NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - DRIVE4COPD 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, February 25th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 147,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 31st
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SiriusXM Satellite
START TIME: 1:15 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 1:30 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (Finished 2nd)
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: $2,500,865 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $103,695; 2nd Place - $87,650; 3rd Place - $74,875
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Tony Stewart146Jason Leffler22
2Clint Bowyer17Kyle Busch8
3Landon Cassill28Ricky Stenhouse Jr10
4Dale Earnhardt Jr39Michael Waltrip26
5Reed Sorenson1610Trevor Bayne7
2011 DRIVE4COPD 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 139.679 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 8 minutes, 52 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.007 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 35 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (180.821 m.p.h.)
Past DRIVE4COPD 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Tony Stewart (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 139.679 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Clint Bowyer -- 2nd
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 19, 2011)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
THIRD: Carl Edwards
FOURTH: Clint Bowyer
FIFTH: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 30 minutes, 47 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 119.377 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.268 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: B. Keselowski - pole; E. Sadler 1-7; B. Keselowski 8-16; C.
Bowyer 17; B. Keselowski 18-59; C. Edwards 60-91; S. Hornish Jr.
92-94; C. Edwards 95-98; T. Bayne 99-100; C. Edwards 101-133; M.
Annett 134; C. Edwards 135-146; C. Bowyer 147-154; R. Stenhouse
Jr. 155-176; D. Stremme 177-179; B. Keselowski 180-187; C.
Edwards 188-193; B. Keselowski 194-200.
DRIVE4COPD 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/I Hate Steven Singer
1Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Hendrickcars.com
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Advocare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/Danny Efland Racing
5Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Kellogg's Pop Tarts
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Ford/TBA
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Family Farmers
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty Reynolds Wrap
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Poynt.com
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Toyota/Kentucky Antler Co. & VFI
27David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Certainteed
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/FOE
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33 *Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Oreo/Ritz
36Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/TBA
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/TBA
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/Rise Up and Register
42Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Eastbound and Down
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Curry Roofing
52Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
60Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
73Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Ford/American Fallen Heroes
76Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Ford/Eagle Convenience Stores
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/pledgetovote.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/D.A.B. Constructors
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
97Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/TBA
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Tony Stewart------WonWon8thWonWonWonWon
Dale Earnhardt JrWonWon3rd17th7th3rd7th29th4th
Kyle Busch---24th32nd25th37th2nd4th18th7th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------36th8th
Trevor Bayne---------------------41st10th
Kasey Kahne8th43rd5th33rd41st35th---9th11th
Joey Logano------------------20th7th12th
Danica Patrick---------------------35th14th
Justin Allgaier------------------40th3rd27th
Brad Keselowski---------------16th22nd13th30th
Sam Hornish Jr.------------31st---------36th
Elliott Sadler---------28th------------38th
Denny Hamlin------33rd14th9th8th---------
Kurt Busch---------------------------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr
Darkhorse - Danica Patrick
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (November 19th - Carl Edwards) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (November 19th - Jason Leffler) - Finished 12th
 
NOTES:
The 31st 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 attempt to capture the season-opener at Daytona for the fifth straight season, as he defends his title in an effort to equal the feat of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt, who he won this race five consecutive years from 1990-94.

Last year, Stewart defeated Clint Bowyer by the slimmest of margins. Stewart nipped Bowyer, the pole sitter, by only 0.007 seconds in a race that featured a track record-tying 35 lead changes.

During a caution period with less than 15 laps remaining, Stewart cut his right-rear tire and had to pit unexpectedly. He ran in the 11th spot for the final restart with six laps to go.

Stewart hooked up with Landon Cassill in the closing laps to advance through the field. Bowyer held the lead on the final lap, with pushing help from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stewart and Cassill were riding on the outside lane, while Bowyer and Earnhardt Jr. held the inside lane.

Cassill pushed Stewart well enough for him to cross the finish line by about one foot ahead of Bowyer for his sixth Nationwide race win at Daytona.

In 2010, Stewart captured the season-opening race in impressive fashion, as he defeated Carl Edwards by less than a second. Stewart started 32nd 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 then held it for the rest of the way for his ninth career Nationwide title and third straight in this race.

If it's numbers you want, you don't have to look further than Stewart at Daytona. In his 12 Nationwide starts at DIS, going back to 1996, Stewart has six wins and eight top-10 finishes.

The Earnhardt family had dominated this race over the years, as Dale Sr won this race straight times and seven overall, and Dale Jr. three times in a row from 2002-04. Dale Jr has posted eight top-10 finishes in his 12 Daytona season-opener starts. Dating back to 1998, Dale Jr has 12 top-10s, including six wins, in Nationwide competition at Daytona.

Danica Patrick will race for the fourth time on the Nationwide Circuit at Daytona. In her three previous starts there, she has improved each race, from 35th in 2010 to 14th and 10th, respectively, last season.

The Nationwide Series moves on to Phoenix International Raceway for the March 3 Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

02/21 16:02:52 ET

As of February 21, 2012, at 04:03 PM ET

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