Category: Daytona

Feb 18 2011

2011 Daytona 500 Qualifying

Its official, after the completion of the two qualifying races today; here is the starting lineup for the 53rd running of the super bowl of racing, the Daytona 500:
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 22 Kurt Busch
4 31 Jeff Burton
5 78 Regan Smith
6 33 Clint Bowyer
7 29 Kevin Harvick
8 115 Michael Waltrip
9 17 Matt Kenseth
10 18 Kyle Busch
11 4 Kasey Kahne
12 192 Brian Keselowski
13 42 Juan Montoya
14 1 Jamie McMurray
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger
16 2 Brad Keselowski
17 5 Mark Martin
18 11 Denny Hamlin
19 27 Paul Menard
20 56 Martin Truex Jr.
21 39 Ryan Newman
22 99 Carl Edwards
23 48 Jimmie Johnson
24 00 David Reutimann
25 14 Tony Stewart
26 16 Greg Biffle
27 83 Brian Vickers
28 37 Robert Richardson Jr.
29 09 Bill Elliott
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 47 Bobby Labonte
32 21 Trevor Bayne
33 46 J.J. Yeley
34 6 David Ragan
35 9 Marcos Ambrose
36 77 Steve Wallace
37 71 Andy Lally
38 20 Joey Logano
39 34 David Gilliland
40 38 Travis Kvapil
41 87 Joe Nemechek
42 36 Dave Blaney
43 32 Terry Labonte

Now, Dale Earnhardt will not be starting the Daytona 500 in the first position, he has to go to the back because he wrecked his car and has to use a backup car. Jeff Gordon MAY have to go to the back as well if they can’t get the damage fixed from his wreck/incident in the second Gatorade duel today. Speaking of the duels here is how they finished in the first duel: Read more »

Feb 13 2011

Kurt Busch Wins 33rd Bud Shootout

There I was, laying on the couch, enjoying the 33rd running of the Bud Shootout at Daytona, Earnhardt Jr was wrecked by Regan Smith or Carl Edwards and they had a couple long commercials and I feel alseep. Daggonit. I missed the rest of the race, but, apparently, Kurt Busch was ruled the winner after Denny Hamlin passed by crossing the yellow line.

Here is how they finished:
1 – 22 Kurt Busch
2 – 1 Jamie McMurray
3 – 39 Ryan Newman
4 – 48 Jimmie Johnson
5 – 16 Greg Biffle
6 – 24 Jeff Gordon
7 – 29 Kevin Harvick
8 – 31 Jeff Burton
9 – 33 Clint Bowyer
10 – 47 Bobby Labonte
11 – 14 Tony Stewart
12 – 11 Denny Hamlin
13 – 17 Matt Kenseth
14 – 64 Derrike Cope
15 – 115 Michael Waltrip
16 – 18 Kyle Busch
17 – 5 Mark Martin
18 – 20 Joey Logano
19 – 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20 – 42 Juan Montoya
21 – 99 Carl Edwards
22 – 78 Regan Smith
23 – 97 Kevin Conway
24 – 4 Kasey Kahne

Jul 11 2009

Coke Zero 400 2009 Videos

Here are some great videos from the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the crowd really seemed to enjoy Tony Stewart taking out Kyle Busch. I know I did.


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Mar 06 2009

Daytona 500 Corvette Showcases Chevy Pride

Changing subjects for a moment (though still on a tangent of one of our current subjects, the Daytona 500) – in honor of Chevy’s release of the 638 HP supercharged ZR-1, we’ll jump back in time one year to remember their 2008 Z06 Daytona pacecar. Since its inception, Chevy has been linked to NASCAR, and 2008 and 2009 are no exceptions. Though Chevy chose a Camaro to pace the Daytona 500 this year, the 50th anniversary of the running of the Daytona 500 in 2008 was marked by Chevrolet fielding a special edition Z06 for NASCAR’s biggest, richest, and most prestigious race.

Corvette Z06 WheelsIn honor of this historic event, the 2008 Chevrolet Z06 Daytona 500 pace car sported a custom white, gold, red, and blue flame-style paint scheme and, of course, a integrated light bar and strobe system. It also had the notable characteristic of being purely powered by E85 ethanol. But regardless of its power source, under the hood, the Z06 remained almost identical to the version available directly to consumers – and no wonder, seeing as its specs put it already in the realm of supercars. In fact, its horsepower topped that of the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars that it paced. With its trademark Corvette Z06 wheels, this head-turning pacecar was a marvel of engineering and style.

Off the track, Chevrolet made sure that consumers were able to obtain a commemorative edition Corvette for themselves. For those lucky enough to want to own the car and have the means to do so, the "base" Z06 represented a hefty $25,000 price premium over the base coupe. The Indy pace car that was made available to the public, however, was not a Z06; but in exchange, its pricetag of $59,090 for the coupe was significantly less than the $71,000 required for an entry-level Z06. Each commemorative edition was number, featured titanium seats, and sported a Z06 Corvette spoiler.

The Corvette, the Z06, and especially the newly released ZR1 are the embodiment of American ingenuity and muscle car might; and Chevrolet’s clear dedication to high performance through their continuing relationship with NASCAR is something that we can all enjoy, and should. Even cars such as the commemorative Corvette from 2008 are something we NASCAR fans can be proud of, even if we don’t own one. So after this little stroll down NASCAR muscle car memory lane, if you’re a fan of the Corvette, don’t forget to wear your Corvette t shirt out this summer to the track to show your support for our American car companies. Lucky enough to own an actual Corvette, as well as a full closet of Corvette t shirts? Then drive it loud and proud – with a nice loud exhaust from an American aftermarket Corvette parts company – and show your support for Chevrolet – and by extension, your love for motorsports such as NASCAR.

Feb 16 2009

Kenseth Wins Daytona 400

Matt Kenseth did something I don’t remember him being all last season, lucky, and another he had never done before today, win the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the rain shortened 51st running of the Daytona 500 today, after passing Elliott Sadler on the very last green flag lap. I bet Elliott is kicking himself right now. This was also Jack Roush’s first Daytona 500 win in 20 years as an owner, in an article posted at Nascar.com, Roush and Kenseth both did not believe it would happen today.

One day before the Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth confided in his wife Katie that he was tired of no longer being a serious title contender on NASCAR’s premier series, and harbored no illusions about his chances in the sport’s biggest race. On the morning of the Daytona 500, Jack Roush woke up feeling pessimistic as always, those two decades of close calls and near misses on the big race track engrained in his bones. Source: At Daytona, rain washes a team’s pessimism away

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Feb 12 2009

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

After todays Gatorade duel races, 1 and 2, the starting lineup is now set in stone, here is how they will start in the running of the 51st Daytona 500:

1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice
6 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
8 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
11 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero
12 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com
13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard
15 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
17 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing
18 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport
19 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards
20 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline
21 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal
22 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper
23 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox
24 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing
25 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
26 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
27 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA
28 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
30 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley
31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam
32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
33 6 David Ragan Ford UPS
34 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s
35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
36 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World
38 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
39 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt
40 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft
41 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral
42 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing
43 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World

Did Not Qualify
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
45 08 Boris Said Ford U.S. Chrome / Scotts Bonus S Max
46 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
47 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota Kirk Shelmerdine Racing
48 171 Mike Wallace Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
49 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s
50 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King
51 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Blu Frog Energy Drink
52 123 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors
53 51 Kelly Bires Dodge BlackJack Racing
54 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction
55 64 Geoff Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports
56 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing

Feb 12 2009

Kyle Busch Wins Duel #2

Kyle Busch didn’t lead any of the second duel until the very end, when it really counts, and with the help of Denny Hamlin, who got passed by Mark Martin at the end, he stayed there. Mark looked pretty good today, and Brian Vickers did as well, maybe I should’ve picked him for my 12 chase drivers? Nah, too early to start doubting myself now. Jeremy Mayfield is one of the big stories of the day, racing his way into the Daytona 500 and his team that is comprised of people who were laid off in the off season. Congrats guys. Congrats as well to Scott Riggs and A.J. Allmendinger who also raced their way into the 500.

Here is how they finished:
1 8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s PE 60 Running
2 1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest PE 60 Running
3 18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull PE 60 Running
4 3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target PE 60 Running
5 13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express PE 60 Running
6 5 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com PE 60 Running
7 6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard PE 60 Running
8 14 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac PE 60 Running
9 21 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport PE 60 Running
10 19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline PE 60 Running
11 12 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper PE 60 Running
12 20 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing PE 60 Running
13 22 171 Mike Wallace Chevrolet TRG Motorsports PE 60 Running
14 17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar PE 60 Running
15 10 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine PE 60 Running
16 7 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing PE 60 Running
17 16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley PE 60 Running
18 24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil PE 60 Running
19 4 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral PE 60 Running
20 26 51 Kelly Bires Dodge FABgrills / KrugerFarms.com PE 60 Running
21 15 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s PE 60 Running
22 25 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Blu Frog Energy Drink PE 58 Running
23 28 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet D3 Outdoor PE 55 Running
24 2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army PE 47 Running
25 9 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull PE 44 In Pit
26 23 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King PE 27 In Pit
28 11 08 Boris Said Ford U.S. Chrome / Scotts Bonus S Max PE 13 In Pit

Feb 12 2009

Jeff Gordon is Back in Winner’s Circle

The first Gatorade Duel race is over and Jeff Gordon is back in victory lane again, even though it’s not a points race, it sure does put a good start to the 2009 Sprint Cup season. It looked like Tony Stewart might be able to beat him, but, in the end, his help wasn’t close enough to give him a push around Gordon. Speaking of Stewart, they looked pretty good working together, I was wondering when that would end, I figured the last five laps would be a good start to ending the cooperation and that’s about when Tony first passed Jeff, I believe it was with four laps to go.

Joey Logano looked pretty good for an 18 year old punk behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car, pushing Jeff Gordon around Tony for the last pass for the lead. We’ll see how he does in the 500 and the rest of the season soon enough.

Here is how they finished the first duel:
1 5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont PE 60 Running
2 6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice PE 60 Running
3 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s PE 60 Running
4 10 20 Joey Logano * Toyota The Home Depot PE 60 Running
5 4 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero PE 60 Running
6 22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite PE 60 Running
7 19 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser PE 60 Running
8 15 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing PE 60 Running
9 7 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards PE 60 Running
10 12 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal PE 60 Running
11 9 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports PE 60 Running
12 18 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming PE 60 Running
13 14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie PE 60 Running
14 21 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s PE 60 Running
15 16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA PE 60 Running
16 23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 PE 60 Running
17 28 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction PE 60 Running
18 25 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s PE 60 Running
19 26 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World PE 60 Running
20 24 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota Kirk Shelmerdine Racing PE 60 Running
21 1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker PE 60 Running
22 20 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam PE 60 In Pit
23 13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS PE 60 Running
24 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M PE 58 In Pit
25 17 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World PE 53 In Pit
26 11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt PE 52 In Pit
27 2 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft PE 25 In Pit
28 27 123 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors PE 23 Running

Feb 10 2009

Daytona 2009 Qualifying

Martin Truex Jr. has the pole for the 2009 Daytona 500 with a speed of 188.001 mph, and Mark Martin claimed second with a speed of 187.817 mph, they also start in the top spot in both of the Gatorade Duel races, Truex in race #1 and Martin in race #2.. The top two spots are the only ones that are guaranteed right now, they use the results of the Gatorade races to determine the rest of the starting order, the top two finishes in each Duel race outside the top 35 in 2008 owners’ points make the race, as well as the next three fastest qualifiers not already locked in.

Pretty complicated, and there has been some debate on how complicated and hard it is on the teams to qualify for Daytona the way that it is now. They should qualify normally for the most part, and use the Gatorade races to determine the top two starters for the race, they would still have the same amount of warm-up races, the Duel races and the Bud Shootout but would make it a lot easier on the drivers I bet. But what do I know.

Here is how they will start for the two Gatorade races.
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Feb 07 2009

2009 Bud Shootout Videos

Here are a bunch of videos from tonights Budweiser Shootout.

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