NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Daytona 500 Preview

The Sports NetworkFebruary 20, 2014 

Date: Sunday, Feb. 23

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

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

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 500

Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 56th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

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

Race record: Buddy Baker, 1980 (177.602 mph)

Qualifying record: Bill Elliott, 1987 (210.364 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson

Runner up: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Pole winner: Danica Patrick (196.434 mph)

Top 10:

1. Jimmie Johnson (Start: 9)

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19)

3. Mark Martin (14)

4. Brad Keselowski (15)

5. Ryan Newman (34)

6. Greg Biffle (5)

7. Regan Smith (40)

8. Danica Patrick (1)

9. Michael McDowell (38)

10. J.J. Yeley (41)

Average speed: 159.250 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 8 mins., 23 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.129 secs.

Caution flags: 6 for 24 laps

Lead changes: 28 among 14 drivers

Past winners

2013 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 159.250 mph

2012 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 140.256 mph

2011 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 130.326 mph

2010 Jamie McMurray, , 137.284 mph

2009 *Matt Kenseth, Ford, 132.816 mph

2008 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 152.672 mph

2007 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 149.335 mph

2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 142.667 mph

2005 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 135.173 mph

2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 156.345 mph

2003 *Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 133.870 mph

2002 Ward Burton, Dodge, 142.971 mph

2001 Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 161.794 mph

2000 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 155.669 mph

1999 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 161.551 mph

1998 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 172.712 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 148.295 mph

1996 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 154.308 mph

1995 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 141.710 mph

1994 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 156.931 mph

1993 Dale Jarrett, Chevrolet, 154.972 mph

1992 Davey Allison, Ford, 168.256 mph

1991 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 148.148 mph

1990 Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 165.761 mph

1989 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 148.466 mph

1988 Bobby Allison, Buick, 137.531 mph

1987 Bill Elliott, Ford, 176.263 mph

1986 Geoff Bodine, Chevrolet, 148.124 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 172.265 mph

1984 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 150.994 mph

1983 Cale Yarborough, Pontiac, 155.979 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Buick, 153.991 mph

1981 Richard Petty, Buick, 169.651 mph

1980 Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile, 177.602 mph

1979 Richard Petty, Oldsmobile, 143.977 mph

1978 Bobby Allison, Ford, 159.730 mph

1977 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 153.218 mph

1976 David Pearson, Mercury, 152.181 mph

1975 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 153.649 mph

1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 140.894 mph

1973 Richard Petty, Dodge, 157.205 mph

1972 A.J. Foyt, Mercury, 161.550 mph

1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 144.462 mph

1970 Pete Hamilton, Plymouth, 149.601 mph

1969 LeeRoy Yarborough, Ford, 157.950 mph

1968 Cale Yarborough, Mercury, 143.251 mph

1967 Mario Andretti, Ford, 146.926 mph

1966 *Richard Petty, Plymouth, 160.627 mph

1965 *Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 141.539 mph

1964 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 154.334 mph

1963 Tiny Lund, Ford, 151.566 mph

1962 Fireball Roberts, Pontiac, 152.529 mph

1961 Marvin Panch, Pontiac, 149.601 mph

1960 Junior Johnson, Chevrolet, 124.740 mph

1959 Lee Petty, Oldsmobile, 135.521 mph

Last race

Race: The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (Feb. 15)

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

Miles: 187.5

Laps: 75

Finish line order: Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick

Time of Race: 1 hr., 18 mins., 35 secs.

Average speed: 143.160 mph

Margin of victory: 0.149 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 13 laps

Lead changes: 16 among 7 drivers

Lap leaders: D. Hamlin 1; J. McMurray 2-10; Kyle Busch 11-16; K. Harvick D. Hamlin 1; J. McMurray 2-10; Kyle Busch 11-16; K. Harvick 17-21; D. Hamlin 22; K. Harvick 23; D. Hamlin 24-30; B. Keselowski 31-34; D. Hamlin 35-41; B. Keselowski 42-43; J. Logano 44-46; D. Hamlin 47-55; J. McMurray 56; D. Earnhardt Jr. 57-63; J. Logano 64-71; B. Keselowski 72-73; D. Hamlin 74-75.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's Chevrolet

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J Travel

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley Ford

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick Gear

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Peak

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Swan Energy Toyota

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy Services

#33 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Whitetail

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/CSX-Play It Safe

#35 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Ford/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Golden Corral

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Stops

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

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

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Smithfield

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Kroger/USO

#48 * Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt Professional

#52 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/Blue DEF/AAA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Borla Exhaust

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/300 Rise of an Empire

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#93 Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/K-Love

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/Curb Records

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Jimmie Johnson 5 Won 39 27 31 35 27 42 Won
Dale Earnhardt Jr 3 8 32 9 27 2 24 2 2
Brad Keselowski 36 29 32 4
Ryan Newman 20 3 38 Won 36 34 22 21 5
Greg Biffle 25 31 25 10 20 3 35 3 6
Danica Patrick 38 8
Clint Bowyer 6 18 24 4 4 17 11 11
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20 12
Aric Almirola 30 33 13
Denny Hamlin 30 28 17 26 17 21 4 14
Marcos Ambrose 17 41 37 13 18
Joey Logano 43 20 23 9 19
Jeff Gordon Won 26 10 39 13 26 28 40 20
Paul Menard 22 38 13 9 6 21
Martin Truex Jr 34 16 29 20 11 6 19 12 24
Trevor Bayne Won 35 27
Kurt Busch 2 38 41 2 10 23 5 39 28
Austin Dillon 31
Jamie McMurray 32 37 31 26 37 Won 18 31 32
Carl Edwards 12 43 23 19 18 9 2 8 33
Kyle Busch 38 23 24 4 41 14 8 17 34
David Ragan 5 42 6 16 14 43 35
Kasey Kahne 22 11 7 7 29 30 25 29 36
Matt Kenseth 42 15 27 36 Won 8 34 Won 37
Tony Stewart 7 5 43 3 8 22 13 16 41
Kevin Harvick 28 14 Won 14 2 7 42 7 42
Brian Vickers 21 7 12 39 15 31

Notes

The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins with stock car racing's most prestigious race of the season -- the Daytona 500. This will be the 56th running of "The Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway.

Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the Cup Series season-opener only since 1982.

Groundbreaking for DIS took place on Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.

DIS has 31 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 18 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 3 degrees on the straights. The length of the frontstretch is 3,800 feet, and the backstretch measures 3,000 feet. The track was repaved in 2010. Lights were installed in 1998.

The first Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying event for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959. Bob Welborn won that race.

Thirty-five drivers have won a Daytona 500. Ten of them have won it multiple times.

Richard Petty holds the record for most Daytona 500 wins with seven ((1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79, '81). Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with three victories in this race (1997, '99 and 2005).

Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500 in 2013. It came in his 400th career Sprint Cup start.

Johnson will attempt to become the fourth driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. Sterling Marlin is the last one to accomplish the feat, doing so from 1994-95. Marlin is the only driver whose first two career wins in the Cup Series occurred in the Daytona 500. Petty won this race consecutively from 1973-74, and Cale Yarborough scored back-to-back victories from 1983-84.

Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship last year. Five reigning Cup champions went on to win the Daytona 500 the following season: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Yarborough (1977), Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).

The winner of the Daytona 500 has started from the pole position just nine times. The last driver to do it is Jarrett in 2000. Gordon is the only active driver to accomplish the feat (1999). Rookie Austin Dillon is starting on the pole for this year's race.

Seven drivers scored their first career Cup Series victories in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Trevor Bayne (2011).

Bayne is the youngest winner of the Daytona 500. He won this race one day after he celebrated his 20th birthday on Feb. 20, 2011. When Bobby Allison was 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, 1988.

Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 1959. With more than 41,000 in attendance at the newly-built DIS, Petty beat Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish to win the race. However, the winner was not decided until 61 hours after the checkered flag had waved. NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. reviewed the finish from a newsreel and concluded that Petty crossed the line just two feet ahead of Beauchamp.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the Daytona 500 happened in 2007 when Kevin Harvick nipped Mark Martin to finish line by only 0.02 seconds.

The quickest a Daytona 500 has been completed occurred in 1980 when Buddy Baker, driving an Oldsmobile, finished the race in 2 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds.

Four drivers who are competing in this year's Daytona 500 made their first career Cup start in this race: Tony Stewart (1999), Casey Mears (2003), Kasey Kahne (2004) and Danica Patrick (2012).

The purse for this year's Daytona 500 will be $19,784,864, with at least $1,454,600 awarded to the race winner. The second-place finisher is guaranteed to collect $1,071,125, while the third-place finisher gets $780,225. Last year's purse for the Daytona 500 was $19,346,972. Johnson had a $1,525,275 payday for his victory.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the March 2 The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

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