Feb 24 | Work underway on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course for Daytona Supercross By Honda

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For the fourth straight year, five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Ricky Carmichael has designed the course for the most prestigious and challenging Supercross event in America.

2011 Daytona Supercross

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the fourth straight year, five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Ricky Carmichael has designed the course for the most prestigious and challenging Supercross event in America.

New to the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design this year will be the placement of the starting gate, which will be located on pit road and provide fans with a great view of the first turn. The finish line will remain in the center of the track alongside the tri-oval near the fans.

"I'm really pumped how the new design turned out,” said Carmichael, a 15-time AMA champion, winner of 150 AMA Pro Racing races and the prestigious Motocross of Nations. “I think the new location for the start is good and I feel the track is going to produce some great racing."

Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 5, will host the best Supercross riders in America with top names expected to compete such as three-time champion Chad Reed, defending champion Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, Kevin Windham and Davi Millsaps.

They will be battling on one of the toughest and most challenging layouts of the season in an attempt to put their name alongside greats such as Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael as winners of the Daytona Supercross By Honda.

Construction has already begun on the legendary tri-oval on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course. Mark Barnett, a three-time National champion, is once again building the course.

The paddock for Supercross teams will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easier accessibility for the fans.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:

4 Number of tractors working to spread the dirt (1 loader, 1 crawler, 2 skid steer)
12 Number of dump trucks used to transport loads of dirt
26 Number of jumps on the track

210 Number of dump truck loads of dirt used to build the course on the tri-oval grass

128 Number of man-hours needed to complete the construction of the course

420 Number of 2x9 Styrofoam blocks which will be used for safety along the course

3,120 Mileage (in feet) of the Supercross course from start to finish

5,800 Tons of dirt needed to build the Supercross track 

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Feb 21 | For Trevor Bayne, the Daytona 500 triumph still hasn't sunk in

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2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne met with media and fans during Monday's Champion's Breakfast.

Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even with the whirlwind of events that have surrounded Trevor Bayne since taking the legendary Wood Brothers back to Gatorade Victory Lane in Sunday's 53rd annual Daytona 500, it still did not seem real to him as he met with media and fans during the Champion’s Breakfast car induction at Daytona International Speedway Monday morning.

“It’s kind of cool because it keeps hitting me over and over again. It’s like you get to win a bunch of times,” said Bayne, who at 20 years and one day is the youngest driver to win “The Great American Race.”  “You look down for a second to look at your phone or grab a bite to eat and see (the crew) sitting here again and it’s like, ‘Whoa, we’re in here because we won the 500,’ and it’s … I can’t describe it.

“We got out of the motorhome this morning and saw that the (scoring pylon) still had our number at the top of it and that’s insane. I don’t know how I’m the one that got to be this lucky, to be in this situation and be here with all these guys, but I’m really fortunate.”

After winning the richest and most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, Bayne celebrated with friends by playing basketball and riding skateboards in the infield. The celebration continued early this morning as they brought the No. 21 Ford, covered in confetti, to the “World Center of Racing’s” indoor Gatorade Victory Lane where the car will be on display until it is returned to the team next February.

Joining Bayne were team owners Eddie and Len Wood, and crew chief Donnie Wingo. Original co-owner –Eddie and Len’s dad – Glen Wood, also attended the event.

“That’s one of the most special parts of it,” Eddie said of having the family in victory lane after the win. “With what our dad and Leonard (Wood, uncle) accomplished in the 70s, 80s, and the 60s, too – we felt like we had dropped the ball. To get back to (victory lane) and have them back in victory lane – and Richard Petty bringing dad in – it feels good to get the family name back going.”

Even before the Champion’s Breakfast, Bayne’s day was in full swing. He entered the room giving a phone interview, autographing hats and being followed by a television camera. After the event he will start a media tour that will take him to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., then on to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and finally Phoenix for this week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Every time I get done with one thing they hand me another phone and I’m talking,” Bayne said.  “I like to talk a lot, but after this week you might not hear anything except crickets.”

Though he’s young and has only two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Bayne understands the gravity of the win.

“The first realization I got is when I was talking to (the Wood Brothers),” said Bayne. “They said it was as cool as (David) Pearson’s win and that’s when it sinks in because I don’t put myself on that kind of stage with those guys. I don’t think of myself as doing the same thing that David Pearson did or AJ Foyt or Tiny Lund or (Cale Yarborough). When they made that comment, that this was one of their coolest 500 wins, that’s when I thought, ‘Wow, this is real. This is something that a lot of people strive for their whole career. This is one of the biggest races in motorsports and we were the ones in victory lane.”

During the celebration, Bayne also joined Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III to unveil the logo for the 2012 Daytona 500, scheduled for February 26, 2012.

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Feb 20 | Bayne, Wood Brothers Capture 53rd annual Daytona 500

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In what will go down as one of the most exciting races in the history of the Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne brought the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford to Gatorade Victory Lane after two green-white-checkered attempts in the 53rd annual Daytona 500 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

2011 Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In what will go down as one of the most exciting races in the history of the Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne brought the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford to Gatorade Victory Lane after two green-white-checkered attempts in the 53rd annual Daytona 500 at historic Daytona International Speedway.


 Bayne, who turned 20 years old yesterday, is the youngest driver to win “The Great American Race” and returned the storied Wood Brothers to victory lane for the first time in 10 years in a paint scheme similar to the one David Pearson drove to victory in the 1976 Daytona 500.


Bayne’s name will be engraved on the coveted Harley J. Earl trophy alongside the esteemed company of Tiny Lund, Cale Yarborough, AJ Foyt and Pearson - the other four drivers who have won the Daytona 500 with the legendary team.


 “I keep thinking I am dreaming; I really do,” said Bayne, who was a popular drafting partner throughout Speedweeks despite having only run in one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race prior to today. “It is unbelievable. Our first 500 – are you kidding me? To win our first one? Our second-ever Cup race?


“I can’t thank the (drivers) that worked with me enough,” Bayne continued. “There were 10-15 different drivers that helped us get across that line. Wow. This is unbelievable.”


 The win marks Ford’s 600th victory in the Sprint Cup Series and made Bayne the seventh driver to get his first victory in the richest and most prestigious race in NASCAR.  It’s not Bayne’s first trip to Gatorade Victory Lane though.


 Bayne, who is contractually a Roush Fenway Racing driver in the Nationwide Series and only running a limited schedule with the Wood Brothers, beat Carl Edwards to the line by .118 seconds.


 “Trevor did a good job of blocking the bottom and that car was a rocket to the finish line. We didn’t have a chance to mount a real charge on him,” said Edwards who has six top-10 finishes in 13 Sprint Cup races at the “World Center of Racing”. “A second-place (finish) in the Daytona 500 feels way worse than any other position I’ve come in at the Daytona 500. That is made better by listening to Trevor and how excited he is, though. He is a really nice young man and a great guy to represent the sport with this win.”


 Rounding out the top five were 2007 Daytona 500 pole winner David Gilliland, 2000 Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte and 2011 Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel winner Kurt Busch, respectively.


An incident with two laps to go took out many of the front runners and set up a green-white-checkered finish. Race-leader David Ragan moved into the bottom lane before crossing the start/finish line as they were coming to the green flag and was black-flagged. An incident entering Turn 3 on that first lap set up a second green-white-checkered restart. Ragan’s penalty gave Bayne the lead which he would never relinquish.


The new racing surface produced several records in the 2011 Daytona 500 including number of leaders (22) and lead changes (74), besting the previous records of 21 and 60, respectively.  Ryan Newman, the 2008 Daytona 500 champion, led the most laps today - nine times for 37 of the 208 laps.  Of the 43-car field, 20 drivers finished on the lead lap.


 Another star-studded day at DIS included some of the top names in country music. Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley performed a pre-race show and drove the Chevrolet Camaro SS pace car. Dierks Bentley performed in the Sprint FANZONE and Martina McBride sang the National Anthem as the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed the flyover. “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon” stars Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Director Michael Bay served as Grand Marshals.


With his win in the Daytona 500, Bayne will join crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Wood Brothers tomorrow morning for the Champion’s Breakfast car induction.


Tickets to the Champion’s Breakfast are $40 and available at the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.  Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


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Feb 20 | Record-Setting Day at the Daytona 500

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The 53rd running of the Daytona 500, the first on the brand-new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway, featured a track-record 74 lead changes and 22 leaders.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 53rd running of the Daytona 500, the first on the brand-new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway, featured a track-record 74 lead changes and 22 leaders.

The lead-change record was especially noteworthy, considering the previous mark lasted more than three decades. The prior lead change mark was 60, set in the 1974 Daytona 500.

For the second consecutive year, the record for different leaders fell. In last year’s 500, 21 different drivers led.

Additionally, there were 16 cautions, a track record. The 60 caution laps tied a record at Daytona.

Sunday’s Daytona 500 continued a record-breaking Speedweeks trend. Last Saturday night, the Budweiser Shootout featured a record-breaking 28 lead changes.

Records also were broken in each of Thursday’s two Gatorade Duel races. The first Duel race had a record 20 lead changes. That mark was immediately broken in the second Duel event, which had 22 lead changes.

Trevor Bayne, who became the youngest Daytona 500 winner (20 years, one day), led the final six laps. He gave the Wood Brothers organization its fifth Daytona 500 win. The Woods’ last victory came in 1976 with NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee David Pearson beating Richard Petty in a legendary last-lap battle. Bayne became the seventh driver to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the Daytona 500.
  

 

Feb 20 | 2011 Daytona 500 results

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Race results from the 53rd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Race results from the 53rd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with finishing position, starting position, driver, make of car, laps and money earned:

    1. (32) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 208, $1462563.
    2. (22) Carl Edwards, Ford, 208, $1081413.
    3. (39) David Gilliland, Ford, 208, $831061.
    4. (31) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 208, $667769.
    5. (3) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 208, $582077.
    6. (13) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 208, $454064.
    7. (5) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 208, $414328.
    8. (10) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 208, $394314.
    9. (19) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 208, $327413.
    10. (17) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 208, $318038.
    11. (15) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 208, $309463.
    12. (29) Bill Elliott, Chevrolet, 208, $324978.
    13. (25) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 208, $305863.
    14. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 208, $350188.
    15. (43) Terry Labonte, Ford, 208, $334263.
    16. (30) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 208, $313211.
    17. (6) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 208, $315813.
    18. (14) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 208, $335003.
    19. (20) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 208, $341963.
    20. (36) Steve Wallace(i), Toyota, 208, $291638.
    21. (18) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 207, $300538.
    22. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 206, $297013.
    23. (38) Joey Logano, Toyota, 206, $290363.
    24. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 202, $350813.
    25. (11) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 199, $311719.
    26. (42) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Accident, 198, $304736.
    27. (23) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 189, $300713.
    28. (2) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 173, $287588.
    29. (16) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, Accident, 166, $310742.
    30. (24) David Reutimann, Toyota, 164, $318219.
    31. (27) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 160, $313861.
    32. (40) Travis Kvapil(i), Ford, Accident, 153, $304242.
    33. (37) Andy Lally #, Chevrolet, 149, $282863.
    34. (9) Matt Kenseth, Ford, Accident, 133, $320668.
    35. (26) Greg Biffle, Ford, Accident, 126, $289713.
    36. (4) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, Engine, 92, $311451.
    37. (35) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 82, $312414.
    38. (28) Robert Richardson Jr.(i), Ford, Accident, 45, $270313.
    39. (41) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Accident, 29, $292998.
    40. (8) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, Accident, 28, $281113.
    41. (12) Brian Keselowski #, Dodge, Accident, 28, $273663.
    42. (7) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, Engine, 22, $300013.
    43. (33) J J Yeley, Chevrolet, Engine, 10, $268550.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  130.326 mph.
Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 59 Mins, 24 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.118 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  16 for 60 laps.
Lead Changes:  74 among 22 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   D. Earnhardt Jr. 0; Kurt Busch 1; K. Harvick 2; Kurt Busch 3; A. Allmendinger 4; K. Harvick 5-8; A. Allmendinger 9; J. Gordon 10; A. Allmendinger 11-12; B. Keselowski 13-15; B. Labonte 16-17; P. Menard 18-21; J. Montoya 22-23; C. Bowyer 24-28; J. McMurray 29-36; P. Menard 37-39; B. Keselowski 40-45; D. Blaney 46-48; T. Labonte 49-50; Kurt Busch 51; P. Menard 52-53; C. Bowyer 54-57; J. Montoya 58-60; Kurt Busch 61-65; J. Burton 66-67; R. Smith 68-72; C. Bowyer 73-74; J. Burton 75-77; D. Earnhardt Jr. 78-80; J. McMurray 81-82; R. Newman 83-85; M. Truex Jr. 86-87; C. Bowyer 88-90; Kurt Busch 91-96; R. Newman 97; R. Gordon 98-99; M. Truex Jr. 100; J. McMurray 101; R. Newman 102-105; R. Gordon 106-110; Kurt Busch 111; C. Bowyer 112; Kurt Busch 113; C. Bowyer 114; Kurt Busch 115; M. Truex Jr. 116-117; Kurt Busch 118; P. Menard 119-120; Kyle Busch 121; M. Truex Jr. 122; Kyle Busch 123; M. Truex Jr. 124; Kyle Busch 125; M. Truex Jr. 126-128; C. Bowyer 129; M. Truex Jr. 130; C. Bowyer 131-140; M. Truex Jr. 141-146; Kurt Busch 147; D. Earnhardt Jr. 148-152; R. Newman 153-159; D. Earnhardt Jr. 160; R. Newman 161-163; D. Hamlin 164-170; R. Newman 171-175; D. Ragan 176; C. Bowyer 177-178; R. Newman 179-180; C. Bowyer 181; R. Newman 182-192; C. Bowyer 193; R. Smith 194-195; R. Newman 196; D. Ragan 197-202; T. Bayne(i) 203-208.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  R. Newman 9 times for 37 laps; C. Bowyer 11 times for 31 laps; Kurt Busch 10 times for 19 laps; M. Truex Jr. 8 times for 17 laps; J. McMurray 3 times for 11 laps; P. Menard 4 times for 11 laps; B. Keselowski 2 times for 9 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 3 times for 9 laps; D. Ragan 2 times for 7 laps; R. Gordon 2 times for 7 laps; R. Smith 2 times for 7 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 7 laps; T. Bayne(i) 1 time for 6 laps; K. Harvick 2 times for 5 laps; J. Burton 2 times for 5 laps; J. Montoya 2 times for 5 laps; A. Allmendinger 3 times for 4 laps; D. Blaney 1 time for 3 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 3 laps; T. Labonte 1 time for 2 laps; B. Labonte 1 time for 2 laps; J. Gordon 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: C. Edwards - 42; D. Gilliland - 41; B. Labonte - 41; Kurt Busch - 40; J. Montoya - 39; R. Smith - 38; Kyle Busch - 37; P. Menard - 36; M. Martin - 34; A. Allmendinger - 34; B. Elliott - 32; T. Stewart - 31.

Feb 20 | Martina McBride to return to Daytona to perform pre-race concert for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Fresh off her stirring rendition of the National Anthem for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500, country music star Martina McBride will return to Daytona in July to perform a 60-minute pre-race show.

Martina McBride
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fresh off her stirring rendition of the National Anthem for the season-opening 53rd running of the Daytona 500, country music star Martina McBride will return to Daytona International Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its second visit to the “World Center of Racing”

McBride will perform a 60-minute pre-race concert prior to the 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 2. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Coke Zero 400 in addition to a race ticket will be able to view McBride’s Coke Zero 400 Pre-Race Show as well as the driver introductions from the grass tri-oval area.

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“We’re excited to bring back one of country music’s biggest stars for an encore during the Coke Zero 400,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Racing under the lights in July is an Independence Day holiday tradition for NASCAR fans and we’re looking forward to having Martina kick off a thrilling night of racing.”

“I am thrilled to return to the Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race,” McBride said.  “It’s an honor to once again entertain our mutual fans with some new music at this exciting race.  I’m really looking forward to coupling of the energy on stage, in the stands and on the race track during the Fourth of July weekend celebration.”

McBride is a four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, three-time American Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 24 top-10 singles, including six that reached No. 1. 

McBride, whose hits include “Independence Day,” "Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing,” “Blessed,” “Concrete Angel” and “This One’s for the Girls," recently signed with Big Machine Label Group’s Republic Nashville and is currently in the studio recording her 11th studio album that will be released later this year.

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