NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR - Nationwide - DRIVE4COPD 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Feb. 23
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 32nd
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1:15 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Feb. 22/3:35 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: James Buescher (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Danica Patrick (finished 38)
LAPS: 120
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tommy Houston, 1987 (194.389 mph)
RACE RECORD: Geoffrey Bodine, 1985 (157.137 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1James Buescher156Tayler Malsam25
2Brad Keselowski97Timmy Hill29
3Elliott Sadler38Tony Stewart7
4Cole Whitt89Kasey Kahne11
5Austin Dillon510Kurt Busch14
2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 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
POLE WINNER: Danica Patrick (182.741 mph)
Past DRIVE4COPD 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- James Buescher (15) -- Chevrolet -- 129.636 mph
2011 -- Tony Stewart (14) -- Chevrolet -- 139.679 mph
2010 -- Tony Stewart (32) -- Chevrolet -- 123.683 mph
2009 -- Tony Stewart (5) -- Chevrolet -- 138.479 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (1) -- Toyota -- 154.154 mph
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (31) -- Chevrolet -- 156.227 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (16) -- Chevrolet -- 125.129 mph
2005 -- Tony Stewart (14) -- Chevrolet -- 150.021 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8) -- Chevrolet -- 127.179 mph
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) -- Chevrolet -- 143.770 mph
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4) -- Chevrolet -- 147.662 mph
2001 -- Randy LaJoie (2) -- Pontiac -- 135.152 mph
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (8) -- Chevrolet -- 140.735 mph
1999 -- Randy LaJoie (2) -- Pontiac -- 138.391 mph
1998 -- Joe Nemechek (1) -- Chevrolet -- 137.213 mph
1997 -- Randy LaJoie (14) -- Chevrolet -- 149.688 mph
1996 -- Steve Grissom (4) -- Chevrolet -- 140.772 mph
1995 -- Chad Little (42) -- Ford -- 150.732 mph
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (7) -- Chevrolet -- 144.135 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Chevrolet -- 146.440 mph
1992 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 132.434 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 144.192 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (2) -- Chevrolet -- 149.357 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (9) -- Chevrolet -- 131.211 mph
1988 -- Bobby Allison (9) -- Buick -- 132.825 mph
1987 -- Geoffrey Bodine (5) -- Pontiac -- 155.106 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (9) -- Pontiac -- 148.924 mph
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine (2) -- Pontiac -- 157.137 mph (race record)
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (12) -- Pontiac -- 156.613 mph
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Pontiac -- 147.642 mph
1982 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Pontiac -- 154.529 mph
 
NOTE: Name changed from Goody's 300 (1982-1996), Gargoyles 300 (1997), NAPA
Auto Parts 300 (1998-2001), EAS/GNC Live Well 300 (2002), Koolerz 300
(2003), Hershey's Kisses 300 (2004), Hershey's TAKE 5 300 (2005),
Hershey's Kissables 300 (2006), Orbitz 300 (2007), Camping World 300
(2008-09).
 
Past DRIVE4COPD 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Danica Patrick -- 38
2011 -- Clint Bowyer -- 2
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Kevin Harvick -- 11
2008 -- Tony Stewart -- 1
2007 -- Aric Almirola -- 19
2006 -- J.J. Yeley -- 8
2005 -- Joe Nemechek -- 14
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 28
2003 -- Joe Nemechek -- Jeff Green substituted for Nemechek, finished 36
2002 -- Joe Nemechek -- 32
2001 -- Joe Nemechek -- 32
2000 -- Hut Stricklin -- 36
1999 -- Ken Schrader -- 38
1998 -- Mike McLaughlin -- 18
1997 -- Elliott Sadler -- 15
1996 -- Jeff Purvis -- 23
1995 -- Michael Waltrip -- 2
1994 -- Michael Waltrip -- 25
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 2
1992 -- Michael Waltrip -- 25
1991 -- David Green -- 30
1990 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 30
1989 -- Kenny Wallace -- 10
1988 -- Mike Swaim -- 13
1987 -- Tommy Houston -- 36
1986 -- Larry Pearson -- 41
1985 -- Rusty Wallace -- 4
1984 -- L.D. Ottinger -- 8
1983 -- Sam Ard -- 6
1982 -- Mike Porter -- 7
Last Race Results
RACE: Ford EcoBoost 300 (Nov. 17, 2012)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Regan Smith
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Brendan Gaughan
FOURTH: Sam Hornish Jr.
FIFTH: Austin Dillon
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 19 mins., 44 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 128.817 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.375 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch) 1-49; J. Logano 50; K. Busch 51-67; E. Sadler 68-70;
K. Busch 71-93; R. Smith 94-95; D. Patrick 96-99; S. Hornish
Jr. 100-105; A. Dillon 106-148; R. Stenhouse 149-150; K. Wallace
151-152; A. Dillon 153-175; K. Swindell 176-178; R. Smith
179-200.
DRIVE4COPD 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/JW Demolition
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
1Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Guy Roofing
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Cargill
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Clean Coal
8Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine, FL)Chevrolet/Hybrid Light
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop/Afterglow
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/G-Oil
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Grime Boss
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/Stalk It / World Ventures
24Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Second/Salt Life
27Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Support Military
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
33Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Oreo/Ritz
34Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
40Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
41Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52To Be AnnouncedToyota/Translife FL
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/vivaautogroup.com
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74To Be AnnouncedDodge/TBA
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Bandit Chippers
79Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/UPONOR
85Bobby Gerhart (Lebanon, PA)Chevrolet/Lucas Oil
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Maddie's Place
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Chevrolet/Hylands
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/St. Jude Children's Hosp.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Brad Keselowski------------162213302
Elliott Sadler------28------------383
Austin Dillon------------------------5
Tony Stewart---WonWon8WonWonWonWon8
Kasey Kahne435334135---9119
Kurt Busch------------------------10
Trevor Bayne------------------411011
Dale Earnhardt JrWon31773729415
Kyle Busch243225372418718
Sam Hornish Jr.---------31---------3620
Justin Allgaier---------------4032733
Brian Scott------------------193437
Danica Patrick------------------351438
Matt Kenseth5------12510---------
Brian Vickers------32---465------
Regan Smith------2626---------------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nov. 17, 2012 - Elliott Sadler) - finished 9
 
NOTES:
The 2013 Nationwide Series season begins with the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. This will be the 32nd season of NASCAR's second-tier series.

The 300-mile season-opener in Nationwide has been held at Daytona each year since the inception of the series in 1982. Dale Earnhardt won the first race of NASCAR's new national touring series that year, taking the checkered flag for the Goody's 300. Earnhardt holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Daytona with seven. He won five in a row there from 1990-95.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart have the second most Nationwide wins at Daytona with six each. Both drivers are entered in this weekend's race. Earnhardt Jr. had three consecutive victories in the spring event there from 2002-04, while Stewart won this race consecutively from 2005-06 and then 2008-11. Stewart's first career victory in the series came at Daytona in '05.

James Buescher won last year's DRIVE4COPD 300. Buescher avoided a big wreck on the frontstretch and then miraculously pulled ahead of the field on the final lap before NASCAR displayed the caution flag to end the race. He was running in the 11th position when he came out of turn four on the penultimate lap. He drove down the track to avoid the multi-car wreck and then moved into the lead. It took NASCAR race officials a couple of minutes to review the running order after they issued the caution. Buescher was declared the winner, as he claimed his first win in a NASCAR national touring series race. He is not entered in this year's event.

The 2012 spring race at Daytona featured a then track record 38 lead changes among 16 different drivers. When the series returned to Daytona in July, 41 lead changes occurred in the 250-mile event.

Joe Nemechek holds the record for most Nationwide poles at Daytona with five. One year ago, Danica Patrick won the pole for the Nationwide race there, becoming just the second female to earn the top starting position for an event in the series. Shawna Robinson first did it in March 1994 at Atlanta. Patrick has competed in five Nationwide races at Daytona, with an average starting position of 6.0, which is best among those entered for this year's event.

On Sunday, Patrick made NASCAR history by becoming the first woman to win a pole for a race in its premier series (Sprint Cup). Patrick grabbed the top starting position for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 with a qualifying lap at 196.434 mph.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Daytona occurred in Feb. 2011. Stewart nipped Clint Bowyer to the finish line by only 0.007 seconds. The greatest margin of victory for a Nationwide event there happened in Feb. 2007. Kevin Harvick beat Dave Blaney to the line by just 0.460 seconds.

Those drivers entered in this race that made their first career start in Nationwide at Daytona include: Stewart (1996), Patrick (2010), Robert Richardson Jr. (2007) and Johanna Long (2012).

The next Nationwide Series race is the March 2 Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Elliott Sadler is the defending race winner.

02/19 13:38:58 ET

As of February 19, 2013, at 01:39 PM ET