Feb 17 | Martin Truex Jr. Draws The Pole For The Budweiser Shootout

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Michael Waltrip Racing's Martin Truex Jr. will start from the pole for the Budweiser Shootout.

Martin Truex Jr. Wins the Budweiser Shootout Pole at the Budweiser Draw Party.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Martin Truex Jr., driving the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, drew the pole position for Saturday’s 34th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Truex Jr., making his second career Budweiser Shootout start, peeled off the No. 1 wrapper on the Budweiser bottle.

“Came here with a plan and I’m sticking to it,” said Truex Jr. on his strategy of winning the 75-lap non-points race.

Completing the all-Toyota front row for the Budweiser Shootout will be Kyle Busch in the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota.

Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski, 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray and David Ragan, who captured the 2011 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and is making his first start with Front Row Motorsports.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Juan Pablo Montoya had the worst luck of the night, pulling the last starting spot – 25th position.

“For some reason, I knew I was going to draw this,” Montoya said.

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.

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 17 | Starting Lineup for the 34th annual Budweiser Shootout

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Starting line for the 34th annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The starting lineup determined by draw for Saturday's 34th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway:

1, Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
2, Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota
3, Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge
4, Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
5, David Ragan, No. 34 MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford
6, Kurt Busch, No. 51 Tag Heuer Avant-Garde Chevrolet
7, Greg Biffle, No. 16 3M Ford
8, Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mt. Dew Chevrolet
9, AJ Allmendinger, Shell Pennzoil Dodge
10, Joey Logano, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota
11, Carl Edwards, No. 99 Fastenal Ford
12, Jeff Burton, No. 31 CAT Chevrolet
13, Ryan Newman, No. 39 WIX Filters Chevrolet
14, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
15, Tony Stewart, No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet
16, Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota
17, Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota
18, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
19, Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
20, Michael Waltrip, No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota
21, Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 Stanley Ford
22, Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
23, Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Best Buy Ford
24, Paul Menard, No. 27 Menards/Peak Chevrolet
25, Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chevrolet

Feb 17 | Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 Official Starting Lineup

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The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, February 18 will feature a total of 43 cars and drivers.

Position 

Vehicle No. 

Driver 

Team & Car 

82 

Sean Corr 

Empire Racing Ford 

15 

Ryan Reed 

JDRF Chevrolet 

94 

Steve Blackburn 

Harley Davidson Pike-Pop's Chevrolet 

52 

Tom Hessert 

Federated Auto Parts Toyota 

32 

Chris Windom 

Justice Brothers-Gillund Enterprises Toyota 

Cale Gale 

Rheem Chevrolet 

28 

Drew Charlson 

Aluma Aluminum Trailer Chevrolet 

17 

Chris Buescher 

Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 

58 

Chad Hackenbracht 

Tastee Chocolate Apples Chevrolet 

10 

Mikey Kile 

ModSpace Ford 

11 

Brandon McReynolds 

Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 

12 

66 

Mark Thompson 

Phoenix Air Toyota 

13 

35 

Nelson Canache 

Venezuela Tourism Toyota 

14 

22 

Alex Bowman 

Ebay Motors-St. Jude CHildren's Research Hospital Dodge 

15 

09 

Brett Hudson 

Hudson Performance Drivelines Dodge 

16 

33 

Milka Duno 

Cantv-milkaway Chevrolet

17 

44 

Frank Kimmel 

Ansell-Menards Toyota 

18 

Max Gresham 

Made in USA Chevrolet 

19 

78 

Aleks Gregory 

The Mosquito Patch Ford 

20 

08 

Alex Kennedy 

SprakerRacing.com Ford 

21 

68 

Will Kimmel 

Enterprise Software Development Ford 

22 

39 

Fain Skinner 

CarportEmpire.com-CSBdirect.com Ford 

23 

90 

Zach Ralston 

O-Ring Sales & Service Ford

24

16 

Matt Lofton 

Strutmasters.com Chevrolet 

25 

30 

Terry Jones 

Jones Group Limited Dodge 

26 

12 

Leilani Munter 

The Cove/Dolphins Awareness Dodge 

27 

00 

Ed Kennedy 

Ralph Solhem Racing Chevrolet 

28 

88 

Buster Graham 

Batter's Dream-RoushYatesParts.com Ford 

29 

29 

Sloan Henderson 

K Automotive Dodge 

30 

13 

George Cushman 

Vukelja Law Attorneys-AIP-Beveridge Medical Dodge 

31 

Brandon Davis 

ModSpace-Hixson/Belmont Ford 

32 

11 

Rick Clifton 

Syngenta Ford 

33 

25 

Brennan Poole 

Adcetera-The Ad Man Chevrolet 

34 

31 

Mike Harmon

American Heroes Ford 

35 

23 

Spencer Gallagher 

Allegiant Air Chevrolet 

36 

55 

Paulie Harraka 

Country Music Artist Jaclyn North Toyota 

37 

10 

Ed Pompa 

Milwaukee Crusher-Double H Ranch Chevrolet 

38 

34 

Darrell Basham 

Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 

39 

48 

James Hylton 

Radon.com Ford 

40 

18 

Bill Coffey 

JM Sportswear-Fast Track Driving School Ford 

41 

02 

Josh Williams 

Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford 

42 

Bobby Gerhart 

Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet 

43 

04 

Larry Barford Jr. 

1st Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge 

Feb 17 | From the Beaches to the High Banks: 2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Drives Old Beach Course, Does Donuts on ISB

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The 2011 defending Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne drove the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion along the old beach course and through the streets of eastern Volusia County on his way to Daytona International Speedway.

Trevor Bayne
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2011 defending Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne kicked off the stock-car portion of Speedweeks 2012 on Friday morning by driving his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for the Wood Brothers along the old beach course and through the streets of eastern Volusia County on his way to historic Daytona International Speedway.

“This is probably the coolest thing I’ve got to do outside of actually racing on other tracks,” said Bayne.  “As a racecar driver you watch races of the beaches and I wish we could come back here and get the groove all rutted up and try to miss the potholes, but this is an unbelievable feeling – being on the beach where it all started. This is history right here.”

Eddie Wood, co-owner, knows a lot about the history behind beach racing, as his father, Glen Wood, won three sportsman races.

“We hear stories from our dad almost daily,” Eddie Wood said. “I think racing on the beach is probably the one thing that our dad is most proud of. I’m really a big believer in history and tradition, so this is about the coolest thing I’ve ever done, besides the Daytona 500 last year.”

Escorted by the 2012 Toyota Camry Daytona 500 pace car, Bayne began his drive on A1A south of Dunlawton Avenue and traveled north along A1A before heading west on International Speedway Blvd. to NASCAR Way.

“I’m glad I get to be the first driver to do this because this is a really cool tradition,” Bayne said. “They also told me I get to do some donuts at an intersection a little later on, so I’m pretty pumped about that. The difference is the police are actually leading me this time, instead of following me when I do them.”

Staying true to his word, Bayne did do a couple donuts in front of a cheering crowd before entering Daytona International Speedway at Gate 7 and crossing the start/finish line waving a large green flag.

“Having Trevor Bayne, the youngest champion in the history of the Daytona 500, drive from the historic beach course to the Speedway was a fantastic way to up the ante for this year’s Speedweeks,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Trevor is a talented driver and I can’t wait to see how the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion fares in this year’s Daytona 500.”

On Sunday, Feb. 26, Bayne will attempt to become the first repeat champion of the Daytona 500 since Sterling Marlin back in 1994-95.

“I’ve been trying to get to that same mindset of not trying to win it on the first lap, but just get back to that, ‘make it to the end,’ ” Bayne said. “You can win from 15th with two to go with this kind of racing, so I’m excited about it.”

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.

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 17 | NASCAR Short Track Stars To Light Up Daytona International Speedway in 2013

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“World Center of Racing” will shine on the stars of NASCAR’s regional and touring series, as NASCAR announced Daytona International Speedway will host the inaugural “UNOH Battle At The Beach” on Feb. 18-19, 2013.

UNOH Battle at the Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The bright lights of the “World Center of Racing” will shine on the stars of NASCAR’s regional and touring series, as NASCAR announced today Daytona International Speedway will host the inaugural “UNOH Battle At The Beach” on Feb. 18-19, 2013.

The two-days of racing will be headlined by three non-points special events: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified tours, and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

A temporary oval will be set up on Daytona’s Superstretch to host the races, It is tentatively slated to be approximately .4-mile.

“This is all about the stars of tomorrow vying for glory at Daytona International Speedway,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “During two days and nights of intense competition, fans will be able to see today’s aces of short track racing and some great young talent.”

Both nights of race action will air live on SPEED.

The process for setting the field for the 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach will be:
• Winners of the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West events as well as the series champions will automatically be locked into that series’ race at Daytona next year.
• Similarly, winners of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour or NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races and series champions will be locked into the Modified race next February at Daytona.
• The top 10 finishers in the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings will earn a starting spot in the 2013 Late Model race.
• In addition, the champions of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Toyota Series from Mexico, and Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series in 2012 will earn a protected starting spot in whichever one of the three 2013 Daytona races they choose to run.
• The remaining spots in the 2013 Daytona features will be filled through time trials and heat races during the two days of racing next February.

”Grassroots short track racing is the foundation of this great sport and we are thrilled to give these young drivers the opportunity to fight for a win at the ‘World Center of Racing,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood. “Many of NASCAR’s greatest stars cut their teeth on short tracks around the country and we look forward to hosting the stars of tomorrow in 2013.”

Chitwood also announced that Daytona has reached an agreement with a number of area hotels to secure special room rates for those nights next February to make it more affordable for racers and fans to attend the Battle At The Beach.

Event entitlement sponsor, the University of Northwestern Ohio, has been heavily involved with NASCAR’s grassroots racing programs. The school, which offers a degree in High Performance Motorsports, owns NASCAR-sanctioned Limaland Motorsports Park and is the sponsor of several NASCAR touring races.



Feb 17 | Pat Monahan of Multiplatinum, Grammy-Winning Group Train to sing National Anthem for 54th annual Daytona 500

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Pat Monahan, lead singer of the three-time Grammy-winning group Train, will sing the National Anthem for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Train

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Pat Monahan, lead singer of the three-time Grammy-winning group Train, will sing the National Anthem for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET).

“Pat has one of the most amazing voices in music today and we are ecstatic to have him perform the National Anthem for the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “He will deliver a rousing rendition of the National Anthem before hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance and millions more watching live on FOX Sports.”

Train, which consists of Monahan, Scott Underwood and Jimmy Stafford, has earned three Grammys, two Billboard Music Awards for Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Song and an ASCAP Pop Music Award for Song of the Year.

The San Francisco-based group made their first mark on the music industry in 2001 with their double Grammy-winning single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” which remained on the Top 40 charts for nearly 40 weeks and made their second album Drops of Jupiter a multi-platinum international success. Other early hits include “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.”

Most recently, Train’s fifth album Save Me, San Francisco was certified platinum with three Billboard Hot 100 singles – “If It’s Love,” “Marry Me” and the Grammy-winning smash hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” “Hey, Soul Sister” also was the biggest selling single of 2010 and hit No. 1 on the radio in the U.S. and 15 countries abroad.

Their new album California 37 is due out April 17 and will include the single “Drive By,” which has already been climbing both the radio and sales charts.

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.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway’s social media channels on Twitter (@DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway). In addition, fans can also follow NASCAR (@NASCAR) and hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.

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