Jul 01 | Joey Logano Captures a Thrilling First Victory at Daytona in the SUBWAY Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Joey Logano led the only lap that counted, capturing his first-ever win at historic Daytona International Speedway in Friday night’s SUBWAY Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joey Logano led the only lap that counted, capturing his first-ever win at historic Daytona International Speedway in Friday night’s SUBWAY Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola.

Logano, whose No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rolled off 40th due to an unapproved adjustment after qualifying, survived a spin in lap 27 and paired up with Jason Leffler with 30 laps to go.  He found himself in sixth position at the white flag and as drivers scrambled behind them, Logano nipped Leffler by .040 seconds for the victory.

“I always said if you win a bicycle race here at Daytona it’s the coolest thing in the world,” Logano gushed.  “So you can imagine how I feel right now.  It would be really cool if it was one level up tomorrow, but right now I’m on such a high.  This has to be up there as one of my coolest wins, if not the coolest.”

NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Reed Sorenson finished third and Kyle Busch fourth.

“I was trying to help make sure Joey was going to win this thing,” Busch said of his JGR teammate.  “We got the lead through Turn 1 and 2 and I’m like, ‘Alright man, this is his race so it’s going to be good.’ I knew (Logano and Leffler) were going to have a run coming down off of Turn 4 and I told Joey to keep it straight and just win this thing. I didn’t care if I was going to wreck just as long as he was going to win.”

Teammates played a big part throughout the race. Kevin Harvick Inc. had a strong showing with Harvick, Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler and Clint Bowyer taking the top-four positions in qualifying.  Sadler, who led seven times for a race-high 31 of the 100 laps, finished eighth and leaves the “World Center of Racing” second in the point standings.

JR Motorsports teammates Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola also proved to be a powerful pair as Patrick led five times for 13 laps in her first summer race at DIS and third overall NASCAR Nationwide Series appearance at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.  Both of them looked like a contender for the win before being shuffled back in the closing laps and getting involved in an incident in the tri-oval coming to the checkered flag.

Point leader Sorenson won the first leg of the four-race “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program which kicked off tonight.  The “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver a $100,000 bonus.  The four drivers in contention for the bonus were Sorenson, Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier.  Sorenson is eligible for the award again at Iowa Speedway along with Leffler, Allgaier and Michael Annett.

The 43-car field included 12 drivers who are pulling double duty and also racing in tomorrow night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.  Twelve drivers exchanged the lead a record-tying 35 times.  There were six cautions for 23 laps.

For tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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Jul 01 | 2011 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Results

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Results from the 2011 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series Series race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Results from Friday's Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola:
    1. (18) Joey Logano(i), Toyota, 100.
    2. (15) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 100.
    3. (9) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 100.
    4. (14) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 100.
    5. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 100.
    6. (22) Michael Annett, Toyota, 100.
    7. (42) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 100.
    8. (3) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 100.
    9. (13) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 100.
    10. (7) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 100.
    11. (19) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 100.
    12. (17) Brian Scott, Toyota, 100.
    13. (2) Tony Stewart(i), Chevrolet, 100.
    14. (8) Carl Edwards(i), Ford, 100.
    15. (21) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 100.
    16. (6) Jamie McMurray(i), Chevrolet, 100.
    17. (11) Brad Keselowski(i), Dodge, 100.
    18. (1) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 100.
    19. (27) Jeffrey Earnhardt(i), Chevrolet, 100.
    20. (32) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 100.
    21. (16) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 100.
    22. (5) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 100.
    23. (25) Timmy Hill #, Ford, 100.
    24. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, 100.
    25. (24) Kevin Conway, Toyota, 100.
    26. (23) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 100.
    27. (12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 100.
    28. (30) Blake Koch #, Dodge, 100.
    29. (39) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 100.
    30. (43) Danny Efland, Chevrolet, 99.
    31. (26) Robert Richardson Jr., Dodge, 98.
    32. (36) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 96.
    33. (40) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, 92.
    34. (4) Clint Bowyer(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 80.
    35. (41) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, Vibration, 69.
    36. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb #, Ford, 56.
    37. (37) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, Accident, 43.
    38. (34) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Engine, 41.
    39. (20) Ricky Carmichael(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 34.
    40. (38) Charles Lewandoski #, Chevrolet, Engine, 29.
    41. (29) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 29.
    42. (31) Carl Long, Chevrolet, Overheating, 4.
    43. (28) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Vibration, 3.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  136.426 mph.
Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 49 Mins, 57 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.040 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  6 for 23 laps.
Lead Changes:  36 among 13 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   K. Harvick(i) 1-2; T. Stewart(i) 3; K. Harvick(i) 4-8; B. Keselowski(i) 9; R. Stenhouse Jr. 10-13; B. Keselowski(i) 14-15; E. Sadler 16; B. Keselowski(i) 17-19; K. Harvick(i) 20-21; A. Almirola 22; K. Harvick(i) 23; D. Patrick 24-27; E. Sadler 28-39; D. Patrick 40-42; R. Sorenson 43; D. Patrick 44-45; C. Edwards(i) 46-57; D. Patrick 58-60; C. Edwards(i) 61-64; K. Busch(i) 65; E. Sadler 66-71; C. Edwards(i) 72; C. Bowyer(i) 73; T. Stewart(i) 74-75; C. Edwards(i) 76-77; T. Stewart(i) 78; C. Edwards(i) 79-81; K. Harvick(i) 82-84; E. Sadler 85-87; R. Stenhouse Jr. 88; E. Sadler 89-93; B. Keselowski(i) 94; E. Sadler 95; D. Patrick 96; E. Sadler 97-99; J. Logano(i) 100; T. George Jr. 101;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  E. Sadler 7 times for 31 laps; C. Edwards(i) 5 times for 22 laps; D. Patrick 5 times for 13 laps; K. Harvick(i) 5 times for 13 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 4 times for 7 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. 2 times for 5 laps; T. Stewart(i) 3 times for 4 laps; K. Busch(i) 1 time for 1 lap; A. Almirola 1 time for 1 lap; R. Sorenson 1 time for 1 lap; C. Bowyer(i) 1 time for 1 lap; J. Logano(i) 1 time for 1 lap; T. George Jr. 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: R. Sorenson - 610; E. Sadler - 601; R. Stenhouse Jr. - 579; J. Allgaier - 573; J. Leffler - 537; A. Almirola - 529; K. Wallace - 494; S. Wallace - 467; B. Scott - 454; M. Annett - 446.

Jul 01 | 2011 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Starting Lineup

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The starting lineup for the 2011 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Starting lineup for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway:

    1. (5)  Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 182.065 mph.
    2. (21)  Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 182.002 mph.
    3. (33)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 181.624 mph.
    4. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 181.583 mph.
    5. (6)  David Ragan, Ford, 181.320 mph.
    6. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 181.240 mph.
    7. (71)  Andy Lally #, Ford, 181.039 mph.
    8. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 180.995 mph.
    9. (43)  A J Allmendinger, Ford, 180.948 mph.
    10. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 180.934 mph.
    11. (39)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 180.894 mph.
    12. (31)  Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 180.781 mph.
    13. (4)  Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 180.752 mph.
    14. (99)  Carl Edwards, Ford, 180.748 mph.
    15. (9)  Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 180.745 mph.
    16. (17)  Matt Kenseth, Ford, 180.661 mph.
    17. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 180.581 mph.
    18. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 180.571 mph.
    19. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 180.549 mph.
    20. (83)  Brian Vickers, Toyota, 180.469 mph.
    21. (51)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 180.343 mph.
    22. (97)  Kevin Conway(i), Toyota, 180.310 mph.
    23. (00)  David Reutimann, Toyota, 180.296 mph.
    24. (47)  Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 180.242 mph.
    25. (22)  Kurt Busch, Dodge, 180.173 mph.
    26. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 180.040 mph.
    27. (38)  Travis Kvapil(i), Ford, 179.856 mph.
    28. (78)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 179.853 mph.
    29. (60)  Mike Skinner(i), Toyota, 179.784 mph.
    30. (42)  Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 179.734 mph.
    31. (29)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 179.651 mph.
    32. (13)  Casey Mears, Toyota, 179.616 mph.
    33. (66)  Michael McDowell, Toyota, 179.605 mph.
    34. (56)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 179.433 mph.
    35. (35)  Geoffrey Bodine, Chevrolet, 179.261 mph.
    36. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 179.229 mph.
    37. (20)  Joey Logano, Toyota, 179.083 mph.
    38. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 178.855 mph.
    39. (34)  David Gilliland, Ford, 178.646 mph.
    40. (36)  Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 178.618 mph.
    41. (32)  Terry Labonte, Ford, 178.586 mph.
    42. (7)  Mike Bliss(i), Dodge, Owner Points
    43. (87)  Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 179.087 mph.
    2 drivers failed to qualify.
    44. (37)  Tony Raines, Ford, 178.363 mph.
    45. (46)  J J Yeley, Chevrolet, 175.750 mph.

Jul 01 | Mark Martin Hits Milestone With Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Pole

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Mark Martin and Trevor Bayne captured the front row for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mark Martin added another highlight to his illustrious career, turning a fast lap of 182.065 mph to put the No. 5  CARQUEST Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday night’s 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at historic Daytona International Speedway.

The 49.433-second lap gave Martin the 50th pole of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Starting alongside him will be reigning Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

“I’ve had the pleasure of driving a lot of fast race cars and working with a lot of great teams through the years,” Martin said of the milestone feat. “I’m really grateful for that. This is really special.”

Bayne, who was at the top of the scoring pylon through much of qualifying with his 49.450 lap, seems to have a knack for the high banks of Daytona – winning the richest and most prestigious race in auto racing in February and now starting on the front row in only his second Sprint Cup series start at DIS.

“We were a little bummed not to get the pole,” said Bayne. “Obviously we don’t have the (car) that’s sitting (outside Turn 4 in the DIS Ticket Office), but they’ve built me another one that’s just as good and we’re happy to be able to show how fast it is and hopefully it will be that way in the race.”

Rounding out the top five are Clint Bowyer (49.553), Jeff Gordon (49.584) and David Ragan (49.636).

 

Jul 01 | New Coca-Cola 3D Turf Logo at DIS Offers Eye-Popping Experience for Television Audience

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The “World Center of Racing” becomes the inaugural NASCAR racing venue in the U.S. to debut 3D Signs turf logos during the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Coca-Cola is known for its marketing innovation and Daytona International Speedway has developed an impressive list of “firsts” in motorsports throughout the last six decades.  Now the two companies will unveil a first for American motorsports marketing as the “World Center of Racing” becomes the inaugural NASCAR racing venue in the U.S. to debut 3D Signs turf logos during the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. 

The logos are specially designed and painted to appear three-dimensional during the television broadcast of events at Daytona.  Fans watching the race broadcast at home will see the logo appear in eye-catching 3D.  The technology was developed by the Denmark based LogoPaint A/S, and has been used in sporting events worldwide including professional soccer, cricket, basketball and some motorsports events.  LogoPaint’s Peter Clausen says, "We are proud to be part of this great world-known event and to work with Coca-Cola. Our product will show Coca-Cola's logo in a new and innovative way and at the same time increase the exposure effect."

“Coca-Cola continues to reach consumers in fun and innovative ways, and they couldn’t have picked a better venue to showcase their latest effort than Daytona,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.

“Only Coke Zero offers Real Coke Taste with Zero Calories, and the brand is always pushing the envelope to do things which people think are impossible.  By introducing this groundbreaking technology at the track, we’re giving television viewers an incredible spectacle that’s never been seen in NASCAR,” said Ben Reiling, Director of Motorsports Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “Showcasing this cool 3D logo innovation during the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola brings race fans watching at home closer to the sport.”

The logos are located in two areas on the Daytona International Speedway property. The first, a Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola race logo, is located on the grass inside of Turn 4.  The second, a Coca-Cola logo, will be featured on the inside wall at the exit of Pit Road.

To purchase tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.  Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

 

Jul 01 | DIS Again Collaborates with Drive to End Hunger, Donates all Extra Food from Coke Zero 400 Weekend to Second Harvest Food Bank of Volusia County

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On behalf of Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation’s nationwide initiative to end hunger among older Americans, DIS President Joie Chitwood III announced that Daytona will donate all extra food items from the Coke Zero 400 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Volusia County.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —On behalf of Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation’s nationwide initiative to end hunger among older Americans, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III today announced that Daytona will donate all extra food items from the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Volusia County.

The donation is expected to include breads, produce and other food items and will be delivered on Tuesday, July 5 with help from Americrown, the catering and concessions subsidiary of parent company International Speedway Corporation.

“This donation is a great opportunity to help people who are struggling in the Volusia County area and to build momentum for Drive to End Hunger as we take the 24 car around the country this season,” Gordon said. “Six million people over 60 in this country struggle with hunger, but with the help of the sport’s dedicated fans, tracks and partners, we can make a real difference in the communities we visit each week.”

“We are once again pleased to join Drive to End Hunger in helping make a difference for people right here in our community,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said. “More than 20 percent of Floridians reported not having enough money to buy food in the last year. Particularly in these economic times, we want to do everything we can to support Second Harvest, which is an important resource for people of all ages who are struggling to put food on the table.”

Drive to End Hunger is a national effort that also includes an innovative grant program that will provide more resources to address this problem at the local level; mobilization of NASCAR fans, sponsors, their customers, AARP and AARP Foundation volunteers to address the problem of senior hunger through community service and direct donations to food banks; and research on the causes and the consequences of hunger in older Americans.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.drivetoendhunger.org.

To purchase tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity.  The Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people 50+ by creating solutions that help them secure the essentials and achieve their best life. AARP Foundation focuses on:  hunger, housing, income and isolation as our key mission areas. The Foundation envisions: ‘a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.’  Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP. For more information about AARP Foundation, please log on to www.aarp.org/foundation.

 

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