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NASCAR - Nationwide - DRIVE4COPD 300 Preview

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Start Time: 1:15 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: 33rd

On TV: ESPN

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)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Tony Stewart (not defending)

Runner up: Sam Hornish Jr.

Pole winner: Trevor Bayne (177.162 mph)

Top 10:

1. Tony Stewart (Start: 10)

2. Sam Hornish Jr (2)

3. Alex Bowman (8)

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr (13)

5. Parker Kligerman (3)

6. Brian Scott (29)

7. Justin Allgaier (14)

8. Eric McClure (28)

9. Robert Richardson Jr (30)

10. Travis Pastrana (4)

Average speed: 139.951 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 8 mins., 37 secs.

Margin of victory: Caution

Caution flags: 7 for 26 laps

Lead changes: 34 among 20 drivers

Past winners

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. 16, 2013)

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

Miles: 300

Laps: 200

Finish line order: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 45 mins., 6 secs.

Average speed: 109.025 mph

Margin of victory: 1.126 secs.

Caution flags: 10 for 49 laps

Lead changes: 19 among 7 drivers

Lap leaders: Hornish Jr 1-4, Keselowski 5, Hornish Jr 6-38, Larson 39-48, K. Hornish Jr 1-4, Keselowski 5, Hornish Jr 6-38, Larson 39-48, K. Busch 49-51, Kenseth 52, K. Busch 53, Kenseth 54-61, K. Busch 62-65, Keselowski 66-82, Logano 83-102, K. Busch 103-121, Keselowski 122-125, Larson 126-133, Logano 134-150, Dillon 151-159, Larson 160-166, K. Busch 167-168, Larson 169-197, Keselowski 198-200.

Entry list

#00 Jason White (Richmond, VA) Toyota/Police Sunglasses

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/G&K Services

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

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

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/Flex Steel

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Ragu

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

#10 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/BYF.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial

#13 Carl Long (Roxboro, NC) Toyota/OCR Gaz Bar

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

#15 Carlos Contreras (Mexico City) Ford/Racetrack

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

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/BWP Bats

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/Tweaker Energy Shot

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Reser's Main Street Bistro

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

#23 Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX) Chevrolet/Comboard

#24 Harrison Rhodes (High Point, NC) Toyota/Hoodz-Ductz

#28 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Dodge/Unker's

#29 Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine, FL Toyota/FL DOT Alert Today

#30 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/Florida Lottery

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar/FOE

#37 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

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

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

#44 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/Son of God

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/Jeremy Clements Racing

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

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

#55 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Ford EcoBoost

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

#67 Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN) Dodge/Martins Motorsports

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/charliesoap.com

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/Genesis Auto Body

#76 Willie Allen (Nashville, TN) Dodge/Diamond Gussett Jeans

#80 Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI) Toyota/Goodyear

#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

#91 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#93 Matt Carter (Denver, NC) Dodge/Guardian Digital Forensics

#98 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Dale Earnhardt Jr 3 17 7 3 7 29 4 15 4
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- --- 19 34 37 6
Eric McClure --- --- 35 34 26 17 33 22 8
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- 16 22 13 30 2 12
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 13
Regan Smith --- 26 26 --- --- --- --- --- 14
Elliott Sadler --- 28 --- --- --- --- 38 3 15
Matt Kenseth --- --- 12 5 10 --- --- --- 16
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 41 10 11 31
Kyle Busch 32 25 37 2 4 18 7 18 35
Danica Patrick --- --- --- --- --- 35 14 38 36
Brendan Gaughan --- --- --- --- 15 30 --- --- ---
James Buescher --- --- --- --- --- 8 --- Won ---
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The 2014 Nationwide Series season begins with the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. This will be the 33rd season of NASCAR's second-tier series.

The 300-mile season-opener in Nationwide has been held at Daytona each year since the inception of the series in 1982. Dale Earnhardt 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 Nationwide victories at Daytona with seven each. Earnhardt won five consecutive Nationwide races there from 1990-95.

Stewart's most recent win at Daytona came one year ago, but his victory was overshadowed by a horrifying multi-car accident that occurred on the frontstretch at the finish. Dozens of spectators in the grandstands were injured, two of them critically, when Kyle Larson's car flipped around and sailed into the catchfence after he had been caught up in the wreck.

The front end of Larson's car was ripped apart after it tore a gaping hole in the fence. The engine and one of the tires sheared off his car and lodged in the fencing. Another tire from his vehicle flew up and over into the upper deck of the grandstands. In wake of that incident, the crossover gate areas at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, a track similar to Daytona, were reinforced as part of NASCAR's new safety measures.

The 2012 spring race at Daytona featured a then track record 38 lead changes among 16 different drivers. 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 Nationwide poles at Daytona with five.

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 to 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 will be determined in 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.

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

James Buescher is the only driver on the entry list for this race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Daytona (February 2012). Stewart's maiden win in the series came there in February 2005.

Three drivers entered made their series debuts at Daytona: Robert Richardson Jr. (2007), Danica Patrick (2010) and Kyle Larson (2013).

The next Nationwide Series race is the March 1 Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.



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