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NASCAR - Xfinity - Alert Today Florida 300 Preview

Date: Saturday, Feb. 21

Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Laps: 120

Miles: 300

Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 34rd

On TV: FOX Sports 1

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Geoffrey Bodine, 1985 (157.137 mph)

Qualifying record: Tommy Houston, 1987 (194.389 mph)

2014 Finish

Defending champion: Regan Smith

Runner up: Brad Keselowski

Pole winner: Dylan Kwasniewski (192.078 mph)

Top 10:

1. Regan Smith (Start: 19)

2. Brad Keselowski (17)

3. Trevor Bayne (31)

4. Kyle Busch (4)

5. Elliott Sadler (5)

6. Brendan Gaughan (27)

7. Ty Dillon (23)

8. Dylan Kwasniewski (1)

9. Ryan Sieg (29)

10. Kyle Larson (2)

Average speed: 148.204 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 2 mins., 28 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.013 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 20 laps

Lead changes: 9 among 6 drivers

Past winners

2014 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 148.204 mph

2013 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 139.951 mph

2012 James Buescher, Chevrolet, 129.636 mph

2011 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 139.679 mph

2010 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 123.683 mph

2009 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 138.479 mph

2008 Tony Stewart, Toyota, 154.154 mph

2007 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 156.227 mph

2006 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 125.129 mph

2005 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 150.021 mph

2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 127.179 mph

2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 143.770 mph

2002 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 147.662 mph

2001 Randy LaJoie, Pontiac, 135.152 mph

2000 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 140.735 mph

1999 Randy LaJoie, Pontiac, 138.391 mph

1998 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 137.213 mph

1997 Randy LaJoie, Chevrolet, 149.688 mph

1996 Steve Grissom, Chevrolet, 140.772 mph

1995 Chad Little, Ford, 150.732 mph

1994 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 144.135 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 146.440 mph

1992 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 132.434 mph

1991 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 144.192 mph

1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 149.357 mph

1989 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 131.211 mph

1988 Bobby Allison, Buick, 132.825 mph

1987 Geoffrey Bodine, Pontiac, 155.106 mph

1986 Dale Earnhardt, Pontiac, 148.924 mph

1985 Geoffrey Bodine, Pontiac, 157.137 mph

1984 Darrell Waltrip, Pontiac, 156.613 mph

1983 Darrell Waltrip, Pontiac, 147.642 mph

1982 Dale Earnhardt, Pontiac, 154.529 mph

Last race

Race: Ford EcoBoost 300 (Nov. 15, 2014)

Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.

Miles: 309

Laps: 206

Finish line order: Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 40 mins., 36 secs.

Average speed: 115.442 mph

Margin of victory: 0.713 secs.

Caution flags: 11 for 48 laps

Lead changes: 16 among 10 drivers

Lap leaders: Keselowski 1-5, Larson 6-36, Clements 37, K. Busch 38-39, Larson Keselowski 1-5, Larson 6-36, Clements 37, K. Busch 38-39, Larson 40-75, K. Busch 76-78, Larson 79-95, Blaney 96-119, Bayne 120-122, Larson 123-144, Koch 145, Elliott 146, Kenseth 147-172, Menard 173-175, Kenseth 176-198, Larson 199-203, Kenseth 204-206.

Entry list

#0 Harrison Rhodes (High Point, NC) Chevrolet/Flex Seal

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Flex Seal

#1 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Ford/One Main Financial

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#4 Ross Chastain (Alva, FL) Chevrolet/Flex Shot

#6 Darrell Wallace Jr. (Mobile, AL) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Hellmann's

#8 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/Leaf Filter Gutter

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#13 Chris Cockrum (Conyers, GA) Chevrolet/Advanced Comm. Group

#14 Cale Conley (Vienna, WV) Toyota/TBA

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Toyota/TBA

#18 Daniel Suarez (Monterrey, Mexico) Toyota/Arris

#19 Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine, FL Toyota/Alert Today Florida

#20 Erik Jones (Byron, MI) Toyota/Game Stop

#22 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI Ford/Discount Tire

#24 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#25 John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA) Chevrolet/Zaxby's

#26 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Toyota/JGL Racing

#28 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Toyota/Texas 28 Spirits Stage

#29 Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA) Toyota/American Born Moonshine

#33 Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Rheem

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/Uncle Bob's Self Storage

#40 Derek White (Kahnawake, Canada) Dodge/Braille Battery & Grafford

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/ENEOS

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/Zachry

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/BRT Extrusions

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 To Be Announced Chevrolet/TBA

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Kellogg's/Cheez-It

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/TBA

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#84 Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/corvetteparts.net

#85 Bobby Gerhart (Lebanon, PA) Chevrolet/Lucas Oil

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/D.A.B. Constructors

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/taxslayer.com

#89 Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC) Chevrolet/Courtney Construction

#90 Mario Gosselin (St. Marie, Canada) Chevrolet/TBA

#92 Dexter Bean (Westby, WI) Chevrolet/TBA

#97 Josh Reaume (Redlands, CA) Chevrolet/TBA

#98 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Fresh From Florida

Leading contenders

Name 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Regan Smith 26 26 --- --- --- --- --- 14 Won
Brad Keselowski --- --- 16 22 13 30 2 12 2
Kyle Busch 25 37 2 4 18 7 18 35 4
Elliott Sadler 28 --- --- --- --- 38 3 15 5
Brendan Gaughan --- --- --- 15 30 --- --- --- 6
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 7
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 13 10
Dale Earnhardt Jr 17 7 3 7 29 4 15 4 11
Chase Elliott --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 15
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- 19 34 37 6 17
Ryan Reed --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 18
Chris Buescher --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Austin Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- 5 21 ---
Aric Almirola --- 19 --- --- --- 19 --- --- ---
Darrell Wallace Jr. --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Chris Buescher --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The 2015 season in NASCAR's second-tier series begins with the Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Comcast's Xfinity brand is now the title sponsor of the series, replacing Nationwide Insurance, which had been the title sponsor from 2008-14.

The 300-mile season-opener in the Xfinity Series has been held at Daytona each year since the inception of the series in 1982. Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the first race of NASCAR's new national touring series that year, taking the checkered flag for the Goody's 300.

Tony Stewart and Earnhardt share the record for most Xfinity victories at Daytona with seven each. Earnhardt won five consecutive races there from 1990-95.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is entered in this weekend's race, has six Xfinity wins at Daytona.

The 2012 season-opener at Daytona featured a then track record 38 lead changes. When the series returned to Daytona in July of that year, 41 lead changes occurred in the 250-mile event.

Joe Nemechek holds the record for most Xfinity poles at Daytona with five. Nemechek is on the preliminary entry list for this race.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Xfinity 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 Xfinity event there happened in Feb. 2007. Kevin Harvick beat Dave Blaney to the line by just 0.460 seconds.

Three drivers entered made their Xfinity Series debuts at Daytona: Kyle Larson (2013), Chase Elliott (2014) and Chad Boat (2014). Elliott is the defending series champion.

The next race in the series is the Feb. 28 Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick won last year's race there.



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