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Wrap-up: Daytona

Sunday, February 24, 2013


This past weekend, Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted the Sprint Cup Daytona 500, the Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 and the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. The No. 10 Chevrolet SS driver went out eighth in the qualifying session and covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph. Only four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon even came close to knocking her off. Gordon was the only other driver who topped 196 mph. He locked up the other guaranteed spot in the season-opening event.

Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Mike Bliss and No. 52 Brian Keselowski.

Race Winner:  Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Annual Daytona 500, his 61st victory in 400 NSCS races. He also won the 500 in 2006. He becomes the 10th driver to win multiple Daytona 500s. Johnson is the sixth driver to win in his 400th start. The others were Lee Petty, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dave Marcis and Dale Earnhardt. This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 23 races at Daytona.

Rookie of the Race: Danica Patrick, the No. 10 Chevrolet driver, started on the pole and finished eighth. She is the first female driver to score a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500. She was named the "Rookie of the Race".  The only other ROTY in the event was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 12th).

Contingency Awards:
- Matt Kenseth won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (86 of 200). The No. 20 Toyota driver started 12th in the lineup but lost the engine on lap 149. He was credited with a 37th place finish and is currently 33rd in the point standings.
- Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Johnson’s race-winning Chevrolet.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap. The No. 17 Ford driver started 28th in the lineup and finished 12th.
- Ryan Newman won the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal. The No. 39 Chevrolet driver earned the award for his fifth place finish.

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 5 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NSCS Top 12:
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Mark Martin
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Ryan Newman
6. Greg Biffle
7. Danica Patrick
8. Michael McDowell
9. J.J. Yeley
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
12. Aric Almirola

Next NSCS Race: Subway Fresh Fit 500(k), March 3rd at Phoenix International Raceway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300 with a lap of 50.801 seconds, 177.162 mph. This is the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford Mustang driver's sixth pole in 86 NNS races. It is his first pole in six races at Daytona International Speedway. He was also in Sunday's Daytona 500 driving the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford Fusion.  Bayne had mechanical problems during the NNS race. After repairs he returned to event and finished in 31st place, 19 laps down to the leaders. He is currently 21st in the 2013 point standings.

Did Not Qualify: No. 85 Bobby Gerhart, No. 89 Morgan Shepherd, No. 92 Dexter Stacey and No. 52 Joey Gase.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Tony Stewart won the 32nd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300, his 11th victory in 94 NNS races. This is the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro driver's seventh victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 NNS races at Daytona International Speedway. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Alex Bowman started eighth and finished third. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders and earned the No. 99 Toyota driver the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Alex Bowman won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.
- Regan Smith led the most laps of the Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway earning the 3M Lap Leader award. The No. 7 Chevrolet driver started 15th and led 23 of the 120 laps run. He was in the lead on the last lap but was involved in a multi-car wreck. He was credited with a 14th place finish. Smith is currently 11th in the 2013 NNS points. 
- Penske Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in second-place finishing No. 12 Ford driven by  Sam Hornish Jr.

Points Leader: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 1 point over Alex Bowman.

NNS Top 10:
1. Sam Hornish Jr.
2. Alex Bowman
3. Parker Kligerman
4. Brian Scott
5. Justin Allgaier
6. Eric McClure
7. Robert Richardson
8. Travis Pastrana
9. Nelson Piquet Jr.
10. Kyle Larson

Next NNS Race: Dollar General 200, Saturday, March 3, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials:
Brennan Newberry won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a lap of 177.176 mph. This is the No. 14 Chevrolet Silverado driver’s first pole in 11 NCWTS races. He was also the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender. Newberry was involved in an accident on lap 54 and was done for the day. He was credited with a 33rd place finish.

Did Not Qualify: No. 82 Sean Corr, No. 50 Rick Crawford and No. 63 Scott Stenzel.

Race Winner: Johnny Sauter won the 14th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250, his seventh victory in 109 NCWTS races. This is the No. 98 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and first top-10 finish in five races at Daytona. It was Toyota's 100th win in the NCWTS and Toyota's seventh-consecutive win at Daytona in the series.

Rookie of the Race: Jeb Burton won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his fifth place finish in the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders. Burton is currently fifth in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Johnny Sauter won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award. It is given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.
- Triad won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck (Sauter’s race-winning No. 98 Toyota Tundra).

Points Leader: Johnny Sauter leads the standings by 6 points over Ron Hornaday.

NCWTS Top 10:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Ron Hornaday
3. Justin Lofton
4. Ty Dillon
5. Jeb Burton
6. Miguel Paludo
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Matt Crafton
9. Ryan Sieg
10. Todd Bodine

Next NCWTS Race: Kroger 250, Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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