Feb 17 | 2011 Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

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The starting lineup for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Row 1:
1. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet
2. 24 Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet

Row 2:
3. 22 Kurt Busch Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
4. 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet

Row 3:
5. 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
6. 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet

Row 4:
7. 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet
8. 15 * Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota

Row 5:
9. 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black Ford
10. 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota

Row 6:
11. 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota
12. 92 * Brian Keselowski # K-Automotive Dodge

Row 7:
13. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet
14. 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet

Row 8:
15. 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford
16. 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge

Row 9:
17. 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
18. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota

Row 10:
19. 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet
20. 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Toyota

Row 11:
21. 39 Ryan Newman U.S.Army Chevrolet
22. 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford

Row 12:
23. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet
24. 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota

Row 13:
25. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
26. 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford

Row 14:
27. 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota
28. 37 Robert Richardson Jr.(i) North Texas Pipe Ford

Row 15:
29. 09 * Bill Elliott Phoenix Construction Chevrolet
30. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Dodge

Row 16:
31. 47 Bobby Labonte Kroger/USO Toyota
32. 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford

Row 17:
33. 46 * J J Yeley Red Line Oil Chevrolet
34. 6 David Ragan UPS Ford

Row 18:
35. 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford
36. 77 Steve Wallace(i) 5-hour Energy Toyota

Row 19:
37. 71 Andy Lally # Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevrolet
38. 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota

Row 20:
39. 34 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford
40. 38 * Travis Kvapil(i) Long John Silver's Ford

Row 21:
41. 87 * Joe Nemechek(i) AM FM Energy Toyota
42 36 * Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

Row 22:
43. 32 * Terry Labonte U.S. Chrome Ford

Feb 17 | Results from the Gatorade Duel at Daytona

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Race results from the first and second Gatorade Duel at Daytona

Gatorade Duel - First Race Results

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Results from the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona with finishing position, starting position, driver, make of car, laps and money earned: 

           1. (6) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 62, $56,726.

           2. (16) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 62, $41,713.

           3. (9) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 62, $36,713.

           4. (14) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 62, $31,713.

           5. (17) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 62, $29,713.

           6. (7) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 62, $27,313.

           7. (12) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 62, $26,213.

           8. (4) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 62, $25,213.

           9. (2) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 62, $25,188.

           10. (3) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 62, $25,163.

           11. (10) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 62, $25,138.

           12. (5) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 62, $25,113.

           13. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 62, $25,088.

           14. (19) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 62, $25,063.

           15. (11) * Bill Elliott, Chevrolet, 62, $25,038.

           16. (18) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 62, $25,013.

           17. (23) * J J Yeley, Chevrolet, 62, $24,988.

           18. (20) * Kevin Conway(i), Toyota, 62, $24,938.

           19. (13) * Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 62, $24,913.

           20. (15) * Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 61, $24,888.

           21. (8) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 61, $24,838.

           22. (24) Andy Lally #, Chevrolet, 60, $24,813.

           23. (22) * Michael McDowell, Toyota, Engine, 53, $24,763.

           24. (21) David Gilliland, Ford, Electrical, 40, $24,738.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  159.794 mph.
Time of Race:  00 Hrs, 58 Mins, 12 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.065 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  2 for 7 laps.
Lead Changes:  20 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders: P. Menard 1-5; M. Martin 6-8; T. Stewart 9-10; K. Kahne 11; K. Harvick 12-17; Kurt Busch 18; K. Harvick 19-22; K. Kahne 23; R. Smith 24-26; J. Montoya 27; K. Harvick 28-29; Kurt Busch 30; K. Kahne 31; Kurt Busch 32-33; K. Harvick 34-35; Kurt Busch 36; K. Harvick 37-42; M. Kenseth 43-55; K. Kahne 56-60; Kurt Busch 61-62.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Harvick 5 times for 20 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 13 laps; K. Kahne 4 times for 8 laps; Kurt Busch 5 times for 7 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 5 laps; M. Martin 1 time for 3 laps; R. Smith 1 time for 3 laps; T. Stewart 1 time for 2 laps; J. Montoya 1 time for 1 lap.

Gatorade Duel - Second Race Results

    1. (4) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 60, $56726.
    2. (3) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 60, $41713.
    3. (11) * Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 60, $36713.
    4. (13) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 60, $31713.
    5. (24) * Brian Keselowski #, Dodge, 60, $29713.
    6. (12) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 60, $27313.
    7. (10) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 60, $26213.
    8. (22) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 60, $25213.
    9. (14) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 60, $25188.
    10. (7) Carl Edwards, Ford, 60, $25163.
    11. (9) David Reutimann, Toyota, 60, $25138.
    12. (1) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 60, $25113.
    13. (8) * Travis Kvapil(i), Ford, 60, $25088.
    14. (23) * Derrike Cope, Toyota, 60, $25063.
    15. (5) Greg Biffle, Ford, 60, $25038.
    16. (21) Robert Richardson Jr.(i), Ford, 60, $25013.
    17. (19) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 60, $24988.
    18. (20) * Terry Labonte, Ford, 60, $24938.
    19. (2) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, Accident, 59, $24913.
    20. (6) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 59, $24888.
    21. (16) * Todd Bodine(i), Toyota, Accident, 54, $24838.
    22. (18) Steve Wallace(i), Toyota, Accident, 54, $24813.
    23. (15) Joey Logano, Toyota, Accident, 15, $24763.
    24. (17) * Casey Mears, Toyota, Engine, 2, $24738.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  136.571 mph.
Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 05 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.005 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  5 for 14 laps.
Lead Changes:  22 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   J. Gordon 0; C. Bowyer 1-8; Kyle Busch 9-12; C. Edwards 13; J. Gordon 14; C. Edwards 15-17; D. Cope 18; C. Edwards 19-22; C. Bowyer 23-24; J. Gordon 25-26; M. Truex Jr. 27; J. Gordon 28; C. Edwards 29; J. Burton 30-33; C. Edwards 34; J. Burton 35-37; J. Gordon 38-43; C. Edwards 44-45; J. Burton 46; C. Edwards 47-50; J. Burton 51-52; M. Truex Jr. 53; J. Burton 54-60.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Burton 5 times for 17 laps; C. Edwards 7 times for 16 laps; J. Gordon 4 times for 10 laps; C. Bowyer 2 times for 10 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 4 laps; M. Truex Jr. 2 times for 2 laps; D. Cope 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: J. Burton - 48; C. Bowyer - 43; *. Waltrip - 41; K. Busch - 41; *. Keselowski # - 39; J. Mcmurray - 38; B. Keselowski - 37; D. Hamlin - 36; M. Truex Jr. - 36; C. Edwards - 35; D. Reutimann - 33; J. Gordon - 33.

Feb 17 | Daytona International Speedway joins Drive to End Hunger, Donates all Extra Food from Daytona 500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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On behalf of Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation’s nationwide initiative to end hunger among older Americans, four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon and Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III today announced that Daytona International Speedway will donate all extra food items from the 53rd Annual Daytona 500 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Drive to End Hunger

Daytona Beach, Fla.—On behalf of Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation’s nationwide initiative to end hunger among older Americans, four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon and Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III today announced that Daytona International Speedway will donate all extra food items from the 53rd Annual Daytona 500 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The donation is expected to include breads, produce and other food items and will be delivered on Monday with help from Americrown, the catering and concessions subsidiary of parent company International Speedway Corporation. The announcement comes as Drive to End Hunger celebrates its first race as primary sponsor of Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet.

“This donation is a great opportunity to help people who are struggling in the Daytona 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 pleased to join Drive to End Hunger in helping make a difference for people right here in our community,” 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.

Working nationally with Feeding America, during Speed Weeks, Drive to End Hunger is leading a food drive effort at 65 Winn-Dixie stores across central Florida. As part of the effort, this morning AARP Foundation announced a $10,000 contribution directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Nearly 20 percent of the food bank’s clients are seniors.

“We see too many people in central Florida forced to choose between paying their bills and putting food on their table,” said Dave Krepcho, president & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.  “Jeff, the Speedway and Drive to End Hunger are making a real difference this week for seniors and people of all ages around Daytona.”

UnitedHealthgroup and Chase Card Services are proud sponsors of Drive to End Hunger.

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

Tickets for all of 2011 Speedweeks events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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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.



Feb 15 | Martina McBride to sing National Anthem for 53rd annual Daytona 500

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Country music star Martina McBride will sing the National Anthem for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20, NASCAR biggest and most prestigious race of the season.

Martina McBride
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fresh off her rousing opening performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, Country music star Martina McBride will sing the National Anthem for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20, NASCAR biggest and most prestigious race of the season.

“We’re looking forward to having one of the most popular and recognized voices in country music perform the National Anthem for the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “With hundreds of thousands of race fans in attendance and the tens of millions more watching live on FOX, we look forward to hearing Martina’s rendition of the National Anthem.”

“Singing our National Anthem is always a great honor for me,” McBride said. “I’ve had the pleasure of singing it at so many prestigious events and now I get to add the historic Daytona 500 to that list. You can’t get any more all-American than NASCAR and country music so I’m looking forward to seeing so many of our mutual fans at this impressive event.”

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.

Tickets for all of 2011 Speedweeks events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Feb 15 | “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon” Stars Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Director Michael Bay Serve as the Grand Marshals for the Daytona 500

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The stars of “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon”– Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and director Michael Bay – will serve as the Grand Marshals for 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, airing at 12 p.m. ET on FOX.

Michael Bay

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The stars of “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon”– Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and director Michael Bay – will serve as the Grand Marshals for 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, airing at 12 p.m. ET on FOX.  As Grand Marshals, the TRANSFORMERS cast will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Gentlemen, start your engines.”


In addition, the modified NASCAR stock cars of drivers Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. featured in the movie will make their first public appearance by leading the 43-car field during the pace laps of “The Great American Race,” the kick-off event to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.


The Daytona 500 will not be Bay or TRANSFORMERS’ first introduction to the NASCAR world.  In 2009, Bay piloted the official pace car at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to promote the DVD release of “TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen.”  NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman also took part, racing with branded images of opposing AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS on their cars and uniforms.  Bay credits his vision to include NASCAR stock cars in the new TRANSFORMERS film to this experience. 


“We’re honored to have the stars and director from this blockbuster film franchise “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon” serve as Grand Marshals of ‘The Great American Race,’” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.  “As an added bonus for our fans, three cars from the movie will be on location during Speedweeks and we all look forward to watching them lead the field for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on the newly paved racing surface.”

In the days leading up to the Daytona 500, race fans can view the TRANSFORMERS NASCAR stock cars at the Chevy Display located in the Midway outside Turn 4.


Tickets for Speedweeks 2011 events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


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Feb 14 | GEICO Brands Daytona Campgrounds with Caveman and Gecko, Debuts Interactive Infield Display for Camping Race Fans

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GEICO Brands Daytona Campgrounds with Caveman and Gecko, Debuts Interactive Infield Display for Camping Race Fans.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Set to debut during Speedweeks, GEICO Insurance unveils its new branding of the camping areas at Daytona International Speedway – the “World Center of Racing.”

GEICO will leverage its widely popular marketing properties to rebrand the camping areas with the GEICO Caveman and GEICO Gecko personalities.  The GEICO Caveman Campgrounds will house tent campers and GEICO Park West, Gecko Shores at Lake Lloyd & the various GEICO Grounds areas will host recreational vehicles.

In addition to the branding, GEICO will debut a prominent, interactive display in the infield area where fans can enjoy the following:
• Free WiFi access for up to 65 simultaneous users;
• Bean Bag Toss tournaments;
• Giveaways of premiums items including American Express gift cards;
• Photo opportunities with the GEICO Gecko.

In addition, campers in the RV areas can get their very own photo with the GEICO Gecko, and each RV will receive a special GEICO gift bag during load-in.  They will also have the opportunity to win “The Golden Gecko Award” for best decorated/themed RV.

For more information on tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 and Sprint FANZONE /Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

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