winning #27 Chevrolet as well as the 2009 Daytona 500-winning car of #17-Matt Kenseth will take to the high banks and participate in the pace laps prior to the green flag of the Daytona 500. Johnson claimed his only Daytona 500 win in 1960 driving for crew chief Ray Fox and owner John Masoni. The ride came together in a last-minute deal and Fox only had seven days to build the Daytona 500-winning race car. On lap 191, Johnson was drafting Bobby Johns when, coming off of Turn 2, Johns’ car was hit with a gust of win. The air pressure popped out the rear window and put Johns in a spin. Johnson would claim the Daytona 500 by a margin of 23 seconds. Alongside the #27 Chevy during the Daytona 500 pace laps will be the winning car from the 2009 Daytona 500 – Matt Kenseth’s #17 DeWalt Ford from Roush Fenway Racing. Kenseth, who earned Roush his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2003, was able to deliver Roush his first Daytona 500 victory – a feat that has eluded the multi-team owner for over 20 years. The #17 was inducted into “The Official Attraction of NASCAR” – Daytona 500 Experience – after its victory in 2009 and will be returned to Roush Fenway Racing on Sunday morning, Feb. 14 prior to the start of the Daytona 500. Tickets for all of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the Daytona 500, are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(2-9-2010)

  • Daytona gets new flagstand: The checkered flag, the sight every driver dreams of seeing first when they cross the start/finish line at Daytona International Speedway, has a new state-of-the-art home. Race fans attending Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 events will see the debut of the newly installed flagstand complete with a full-color LED display that will overlook the legendary tri-oval of the "World Center of Racing." The flagstand, made of structural steel and standing 22 feet tall from the race track, will see its first racing action beginning with this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Fresh From Florida 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Other interesting statistics behind the one-of-a-kind flagstand include:
    oApproximately 60 square feet space at the top of flagstand for the starter
    oEighteen steps to climb to the top of flagstand
    oThe high resolution LED display is capable of showing race information, live video and replays as well as graphics and animations in 4.4 trillion colors.
    oImpressive 49,920 pixel LED display that measures nearly four-feet tall and 22.5-feet wide.
    oTwo new light tubes featuring super-bright green, red and amber LEDs above the display will flash the flag colors and provide fans and drivers greater visibility of the racing conditions.(Daytona PR)(1-30-2010)

  • Zac Brown Band To Perform Concerts, Anthem at Budweiser Shootout: Zac Brown Band, the GRAMMY nominees for Best New Artist whose platinum debut album 'The Foundation' (Atlantic Records) produced the No. 1 hit "Chicken Fried," will perform at the 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Daytona International Speedway. The Atlanta-based group will perform a pre- and post-race concert, in addition to the National Anthem. Zac Brown Band - which consists of bandleader Zac Brown, bassist John Hopkins, violinist Jimmy De Martini, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, drummer Chris Fryar and multi-instrumentalist and song writer Clay Cook - will perform three songs prior to the Budweiser Shootout on the Pre-Race Stage as well as the National Anthem, all of which will be carried live on FOX Sports. After the checkered flag waves, Zac Brown Band will perform a 60-minute post-race concert from the Sprint FANZONE Entertainment Stage.(Daytona PR)(1-28-2010)

  • ‘Women In The Winner’s Circle’ Traveling Exhibit Now Open At Daytona 500 Experience: ‘Women In The Winner’s Circle,’ a traveling exhibit on the history of women in racing, is now open at the Daytona 500 Experience. Daytona 500 Experience is the first venue to host this unique exhibit that recognizes the past history, the growing achievements and the future growth of women in racing and will be on display through March. Racing legend Lyn St. James, founder of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation, joined forces with The Henry Ford of Dearborn, MI, to create the exhibit. Featured in the exhibit are informational panels, photographs, three race cars and personal artifacts that illustrate the history of women in motorsports, which dates as far back as 1903. Accomplishments of women drivers from five different eras are recognized in the exhibit, which has three cars on display – a replica of Louise Smith’s #94 Coupe, the 1989 Ford Thunderbird that St. James drove to set closed course speed records at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 212.577 mph, and Kara Hendrick’s TQ Midget which was restored by her brother, NASCAR driver Kenny Hendrick. Artifacts include Jutta Kleinschmidt’s helmet, shoes and gloves from her win in the 2001 Paris Dakar Rally, sports car and open wheel legend Desire Wilson’s helmet, shoes, and trophy, and a race suit worn by Sarah Fisher in the IZOD IndyCar Series. An interactive kiosk is setup so that visitors to the exhibit can read in depth biographies and see additional photos of the drivers, along with a glossary of racing terms, a list of driving schools and sanctioning bodies. More info at daytona500experience.com.(DIS)(1-26-2010)

  • Mayor of Speedweeks announced: The votes have been tallied and Ormond Beach resident Gordon Goodman has been declared Mayor of Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010. Goodman's 100-word essay on "Why I Should Be Mayor" was selected by Facebook users as the winner of the annual contest held by Daytona International Speedway. "I've wanted to be Mayor for a long time," said Goodman. "I'm so happy and proud. If you want an ambassador for Daytona, you got the right person." Goodman, an avid NASCAR fan who calls local radio stations to give race reports often, has NASCAR memorabilia in every room of his house. Unique aspects of Goodman's home include a rendering of the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway on one wall. "In 1967, as a little kid, we had (ABC's) 'Wild World of Sports' (on the television) and I happened to be walking through the living room of the house and they had a little bit of the Daytona 500 going on," said Goodman. "I just stopped and started watching. I've been infatuated every since." Goodman will wave the flag at the Rolex 24 At Daytona practice session to officially get Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 underway as his first duty as Mayor. Other Mayor of Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks perks for Goodman include Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access for the Daytona 500, two tickets to the Daytona 500 Experience, an invitation to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver's Meeting and a chance to be part of the Gatorade Victory Lane celebration at NASCAR's most prestigious race – the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. Tickets for all of Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(1-19-2010)

  • Ford Mustang to pace the Daytona 500: Pacing the field for the 2010 Daytona 500 on February 14th will be a specially prepared one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang GT powered by the all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine producing 412 horsepower. This will mark the first time in 40 years a Ford Motor Company product has paced the field at the Daytona 500. The last Ford product to be a pace car at the Daytona 500 was the 1970 Torino GT convertible. The 2011 Mustang GT pace car will receive a special Daytona 500 Race Red paint scheme with Blue/White Lemans stripes, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace, mufflers, unique painted wheels and special interior treatment including lighted sill plates. This Mustang will be an actual production car with an early VIN and will be among the first 2011 models available to the public. Also this Mustang (Lot # 1295.1) will be offered for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on Saturday January 23rd. All Proceeds over MSRP will go to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. One lucky bidder will have the opportunity to own the actual pace car prior to the race and will get to see their car pacing the field on February 14th.(Mustang Heaven)(1-17-2010)

  • Palin to make VIP appearance at Daytona 500: Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be a VIP guest at next month's Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig says Palin will make her first appearance at NASCAR's most storied track the day before she serves as guest speaker at the city's annual chamber of commerce dinner. Palin won't have any official role in the Daytona 500, but the former Alaska governor will be introduced at the pre-race drivers meeting along with other celebrities. Braig says track officials checked with NASCAR's political advisers before signing off on Palin's visit. Braig says the reaction was to "showcase her just as much as we would our mayor, our governor or our senators."(Associated Press)(1-17-2010)

  • McGraw to lead Daytona 500 Pre-Race: Grammy-winning country star Tim McGraw will be revving his vocal engine on the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show. McGraw will perform three songs at the pre-race extravaganza leading up to the start of the 52nd annual Daytona 500. "Tim McGraw is one of the most popular entertainers in the world and we're thrilled to have him perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said.(ET Online)(1-15-2010)

  • Special tix deal for Daytona 500 in honor of Waltrip: On Sunday, Feb. 14, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will begin his 25th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the sport’s biggest race – the Daytona 500. And to mark that special occasion, Daytona International Speedway and Waltrip, who captured the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003, are joining forces with a special Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer.
    The package, available for $129, includes:
    · A ticket to the 52nd annual Daytona 500
    · Question and answer session with Waltrip on the morning of the Daytona 500
    · Celebration party with Waltrip, featuring cakes, beverages and other giveaway items
    · Autographed commemorative event ticket
    · And each race fan that purchases a Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer ticket will be entered to win a chance to become an honorary pit crew member during the 2010 Daytona 500.
    Waltrip said he hopes it’s a special day for all of the fans as well as his NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. “The Daytona 500 is the greatest race in the world, my favorite race, and the race that defines my career,” Waltrip said. “I’m humbled that the speedway is honoring my 25th season with a commemorative ticket package. I very much look forward to meeting the fans race morning and then going after my third 500 win that afternoon.” Track officials said the offer will give fans a chance at a rare opportunity to talk with a two-time race winner the morning of the race. “Michael Waltrip is part of an exclusive club of Daytona 500 champions,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Beginning his 25th year with NASCAR’s biggest race is certainly going to be a special moment and this ticket package is going to deliver a unique and memorable experience to race fans.” The Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer is available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/mwr or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(1-4-2010)

  • 2010 Daytona 500 Artwork and Program Unveiled: Commissioned by Daytona International Speedway, internationally known artist Jay Koka has completed designing the artwork and event program cover for Speedweeks 2010 and the 52nd annual Daytona 500. Koka’s artwork depicts the 2009 Daytona 500-winning car – Matt Kenseth’s #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford – and runner-up finisher Kevin Harvick’s #29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet racing side-by-side through around historic Daytona International Speedway. Koka has been a featured artist and poster artist for many international automotive events including the famed Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook Concours, Bloomington Gold, Reading Ferrari Concours, Eyes on Design, Ferrari Club of America Annual Meets and the Cavallino Ferrari Classic of Palm Beach. Koka is a 22-year member and serves on the Board of the Automotive Fine Arts Society. He enjoyed a successful corporate career in marketing prior to the formation of his studio in 1985, which is located near Toronto. Tickets for all Speedweeks 2010 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(12-31-2009)

  • Daytona's dirt track opens: The new dirt track at Daytona International Speedway opened for business Monday and competitors said it had the same feel of the old oval at Municipal Stadium. "It is a quarter-mile lime-rock course," Speedway spokesman Andrew Booth said. "It's the same dirt they had over there. They pulled it out of the stadium and brought it over here." The flat track was built in less than three months outside Turns 1 and 2 of the Speedway tri-oval course. The World Karting Association held a day of practice Monday at the new racetrack before two days of racing. Booth said the area would be used for motor home parking for Speed Weeks. The DIS operations department will have about two weeks to put the track back together for flat-track motorcycle races in March.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-30-2009)

  • NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests return to Daytona: The top NASCAR stars will gather at historic Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 15-16 for the annual NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests, which give race fans a sneak preview on the new NASCAR racing season as well as Speedweeks 2010 and the 52nd annual Daytona 500.
    On those dates, race fans will be able to get their “racing fix” prior to Speedweeks 2010 and the 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14 with numerous activities with their favorite drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series in the Sprint FANZONE located in the heart of the “World Center of Racing.”
    Among the activities planned for both days include:
    * Interactive fan forums
    * Autograph sessions
    * Show cars, displays, music
    * Online auction
    * Blood drive
    * Richard Petty Driving Experience
    * SPEED Channel personalities on site broadcasting all of the festivities
    Ticket information, driver appearance schedules and more details about the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests will be released in the coming months. For ticket information for all Speedweeks 2010 events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(12-5-2009)

  • Daytona Enhancing The Superstretch Experience: As part of its ongoing effort to continue improving the race-day experience at the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway will add a new interactive fan area adjacent to the Superstretch grandstands outside Turn 3. Construction on the enhancements has already started and will be completed in time for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 14. Included in the 136,000-square foot interactive fan area will be amenities such as a go-kart track, kids play area, Ferris Wheel, show cars and a fan hospitality area called the SPEED Trackside Tavern, among other attractions. The enhancements will necessitate the removal of grandstand seats on the Superstretch, which will be utilized at other International Speedway Corporation facilities in the future. Also for the 2010 DAYTONA 500, ticket options on the Superstretch have been made even more affordable for race fans, with the popular $55 seating area expanded to include additional rows. Single-day DAYTONA 500 admission and new lower prices have been implemented on all other Superstretch seats. The Superstretch enhancement comes on the heels of two other fan-friendly initiatives recently announced. Already under construction is phase one of the frontstretch renovation on the old dog track property behind the Keech and Lockhart Grandstands that will deliver amenities such as:
    * Two additional gate entrances
    * Relocation of the Turn 1 tram stop closer to the center of the frontstretch grandstands
    * New exterior pedestrian boulevard that will eventually stretch from Turn 1 to Turn 4
    * New and improved directional signage, landscaping and lighting
    Additionally, a new start time has been announced for the 2010 Daytona 500. In response to the race fans’ desire for an earlier start time for NASCAR’s signature event, “The Great American Race” is scheduled for a 1:00 pm/et start –2 ½ hours earlier than 2009 and the earliest start for the Daytona 500 since 2003. Tickets for the 52nd annual Daytona 500, which start at $55, as well as other Speedweeks 2010 events, are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(11-27-2009)

  • Coke Zero Tickets on sale: On Saturday, Nov. 7, race fans will have their first opportunity to purchase tickets for Daytona International Speedway’s racing doubleheader on July 3, 2010 – the 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Rolex Series 250 Grand-Am sports car race. Single-day Sprint Tower seats are available starting at $150 and ticket prices for frontstretch grandstand seats start at $40. Also available beginning on Saturday, Nov. 7 will be tickets to the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 2, where the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car will make its race debut. To buy tickets or more info, go to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(11-7-2009)

  • Construction begins on Daytona Frontstretch Renovation: Construction on phase one of Daytona International Speedway’s frontstretch renovation will begin this week. Phase one of the frontstretch renovation will be focused on the old dog track property located behind the Keech and Lockhart Grandstands and will include new fan amenities such as:
    * Two additional gate entrances
    * Relocation of the Turn 1 tram stop closer to the center of the frontstretch grandstands
    * New exterior pedestrian boulevard that will eventually stretch from Turn 1 to Turn 4
    * New and improved directional signage, landscaping and lighting
    Construction is expected to be completed for Speedweeks 2010 and the 52nd annual Daytona 500. Tickets for the 52nd annual Daytona 500, which start at $55, as well as other Speedweeks 2010 events, are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(11-2-2009)

  • Daytona catchfences get taller: Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway are raising the height of their catch fences from 14 feet to 22 feet after analyzing their safety barriers following the accident that sent Carl Edwards flying into the Talladega fence in April. Talladega will get the frontstretch portion of its fence completed before its Oct. 30-Nov. 1 race weekend and will do the backstretch during the offseason. Daytona, which has no more NASCAR races this year, will complete its new fence on both the frontstretch and backstretch by mid-January. Other enhancements have been made to the fences at other tracks owned by International Speedway Corp., the parent company of both Talladega and Daytona, but neither [Talladega Superspeedway President Rick] Humphrey nor DIS President Robin Braig would go into more details.(SceneDaily)(10-6-2009)

  • Daytona 500 Qualifying moved to Saturday: Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, which secures the prestigious front row for the 52nd annual Daytona 500, will be part of a tripleheader day of racing on Saturday, Feb. 6, joining the 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout and Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 during Speedweeks 2010. Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, which is traditionally scheduled on the Sunday prior to the Daytona 500, will kick off activities on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1:05 p.m. on FOX, followed by the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 for the ARCA Series at 4:30 p.m. on SPEED, and the Budweiser Shootout at 8:10 p.m. on FOX.(Daytona PR)(8-28-2009)

  • Daytona to construct dirt track: Daytona International Speedway will construct a quarter-mile dirt track located outside Turns 1 and 2 in the West Lot. The project was necessitated by the City of Daytona Beach’s redevelopment plans for Municipal Stadium, which includes replacing the dirt used for the Flat Track racing events with sports turf. Construction on the quarter-mile dirt track, which will be made up of lime rock, will start in the early fall and be completed in time for next year’s March 3-4 AMA Pro Racing Flat Track motorcycle events, which are a part of 2010 Daytona 200 Week By Honda. The new dirt track at Daytona International Speedway, which can also be utilized for other events such as the high performance karts from the World Karting Association, will have more than 5,000 temporary seats and lighting will be provided by Musco Lighting. For more information and tickets on all Daytona International Speedway events, go online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(8-5-2009)

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

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Fast Facts for February 10-14, 2010

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side – 1,800; Right-side – 1,800

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

    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 -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Notes: Daytona is the first track at which these left- and right-side Goodyear tire codes will be run . . . compared to last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup tire combination at Daytona, this set-up features a revised design and compounds for enhanced wear and heat resistance . . . this set-up came from extensive testing at the 2.5-mile speedway, including a five-car test last September and a 17-car test last November . . . Daytona is the only track at which Sprint Cup teams are scheduled to run these two tire codes in 2010 . . . this Cup tire set-up is different than the one to be run by NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams this week . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Papis to run Daytona 500, sets 2010 schedule: Last weekend, Max Papis spent his days and nights behind the wheel of the #01 Grand-Am Series entry for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He pushed the car to the lead before surrendering it after a double-stint on Saturday night. He would then climb back in the car early Sunday morning, driving an unprecedented four stints. After pacing the Daytona road course for an astonishing three hours and fifty minutes, he turned the car over to teammate Scott Pruett. The Ganassi team would ultimately record a second place finish in the Rolex 24, which is regarded as one of the top races in the world. Papis prepares to begin his second season in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry for Germain Racing at Daytona International Speedway this week when he returns for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying. In addition to his duties in the #13 GEICO Camry, Papis will also pilot the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 12th. Papis is scheduled to run 20 Sprint Cup Series races in 2010, including the Sprint Showdown in Charlotte.(GEICO Racing PR)(2-5-2010)

  • 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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