NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - DRIVE4COPD 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, February 19th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 1:15 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 18th)
LAPS: 120
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tommy Houston, 1987 (194.389 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Geoffrey Bodine, 1985 (157.137 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $2,740,505 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $117,295; 2nd Place - $88,175; 3rd Place - $74,350
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Tony Stewart326Paul Menard43
2Carl Edwards27Joey Logano6
3Kevin Harvick48James Buescher11
4Justin Allgaier129Kasey Kahne8
5Brian Vickers710Steve Wallace13
2010 DRIVE4COPD 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 123.683 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 25 minutes, 32 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.309 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (2010 owner points)
Past DRIVE4COPD 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Tony Stewart (32nd) -- Chevrolet -- 123.683 m.p.h.
2009 -- Tony Stewart (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 138.479 m.p.h.
2008 -- Tony Stewart (1st) -- Toyota -- 154.154 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (31st) -- Chevrolet -- 156.227 m.p.h.
2006 -- Tony Stewart (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 125.129 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 150.021 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.179 m.p.h.
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 143.770 m.p.h.
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 147.662 m.p.h.
2001 -- Randy Lajoie (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 135.152 m.p.h.
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 140.735 m.p.h.
1999 -- Randy Lajoie (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 138.391 m.p.h.
1998 -- Joe Nemechek (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 137.213 m.p.h.
1997 -- Randy Lajoie (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 149.688 m.p.h.
1996 -- Steve Grissom (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 140.772 m.p.h.
1995 -- Chad Little (42nd) -- Ford -- 150.732 m.p.h.
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 144.135 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 146.440 m.p.h.
1992 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 132.434 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 144.192 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 149.357 m.p.h.
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 131.211 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bobby Allison (9th) -- Buick -- 132.825 m.p.h.
1987 -- Geoffrey Bodine (5th) -- Pontiac -- 155.106 m.p.h.
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (9th) -- Pontiac -- 148.924 m.p.h.
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 157.137 m.p.h. (race record)
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (12th) -- Pontiac -- 156.613 m.p.h.
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (5th) -- Pontiac -- 147.642 m.p.h.
1982 -- Dale Earnhardt (5th) -- Pontiac -- 154.529 m.p.h.
 
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)
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Kevin Harvick -- 11th
2008 -- Tony Stewart -- 1st
2007 -- Aric Almirola -- 19th
2006 -- J.J. Yeley -- 8th
2005 -- Joe Nemechek -- 14th
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 28th
2003 -- Joe Nemechek -- Jeff Green substituted for Nemechek, finished 36th
2002 -- Joe Nemechek -- 32nd
2001 -- Joe Nemechek -- 32nd
2000 -- Hut Stricklin -- 36th
1999 -- Ken Schrader -- 38th
1998 -- Mike McLaughlin -- 18th
1997 -- Elliott Sadler -- 15th
1996 -- Jeff Purvis -- 23rd
1995 -- Michael Waltrip -- 2nd
1994 -- Michael Waltrip -- 25th
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 2nd
1992 -- Michael Waltrip -- 25th
1991 -- David Green -- 30th
1990 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 30th
1989 -- Kenny Wallace -- 10th
1988 -- Mike Swaim -- 13th
1987 -- Tommy Houston -- 36th
1986 -- Larry Pearson -- 41st
1985 -- Rusty Wallace -- 4th
1984 -- L.D. Ottinger -- 8th
1983 -- Sam Ard -- 6th
1982 -- Mike Porter -- 7th
Last Race Results
RACE: Ford 300 (November 20, 2010)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
FIFTH: Trevor Bayne
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 7th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 42 minutes, 32 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 110.747 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.850 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 49 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Logano - pole, K. Busch 1-23, Patrick 24-27, Allgaier 28, Logano
29-45, Harvick 46-47, K. Busch 48-61, Keselowski 62-65, Harvick
66-67, K. Busch 68-93, Stenhouse Jr 94-96, K. Busch 97-107,
Harvick 108-112, K. Busch 113-135, Wallace 136, K. Busch 137-169,
Harvick 170-177, K. Busch 178-200.
DRIVE4COPD 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/GK Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
4 *Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Oreo/Ritz
5Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
05David Starr (Houston, TX)Chevrolet/31-W Insulation
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Oli Branch, MS)Ford/Blackwell Angus
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/UNOH
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Penske Racing
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out
15Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Tire Kingdom/Valvoline
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Mustang
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TBA
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/GameStop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Dodge/R3 Motorsports
24Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/TBA
25Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)Ford/TBA
27J.R. Fitzpatrick (Cambridge, Canada)Ford/TBA
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
30Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/AccuDoc
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Rheem
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Cajun USA
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Patrick Sheltra (Indiantown, FL)Ford/Fuel Doctor
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/RaceDaySponsor.com
52Bobby Santos III (Franklin, MA)Chevrolet/TBA
55Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70Shelby Howard (Greenwood, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
79Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Rimrock Designs Inc.
81Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Dodge/Eagle Convenience Stores
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/D.A.B. Constructors Inc.
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Salvation Army
99Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Tony Stewart---------WonWon8thWonWonWon
Carl Edwards---------10th39th3rd10th2nd2nd
Justin Allgaier---------------------40th3rd
Joey Logano---------------------20th7th
Kasey Kahne---8th43rd5th33rd41st35th---9th
Steve Wallace---------------30th37th42nd10th
Brad Keselowski------------------16th22nd13th
Kyle Busch------24th32nd25th37th2nd4th18th
Dale Earnhardt JrWonWonWon3rd17th7th3rd7th29th
Trevor Bayne------------------------41st
Clint Bowyer---------12th3rd4th25th3rd---
Elliott Sadler------------28th------------
Michael Waltrip2nd34th19th7th15th------24th---
Sam Hornish Jr.---------------31st---------
Aric Almirola---------------19th---------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Darkhorse - Brad Keselowski
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (November 20th - Kyle Busch) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (November 20th - Reed Sorenson) - Finished 14th
 
NOTES:
The 30th season of the Nationwide Series begins in the Sunshine State, for the annual running of the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Tony Stewart will once again be on hand to defend his title, in what is likely his only Nationwide Series start of the season. Last year, Stewart captured the season-opening race in impressive fashion, as he defeated Carl Edwards by less than a second.

Stewart started 32nd on the grid, but moved in front halfway through the race. After trading the lead with Steve Wallace 30 laps later, Stewart reclaimed the advantage on the 96th lap and held on the rest of the way for his ninth career Nationwide title and third straight in this race. In his last 13 Nationwide Series starts, which span three seasons, Stewart owns seven wins and 11 top-10 finishes.

Stewart won this race for the fourth time in five seasons in 2009, as he outraced Edwards to the finish line. Stewart, who started fifth, led for 23 laps, including the final seven, as he edged Edwards by 0.068 of a second. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick finished 11th.

In 2008, Stewart reclaimed the lead on lap 117 of the 120-lap race and held on to defeat Kyle Busch by 0.259 of a second. Stewart, who started on the pole, led three times for 46 laps, while Busch led 47 laps.

The Earnhardt family had dominated this race over the years, as Dale Sr won this race five consecutive years from 1990-94 and seven overall and Jr three straight from 2002-04. Dale Jr has posted seven top-10 finishes in his nine starts.

Danica Patrick will continue to build upon her Nationwide Series success from last year, as she races this week at Daytona. Patrick raced 13 times last season in this series and is expected to add 12 races in 2011. Her best finish in 2010 was a season-ending 19th at Homestead, where she led four of the 200 laps.

The Nationwide Series moves on to Phoenix International Raceway for the February 26th running of the Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

02/16 22:34:35 ET

As of February 16, 2011, at 10:34 PM ET

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