NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 Notes and Entry List

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Sadler Rides Points Lead Wave To Sunny Florida
In the last three to four years a lot has happened to Elliott Sadler.
He finished runner-up in the series standings in back-to-back seasons (2011 and ’12); he changed teams and car makes in the off-season before 2013 (from Chevrolet with Richard Childress Racing to Toyota with Joe Gibbs Racing); and after all that, he has finally raced his way back to the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings lead.
Sadler is back in championship form after taking over the points for the first time since the fall of 2012 at Phoenix International Raceway.
For the first half of this season JR Motorsports looked almost untouchable in the points, but for the first time this season the JRM teammates of Regan Smith and Chase Elliott have relinquished the standings lead. Now, JGR’s Elliott Sadler is in command; four points ahead of Chase Elliott in second and eight points over Smith in third.
Statistically speaking, Sadler could very well expand on that lead this weekend. Not only does he have a win at a restrictor plate track this year (Talladega), but of the top three drivers in points, he has the best pre-race driver rating (98.6) and average finish (13.3) at Daytona.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for the JR Motorsports squad, Kevin Harvick did win the race at Kentucky in the No. 5 Chevrolet last weekend and with the series heading to Daytona International Speedway, Smith has the chance to defend his season-opening win.
For some, restrictor-plate racing is like an undecipherable code, but some have cracked it – and Smith undoubtedly is one of them.  Smith won at Talladega last season, won the season opener at Daytona this season and finished third at Talladega just a few months ago.
Smith will be Sadler’s biggest threat to the points lead this weekend. Throughout Smith’s career, he has progressively improved at Daytona. In his last three starts he has combined to lead 59 laps, and finished inside the top-10 in his last two starts at Daytona.

Daytona Kicks-Off Qualifying For Round One Of Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash
Friday night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway marks the return of Nationwide Insurance’s Dash 4 Cash (#Dash4Cash). The top-four finishing NASCAR Nationwide championship contenders in the Subway Firecracker 250 will qualify to run the first leg of the popular program at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with an opportunity to win $100,000.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at New Hampshire will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Chicagoland the following weekend. The three highest finishing NNS regulars at New Hampshire not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland. The final two events at Indianapolis and Iowa will carry the same qualifying requirements.
If one driver wins the first three legs of the Dash 4 Cash and the Iowa race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award that driver an extra $600,000.
Four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.

Television Coverage/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 – 7:00pm/et
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

 

Event Schedule
Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, July 2nd
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Thursday, July 3rd
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-2:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NNS QUALIFYING INSPECTION
6:00 PM NSCS & NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, July 4th
10:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)(ESPN2)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the event
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4596; Right-side — D-4600
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.99 in. (2,235 mm);
    Right-side — 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)
  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front — 30 psi; Left Rear — 30 psi;
    Right Front — 55 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 27 psi; Left Rear — 27 psi;
    Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that major NASCAR teams have run at both Daytona and Talladega since last October . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR Natonwide Series
Subway Firecracker 250 Entry List
Daytona International Speedway  – 7/4/2014
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor
1 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Flex Seal
2 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Shore Lodge
3 3 Ty Dillon# Chevrolet Yuengling America’s Oldest Brewery
4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
5 5 Kasey Kahne (i) Chevrolet Hellmann’s
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare
7 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet Goody’s
8 9 Chase Elliott # Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
9 10 Blake Koch Toyota Celsius Cola
10 11 Elliot Sadler Toyota SportClips
11 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap
12 16 Ryan Reed # Ford American Diabetes Assoc, Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes
13 17 Tanner Berryhill # Dodge NationalCashLenders.com
14 19 Mike Bliss Toyota Upstar TV
15 20 Darrell Wallace Jr (i) Toyota Share a Coke
16 22 Joey Logano (i) Ford Discount Tire
17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Chevrolet Cornboard
18 25 John Wes Townley (i) Toyota Zaxby’s
19 28 J.J. Yeley Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage
20 29 Scott Jr Toyota Florida Department of Transportation
21 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # Chevrolet Rockstar
22 39 Ryan Sieg # Chevrolet RSS Racing
23 40 Josh Wise(i) Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
24 42 Kyle Larson(i) Chevrolet Target Ticket
25 43 Dakoda Armstrong # Ford Fresh from Florida
26 44 David Star Toyota Chasco Key Plumbing
27 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
28 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Allsouthelectric.com- BRT Extrusions
29 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet TBA
30 54 Kyle Busch(i) Toyota Monster Energy
31 55 Ross Chastain (i) Chevrolet Watermelon.org
32 60 Chris Buescher # Ford Roush Performance
33 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Casino & Resort
34 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet YOUTHEORY
35 74 Mike Harmon Dodge TBA
36 76 Tommy Joe Martins # Dodge Cross Conrete Construction
37 80 Johnny Sauter (i) Toyota TBD
38 84 Chad Boat Chevrolet Billy Boat Performance Exhaust
39 85 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet Lucas Oil
40 87 Carlos Contreras Toyota TBD
41 91 Benny Gordon Toyota BWP Baseball Bats
42 93 Mike Wallace Dodge JGL Racing
43 97 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota TBA
44 98 David Ragan(i) Ford Carroll Shelby Engine
45 99 James Buescher Toyota Rheem

Drivers in Red must qualifying on time
(i) equals ineligible for driver championship points
# – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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