Apr 27 | “Dash 4 Cash” Bonus Program Returns To NASCAR Nationwide Series In 2012

The Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola will serve as the "qualifier" for the first race in the "Dash 4 Cash."

Dash 4 Cash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the fourth consecutive year, NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance have combined to bring the popular – and exciting – “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program back for NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers and fans alike.

Introduced in 2009, “Dash 4 Cash” (Twitter hash tag: #Dash4Cash) is a one-of-a-kind element that rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver in four designated races with a $100,000 bonus above and beyond the race purse. Fans also can participate via a sweepstakes that culminates with one lucky fan also winning $100,000.

Its basic format hasn’t changed: In four select races during the 2012 season, four drivers who have earned the designation to compete for the $100,000 per-race bonus will “have at it.” As a refresher, the “Dash 4 Cash” winner in the designated races does not have to win the race. He or she simply must be the highest-finishing eligible NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship contender in those designated races.

There are two key revisions. First, the July 6 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola race at Daytona International Speedway will serve as the  “qualifier” where the top four drivers to receive NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship points in that race will carry the “Dash 4 Cash” designation in the first race of the bonus program, July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Additionally, for the first time, the four “Dash 4 Cash” races will be successive: The July race at New Hampshire followed by the July 22 race at Chicagoland Speedway, the series’ inaugural event on July 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and culminating at the Aug. 4 race at Iowa Speedway.

Driver eligibility is as follows:

• New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 14) – Top four drivers to receive NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) championship driver points at Daytona qualify for New Hampshire.

• Chicagoland Speedway (July 22) – New Hampshire “Dash 4 Cash” winner plus top three finishing drivers to receive NNS championship driver points.

• Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 28) – Chicagoland “Dash 4 Cash” winner plus top three finishing drivers to receive NNS championship driver points.

• Iowa Speedway (Aug. 4) -- Indianapolis “Dash 4 Cash” winner plus top three finishing drivers to receive NNS championship driver points.

Another returning perk: Should one driver collect the “Dash 4 Cash” bonus from the three previous designated races and win the Iowa Speedway race outright, Nationwide Insurance will pay an additional $600,000 to that driver in Victory Lane, making $1 million in total bonus money up for grabs at the onset of the program.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Nationwide Insurance for another round of the ‘Dash 4 Cash’ program,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “Since its inception, ‘Dash 4 Cash’ has brought increased notoriety to the drivers, teams and participating tracks in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

“We believe the $100,000 guaranteed winner for the select ‘Dash 4 Cash’ races will continue to elevate the series. Additionally, the condensed schedule will help our fans follow the exciting storylines and finishes we anticipate with the 2012 program.”

"Offering a $1 million bonus opportunity for NASCAR Nationwide Series teams brings another level of intensity to the race track and more attention to our series," said Jim McCoy, director of strategic partnerships for Nationwide Insurance. "There's a very good chance a driver could get hot and take home the million dollar bonus at the dramatic conclusion of our ‘Dash 4 Cash’ series at Iowa Speedway, where Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won both races in 2011."

The program isn’t just for the drivers. Since the fans drive the sport, they’re encouraged to participate as well by visiting www.NASCAR.COM/dash4cash to register for a chance to win $100,000.

As part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes, four lucky fans and a guest of each will win an all-expense paid trip to the final “Dash 4 Cash” race at Iowa. In addition to a VIP experience, those fans will be randomly paired with the four eligible “Dash 4 Cash” drivers for the final bonus program race at Iowa. The fan whose driver wins that “Dash 4 Cash” award also will receive a check for $100,000.

Apr 24 | Daytona Beach Half Marathon Races Into Budweiser Speedweeks 2013

SHARE

Scheduled for Sunday, February 17, the Central Florida Sports Commission and DIS will host the fifth annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon just one week before the 55th annual Daytona 500.

Daytona Beach Half Marathon

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In 2013, a new race will be a part of the Budweiser Speedweeks lineup, but competitors won't need a helmet. Scheduled for Sunday, February 17, the Central Florida Sports Commission and Daytona International Speedway will host the fifth annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon just one week before the 55th running of “The Great American Race” – the Daytona 500.

The half marathon will start at 6:30 am, just hours after the Daytona Shootout finishes up under the lights on Saturday night, and lead into DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger on Sunday afternoon. Previously held in October, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s move to February means there will be no race in 2012. The integration of the race into Budweiser Speedweeks will allow organizers to further incorporate the racing theme into the already unique event.

“Hosting this event amidst all the excitement of Budweiser Speedweeks just adds to the uniqueness of our events and provides an unforgettable backdrop for all the runners who will compete next year,” said Daytona International Speedway’s President Joie Chitwood III.  “We successfully host the 5K prior to the Rolex 24 At Daytona and are confident the half marathon will enjoy the same success.  We look forward to hosting yet another thrilling race in February.”

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s route, named one of the seven most scenic half marathons in America by Active.com, features one of the most unique courses in the running world. With the legendary pavement and historic grandstands of Daytona International Speedway serving as the backdrop, runners will start on pit road and run the first two miles on the track. The course then winds through the streets of Daytona Beach, including a run along the boardwalk of “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” before returning to the Speedway for the finish and a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane.

“Integrating the Daytona Beach Half Marathon into Budweiser Speedweeks will provide a participant experience that is unparalleled anywhere in the running world,” said Brent Nelson, Central Florida Sports Commission Interim President/CEO. “The complete NASCAR experience will truly make the half marathon a destination event, adding to the already substantial economic impact Volusia County experiences during the first quarter of the year.”

"This race has enormous potential for our community," said Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno. "The tie in with the Speedway and our beautiful beach gives this event a backdrop that no other race can
duplicate. I want to give our county manager, Jim Dinneen, a great deal of credit. It was his idea to make this a winter event and link it with Speedweeks."

Each runner will receive a race-themed tech shirt, finisher’s medal, post-race party, and a ticket to DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger. Included in the DAYTONA 500 Qualifying ticket is access to Sprint FANZONE which provides an up-close look inside the NASCAR garage and inspection areas as teams prepare for the race.  Photo opportunities with race cars and other NASCAR-related items will be available before, during and after the race.

Registration is now open, with the advanced entry fee for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon set at $75 per person. Travel packages are also available online, which include race entry, hotel and other exclusive perks. Travel packages are available, starting at just $190 per person. The half marathon is open to runners and walkers, at least 12 years of age or older, who can complete the course in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes.

For more information about the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, visit www.daytonabeachhalf.com. For real time updates like the race on Facebook @Daytona Beach Half Marathon or follow on twitter @daytonahalf.

About CFSC: The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. The Sports Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Central Florida including the Celebrity Mascot Games, the SPORTYS, Breakfast of Champions and the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. For more information, please visit www.centralfloridasports.org.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Apr 23 | Allmendinger Locks Up Starting Spot in the 2013 Daytona Shootout

SHARE

AJ Allmendinger’s first career pole with Penske Racing at Kansas Speedway earned him his third career starting berth in next year’s Daytona Shootout.

AJ Allmendinger

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – AJ Allmendinger’s first career pole with Penske Racing last weekend at Kansas Speedway earned him his third career starting berth in next year’s Daytona Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Allmendinger becomes the 17th driver to lock up a spot in the star-studded field of top NASCAR drivers that will compete in the fan-favorite event that kicks off Budweiser Speedweeks 2013.

Allmendinger toured the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in the No. 22 AAA Dodge at a speed of 175.993 mph to earn the pole.

“To get a pole like this and get in the Shootout and just keep building the momentum, it’s a big deal today,” said Allmendinger, who is in his first season at Penske Racing.

Eligibility requirements for next season’s Daytona Shootout return to its roots with the field consisting of pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.

Allmendinger has made two previous Daytona Shootout starts, finishing fifth in 2009 and 12th earlier this year.

2012 Pole Winners:
Greg Biffle
Carl Edwards
Denny Hamlin
Kasey Kahne
Mark Martin
Martin Truex Jr.
AJ Allmendinger
 
Past Shootout champions:
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Tony Stewart
Jimmie Johnson
Jeff Gordon
Bill Elliott
Terry Labonte
Ken Schrader

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Apr 17 | Truex Jr. Earns Starting Spot in the 2013 Daytona Shootout

SHARE

Martin Truex Jr. is the latest driver to lock up a starting spot for next year’s Daytona Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With his pole position at Texas Motor Speedway last week, Michael Waltrip Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. is the latest driver to lock up a starting spot for next year’s Daytona Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, joining an elite field of top NASCAR drivers who will compete in this fan favorite season-opening event.

Truex Jr. lapped the 1.5-mile oval in the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota at a speed of 190.369 mph to earn the pole and a starting berth in the non-points event, which will kick off the stock car portion of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013.

“It means we got the pole and are in the Shootout next year,” said Truex Jr. when asked what the pole meant to his team. “It means a lot for me to get a pole for all these guys, NAPA and everybody that has stood behind us like Michael (Waltrip, team owner) and Rob (Kauffman, team owner). I mentioned it earlier, we've come a long way. I feel like we're really starting to gel as a team, we're starting to get where we need to be. We're not there yet, but this is one step in that direction.”

Eligibility requirements for next season’s Daytona Shootout return to its roots with the field consisting of pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.

Truex Jr., who becomes the 16th driver to qualify for the Daytona Shootout, has made two previous starts in the Daytona Shootout. He finished ninth back in 2008 and 19th in this year’s event.

2012 Pole Winners:
Greg Biffle
Carl Edwards
Denny Hamlin
Kasey Kahne
Mark Martin
Martin Truex Jr.
 
Past champions:
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Tony Stewart
Jimmie Johnson
Jeff Gordon
Bill Elliott
Terry Labonte
Ken Schrader

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Apr 12 | Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR honor local First Responders for their role in hosting the 54th Daytona 500

SHARE

Local first responders were honored with a special reception for their efforts during the recent 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Joie Chitwood

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood, NASCAR President Mike Helton and Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, along with representatives of the France Family, International Speedway Corporation and Volusia County, hosted a special reception last night at the Velocitorium inside the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building to honor local first responders including police, fire and safety rescue workers, and others for their efforts during the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on February 27, 2012. 

The race was originally scheduled to run on Sunday, February 26, but was delayed for the first time in history due to rain.  With approximately 40 laps remaining, a bizarre fiery accident involving a jet dryer caused a two-hour red flag delay.  Ultimately, the area of Turn 3 where the accident took place was repaired and the race was able to be completed. 

Speaking to the guests in attendance Wednesday night, Chitwood said, “We think about the Daytona 500 every day and we want to make sure we do what’s great for our fans.  We were having a great Speedweeks and while we were disappointed to delay the Daytona 500, our team stepped up to make it happen – but the folks in this room did it better than any.  There was one phrase that came to mind that night after everything was complete and that is ‘best in the business.’  That’s all I could think about in terms of how well we were prepared, how we responded and we went back to green. So thank you for all your efforts that night and everything you continue to do to help us.”

Helton added, “From NASCAR’s perspective, we wanted to be sure that you understood how grateful we are to the men and women behind the scenes who make the Daytona 500 the absolute international spectacle that it is.  [The 54th Daytona 500] is an example we can point to because you were ready, you did your job beyond the call of duty, you did it under extreme circumstances and made all of us very proud.”

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Apr 11 | Kenseth, Roush and Fennig Return to Celebrate Daytona 500 Victory at the Champion's Luncheon

SHARE

2012 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth was finally able to reunite with his winning car at DIS and celebrate his historic victory with race fans during the Champion’s Luncheon.

2012 Champion's Luncheon
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – About a month and a half after winning the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Matt Kenseth was finally able to reunite with his winning car and celebrate his historic victory with race fans during the Champion’s Luncheon at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s pretty cool to see (the car) sitting there with all the confetti on it, just like it was sitting in Victory Lane, and seeing the fans lined up out there,” said Kenseth, who was joined by his owner Jack Roush and crew chief Jimmy Fennig. “It’s unusual to celebrate today, but it was kind of an unusual race so I might as well just keep that going.”

For the first time in history, rain postponed the start of this year’s Daytona 500 as well as the traditional day-after Champion’s Breakfast. The “Great American Race" was rescheduled for Monday night, Feb. 27 and a great crowd returned to witness Kenseth hold off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle to capture his second career Daytona 500 triumph.

During the Champion’s Luncheon, Kenseth, Roush and Fennig took part in a fan forum, signed autographs and participated in media interviews. Kenseth also joined Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III in unveiling the logo for the 2013 Daytona 500 scheduled for February 24, 2013.

“It’s always good when you see the fans enthused and show up to these events especially a couple months later and on a Wednesday around lunch time,” Kenseth said. “It’s pretty neat.”

Winning the 2012 Daytona 500 has given the No. 17 Best Buy Ford team some early-season momentum with Kenseth sitting at fourth in points with three top-five finishes.

“You work all winter for the Daytona 500,” Kenseth said. “I almost look at it like a separate season. You’re down here for a week and a half – or longer this year because we raced on a Monday night – and then you take off and go race for the next nine months and try to get ready to hopefully make a Chase and make a run for a championship. There’s a lot that goes in to that and (a Daytona 500 win) does give the guys a lot of confidence and a boost.”

Roush Fenway Racing enjoyed a successful Speedweeks 2012. In addition to winning the Daytona 500 for a second time in team history, RFR drivers Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle swept the front row in Daytona 500 Qualifying and Kenseth won a Gatorade Duel qualifying race.

“The way that all the cars ran at Daytona gave us confidence that the momentum we had going from the end of 2011 – we’re able to maintain that and haven’t lost it as we’ve started 2012,” Roush said. “It was one of the best Daytona weekends we’ve ever had.”

The confetti-covered No. 17 Best Buy Ford will remain on display at Gatorade Victory Lane inside the Daytona International Speedway Tours and Ticket Office and will be returned to the team prior to the 2013 Daytona 500.

“Anytime you get a win, especially here at Daytona, is special,” Kenseth said. “Obviously if you’re going to pick one, you’re going to pick the 500 every time.” 

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special pre-race concert by the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning group Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.
 

INVITE FRIENDS

Ticket Stub BUY TICKETS NOW

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
CALL 1-800-PITSHOP
CLICK TO CHAT NOW
Tickets? Questions? Call 1-800-PIT-SHOP

© 2014 Daytona International Speedway

Fanatics Chair

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY

Fanatics Authentic offers timeless collectibles from Daytona as part of the historic DAYTONA Rising redevelopment

Read More >
Follow Us
Mobile App
 
News
FacebookTwitterLinkedInDiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnorati

ISC Track Sites