Date: Saturday, Feb. 22
Start Time: 1:15 p.m. ET
Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval
Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: ESPN
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)
Defending champion: Tony Stewart (not defending)
Runner up: Sam Hornish Jr.
Pole winner: Trevor Bayne (177.162 mph)
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
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
Race: Ford EcoBoost 300 (Nov. 16, 2013)
Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.
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.
#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
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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.