Feb 25 | 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 Results

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Results from the 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Results from the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway:
    1. (15) James Buescher(i), Chevrolet, 120, $114288.
    2. (9) Brad Keselowski(i), Dodge, 120, $81385.
    3. (3) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 120, $79228.
    4. (8) Cole Whitt #, Chevrolet, 120, $71903.
    5. (5) Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 120, $65388.
    6. (25) Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 120, $59513.
    7. (29) Timmy Hill(i), Ford, 120, $50770.
    8. (7) Tony Stewart(i), Chevrolet, 120, $49695.
    9. (11) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 120, $48445.
    10. (14) Kurt Busch(i), Chevrolet, 120, $51770.
    11. (2) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 120, $53113.
    12. (33) Benny Gordon, Toyota, 120, $46020.
    13. (41) Danny Efland, Chevrolet, 120, $52013.
    14. (37) Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, 120, $45220.
    15. (4) Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 120, $45770.
    16. (22) Joey Logano(i), Toyota, 120, $44845.
    17. (31) Blake Koch, Ford, 120, $50838.
    18. (24) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, Accident, 119, $44445.
    19. (10) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Accident, 119, $51588.
    20. (6) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 119, $50963.
    21. (21) Johanna Long #, Chevrolet, 119, $50513.
    22. (20) Eric McClure, Toyota, 118, $50213.
    23. (27) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Accident, 116, $50038.
    24. (39) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, Accident, 115, $49913.
    25. (36) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 115, $50238.
    26. (23) David Ragan(i), Ford, Accident, 113, $43170.
    27. (16) Michael Annett, Ford, Accident, 113, $49538.
    28. (28) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 112, $49463.
    29. (35) Joey Gase #, Ford, 108, $49363.
    30. (26) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, Accident, 104, $49538.
    31. (18) Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, Accident, 104, $42595.
    32. (17) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, Accident, 103, $42520.
    33. (12) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, Accident, 103, $48938.
    34. (42) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Accident, 103, $48888.
    35. (34) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 103, $48728.
    36. (32) Casey Roderick #, Ford, Accident, 103, $42185.
    37. (19) Brian Scott, Toyota, 96, $48588.
    38. (1) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 72, $52427.
    39. (13) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Accident, 59, $40960.
    40. (38) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 43, $40910.
    41. (40) Jason Bowles #, Dodge, Engine, 28, $47333.
    42. (30) Johnny Sauter(i), Toyota, Electrical, 14, $40810.
    43. (43) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 3, $40721.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  129.636 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 18 Mins, 51 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.
Caution Flags:  8 for 35 laps.
Lead Changes:  38 among 16 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   D. Patrick 1-2; T. Bayne 3; E. Sadler 4; T. Stewart(i) 5-8; K. Kahne(i) 9-12; D. Hamlin(i) 13; T. Bayne 14-15; S. Hornish Jr. 16-20; M. Bliss 21-25; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 26; M. Bliss 27; Kurt Busch(i) 28-29; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 30-32; Kurt Busch(i) 33-36; T. Stewart(i) 37-43; Kurt Busch(i) 44-48; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 49-50; D. Hamlin(i) 51-53; Kurt Busch(i) 54-64; E. Sadler 65-66; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 67; E. Sadler 68-72; Kyle Busch(i) 73; Kurt Busch(i) 74-76; R. Richardson Jr. 77; J. Nemechek 78-79; S. Hornish Jr. 80-81; Kurt Busch(i) 82; T. Stewart(i) 83-88; Kyle Busch(i) 89; D. Hamlin(i) 90; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 91; T. Stewart(i) 92-94; T. Hill(i) 95-98; K. Wallace 99; D. Hamlin(i) 100-101; T. Stewart(i) 102-103; Kurt Busch(i) 104-119; J. Buescher(i) 120;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kurt Busch(i) 7 times for 42 laps; T. Stewart(i) 5 times for 22 laps; E. Sadler 3 times for 8 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 5 times for 8 laps; S. Hornish Jr. 2 times for 7 laps; D. Hamlin(i) 4 times for 7 laps; M. Bliss 2 times for 6 laps; T. Hill(i) 1 time for 4 laps; K. Kahne(i) 1 time for 4 laps; T. Bayne 2 times for 3 laps; D. Patrick 1 time for 2 laps; J. Nemechek 1 time for 2 laps; Kyle Busch(i) 2 times for 2 laps; R. Richardson Jr. 1 time for 1 lap; J. Buescher(i) 1 time for 1 lap; K. Wallace 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler - 42; C. Whitt # - 40; A. Dillon # - 39; T. Malsam - 38; T. Bayne - 34; B. Gordon - 32; D. Efland - 31; B. Koch - 27; R. Stenhouse Jr. - 25; S. Hornish Jr. - 25.

Feb 24 | King Reigns In The NextEra Energy Resources 250

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John King pulls off the upset win in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.

John King
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series once again provided an exciting start to the season with rookie John King capturing his first career win in the 13th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 on the third attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

King was practically speechless in Gatorade Victory Lane about his first win at Daytona International Speedway after only eight starts in the series.

“Man, I’m a rookie, I’m not supposed to be here,” said a flustered King. “This is unreal. I don’t know what to say. I have never driven anything so smooth in my life as that race truck. It’s just a dream come true.”

King led Timothy Peters across the finish line for a Red Horse Racing 1-2 finish while their third teammate Todd Bodine – a two-time race and series winner – netted his seventh top-five finish in eight starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

The win gave Toyota their sixth-straight win in the season opener – the most of any manufacturer – and marked the third time a driver has earned his first series win at the “World Center of Racing” (Michael Waltrip, 2011; Robert Pressley, 2002).

Turner Motorsports appeared primed to command the race after sweeping the top-three spots of the 36-truck field in qualifying and leading all but two of the first 83 laps. Pole-sitter Miguel Paludo led a race high 56 of the extended 109 laps – the most laps ever run in the 100-lap event. Paludo was just three laps shy of tying Mike Wallace for the most laps ever led in the race – 59 in 2000.

Ty Dillon, brother of 2011 series champion Austin Dillon and grandson or racing legend Richard Childress, showed veteran poise and skill as he brought the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet home in ninth place.  2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, who made his first NASCAR national touring series start since October 2007, finished eighth in the No. 27 Chevrolet.

Tickets for the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, Feb. 25 and the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to the Daytona 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and fans can also follow NASCAR (@NASCAR) and hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.

Feb 24 | 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 Results

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2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 results

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Results from the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway:
    1. (23) John King #, Toyota, 109
    2. (27) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 109
    3. (15) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 109
    4. (19) Travis Kvapil(i), Toyota, 109
    5. (8) Jason White, Ford, 109
    6. (10) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 109
    7. (22) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, 109
    8. (25) Ward Burton, Chevrolet, 109
    9. (4) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 109
    10. (26) Clay Greenfield, Dodge, 109
    11. (28) Parker Kligerman, Dodge, 109
    12. (21) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 109
    13. (16) Dusty Davis #, Toyota, 109
    14. (12) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 109
    15. (33) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 109
    16. (35) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 109
    17. (3) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 109
    18. (9) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, Accident, 108
    19. (14) Paul Harraka #, Ford, 105
    20. (11) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 104
    21. (17) David Starr, Toyota, Accident, 104
    22. (2) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 104
    23. (30) Matt Crafton, Toyota, Accident, 104
    24. (20) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, Accident, 104
    25. (36) Rick Crawford, Chevrolet, Accident, 101
    26. (29) Max Gresham #, Chevrolet, Accident, 100
    27. (5) Brad Keselowski(i), Dodge, Accident, 99
    28. (24) Ross Chastain #, Toyota, Accident, 94
    29. (32) Bryan Silas #, Ford, Accident, 93
    30. (1) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, Accident, 83
    31. (34) TJ Duke #, Chevrolet, Accident, 62
    32. (7) Cale Gale #, Chevrolet, Accident, 61
    33. (13) Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, Accident, 61
    34. (31) JR Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, Accident, 61
    35. (18) Dakoda Armstrong #, Toyota, Accident, 33
    36. (6) Jason Leffler, Toyota, Accident, 17

Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.169 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 17 Mins, 13 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.
Caution Flags:  9 for 37 laps.
Lead Changes:  11 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   M. Paludo 1-20; B. Silas # 21; M. Paludo 22-43; R. Chastain # 44; M. Paludo 45-46; J. Buescher 47-54; M. Paludo 55-66; J. Buescher 67-68; N. Piquet Jr. 69-83; J. White 84-99; J. Sauter 100-103; J. King # 104-109.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Paludo 4 times for 56 laps; J. White 1 time for 16 laps; N. Piquet Jr. 1 time for 15 laps; J. Buescher 2 times for 10 laps; J. King # 1 time for 6 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 4 laps; R. Chastain # 1 time for 1 lap; B. Silas # 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: J. King # - 47; T. Peters - 42; J. Lofton - 41; J. White - 40; T. Bodine - 38; C. Fontaine - 37; W. Burton - 36; T. Dillon # - 35; C. Greenfield - 34; P. Kligerman - 33.

Feb 24 | DRIVE4COPD 300 Starting Lineup

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Starting lineup for the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Qualifying results for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway:
    1. (7)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 182.741 mph.
    2. (60)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 182.715 mph.
    3. (2)  Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 182.671 mph.
    4. (5)  Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 182.593 mph.
    5. (3)  Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 182.411 mph.
    6. (12)  Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 182.308 mph.
    7. (33)  Tony Stewart(i), Chevrolet, 182.249 mph.
    8. (88)  Cole Whitt #, Chevrolet, 182.109 mph.
    9. (22)  Brad Keselowski(i), Dodge, 182.094 mph.
    10. (6)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 181.829 mph.
    11. (38)  Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 181.635 mph.
    12. (31)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 181.496 mph.
    13. (44)  Mike Bliss, Toyota, 181.430 mph.
    14. (1)  Kurt Busch(i), Chevrolet, 181.327 mph.
    15. (30)  James Buescher(i), Chevrolet, 181.200 mph.
    16. (43)  Michael Annett, Ford, 181.057 mph.
    17. (18)  Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 180.966 mph.
    18. (36)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 180.930 mph.
    19. (11)  Brian Scott, Toyota, 180.886 mph.
    20. (14)  Eric McClure, Toyota, 180.737 mph.
    21. (70)  Johanna Long #, Chevrolet, 180.610 mph.
    22. (20)  Joey Logano(i), Toyota, 180.578 mph.
    23. (27)  David Ragan(i), Ford, 180.332 mph.
    24. (54)  Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 179.917 mph.
    25. (19)  Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 179.655 mph.
    26. (09)  Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 179.594 mph.
    27. (87)  Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 179.251 mph.
    28. (01)  Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 179.072 mph.
    29. (15)  Timmy Hill(i), Ford, 178.816 mph.
    30. (97)  Johnny Sauter(i), Toyota, 178.664 mph.
    31. (41)  Blake Koch, Ford, 178.501 mph.
    32. (08)  Casey Roderick, Ford, 178.105 mph.
    33. (24)  Benny Gordon, Toyota, 178.080 mph.
    34. (23)  Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 178.010 mph.
    35. (39)  Joey Gase #, Ford, 177.641 mph.
    36. (51)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 177.235 mph.
    37. (40)  Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, 177.190 mph.
    38. (28)  JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 177.099 mph.
    39. (50)  TJ Bell, Chevrolet, Owner Points
    40. (81)  Jason Bowles #, Dodge, Owner Points
    41. (4)  Danny Efland, Chevrolet, Owner Points
    42. (52)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Owner Points
    43. (10)  Jeff Green, Toyota, Past Champion

    7 drivers failed to qualify.

    44. (89)  Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, 177.809 mph.
    45. (73)  Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 177.103 mph.
    46. (42)  Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, 176.967 mph.
    47. (47)  Scott Speed(i), Chevrolet, 176.208 mph.
    48. (74)  Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 175.898 mph.
    49. (76)  Donnie Neuenberger, Ford, 173.742 mph.
    50. (46)  Chase Miller, Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

Feb 24 | Danica Patrick Captures Pole For DRIVE4COPD 300

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Danica Patrick edges Trevor Bayne to win the pole for the DRIVE4COPD 300.

Danica Patrick Wins Pole for DRIVE4COPD 300 At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick captured the first pole of her NASCAR career during Nationwide Series qualifying for Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick posted a 182.741 mph lap, making her the second woman in the history of the Nationwide Series to start on the pole and the first to win a NASCAR pole at Daytona.

 “I really wanted to get the pole for Tony Eury Jr.,” said Patrick of her crew chief on the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. “He’s never been on the pole here at Daytona and he builds some really good superspeedway cars. For me to be able to push the pedal and get that done makes me feel really good.”

Defending Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne, who was just .007 seconds shy of the mark set by Patrick, will be starting on the outside pole.

With three previous starts at DIS in the Nationwide Series – and six starts overall – Patrick’s confidence has increased at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

“That’s part of why I came here so often,” Patrick said. “I want to be good at tracks that have important races and this is the most important one of them all. From an exposure perspective and from an event perspective, this is the biggest one. I want to come back to Daytona again and again to get good here.

“As far as a breakthrough in the summer race last year, it was a much better race than I had at any point,” continued Patrick about the July Subway Jalapeno 250. “We legitimately led a bunch of laps and ran really strong. It was a mental breakthrough. It was the first time I ever felt like, ‘I’m going to win this race, let’s get this done.’ I had all the winning mentality you need to have and you feel when it gets to that point. For me, it was more about how I felt in that moment and the difference you feel when you’re in a position to win.”

Rounding out the top five are Elliott Sadler (182.671), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (182.593) and series rookie Austin Dillon (182.411).

For more information on tickets for the 54th annual Daytona 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to the Daytona 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and fans can also follow NASCAR (@NASCAR) and hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.

Feb 24 | The 54th Daytona 500 Draws Sports and Entertainment Star Power

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Three Stooges Stars Jane Lynch and Kate Upton, WWE Star John Cena, Pat Monahan of Train, a Thrilling Pre-Race Concert by Lenny Kravitz and members of the NY Giants “NASCAR Defense” among the many expected to be in attendance.

John Cena

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Every February, “The Great American Race” brings both the biggest stars in NASCAR and the biggest stars in sports and entertainment to Daytona International Speedway. This year is no different as NASCAR kicks off its season with the biggest stock car race in the world – the 54th Daytona 500 – on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Representing the music scene, Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz will perform three songs during the Pre-Race Show (FOX, 12 p.m. ET). Pat Monahan of the multiplatinum, three-time Grammy-winning group Train will sing the National Anthem.  Fellow Train band members Scott Underwood and Jimmy Stafford will also be in attendance, as well as Steve Harwell, lead vocalist for the pop rock band SmashMouth.

A plethora of sports stars will be present, including Super Bowl Champion New York Giants defensive players Mathias Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann and Tampa Bay Lightning players Vincent Lecavalier and Marc Andre-Bergeron.

WWE superstar and 10-time World Champion John Cena will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter, while UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the honorary race official cars as Honorary Official for NASCAR’s most prestigious race. Also, UFC stars Christopher Tuchscherer, Brock Lesnar and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will be in attendance.

Stars from the Twentieth Century Fox movie The Three Stooges will also join the festivities. Jane Lynch and Kate Upton, cover model for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Drivers, start your engines” – as Grand Marshals. Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso – starring as Larry, Moe & Curly – will start the action by delivering the green flag.

In addition, Canadian-American actor and director Jason Priestley will attend the 54th running of the Daytona 500. He is best known for his role as Brandon Walsh on the early 1990s television series Beverly Hills, 90210.

For more information on tickets for the 54th annual Daytona 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to the Daytona 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and fans can also follow NASCAR (@NASCAR) and hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.

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