Dec 31 | RULES FOR THE “2010 DAYTONA 500 Seat Registration VIP Giveaway”

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Rules for the “2010 DAYTONA 500 Seat Registration VIP Giveaway”

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Contest begins January 13, 2010, and ends 11:59 p.m. EST on February 5, 2010. As a current account holder, you will receive an email asking you to register guests in your party; you will be entered to win when your guests successfully sign up for pre-event emails. Invited guests will be entered to win upon successfully signing up for pre-event emails, or by handprinting your name, address, zip code, daytime and evening phone numbers, and age on a 3" x 5" card and mailing the card to “2010 DAYTONA 500 Seat Registration VIP Giveaway,” c/o Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.  Not responsible for lost, late, mutilated, misdirected, or postage-due entries.  Incomplete, illegible, or fraudulent entries not considered.  All entries must be received on or before 11:59 p.m., February 5, 2010. Contest open to legal residents of the United States age 18 or older with a valid driver’s license.  Only one entry per person permitted.  Employees of Daytona International Speedway, LLC and its parent, subsidiaries, and related companies, and members of their immediate family may not participate. 

 

Available prizes: One (1) grand prize winner will receive access for two (2) to a meet & greet session with the DAYTONA 500® pre-race show performer (subject to availability), two (2) Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes, access for two (2) to Gatorade Victory Lane after the 2010 DAYTONA 500®, and two (2) tickets to the DAYTONA 500 Experience®. Approximate retail values of the prize is: $232 for the Grand Prize; Odds of winning depend upon number of eligible entries received.  All applicable taxes, license, registration fees, insurance, and any other expenses not specifically listed herein (including without limitation any necessary transportation and lodging) are the responsibility of each prize winner.  Prize winners must each present personal identification bearing his/her photograph, name, age, and address, and sign a declaration of eligibility and liability release in order to take delivery of any prize.  Prizes are not transferable.  No cash in lieu of prizes. No substitution of prizes.  In the event any race is postponed, changed, or canceled in whole or in part, no cash, prize substitutions, or other compensation will be provided.  Any difference between estimated prize values and actual prize values will not be awarded to any prize winner.  Winners will be selected by random drawing from among all eligible entries on or about February 6, 2010, and will be notified by telephone on or before February 8, 2010.  If any winner fails to take delivery of his/her prize or cannot be reached by telephone by 11:59 p.m. EDT, February 9, 2010, then an alternate winner for that prize will be selected by random drawing from among remaining eligible entries. In order to claim prize, additional releases and/or waivers of liability required by Daytona International Speedway, LLC and/or any applicable sanctioning body shall also be required as applicable. 

 

By entering this contest and/or using any prize, you agree: (1) to release Daytona International Speedway, LLC, its parent, subsidiaries, limited liability companies, and affiliated companies and their respective officers, directors, members, employees, agents, the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District, the City of Daytona Beach and the County of Volusia from liability of any kind or nature for any loss, claims, damages, or injuries of any kind associated with participation in this contest or with acceptance and use of any prize; and (2) to receive phone, email and mail solicitation from International Speedway Corporation and its affiliates, even if otherwise listed on a do-not-call list or other similar list; and (3) to be bound by these rules and any decisions of the sponsor or promoter relating to participation in the contest, selection of winners and awarding of prizes, whose decisions are final. Acceptance of any prize constitutes permission to use winner’s name, biographical information, and/or likeness for purposes of advertising and promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

 

  Void where prohibited by law.   Subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Winners’ names will be posted on the track’s website www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com following the drawings, or may be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 2010 DAYTONA 500 Seat Registration VIP Giveaway between February 9, 2010 and February 16, 2010. Requests not received during that period will not be processed.  Contest sponsored by Daytona International Speedway, LLC.

 

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Dec 30 | Day 3 of Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket: Three Days of Karting Racing Wraps Up

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The annual holiday event at the “World Center of Racing” showcased hundreds of karters from the World Karting Association on three courses – the 3.56-mile Daytona road course, the .700-mile Sprint track in Turns 3 and 4 and the newly constructed quarter-mile dirt track outside Turns 1 and 2.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket wrapped up on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.

 

The annual holiday event at the “World Center of Racing”  showcased hundreds of karters from the World Karting Association on three courses – the 3.56-mile Daytona road course, the .700-mile Sprint track in Turns 3 and 4 and the newly constructed quarter-mile dirt track outside Turns 1 and 2.

 

The event produced some popular racing names – NASCAR stars Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, IZOD IndyCar Series star and Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon and motorcycle legend and five-time Daytona 200 By Honda champion Scott Russell.

 

Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket also produced the first laps on Daytona’s new dirt track with the World Karting Association’s Briggs & Stratton Dirt Speedway Series.

The quarter-mile lime rock track is located in the West Lot outside Turns 1 and 2 and will also be utilized for the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track motorcycle races in early March.

Next up at Daytona International Speedway is the Roar Before The Rolex 24 testing on Jan. 8-10. Tickets are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


 

Dec 29 | Day 2 Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket: Russell, Wheldon Getting Taste Of Daytona's Sprint Track

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IndyCar Series star Dan Wheldon and motorcycle legend Scott Russell are part of this year's Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Scott Russell made his mark at Daytona International Speedway winning five Daytona 200 By Honda motorcycle classics.

After retirement from motorcycle racing, he went from two wheels to four wheels with sports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and competed for the first time in the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the prestigious sports car classic.

Now, the Conyers, Ga., native is trying his hand at another form of racing at Daytona International Speedway – karting in the annual Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket.

The three-day event, which began Monday, showcases the World Karting Association on three courses – the 3.56-mile Daytona road course, the Sprint track in Turns 3 and 4 and the newly constructed quarter-mile dirt track outside turns 1 and 2.

“It’s Daytona for me, it’s a great place to me,” said Russell, who is behind the wheel of a No. 4 kart on the Sprint track. “It’s a new experience. I want to come out here and see where I stand up against some of the top guys in karting, more or less having fun with it.”

Russell just took karting up a few months ago and is using it as a way to ease the transition between motorcycles and sports cars.

“What a great tool this is,” Russell said. “We’re learning everyday with the setup of this thing, just learning how to drive. Going from two wheels to four wheels, there wasn’t a whole lot of crossover there, just the track knowledge that I had in the past. It’s a whole different animal.

“This is definitely going to help me. I’m back in the GT class (in the Rolex Series) with Paul Edwards and a Corvette. I think this will apply to that. Anything that I can do to make it better on that end, that’s what I’m doing.”

Russell is also feeling out a new course at Daytona. He has plenty of laps on the 3.56-mile road course and the 2.9-mile motorcycle course, but he has never turned a lap on the .700-mile Sprint course.

“What a neat little course that they made out here,” Russell said. “It’s really a lot of fun with the way it’s set up. It’s tough. It’s slippery out here. Daytona is typically slippery in the infield and it has transferred into this as well. Getting the kart set up right and learning a new track is great experience.”

Open-wheel star Wheldon in attendance:
Like Russell and NASCAR stars Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, IZOD IndyCar Series star Dan Wheldon is also competing at the Sprint track during Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket.

Wheldon, who drives for Panther Racing and lives in nearby St. Petersburg, loves racing karts whenever he gets the opportunity in his schedule.

“I just love it,” said Wheldon, the 2005 Indianapolis 500 champion. “Any kart race that I can do, I will try to do and when you’ve got one going on at Daytona, that’s certainly one that you want to compete in. It’s like all of these kart races, it’s very competitive.

“It’s very nice to spend Christmas with my wife and my son but she knows that if I sit at home too long, that I will probably drive her mad. You don’t get the time to do this as much as you would like. Anytime that you do get time, you definitely want to utilize it.”

Wheldon, who began racing karts at age 4, has been behind the wheel at Daytona before turning laps in both IZOD IndyCar Series testing as well as competing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

He has a strong passion for karting and believes it’s a great developmental series for anybody interested in racing.

“I think it is the only way that people start nowadays,” Wheldon said. “Whether it’s on a road course in a go-kart or whether they race on some dirt, I think karting is the stepping stone to any form of motorsport. It’s very competitive in America. I think America is a great place to start a karting career.

“From what I’ve seen, there’s huge competition but there’s also a very nice atmosphere. I think that it’s a great environment for children to grow up in but also where they can learn the fundamentals of racing and learn how to respect people and share great family time.”

TICKETS
Tickets for Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket can be purchased at Ticket Booth E located above the Turn 1 tunnel. Single-day passes are $15 and $10 for children under seven.

Dec 28 | McMurray, Allmendinger Get Their Racing Fix During Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket

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NASCAR stars Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger are participating in Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket.

AJ Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, the best way to celebrate the holidays is do what they love most – race.

Both drivers have joined hundreds of other karters at the annual Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket events at Daytona International Speedway.

The three-day event that started on Monday showcases the World Karting Association on three different courses – the 3.56-mile road course, the Sprint track located in Turns 3 and 4 and the newly constructed quarter-mile dirt track outside Turns 1 and 2.

“This is not kick back and relax, this is very serious and it’s very high stress,” McMurray said with a grin. “We’re trying to run two classes this year, it’s just hectic today trying to get both karts on the track today and get everything ready but I’ve got some good helpers.”

“I’m bored in the offseason, if we could race every weekend, I’d be happy,” Allmendinger said. “By the time Christmas rolls around, all you want to do is get back to a race track and race something.”

McMurray, similar to fellow NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Brian Vickers, got his first taste of Daytona International Speedway as a teenager competing in Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket every holiday.

Now, for the third straight year, McMurray returns to his roots a few days after Christmas to compete on the half-mile Sprint track.

He makes it clear that he not on holiday.

“I hope to win, the goal is to win,” McMurray said.
 
In 2010, McMurray will have a new Sprint Cup ride– the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

The 2007 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champion parted ways with Roush Fenway Racing after the 2009 season and is reuniting with his first-ever Sprint Cup owner Chip Ganassi.

“I’m very excited about being back with Chip and (crew chief) Kevin Manion is a great guy and I’ve got to know him,” McMurray said. “I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone on the No. 1 team. We went testing at New Smyrna (Speedway) a few weeks ago and everything went well and we’re going to Walt Disney World in a couple of weeks and try to get our act together and have a good year.”

During Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket, McMurray is wearing his new sponsor’s colors and sporting his new car number.

“I had to have a new go-kart uniform made and I thought it would be really nice for Bass Pro Shops get to see what it looks like,” McMurray said. “They sent me the stuff that I needed and Impact made me a suit and it matches my kart. You got to have all your stuff together. It would have been really weird to have 26 on my kart.”

Allmendinger, who competes for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, is competing in his first Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket.

For Allmendinger, it’s the beginning of a busy race schedule at DIS. He will make his fifth start in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 30-31 with Michael Shank Racing and then tackle the stock car portion of Speedweeks and the 52nd annual Daytona 500.

“It kick starts my two months of living in Daytona,” Allmendinger said of this week’s kart racing. “It’s OK with me as long as I’m racing, I’m happy. I like to race go-karts a lot more if I got the chance. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of tracks there in Charlotte to go out and drive in. When I do get a chance, I go out there and have some fun.

“Ultimately, it still turns into wanting to win and if you don’t win, you’re (ticked) off. It’s a lot of fun and hopefully we will come out here, have a good time and run well.”

Like McMurray, Allmendinger says the competitive juices to win in karts are strong.

“I laugh because I almost get more angry in this than a Cup car,” Allmendinger said. “Because in a Cup car, you have what you have, it’s a 36-week grind and you’ve got to pace yourself.

“In a go-kart, it’s all about pride. We’re spending our own money to come out here. I grew up racing go-karts. I grew up racing against a lot of these guys that are here already. It’s more about pride.”

OTHER NOTES
• The new Daytona dirt track saw its first laps on Monday with the World Karting Association’s Briggs & Stratton Dirt Speedway Series. The quarter-mile lime rock track is located in the West Lot outside Turns 1 and 2 and will also be utilized for the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track motorcycle races in early March.

• Other familiar racing names joining McMurray and Allmendinger at the Sprint track are five-time Daytona 200 By Honda motorcycle champion Scott Russell and Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

TICKETS
Tickets for Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket can be purchased at Ticket Booth E located above the Turn 1 tunnel. A three-day pass is available for $30, a two-day pass is $20 and single-day passes at $15.

Children seven and under are $20 for a three-day pass, $15 for a two-day pass and $10 for a single-day pass.

Dec 23 | New Qualifying Criteria Set For Budweiser Shootout

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The 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout will have a new qualifying criteria.

Budweiser Shootout

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout, the prestigious non-points NASCAR event that kicks off Speedweeks 2010 and the new Sprint Cup Series season, will have new qualifying criteria beginning in 2010, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig announced.

Moving forward, the field for the Budweiser Shootout will be comprised of:
• The 12 drivers who qualified for the previous year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
• Past NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
• Past Budweiser Shootout champions
• Past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champions
• The reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year

“As NASCAR evolves, we tailor the Budweiser Shootout’s qualifying criteria to provide fans with a lineup that showcases NASCAR’s best drivers on the high banks of Daytona,” Braig said. “The new criteria put a premium on race winners at NASCAR’s most storied track – Daytona International Speedway – and we’re looking forward to kicking off the new season with an electric night of racing.”

“The Budweiser Shootout has marked the start of a new racing season for more than 30 years,” said Mark Wright, vice president of media, sponsorship and activation, Anheuser-Busch.  “Given the changes in the sport over the past year, we feel this new format gives fans a true race of champions.”

The race distance will continue to be 75 laps (187.5 miles) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. The race will have two segments, of 25 and 50 laps. Both green- and yellow-flag laps will count.

Between segments, there will be a 10-minute pit stop at which time teams will pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments.

Starting positions will be determined by a draw at the annual Budweiser Shootout Draw Party on Thursday night, Feb. 4, on the SPEED stage in the Midway, outside Turn 4.

The Budweiser Shootout, which is scheduled for 8:10 p.m., is the climax to a racing tripleheader on Saturday, Feb. 6. Kicking off the day’s activities at 1:05 p.m. will be Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, which will set the front row for the 52nd annual Daytona 500.

At 4:30 p.m., the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will kick off their season with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and Danica Patrick will make her much-anticipated stock car racing debut.

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2010 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP and fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)

Drivers eligible for the 2010 Budweiser Shootout
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
Jeff Gordon
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle
Juan Pablo Montoya
Ryan Newman
Kasey Kahne
Carl Edwards
Brian Vickers

Others – criteria filled in parentheses
John Andretti (Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola)
Geoff Bodine (Daytona 500, Budweiser Shootout)
Jeff Burton (Coke Zero 400)
Kyle Busch (Coke Zero 400)
Derrike Cope (Daytona 500)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Bill Elliott (Series champion, Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Kevin Harvick (Daytona 500, Budweiser Shootout)
Matt Kenseth (Series champion, Daytona 500)
Bobby Labonte (Series champion)
Terry Labonte (Series champion, Budweiser Shootout)
Joey Logano (Reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year)
Sterling Marlin (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)
Jamie McMurray (Coke Zero 400)
Ken Schrader (Budweiser Shootout)
Michael Waltrip (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)

• Eligibility based on a driver having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series within the last two seasons.

Dec 22 | Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 Schedule

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Check out the Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 schedule highlighted by the 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

HERSHEY'S MILK & MILKSHAKES SPEEDWEEKS 2010 SCHEDULE
NSCS=NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NNS=NASCAR Nationwide Series
NCWTS=NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
ARCA=ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards

Thursday, February 4TH
Noon - 4:50 PM  ARCA PRACTICE
5:00 PM 5:45 PM  NSCS BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT PRACTICE
6:00 PM   ARCA GARAGE CLOSES
6:30 PM 7:30 PM  NSCS FINAL BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT PRACTICE
8:00 PM   DRAWING FOR BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT LOCATED OUTSIDE TURN FOUR ON THE SPEED STAGE

Friday, February 5TH
11:00 AM   ARCA QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
2:10 PM 3:30 PM  NSCS PRACTICE
4:00 PM 5:30 PM  NSCS PRACTICE
5:40 PM 6:30 PM  ARCA FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, February 6th
10:00 AM   ARCA GARAGE OPENS
1:05 PM   DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING PRESENTED BY KROGER (TWO LAPS, TWO POSITIONS)
2:30 PM   ARCA DRIVERS MEETING
4:00 PM   ARCA DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
4:30 PM   LUCAS OIL SLICK MIST 200 ARCA RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY RE/MAX AND MENARDS RACE (80 LAPS, 200 MILES)
7:50 PM   NSCS BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:10 PM   NSCS BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT (75 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)

Wednesday, February 10TH
12:00 PM 1:30 PM  NSCS PRACTICE
2:00 PM 2:50 PM  NSCS PRACTICE (FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE GATORADE DUEL AT DAYTONA)
3:00 PM 5:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM 7:30 PM  NCWTS PRACTICE

Thursday, February 11TH
9
:00 AM 11:00 AM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
11:30 AM 1:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
1:40 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM NSCS GATORADE 150 MILE QUALIFYING RACES (60 LAPS-150 MILES, EACH
RACE)
6:10 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)

Friday, February 12TH
1:10 PM   NSCS “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT
1:40 PM 2:40 PM  NSCS PRACTICE
3:10 PM   NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
7:30 PM N  CWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM   NCWTS NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES 250 RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES) -- POSTPONED

Saturday, February 13TH
10:00 AM   NSCS “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT
10:30 AM 11:55 AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE FOR THE DAYTONA 500
12:45 PM   NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:15 PM   NNS DRIVE4COPD 300 RACE (120 LAPS, 300 MILES)
7 PM        NCWTS NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES 250 RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)

Sunday, February 14th
11:00 AM   NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM   NSCS “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
12:15 PM   NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM   NSCS DAYTONA 500 (200 LAPS, 500 MILES)
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