Feb 20 | 2012 Daytona 500 to be held on February 26, 2012

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Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced today that the 54th Annual Daytona 500 will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced today that the 54th Annual Daytona 500 will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012. 

“The decision to kick-off to the NASCAR racing season one week later was made in close partnership with the sanctioning body, our broadcast partners including FOX, community partners and others within the industry,” said Chitwood.  “This move shortens the racing season by one week, which is something the teams and competitors will surely enjoy, and it eliminates the off-weekend typically scheduled in March, which many fans and media partners have said created a drop in momentum in the early part of the racing season.

“We also know some of our great fans like to plan their visit to the ‘World Center of Racing’ well in advance so we are announcing the 2012 date much earlier in the season to minimize any inconveniences in planning their visit.”

The dates of Daytona International Speedway’s other racing events that comprise Speedweeks, in addition to the motorcycle events in March, will be determined in the near future.

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Feb 19 | Stewart Captures Fourth Straight DRIVE4COPD

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ny Stewart made a late charge with the aid of outside pole-sitter Landon Cassill to steal the win from the tandem of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. by .007 seconds in Saturday’s 53rd annual DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at historic Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart made a late charge with the aid of outside pole-sitter Landon Cassill to steal the win from the tandem of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. by .007 seconds in Saturday’s 53rd annual DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at historic Daytona International Speedway.


            Stewart, who led five times for 13 laps, has dominated the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series event – winning four straight and six of the last seven. He is now just one shy of Dale Earnhardt’s record seven wins and is tied with Bobby Allison for the second-most wins all-time at the “World Center of Racing” with 16. The late Dale Earnhardt tops the list with 34.


          “This is momentum and a great way to lead into tomorrow,” said Stewart, who was 11th with six laps to go. “There’s nothing better than going back to the motorhome tonight knowing you just won the race and have a shot of doing it tomorrow.”


            Stewart’s surge at the finish line gave the No. 4 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Chevrolet the closest series finish at DIS and the third-closest finish in series history.


            “Tony just used me when he needed to and that’s awesome,” said Cassill, who is the series’ points leader but doesn’t have a ride in next week’s race. “He taught me something. We swapped with two (laps) to go and he knew where to take the car and I don’t know if I could have done that like he did. I’m just happy to be pushing him through it and maybe next time I’ll be the one leading him through.”


            Bowyer finished second with Cassill, Earnhardt Jr., and Reed Sorenson rounding out the top five, respectively.
Defending series champion Brad Keselowski kept his No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge near the front for most of the race until he was caught up in an incident on lap 106, breaking his record 102-straight races without a DNF.


            Eight drivers swapped the lead a race-record tying 35 times and 12 drivers of the 43-car field completed all 120 laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Danica Patrick led a lap in the No. 7 Chevrolet, making her the first woman to lead a NASCAR-sanctioned event at Daytona International Speedway.


A limited number of tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


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Feb 19 | Michael Waltrip brings home emotional win in NextEra Energy Resources 250

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Michael Waltrip made his way to Gatorade Victory Lane after a gripping and emotional green-white-checkered victory in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael Waltrip made his way to Gatorade Victory Lane after a gripping and emotional green-white-checkered victory in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

The win marks Waltrip’s first in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and comes on the 10th anniversary of his 2001 Daytona 500 victory.

Waltrip and Elliott Sadler paired up early in the race and were able to make their way to the front. On the final lap, Waltrip pushed Sadler and himself to a large lead over the rest of the pack and then made his move to the outside entering the tri-oval to beat Sadler to the line by 0.061 seconds.

“I’m just so thankful,” said Waltrip who led only the final lap of the 103 laps. “I didn’t know (if I could win the race) until I saw the checkered (flag). (Sadler and I) made a deal and we raced for it just like we said we would do. He’s just a great competitor. I love racing with him.”

Sadler, who led twice for 31 laps, tried to shake Waltrip in Turn 3 of the last lap to no avail.

“When I went into Turn 3 I jammed the brakes trying to get him off my bumper,” Sadler said. “Coming off 4 he got me – made a really good move. That’s the way it is.”

Rounding out the top three was Clay Rogers who, despite some setbacks, leaves the race as the series point leader.

“We were (running out of gas),” Rogers said. “Our truck shut off hallway down the back straightaway and again in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 coming with one to go for that restart. We were trying to stretch mileage because I missed my pit stall.

“(Earlier) the gas can got stuck in the hole as we were leaving the pits, so we got a penalty. That penalty put us in front of Kyle (Busch). What seemed to be a terrible situation could have been the best thing that could have happened.”

Seven drivers of the 36-truck field exchanged the lead eight times and the race was slowed six times for 24 laps.

A 10-car incident on lap 98 collected pole winner Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, defending series champion and two-time race winner Todd Bodine and James Buescher.

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Feb 18 | 2011 NextEra Energy Resources 250 race results

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Race results from the 2011 NextEra Energy Resources 250.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Results from the NextEra Energy Resources 250 with finishing position, starting position, driver, make of car, laps and money earned:

    1. (11) Michael Waltrip(i), Toyota, 103, $73275.
    2. (6) Elliott Sadler(i), Chevrolet, 103, $45700.
    3. (19) Clay Rogers, Chevrolet, 103, $36500.
    4. (14) Miguel Paludo #, Toyota, 103, $28025.
    5. (21) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 103, $20225.
    6. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb(i), Ford, 103, $19400.
    7. (23) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Chevrolet, 103, $19500.
    8. (4) Ricky Carmichael, Chevrolet, 103, $18400.
    9. (2) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 103, $17200.
    10. (7) Matt Crafton, Chevrolet, 103, $15725.
    11. (18) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 103, $14300.
    12. (36) Max Papis, Toyota, 103, $11875.
    13. (25) David Starr, Toyota, 103, $14025.
    14. (33) Cole Whitt #, Chevrolet, 103, $13900.
    15. (13) Parker Kligerman #, Dodge, 103, $12875.
    16. (28) Craig Goess Jr. #, Toyota, 102, $13600.
    17. (9) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 101, $13495.
    18. (17) Justin Lofton, Toyota, 98, $11125.
    19. (16) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, Accident, 96, $11025.
    20. (1) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 96, $16100.
    21. (10) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, Accident, 96, $10825.
    22. (34) Aric Almirola(i), Toyota, Accident, 96, $12975.
    23. (15) Todd Bodine, Toyota, Accident, 96, $13850.
    24. (30) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, 96, $12725.
    25. (29) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Battery, 91, $12775.
    26. (26) Brendan Gaughan, Toyota, 90, $10275.
    27. (35) Nelson Piquet #, Chevrolet, Engine, 80, $12400.
    28. (3) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 79, $11050.
    29. (24) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Accident, 74, $10300.
    30. (12) Jason White, Chevrolet, Accident, 74, $11350.
    31. (22) TJ Bell, Toyota, Accident, 74, $9800.
    32. (5) Johanna Long #, Toyota, Accident, 74, $9750.
    33. (27) Donnie Neuenberger(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 70, $9700.
    34. (8) Joey Coulter #, Chevrolet, 65, $9645.
    35. (20) Chad McCumbee, Ford, Clutch, 24, $9595.
    36. (32) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Engine, 22, $9510.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  130.025 mph.
Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 58 Mins, 33 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.061 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  6 for 24 laps.
Lead Changes:  8 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders:    0; J. Buescher 1-55; T. Peters 56-67; C. Rogers 68-69; R. Carmichael 70; E. Sadler(i) 71-84; J. Lofton 85; E. Sadler(i) 86-102; M. Waltrip(i) 103;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Buescher 1 time for 55 laps; E. Sadler(i) 2 times for 31 laps; T. Peters 1 time for 12 laps; C. Rogers 1 time for 2 laps; M. Waltrip(i) 1 time for 1 lap; R. Carmichael 1 time for 1 lap; J. Lofton 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: C. Rogers - 42; M. Paludo # - 40; J. Earnhardt # - 37; R. Carmichael - 37; J. Buescher - 37; M. Crafton - 34; T. Peters - 34; M. Papis - 32; D. Starr - 31; C. Whitt # - 30.

Feb 18 | 2011 DRIVE4COPD 300 Starting Lineup

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Starting lineup for the 2011 DRIVE4COPD 300.

Row 1:
1. 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem Heating, Cooling Chevrolet 49.773 180.821
2. 1 Landon Cassill Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 49.834 180.600

Row 2:
3. 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i) Hellmann's Chevrolet 49.836 180.592
4. 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 49.867 180.480

Row 3:
5. 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 49.874 180.455
6. 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop Toyota 49.995 180.018

Row 4:
7. 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Drive One Ford 50.024 179.914
8. 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Toyota 50.039 179.860

Row 5:
9. 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal Ford 50.071 179.745
10. 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Blackwell Angus Ford 50.091 179.673

Row 6:
11. 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 50.094 179.662
12. 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire Dodge 50.097 179.651

Row 7:
13. 62 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J Toyota 50.164 179.412
14. 4 Tony Stewart(i) Oreo/Ritz Chevrolet 50.176 179.369

Row 8:
15. 88 Aric Almirola GT Vodka/Hard Rock Chevrolet 50.190 179.319
16. 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevrolet 50.209 179.251

Row 9:
17. 12 Sam Hornish Jr. 392 Dodge Challenger Dodge 50.215 179.229
18. 87 Joe Nemechek D.A.B. Constructors, Inc. Toyota 50.234 179.162

Row 10:
19. 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 50.272 179.026
20. 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips Chevrolet 50.306 178.905

Row 11:
21. 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy Toyota 50.315 178.873
22. 30 Jason Leffler AccuDoc Chevrolet 50.415 178.518

Row 12:
23. 52 Bobby Santos Target Your Market Promotions Chevrolet 50.501 178.214
24. 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevrolet 50.505 178.200

Row 13:
25. 09 Kenny Wallace UNOH Toyota 50.510 178.183
26. 99 Michael Waltrip(i) Pastrana Waltrip Racing Toyota 50.512 178.175

Row 14:
27. 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevrolet 50.608 177.837
28. 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 50.668 177.627

Row 15:
29. 51 Jeremy Clements RaceDaySponsor.com Chevrolet 50.704 177.501
30. 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 50.719 177.448

Row 16:
31. 39 Josh Wise Cajun USA Ford 50.747 177.350
32. 25 Kelly Bires RaceDaySponsor.com Ford 50.771 177.267

Row 17:
33. 81 Donnie Neuenberger Eagle Convenience Stores Dodge 50.781 177.232
34. 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out Chevrolet 50.798 177.172

Row 18:
35. 41 Patrick Sheltra Fuel Doctor Ford 50.873 176.911
36. 15 Todd Bodine(i) Tire Kingdom/Valvoline Toyota 50.905 176.800

Row 19:
37. 24 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Ford 50.932 176.706
38. 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Wildlife Conservation Society Dodge 51.064 176.249

Row 20:
39. 89 Morgan Shepherd Salvation Army Chevrolet 51.118 176.063
40. 27 JR Fitzpatrick Schick Hydro/Energizer Ford 51.427 175.005

Row 21:
41. 28 Derrike Cope ThePreventionPlan.com Chevrolet Owner Points
42. 40 Scott Wimmer Key Motorsports Chevrolet Owner Points

Row 22:
43. 05 David Starr(i) 31-W Insulation Chevrolet 51.061 176.260

Feb 17 | Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton Victorious in Gatorade Duel at Daytona

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The Gatorade Duel at Daytona once again provided exhilarating finishes as Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton claimed their positions on the second row for Sunday’s 53rd annual Daytona 500 with wins in their respective races today at historic Daytona International Speedway.

2011 Gatorade Duel At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Gatorade Duel at Daytona once again provided exhilarating finishes as Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton claimed their positions on the second row for Sunday’s 53rd annual Daytona 500 with wins in their respective races today at historic Daytona International Speedway.
Busch has proven perfect so far on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, capturing his second victory of Speedweeks in an exciting green-white-checkered finish in the first Gatorade Duel. Busch, who had not won at a restrictor-plate race before last Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout, was pushed around the track by Regan Smith who finished second.
“This is sweet,” said Busch of his recent luck on the high banks of Daytona. “To start this strong with the double-deuce, I’m beside myself. It’s pretty special how Daytona can be repaved after 30 years and you see something completely different, yet it’s still the same old Daytona.”
“Kurt and I worked good all day and we had good cars hooked up together,” Smith said. “He worked with me down here last week and taught me the switch. I hope we can find each other and do the same thing on Sunday. I’m real excited for Sunday. I’ve got that 22 car sitting right in front of me.”
Burton captured his first-ever victory during Speedweeks with a thrilling finish, nipping Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer at the finish line by .005 seconds – which ties Jimmie Johnson’s finish over Kevin Harvick in the first Gatorade Duel last year as the second-closest finish in the history of the Gatorade Duel since the inception of electronic timing and scoring.
“It’s a shame two cars can’t fit in (victory lane),” said Burton who had paired with Bowyer through the race. “Clint and I decided we were just going to find each other early and it worked out well for both of us. I didn’t know who won, but it was a good race.”
The first race saw nine drivers exchange the lead a record 20 times with 2007 Daytona 500 champion Kevin Harvick leading a race-high 20 of the extended 62 laps. That record didn’t last long though as eight drivers traded the lead 22 times with race-winner Burton keeping his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at the front for a race-high 17 laps.
Of the 48 cars battling in today’s Duels, 13 were not guaranteed a spot in the richest and most prestigious race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Of those, two-time Daytona 500 champions Bill Elliott and Michael Waltrip, J.J. Yeley and Brian Keselowski were awarded transfer spots. Travis Kvapil, Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney made the field based on their qualifying times and Terry Labonte received the past champion provisional. Casey Mears, Kevin Conway, 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope, Todd Bodine and Michael McDowell did not qualify.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who captured the pole last Sunday during Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger, was forced to go to a back-up car after an incident during practice on Wednesday. He finished 13th. Jeff Gordon, who will be starting on the outside of the front row, led four times for 10 laps and finished 12th.

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