NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Notes and Entry List

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TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 101,000 [was 147,000, 168,000] with 124 suites.
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Ken Griffey Jr.
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: John Cena
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
  • 2015 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 161.939mph, started 5th
  • 2015 July Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 134.941mph, started 1st
  • Track Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph
  • Oldest Race Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/1988
  • Youngest Race Winner: Trevor Bayne, 20 years, 0 months, 1 days, 2/20/2011
  • Worst Starting Spot to win: #14-Tony Stewart, started 42nd, 7/7/2012
  • 2015 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293, finished 33rd
  • 2015 July Pole Winner: none, qualifying cancelled due to rain
  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987
  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (single car run): Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989
  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (group qualifying): #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293mph, February 2014
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 5 months, 23 days, Daytona, 7/1/2011
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Austin Dillon, 23 years, 9 months, 20 days, 2/16/2014
  • Only Woman Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #10-Danica Patrick, 196.434, finished 8th
  • Daytona 500 Specific Qualifying – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position
    Four Open teams are eligible for starting positions
    o The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position
    o The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race
    Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races
    If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500
    If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the other three Open teams determined by qualifying
    If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams
    If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams
    If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 Owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams
    All Other Championship Race events
    Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position and four Open teams are eligible for starting positions.
    Qualifying results will determine the Open team starting positions assuming the event is run as scheduled
    If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds determine the four Open teams
    If practice and qualifying are cancelled due to weather, Owner points determine the four Open teams (events 1-3 revert to 2015 Owner points) (looks like no more past champion provisional)
  • Engine Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 then the other 35 races, teams must run the same engine from Saturday’s first practice session through the Budweiser Duel 150 mile qualifying races. If a team makes a change before the Duel, then it must start at the rear of the Duel 150 field and the Daytona 500 (as of 2015). After the Duel 150 races, teams can make an engine change before the Happy Hour practice session. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.
  • Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.
  • Smaller restrictor plate at Daytona: For Speedweeks at Daytona, there will be a minor reduction in the size of the restrictor-plate holes, which will decrease by 1/64th of an inch to 57/64ths.
  • Larger restart zone return in 2016: After doubling the restart zone for many of the races in last season’s Chase, the expanded box will continue to be used this season, along with additional cameras and a senior official monitoring restarts from the pits.
  • NASCAR Overtime / Green-White-Checker 2016
    For all three NASCAR national series, a race may be concluded with overtime, consisting of a new procedure for a green-white-checkered flag finish featuring an “overtime line.” The location of the overtime line will vary by track.
    After taking the green on the overtime restart, if the leader then passes the overtime line on the first lap under green before a caution comes out (a “clean restart”), it will be considered a valid green-white-checkered attempt. However, if a caution comes out before the leader passes the overtime line on the first lap under green, it will not be considered a valid attempt, and a subsequent attempt will be made. If necessary, multiple subsequent attempts will be made until a valid attempt occurs.
    Once a valid attempt is achieved (clean restart), it will become the only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. If a caution comes out at any time during the valid green-white-checkered attempt, the field will be frozen and the checkered/yellow or checkered/red displayed to cars at the finish line.

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 10:30am/et on FoxSports1
  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

EVENT SCHEDULE
(these times in eastern time)

Thursday, February 11
6:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, February 12
12:00 PM 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN

Saturday, February 13

8:00 AM – 11:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM – 12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)
1:30 – 3:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)

Sunday, February 14

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (Fox)

Tuesday, February 16
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MEDIA DAY

Wednesday, February 17
3:00 – 8:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
5:00 – 5:45 PM NSCS PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)
6:10 – 6:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)

Thursday, February 18
10:30 AM NSCS, NCWTS, NXS SPOTTERS MEETING
10:30 AM – 11:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 – 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)
5:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:40 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NSCS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (Fox Sports 1)
8:40 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
9:00 PM NSCS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (Fox Sports 1)

Friday, February 19
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 – 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)
2:00 – 2:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)

Saturday, February 20
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:15 – 1:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (Fox Sports 1)

Sunday, February 21
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:15 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS DAYTONA 500 RACE (Fox)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 9 sets for the race
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4596; Right-side — D-4600
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.91 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side — 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 27 psi; Left Rear — 27 psi;
    Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona throughout Speedweeks . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . 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.

Weather:
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
Daytona 500
Race 1 at Daytona Interational Speedway – 2/21/2016
Track Size (Miles) 2.5, Race Length (Miles) 500, Laps 200
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy McDonald’s / Cessna 13
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 7
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow 21
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Jimmy John’s 2
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Farmers Insurance 18
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare 29
7 7 Regan Smith Chevy Golden Corral / Nikko RC 36
8 10 Danica Patrick Chevy Nature’s Bakery 24
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 9
10 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 23
11 14 Brian Vickers Chevy Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 27
12 15 Clint Bowyer Chevy 5 Hour Energy 30
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford KFC Nashville Hot 20
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal 25
15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 75th Anniversary 1
16 19 Carl Edwards Toyota ARRIS 16
17 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 14
18 21 Ryan Blaney* # Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 41
19 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 6
20 23 David Ragan Toyota Dr Pepper 40
21 24 Chase Elliott # Chevy NAPA Auto Parts 3
22 26 Robert Richardson Jr Toyota Stalk It 43
23 27 Paul Menard Chevy Peak Antifreeze / Menards 15
24 30 Josh Wise* Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing 49
25 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Caterpillar 9
26 32 Bobby Labonte Ford Can-Am 42
27 34 Chris Bueshcher # Ford Love’s Travel Stops 31
28 35 David Gilliland* Ford TBA 34
29 38 Landon Cassill Ford Florida Lottery 32
30 40 Reed Sorenson* Chevy CRC Brakleen 33
31 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation / Monster Energy 16
32 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 19
33 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 17
34 44 Brian Scott # Ford Albertsons / Shore Lodge 26
35 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J 45
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Kroger / Scott Products 22
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s 10
38 59 Michael McDowell* Chevy Thrivent Financial / K-Love Radio 44
39 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 4
40 83 Michael Waltrip Toyota Maxwell House 37
41 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nationwide 12
42 93 Matt Dibenedetto* Toyota Dustless Blasting 52
43 95 Ty Dillon (i) Chevy Cheerios / Kroger 35
44 98 Cole Whitt* Toyota TBA 39

# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
* – must compete for the four remaining positions in the field each week
(i) – driver not running for 2016 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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