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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Daytona 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, February 26th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway (1959) -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 147,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 54th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SirisuXM Satellite
START TIME: 1 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 1:29 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Trevor Bayne
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Finished 24th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (210.364 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Buddy Baker, 1980 (177.602 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $19,142,601 (2012 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $1,431,325; 2nd Place - $1,050,075; 3rd Place - $759,600
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Trevor Bayne326Juan Pablo Montoya13
2Carl Edwards227Regan Smith5
3David Gilliland398Kyle Busch10
4Bobby Labonte319Paul Menard19
5Kurt Busch310Mark Martin17
2011 Daytona 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.326 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 59 minutes, 24 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.118 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 16 for 60 laps (race record)
LEAD CHANGES: 74 among 22 drivers (race record)
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (186.089 m.p.h.)
Past Daytona 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Trevor Bayne (32nd) -- Ford -- 130.326 m.p.h.
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (13th) Chevrolet -- 137.284 m.p.h.
2009 -- *Matt Kenseth (39th) -- Ford -- 132.816 m.p.h.
2008 -- Ryan Newman (7th) -- Dodge -- 152.672 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (34th) -- Chevrolet -- 149.335 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.667 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 135.173 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 156.345 m.p.h.
2003 -- *Michael Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.870 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ward Burton (19th) -- Dodge -- 142.971 m.p.h.
2001 -- Michael Waltrip (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 161.794 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Jarrett (1st) -- Ford -- 155.669 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 161.551 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 172.712 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 148.295 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (7th) -- Ford -- 154.308 m.p.h.
1995 -- Sterling Marlin (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 141.710 m.p.h.
1994 -- Sterling Marlin (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 156.931 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Jarrett (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 154.972 m.p.h.
1992 -- Davey Allison (6th) -- Ford -- 168.256 m.p.h.
1991 -- Ernie Irvan (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 148.148 m.p.h.
1990 -- Derrike Cope (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 165.761 m.p.h.
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 148.466 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bobby Allison (3rd) -- Buick -- 137.531 m.p.h.
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 176.263 m.p.h.
1986 -- Geoff Bodine (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 148.124 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 172.265 m.p.h.
1984 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 150.994 m.p.h.
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (8th) -- Pontiac -- 155.979 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (7th) -- Buick -- 153.991 m.p.h.
1981 -- Richard Petty (8th) -- Buick -- 169.651 m.p.h.
1980 -- Buddy Baker (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 177.602 m.p.h. (race record)
1979 -- Richard Petty (13th) -- Oldsmobile -- 143.977 m.p.h.
1978 -- Bobby Allison (33rd) -- Ford -- 159.730 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 153.218 m.p.h.
1976 -- David Pearson (7th) -- Mercury -- 152.181 m.p.h.
1975 -- Benny Parsons (32nd) -- Chevrolet -- 153.649 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Dodge -- 140.894 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (7th) -- Dodge -- 157.205 m.p.h.
1972 -- A.J. Foyt (2nd) -- Mercury -- 161.550 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Plymouth -- 144.462 m.p.h.
1970 -- Pete Hamilton (9th) -- Plymouth -- 149.601 m.p.h.
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (19th) -- Ford -- 157.950 m.p.h.
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Mercury -- 143.251 m.p.h.
1967 -- Mario Andretti (12th) -- Ford -- 146.926 m.p.h.
1966 -- *Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 160.627 m.p.h.
1965 -- *Fred Lorenzen (4th) -- Ford -- 141.539 m.p.h.
1964 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Plymouth -- 154.334 m.p.h.
1963 -- Tiny Lund (12th) -- Ford -- 151.566 m.p.h.
1962 -- Fireball Roberts (1st) -- Pontiac -- 152.529 m.p.h.
1961 -- Marvin Panch (4th) -- Pontiac -- 149.601 m.p.h.
1960 -- Junior Johnson (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.740 m.p.h.
1959 -- Lee Petty (15th) -- Oldsmobile -- 135.521 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: * - Rain shortened.
 
Past Daytona 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 24th
2010 -- Mark Martin -- 12th
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 11th
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 27th
2007 -- David Gilliland -- 8th
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 32nd
2005 -- Dale Jarrett -- 15th
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 12th
2003 -- Jeff Green -- 39th
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 15th
2001 -- Bill Elliott -- 5th
2000 -- Dale Jarrett -- 1st
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2nd
1997 -- Mike Skinner -- 12th
1996 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 2nd
1995 -- Dale Jarrett -- 5th
1994 -- Loy Allen Jr -- 22nd
1993 -- Kyle Petty -- 31st
1992 -- Sterling Marlin -- 35th
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 15th
1990 -- Ken Schrader -- 40th
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 2nd
1988 -- Ken Schrader -- 6th
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 13th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 24th
1982 -- Benny Parsons -- 26th
1981 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 1st
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 40th
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 2nd
1977 -- Donnie Allison -- 30th
1976 -- Ramo Stott -- 26th
1975 -- Donnie Allison -- 28th
1974 -- David Pearson -- 35th
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 6th
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 33rd
1971 -- A.J. Foyt -- 3rd
1970 -- Cale Yarborough -- 37th
1969 -- Buddy Baker -- 5th
1968 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1967 -- Curtis Turner -- 25th
1966 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1965 -- Darel Dieringer -- 2nd
1964 -- Paul Goldsmith -- 3rd
1963 -- Fireball Roberts -- 21st
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 1st
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 20th
1960 -- Cotton Owens -- 40th
1959 -- Bob Welborn -- 41st
Last Race Results
RACE: Budweiser Shootout (February 18th)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
MILES: 205
LAPS: 82
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
THIRD: Marcos Ambrose
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr. (Finished 19th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 39 minutes, 7 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 124.096 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.013 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 26 among 13 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Truex Jr. - pole; 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.
Daytona 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Mapei/Menards/Speed Energy
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/American Ethanol
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21 *Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Toyota/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/Front Row Motorsports
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Peak
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy
33Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/General Mills/Kroger
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Scorpion Truck Bedliners
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Ollie's Bargain Outlet
37Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Ford/poynt.com
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/MHP/Power Pack Pudding
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army/Quicken Loan
40Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield Helping Hungry
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Kroger
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
49J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/America Israel Racing
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Hendrickcars.com
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
93David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King
97Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood Pellet
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Trevor Bayne------------------------Won
Carl Edwards------12th43rd23rd19th18th9th2nd
David Gilliland------------8th28th------3rd
Bobby Labonte41st11th43rd35th21st11th22nd21st4th
Kurt Busch2nd16th2nd38th41st2nd10th23rd5th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------19th32nd14th10th6th
Regan Smith---------------37th21st39th7th
Kyle Busch------38th23rd24th4th41st14th8th
Paul Menard---------------22nd38th13th9th
Mark Martin5th43rd6th12th2nd31st16th12th10th
A.J. Allmendinger------------------3rd32nd11th
Tony Stewart7th2nd7th5th43rd3rd8th22nd13th
David Ragan------------5th42nd6th16th14th
Clint Bowyer---------6th18th24th4th4th17th
Jamie McMurray31st36th32nd37th31st26th37thWon18th
Martin Truex Jr------34th16th29th20th11th6th19th
Denny Hamlin---------30th28th17th26th17th21st
Ryan Newman43rd31st20th3rd38thWon36th34th22nd
Joey Logano------------------43rd20th23rd
Dale Earnhardt Jr36thWon3rd8th32nd9th27th2nd24th
Kasey Kahne---41st22nd11th7th7th29th30th25th
Jimmie Johnson3rd5th5thWon39th27th31st35th27th
Jeff Gordon12th8thWon26th10th39th13th26th28th
Brad Keselowski---------------------36th29th
Matt Kenseth20th9th42nd15th27th36thWon8th34th
Greg Biffle21st12th25th31st25th10th20th3rd35th
Jeff Burton11th42nd29th32nd3rd13th28th11th36th
Marcos Ambrose------------------17th41st37th
Michael WaltripWon38th37th18th30th29th7th18th40th
Kevin Harvick4th4th28th14thWon14th2nd7th42nd
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Jeff Burton
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - Finished 22nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kasey Kahne) - Finished 13th
 
NOTES:
The 2012 Sprint Cup regular season begins in earnest this week, as NASCAR roars into Florida for the 54th annual Daytona 500.

Last year's Great American Race was one for the ages, as 20-year old Trevor Bayne got the birthday present of a lifetime, defeating Carl Edwards by 0.118 of a second.

Just one day after turning 20, Bayne became the youngest winner in the 53-year history of the race in just his second career start. Jeff Gordon held the record when he won the 1997 Daytona 500 at the age of 25.

In a race that featured 74 lead changes, 22 different leaders and 16 cautions, it was rookie Bayne who led the final six laps for the win.

Bayne inherited the lead for the first time when NASCAR penalized David Ragan for changing his lane position just before the restart in the first of two green-white-checkered attempts. Ragan held the top spot in the closing laps when a multi-car wreck involving Kurt Busch, Regan Smith, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin occurred on the backstretch, setting up the initial two-lap overtime finish.

Another accident on the backstretch, with this one involving race favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., set up the second two-lap sprint to the finish. Carl Edwards, David Gilliland and Bobby Labonte made a last-lap effort to pass Bayne, but Bayne remained in front of them to cross the finish line first.

Bayne will seek to become the first back-to-back champion of the Daytona 500 since Sterling Marlin accomplished the feat in 1994-95. Bayne became the tenth different winner in the last ten Daytona 500s, as well as the 35th driver overall in the 53-year history of the race.

In 2010, Jamie McMurray started 13th on the grid, but it was his late pass that produced victory, as he edged Dale Earnhardt Jr by less than a second for his fourth career Sprint Cup title.

In a race that featured 52 lead changes among 21 drivers, McMurray swept past Kevin Harvick with just two laps remaining to claim the checkered flag by 0.119 of a second. Harvick, who led for the most laps (41), finished seventh. Pole sitter Mark Martin, after leading twice for 11 laps, ended 12th.

When Matt Kenseth won in 2009, he avoided a major wreck during the mid-stages of the race and then got help from Harvick to pass Elliott Sadler for the lead on lap 146. He held the top spot just before the eighth and final caution came for an incident involving Aric Almirola. Rain began falling on Daytona International Speedway by lap 149 and the red flag was displayed three laps later. NASCAR called the race shortly after, giving Kenseth his first victory in the Daytona 500 in his 10th attempt. Kyle Busch, who led for a race-high 88 laps, failed to finish the race due to an accident.

Ryan Newman overtook Tony Stewart on the final lap in 2008 to record his 13th career Sprint Cup title. Newman, who started in the seventh position on the grid, edged Kurt Busch by less than a second, while Stewart placed third. Newman led four times for a total of eight laps, while Kyle Busch, who placed fourth, led eight times for a race-high 86 laps. Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson finished 27th.

Harvick overcame Mark Martin in 2007 on the final lap to post a 0.090 of a seconds victory for his 11th Sprint Cup title. Pole sitter David Gilliland led for the first 18 laps, but Kurt Busch took over lead on three separate occasions for a race-high 95 laps. Busch however, would begin to fade due to tire problems and finished a disappointing 41st. Martin Truex Jr. replaced Kyle Busch at the front of the pack, but he yielded to Martin on lap 176. Martin held the lead for 26 laps, but Harvick, who led for just four total laps, clipped the veteran to take the checkered flag. Harvick tied Benny Parsons for fewest laps led by a winner. Parsons raced to victory in 1975.

In 2006, Jimmie Johnson outran Casey Mears down the stretch to capture his first career Daytona 500 win. Johnson, who had posted four straight top-five finishes at this race, won under the caution in front of an estimated crowd of 175,000. Johnson led the race on four separate occasions for a total of 24 laps, as he won for the 19th time in his career. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished eighth, led seven times for a race-high 32 laps. Pole sitter Jeff Burton, who led for the first 18 laps, finished 32nd.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured the 2004 Daytona 500, crossing the finish line a scant 0.273 of a second ahead of Tony Stewart. The prestigious victory was "Junior's" first in the "Great American Race." Earnhardt Jr.'s win came exactly six years to the day after his father, seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, won his only Daytona 500. Earnhardt competed 19 times before winning his only Daytona 500 (1998), the longest span of any of the race winners.

Only eight of the 34 Daytona 500 pole winners have won the pole more than once: Buddy Baker and Cale Yarborough and Bill Elliott (four); Fireball Roberts and Ken Schrader (three); Donnie Allison, Dale Jarrett and Johnson (two).

Seven Daytona 500 winners have won by a margin of one lap or more, most recently by David Pearson in 1976. The winner of the Daytona 500 has gone on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship eight times: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1964, 1971, 1974, 1979), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2006). The last pole sitter to win this race was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Only nine pole winners have captured the Daytona 500. Chevrolet has 21 Daytona 500 wins, while Ford is second with 12. Twenty-six of the 53 Daytona 500s have been won from the top-five starting positions. The only Daytona 500s won from outside a top-10 starting position since 1980 were by Derrike Cope (12th - 1990), Michael Waltrip (19th - 2001), Ward Burton (19th - 2002) and Jeff Gordon (15th - 2005), Kevin Harvick (34th - 2007), Kenseth (39th - 2009), McMurray (13th - 2010) and Bayne (32nd - 2011).

In 53 years, only three drivers have recorded consecutive wins at the Daytona 500, Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Marlin (1994-95).

Jeff Gordon has had remarkable success at Daytona International Speedway. "Speed Racer" has recorded six wins, 12 top fives and 19 top-10 finishes in 38 races at this track.

First held in 1959, the Daytona 500 has been the season-opener only since 1982. Bill Elliott has competed in the Daytona 500 29 times, more than any other active drivers. Elliott has raced 59 times at DIS, with four wins and 24 top-10s. When Lee Petty captured the inaugural Daytona 500, he became the first and only driver to win this race in his first appearance.

Six drivers have posted their career-first victory with a win in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Bayne (2011).

A.J. Foyt is the only Indianapolis 500 winner to go on to win the Daytona 500. Foyt won at Indy in 1961 and at Daytona in 1965 and 1972. Mario Andretti also won both races but his Daytona 500 victory (1967) came before his win at Indy (1969).

Kevin Harvick's 0.020-second margin of victory over Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500 was the ninth-closest overall since the advent of electronic timing in 1993, and the closest in a Daytona 500. Six of the last 15 Daytona 500s have ended under caution (2009, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1998 and 1997). The other eight have all had a margin of victory of less than three-tenths of a second: 1996 -0.120, 1999 - 0.124, 2001 - 0.128, 2002 - 0.193, 2004 - 0.273, 2005 - 0.158, 2007 - 0.020, 2008 - 0.092, 2011 - 0.118.

Actors Jane Lynch and Kate Upton will be the Grand Marshal's of the race and give the drivers the command to start their engines.

Danica Patrick will become the third female driver to compete in a Daytona 500 joining Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the March 4 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Gordon won last year's race there.

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As of February 21, 2012, at 06:47 PM ET

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