Feb 19 | Starting Lineup For First Gatorade Duel At Daytona

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Starting Lineup for the first Gatorade Duel At Daytona

Starting lineup for Thursday's first Gatorade Duel At Daytona:


Row 1:
1. 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford
2. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet

Row 2:
3. 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford
4. 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i) Ford EcoBoost Ford

Row 3:
5. 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
6. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet

Row 4:
7. 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford
8. 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet

Row 5:
9. 34 David Ragan Scorpion Truck Bedliners Ford
10. 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge

Row 6:
11. 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge
12. 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet

Row 7:
13. 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet
14. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet

Row 8:
15. 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota
16. 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet

Row 9:
17. 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
18. 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Ford

Row 10:
19. 40 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
20. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota

Row 11:
21. 98 Michael McDowell No.98 KLOVE/Curb Records Ford Ford
22. 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota

Row 12:
23. 38 David Gilliland MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford
24. 37 Mike Wallace(i) Poynt.com Ford

Row 13:
25. 7 Robby Gordon MAPEI/Menards/SPEED Energy Dodge

Did Not Qualify: None.

Feb 19 | 2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger Results

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2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger qualifying results

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Qualifying results for the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway:

    1. (99)  Carl Edwards, Ford, 194.738 mph.
    2. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 194.087 mph.
    3. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194.028 mph.
    4. (9)  Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 193.999 mph.
    5. (13)  Casey Mears, Ford, 193.844 mph.
    6. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 193.803 mph.
    7. (56)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 193.665 mph.
    8. (6)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i), Ford, 193.665 mph.
    9. (21)  ^ Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 193.615 mph.
    10. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 193.607 mph.
    11. (55)  Mark Martin, Toyota, 193.503 mph.
    12. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.449 mph.
    13. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 193.382 mph.
    14. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 193.374 mph.
    15. (34)  David Ragan, Ford, 193.249 mph.
    16. (17)  Matt Kenseth, Ford, 193.245 mph.
    17. (39)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 193.224 mph.
    18. (22)  AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 193.121 mph.
    19. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 192.992 mph.
    20. (29)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 192.914 mph.
    21. (20)  Joey Logano, Toyota, 192.868 mph.
    22. (31)  Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 192.777 mph.
    23. (42)  Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 192.600 mph.
    24. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 192.583 mph.
    25. (26)  ^ Tony Raines(i), Ford, 192.534 mph.
    26. (30)  ^ David Stremme, Toyota, 191.963 mph.
    27. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 191.873 mph.
    28. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 191.840 mph.
    29. (10)  Danica Patrick(i), Chevrolet, 191.738 mph.
    30. (09)  ^ Kenny Wallace(i), Toyota, 191.567 mph.
    31. (32)  ^ Terry Labonte, Ford, 191.522 mph.
    32. (36)  ^ Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 191.506 mph.
    33. (51)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 191.363 mph.
    34. (33)  Elliott Sadler(i), Chevrolet, 191.270 mph.
    35. (40)  ^ Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 191.180 mph.
    36. (87)  ^ Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 191.160 mph.
    37. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 191.127 mph.
    38. (78)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 191.063 mph.
    39. (98)  ^ Michael McDowell, Ford, 190.990 mph.
    40. (83)  Landon Cassill, Toyota, 190.605 mph.
    41. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, 190.046 mph.
    42. (47)  Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 190.022 mph.
    43. (97)  ^ Bill Elliott, Toyota, 189.950 mph.

    6 drivers failed to qualify.

    44. (37)  ^ Mike Wallace(i), Ford, 189.853 mph.
    45. (93)  David Reutimann, Toyota, 189.235 mph.
    46. (23)  ^ Robert Richardson Jr.(i), Toyota, 188.438 mph.
    47. (7)  ^ Robby Gordon, Dodge, 188.229 mph.
    48. (49)  ^ JJ Yeley, Toyota, 187.954 mph.
    49. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 0.000 mph.

Feb 18 | Leader of the Pack – Busch Edges Stewart to Win Thrilling Budweiser Shootout

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Kyle Busch used incomparable driving skills to nip defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart at the finish line by a record 0.013 seconds to win the Budweiser Shootout.

Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch used incomparable driving skills to nip defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart at the finish line by a record 0.013 seconds in Saturday night’s 34th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch, who was able to save the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota despite it being sideways a couple of times during the race, found himself in eighth position on the final green-white-checkered restart. With smoke coming from the back of his car, Busch and Stewart pulled away from the rest of the pack setting up a thrilling final duel for the checkered flag coming off of Turn 4.

Busch timed the slingshot move perfectly to edge Stewart at the start/finish line.

“I don’t know how many times I spun out but didn’t spin out,” Busch exclaimed. “Amazing race. I’m glad to be standing in victory lane – starting off the year right, hopefully.”

“There are a lot of guys that wouldn’t have caught that. He did a fantastic job with that save,” Stewart said of Busch. “I’m sitting there and the green is still out. I’m like, ‘Man, that’s the coolest save I’ve seen in a long time.’ ”

Stewart and many of the drivers praised the big-pack racing that produced 26 lead changes (two shy of the record) among 13 drivers.

“I actually had fun racing at Daytona again which I haven't had for a while, so I'm really, really appreciative to the work that NASCAR has done in the off-season and the test session and even after the test of the changes that they made to try to make it better for us out there,” Stewart said. “I had more fun as a driver tonight than what we’ve had in the past.”

Said third-place finisher Marcos Ambrose: “What an incredible job NASCAR has done to get back to this style of racing. I think all the drivers appreciate it. It’s definitely a lot more fun, more entertaining for the fans, and more in control for the drivers.”

Busch took Toyota to Gatorade Victory Lane for the first time in the non-points race with the team’s back-up car following an incident during practice.

“It was a fun race,” Busch said. “I thought a lot about how the pack was back. There’s certainly some moments when we were all pushing each other. It’s a tense pack. It’s not like 2000 to 2005 pack where you couldn’t really bump each other, you couldn’t really get to each other, you were racing around and made holes whenever you could make holes.

“It was intense. Guys pushing all the time, them pushing on you, pushing five rows deep, everybody squirrelly, the back end of the cars being real light. It was a great race from my seat, hopefully it was from everybody else’s.”

Tickets for the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 as well as other Speedweeks 2012 events 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.

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Bobby Gerhart Wins Eighth Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200

Earlier in the day, a green-white-checkered finish led to a thrilling start to Speedweeks 2012 as Bobby Gerhart kicked off the 60th anniversary of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with his third consecutive victory – and eighth overall – in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

“That last lap was like a dream,” said Gerhart, who led only the final lap and has now won the season opener six of the last eight years. “I had a good run and went for the lead. It was unbelievable.”

After Gerhart’s pole-winning qualifying run around the 2.5-mile tri-oval was disallowed, the team took a provisional and started the race from the 42nd position.

Following a similar game plan as last year, Gerhart pitted for fuel on Lap 1 and went down a lap, but his No. 5 Lucas Oil Slick Chevrolet was the beneficiary of the first caution, enabling him to get back on the lead lap and top off with fuel for the final time on Lap 10.

During the final caution, Gerhart – who was the only driver in the 43-car field to have previously posted a win at the “World Center of Racing” – was running seventh and Brandon McReynolds – son of former NASCAR crew chief and current television analyst Larry McReynolds – was in the lead.

McReynolds tried desperately to conserve fuel while leading 64 of the 83 laps in his first showing on the high banks of Daytona. Leading the pack out of Turn 4 and into the tri-oval to take the checkered flag,

McReynolds’ attempt proved futile as the No. 4 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet slowed and coasted across the finish line in 11th place.

Drew Charlson and Will Kimmel – nephew of nine-time ARCA champion and 23rd-place finisher Frank Kimmel– rounded out the top three.

Feb 18 | Results From The 34th Annual Budweiser Shootout

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Results from the 34th Annual Budweiser Shootout.

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Results from the Budweiser Shootout with starting postion, driver, car make, laps completed and earnings:
    1. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 82, $198,550.
    2. (15) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 82, $94,800.
    3. (21) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 82, $54,800.
    4. (3) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 82, $45,800.
    5. (16) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 82, $44,800.
    6. (7) Greg Biffle, Ford, 82, $43,400.
    7. (13) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 82, $42,050.
    8. (17) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 82, $40,025.
    9. (11) Carl Edwards, Ford, 82, $38,025.
    10. (25) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 82, $36,525.
    11. (12) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 81, $36,025.
    12. (9) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 80, $35,525.
    13. (19) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 79, $35,025.
    14. (18) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Accident, 74, $33,525.
    15. (14) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $33,025.
    16. (4) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $32,525.
    17. (6) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $30,025.
    18. (10) Joey Logano, Toyota, Accident, 54, $28,025.
    19. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Accident, 54, $25,025.
    20. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 54, $23,025.
    21. (23) Matt Kenseth, Ford, Accident, 54, $21,025.
    22. (22) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, Accident, 54, $20,025.
    23. (24) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, Accident, 8, $18,030.
    24. (5) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 8, $16,030.
    25. (20) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, Accident, 8, $15,032.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  124.096 mph.
Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 39 Mins, 07 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.013 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  5 for 22 laps.
Lead Changes:  26 among 13 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   M. Truex Jr. 0; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1-3; J. McMurray 4; J. Logano 5; K. Harvick 6; D. Earnhardt Jr. 7-15; K. Harvick 16; J. McMurray 17; M. Truex Jr. 18-22; J. McMurray 23-25; J. Gordon 26-27; G. Biffle 28-33; A. Allmendinger 34; G. Biffle 35-36; J. Montoya 37; J. McMurray 38-42; M. Truex Jr. 43-44; J. Johnson 45; K. Harvick 46-47; J. Gordon 48-51; J. McMurray 52; G. Biffle 53-61; J. Gordon 62-71; Kyle Busch 72-73; T. Stewart 74-80; M. Ambrose 81; Kyle Busch 82;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  G. Biffle 3 times for 17 laps; J. Gordon 3 times for 16 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 2 times for 12 laps; J. McMurray 5 times for 11 laps; T. Stewart 1 time for 7 laps; M. Truex Jr. 2 times for 7 laps; K. Harvick 3 times for 4 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 3 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap; A. Allmendinger 1 time for 1 lap; J. Montoya 1 time for 1 lap; J. Johnson 1 time for 1 lap; M. Ambrose 1 time for 1 lap.

Feb 18 | 2012 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 Results

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Results for the 2012 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

Finishing positions:

1. Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, 83

2. Drew Charlson, Chevrolet, 83

3. Will Kimmel, Ford, 83

4. Steve Blackburn, Chevrolet, 83

5. Mark Thompson, Toyota, 83

6. Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 83

7. Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 83

8. Chris Windom, Toyota, 83

9. Alex Kennedy, Ford, 83

10. Tom Hessert, Toyota, 83

11. Brandon McReynolds, Chevrolet, 83

12. Ryan Reed, Chevrolet, 83

13. Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 83

14. Chad Hackenbracht, Chevrolet, 83

15. Fain Skinner, Ford, 83

16. Mikey Kile, Ford, 83

17. Buster Graham, Ford, 83

18. Zach Ralston, Ford, 83

19. Brandon Davis, Ford, 83

20. Chris Buescher, Ford, 83

21. Brett Hudson, Dodge, 83

22. Nelson Canache, Toyota, 83

23. Frank Kimmel, Toyota, 83

24. Ed Kennedy, Chevrolet, 82

25. Terry Jones, Dodge, 82

26. Paulie Harraka, Toyota, 82

27. Darrell Basham, Chevrolet, 82

28. Larry Barford, Jr., Dodge, 82

29. Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 82

30. Alex Bowman, Dodge, 81

31. Ed Pompa, Chevrolet, 81

32. Mike Harmon, Ford, 81

33. Josh Williams, Ford, 81

34. Matt Lofton, Chevrolet, 81

35. George Cushman, Dodge, 81

36. Leilani Munter, Dodge, 71

37. Milka Duno, Chevrolet, 70

38. James Hylton, Ford, 66, accident

39. Rick Clifton, Ford, 66, accident

40. Sloan Henderson, Dodge, 62, accident

41. Aleks Gregory, Ford, 44, overheating

42. Bill Coffey, Ford, 42

43. Sean Corr, Ford, 41, engine

Time of race: 1 hour, 33 minutes, 47 seconds; Margin of victory: 0.230 seconds; Lap leaders: Sean Corr 1-14, Cale Gale 15-18, Brandon McReynolds 19-82, Gerhart 83.

Feb 18 | 2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying Order

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The qualifying order for the 2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger

# Car Driver Team 
1, No. 27, Paul Menard, Menards/Peak Chevrolet    
2, No. 1, Jamie McMurray, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet    
3, No. 51, Kurt Busch, Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet    
4, No. 13, Casey Mears, GEICO Ford    
5, No. 99, Carl Edwards, Fastenal Ford    
6, No. 20, Joey Logano, The Home Depot Toyota    
7, No. 11, Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota    
8, No. 39, Ryan Newman, U.S. ARMY/Quicken Loans Chevrolet    
9, No. 16, Greg Biffle, 3M Ford    
10, No. 9, Marcos Ambrose, Stanley Ford    
11, No. 14, Tony Stewart, Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet    
12, No. 10, Danica Patrick(i), GoDaddy.com Chevrolet    
13, No. 2, Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Dodge    
14, No. 43, Aric Almirola, Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford    
15, No. 47, Bobby Labonte, Kroger Toyota    
16, BLANK    
17, No. 24, Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet    
18, No. 31, Jeff Burton, Caterpillar Chevrolet    
19, No. 29, Kevin Harvick, Budweiser Chevrolet    
20, No. 42, Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chevrolet    
21, No. 22, AJ Allmendinger, Shell Pennzoil Dodge    
22, No. 33, Elliott Sadler(i), General Mills/Kroger Chevrolet    
23, No. 18, Kyle Busch, M&M's Brown Toyota    
24, No. 6, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i), Ford EcoBoost Ford    
25, No. 48, Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevrolet    
26, No. 88, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet    
27, No. 83, Landon Cassill, Burger King Toyota    
28, No. 56, Martin Truex Jr., NAPA Auto Parts Toyota    
29, No. 17, Matt Kenseth, Best Buy Ford    
30, No. 78, Regan Smith, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet    
31, No. 55, Mark Martin, Aaron's Toyota    
32, No. 5, Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance Chevrolet    
33, No. 15, Clint Bowyer, 5-hour Energy Toyota    
34, No. 93, David Reutimann, Burger King Toyota    
35, No. 34, David Ragan, Scorpion Truck Bedliners Ford    
36, No. 38, David Gilliland, MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford    
37, No. 97, * Bill Elliott, AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota    
38, No. 87, * Joe Nemechek(i), AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota    
39, No. 21, * Trevor Bayne(i), Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford    
40, No. 40, * Michael Waltrip, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota    
41, No. 09, * Kenny Wallace(i), American Ethanol Toyota    
42, No. 36, * Dave Blaney, Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet    
43, No. 26, * Tony Raines(i), Ford    
44, No. 37, * Mike Wallace(i), Poynt.com Ford    
45, No. 32, * Terry Labonte, C&J Energy Ford    
46, No. 23, * Robert Richardson Jr.(i), North Texas Pipe Toyota    
47, No. 49, * JJ Yeley, America Israel Racing Toyota    
48, No. 7, * Robby Gordon, MAPEI/Menards/SPEED Energy Dodge    
49, No. 30, * David Stremme, Inception Motorsports Toyota    
50, No. 98, * Michael McDowell, No.98 KLOVE/Curb Records Ford Ford    
* Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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