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DATE: Friday, Feb. 21
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
ANNUAL: 15th
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Feb. 21/4:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Brennan Newberry (finished 33)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Joe Ruttman, 2000, (187.563 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 2006, (146.622 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Johnny Sauter256Ty Dillon5
2Kyle Busch67Miguel Paludo8
3Ron Hornaday Jr48Ryan Blaney11
4Justin Lofton29Matt Crafton17
5Jeb Burton710Ryan Sieg31
2013 NextEra Energy Resources 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.598 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 45 mins., 56 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Brennan Newberry (177.176 mph)
Past NextEra Energy Resources 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Johnny Sauter (25) -- Toyota -- 141.598 mph
2012 -- John King (23) -- Toyota -- 119.169 mph
2011 -- Michael Waltrip (11) -- Toyota -- 130.025 mph
2010 -- Timothy Peters (24) -- Toyota -- 115.296 mph
2009 -- Todd Bodine (3) -- Toyota -- 122.766 mph
2008 -- Todd Bodine (12) -- Toyota -- 127.551 mph
2007 -- Jack Sprague (1) -- Toyota -- 117.739 mph
2006 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 146.622 mph
2005 -- Bobby Hamilton (36) -- Dodge -- 124.931 mph
2004 -- Carl Edwards (6) -- Ford -- 112.570 mph
2003 -- Rick Crawford (10) -- Ford -- 127.642 mph
2002 -- Robert Pressley (2) -- Dodge -- 140.121 mph
2001 -- Joe Ruttman (1) -- Dodge -- 129.407 mph
2000 -- Mike Wallace (2) -- Ford -- 130.152 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Daytona 250 (2000), Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (2001-05),
GM FlexFuel 250 (2006), Chevy Silverado 250 (2007-08).
 
Past NextEra Energy Resources 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Brennan Newberry -- 33
2012 -- Miguel Paludo -- 30
2011 -- Austin Dillon -- 20
2010 -- Jason White -- 4
2009 -- Colin Braun -- 9
2008 -- Erik Darnell -- 21
2007 -- Jack Sprague -- 1
2006 -- Mark Martin -- 1
2005 -- Kerry Earnhardt -- 35
2004 -- Terry Cook -- 5
2003 -- Jason Leffler -- 30
2002 -- Ted Musgrave -- 2
2001 -- Joe Ruttman -- 1
2000 -- Joe Ruttman -- 19
Last Race Results
RACE: Ford EcoBoost 200 (Nov. 15, 2013)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.
MILES: 222
LAPS: 148
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Blaney
THIRD: Jeb Burton
FOURTH: Brendan Gaughan
FIFTH: Ron Hornaday Jr.
POLE WINNER: Ryan Blaney (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 1 min., 57 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 109.225 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.081 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Blaney 1-8, Sauter 9-10, Blaney 11-49, Crafton 50-61, Blaney
62-65, K. Busch 66-77, Blaney 78-93, K. Busch 94-96, Chastain
97-98, K. Busch 99-112, Dillon 113-114, K. Busch 115, Dillon 116,
K. Busch 117-148.
NextEra Energy Resources 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
02Tyler Young (Midland, TX)Chevrolet/RandCo
5John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
07Michel Disdier (Nice, France)Chevrolet/Lafayette Racing
7Brian Ickler (San Diego, CA)Toyota/Bullet Liner
08Jimmy Weller III (Hubbard, OH)Chevrolet/Geneva Liberty Steel
8Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/pelletgrillusa.com/SVM
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Chevrolet/Arlington Anniversary
13Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Vamp/Vapor Brands Int'l
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Valvoline
19Tyler Reddick (Corning, CA)Ford/Reese Towpower
20John King (Kingsport, TN)Chevrolet/gunbroker.com
21Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Allegiant Travel
24Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/gunbroker.com
28Ryan Ellis (Torrance, CA)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Cooper Standard
30Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem
31Ben Kennedy (Daytona Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Florida Lottery/Whelen
32Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
35Mason Mingus (Brentwood, TN)Toyota/Madvapes/811 Call Before You
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Todd Peck (Glenville, PA)Chevrolet/arthritis.org
50Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/MAKE Motorsports
51Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/ToyotaCare
54Darrell Wallace Jr. (Mobile, AL)Toyota/ToyotaCare`
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Watt's Mack Truck Centers
58Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/BRG Motorsports
60Charles Lewandoski (Stafford Spr, CT)Chevrolet/RandCo
63Justin Jennings (LaGrange, MO)Chevrolet/Mittler Bros.
74Chris Cockrum (Conyers, GA)Chevrolet/Accu-Tech
75Caleb Holman (Abingdon, VA)Chevrolet/Food Country USA
77German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/OtterBox
82Sean Corr (Goshen, NY)Ford/radon.com/Nesco
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's/Fisher Nuts
92Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Chevrolet/BTS Tire and Wheel
93Jason White (Richmond, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98 *Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Nextant Aerospace
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Chevrolet/Bell Trucks America Inc.
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Johnny Sauter------------27351724Won
Kyle Busch---------22225---2
Ron Hornaday Jr.262372542728143
Jeb Burton------------------------5
Ryan Blaney------------------------8
Matt Crafton11268248510239
Darrell Wallace Jr.------------------------12
John King---------------------Won18
John Wes Townley------------------------21
German Quiroga------------------------25
Timothy Peters---12------6Won11227
Ryan Truex------------------------28
Ben Kennedy---------------------------
Brian Ickler---------------------------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nov. 15, 2012 - Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season begins with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. This will be the 20th season in the series' history.

The series has competed at Daytona once each season since 2000. Todd Bodine is the only driver who has multiple truck victories at Daytona. Bodine, a two- time series champion, won at this 2.5-mile racetrack in 2008 and '09. He is not entered in this year's race.

Other truck race winners at Daytona include: Mike Wallace (2000), Joe Ruttman (2001), Robert Pressley (2002), Rick Crawford (2003), Carl Edwards (2004), Bobby Hamilton (2005), Mark Martin (2006), Jack Sprague (2007), Timothy Peters (2010), Michael Waltrip (2011), John King (2012) and Johnny Sauter (2013).

Peters, King and Sauter are on the entry list for this event.

Pressley, Waltrip and King are those drivers who scored their first career truck wins at Daytona.

A Toyota driver has won the truck race at Daytona the past seven years. The last time a Ford went to Daytona's Victory Lane for a truck event was in 2006 with Martin. Chevrolet has yet to win a race in the series at this track.

The truck event at Daytona has been won from the pole three times: Ruttman (2001), Martin (2006) and Sprague (2007). Hamilton won the 2005 race from the 36th starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won a truck event there.

This race has featured a green-white-checkered finish five times (2001, '03, '06, '11 and '12).

The closest margin of victory for a truck race at Daytona occurred in 2003 when Crawford edged Travis Kvapil by only 0.027 seconds. The greatest margin of victory for this event happened in 2001 when Ruttman beat Ricky Hendrick by just 0.318 seconds.

David Starr is the only driver who has competed in all of the 14 previous truck races at Daytona. Starr is not entered in this year's event.

Those drivers entered in this race that made their first career starts in the Truck Series at Daytona include: Travis Kvapil (2001), Joey Coulter (2011) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (2013).

Brennan Newberry is the only driver on the entry list that claimed his maiden pole in the series at Daytona. Newberry won the pole there last year.

This race marks the first one in the series where NASCAR is using its new qualifying format. Qualifying will consist of three rounds at Daytona, since this is a 2.5-mile racetrack.

The first round is 25 minutes in duration and includes all entries. The 24 cars that post the fastest single lap from this segment advance to the second round, which lasts 10 minutes. The remaining cars are sorted from their times in descending order posted during the opening round.

The 12 cars that record the quickest single lap during the second round move on the final segment, which is five minutes in length. Positions 13 through 24 are based on lap times during the second round.

Positions 1 through 12 are determined during the last segment, with the driver posting the fastest lap winning the pole position.

There will be a five-minute break between each of the three rounds.

The Camping World Truck Series is off for the next four weeks before returning to action with the March 29 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner.

02/19 12:32:36 ET

As of February 19, 2014, at 12:33 PM ET

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