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Seven and 11 are considered lucky numbers in the dice game craps, but they have not elevated Brad Keselowski to the top 10 on either the top-five or top-10 lists. He sits just outside that mark in terms of number of front-of-pack results and has the 12th-best average finish of 19.36.

With two wins at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Keselowski has a much better average result there than Daytona International Speedway. His ‘Dega average is 14.8, while his Daytona average is 23.9.
Feb 10 - 11:24 AM

With an average finish that is barely inside the top 20, players might be inclined to believe Greg Biffle is not a very strong plate racer. That ranks him 13th among active, fulltime drivers however, and his 14th top-10s places him 10th on that chart.

NASCAR is about current achievements and five of Biffle’s last six attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways have been 20th or worse. Watch him, but only start him if he looks comfortable in the draft during prelims.
Feb 10 - 11:23 AM

Ryan Newman has earned 18 top-10s in his 56-race career on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, ranking him ninth on that chart between Clint Bowyer’s 21 and Greg Biffle’s 14.

Newman added two top-10s in the four plate races last year and came close to banking another in the fall ‘Dega duel. He finished 12th in the CampingWorld.com 500. His worst result came in the Daytona 500 with a crash-induced 38th.
Feb 10 - 11:22 AM

Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited after leading a race high of 28 laps in the 75-lap non-points event at Daytona.

That was 27 more laps than he led the entire 2014 season, his first year with the single-car team based out of Denver, Colo. He went on to claim 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 point races, a victory at the June Pocono race and a Chase march to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished fourth in the final point standings, a vault of 20 positions from 2014. Truex will drive the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota in the Sprint Unlimited. At all the other events at Daytona Speedweeks he will drive the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota.-FRR
Feb 10 - 12:05 AM

Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 965 at Daytona in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited. Built new for 2016, it will see its first laps of competition in the non-points exhibition race.

In 12 Sprint Unlimited starts, Busch has one win, two top-five finishes and four top-10s. He has started from the pole twice in his 12 starts – his first Unlimited race in 2002 and again in 2008. He has led five races for a total of 24 laps.-TSC
Feb 9 - 11:58 PM

Paul Menard earned a berth in the 25-driver 2015 NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition event by virtue of being one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers.

Menard will pilot chassis No. 496 in the race on Saturday evening. This #27 Chevrolet SS is brand new to the Richard Childress Racing stable. Menard has three Sprint Unlimited starts at Daytona. His best start, courtesy of a draw, is first (2009 and 2015) and best finish of 12th came in 2009. In the Sprint Unlimited, Menard has led nine laps of competition in two races.-RCR
Feb 9 - 11:42 PM

Ryan Newman earned a berth in the 25-driver 2015 NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition event by virtue of being one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers.

Newman will pilot a brand new #31 Chevrolet SS, chassis No. 497, in Saturday night's race. He has 12 Sprint Unlimited starts at Daytona. His best start, courtesy of a draw, is fourth (2010) and best finish of second came in 2005. In the Sprint Unlimited, the South Bend, Ind., native has led 25 laps of competition.-RCR
Feb 9 - 11:39 PM

Austin Dillon earned a berth in the 25-driver 2015 NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition event by virtue of winning the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2014.

Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 440, the same #3 Chevrolet SS that he raced at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2015, finishing 15th after starting fifth, and in the 2014 Daytona 500, where he finished ninth after starting from the pole position. This will be Dillon's second Sprint Unlimited start. He finished 17th in last year's edition of the race.-RCR
Feb 9 - 11:34 PM

BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announced today the signing of NASCAR veteran driver Chris Fontaine to pilot the second NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team car in the upcoming PowerShares® QQQ 300 at Daytona.

He will drive the No. 99 Ford Mustang in a former Roush Fenway Racing car acquired by the team during the off-season. Fontaine’s NXS debut will be backed by RackTails Gear with additional support from Glenden Enterprises and JPS Ford. In addition to his duties in the NXS, Fontaine will be competing in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NextEra Energy Resources 250 race in a partnership with BJMM. Fontaine will drive the No. 78 RackTails Gear/Glenden Enterprises Toyota Tundra and is poised to make his 54th series start overall. In five prior NCWTS starts at Daytona, the 34-year-old has drafted to a track best of seventh in 2012, while starting a track best eighth last February. Jason Houghtaling will serve as crew chief for Fontaine’s XFINITY Series effort.
Feb 9 - 11:18 PM

Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch will need to acquire charters from Michael Waltrip Racing to have one of NASCAR’s guaranteed 36 positions, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

NASCAR has offered charters to teams that have run all of the full seasons since 2013 and both the No. 19 and 41 teams have not. Unless something strange occurs, however, look for them to be locked into the field soon.
Feb 9 - 2:54 PM

Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch will need to acquire charters from Michael Waltrip Racing to have one of NASCAR’s guaranteed 36 positions, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

NASCAR has offered charters to teams that have run all of the full seasons since 2013 and both the No. 19 and 41 teams have not. Unless something strange occurs, however, look for them to be locked into the field soon.
Feb 9 - 2:53 PM

In 42 starts. Kyle Busch has amassed the 15th-best average finish among active, fulltime drivers with a 20.38. He has not finished in the top 10 since October 2013, however, and that makes him a poor value at his salary cap.

Busch came close to finishing in the top 10 twice during that period, but both modest runs came on Daytona International Speedway’s sister track of Talladega SuperSpeedway. Still, Busch has earned nine top-10s on this track type during his career, which ranks him seventh on the active chart.
Feb 9 - 2:46 PM

From the time he finished third in the May 2013 Talladega SuperSpeedway race until last year’s fifth on that same track in the fall, Carl Edwards failed to crack the top 15 a single time in nine starts. That has contributed to an average finish of only 20.53 on the combined plate tracks.

Restrictor-plate, superspeedways are notoriously volatile, however, and Edwards ranks 16th among active drivers on this track type. He won’t be the worst option for the Daytona 500, but he will not be the best either.
Feb 9 - 2:45 PM

If Bobby Labonte qualifies for the Daytona 500, it will be his 91st start on one of the restrictor-plate, superspeedways. Drivers simply don’t come with much more experience.

Labonte has one win, 12 top-fives (13 percent of the time), and top-10s in more than 25 percent of his starts. His best finish since running a part time schedule was a 15th in 2014, however, and he should be expected to land somewhere in the mid-20s this week.
Feb 9 - 2:36 PM

Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced Austin Theriault will drive a third entry for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season-opening race on February 19 at Daytona.

Theriault will drive the No. 2 Ford F-150 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250, joining full-time drivers Tyler Reddick and Daniel Hemric, with Buddy Sisco serving as the team's crew chief. Theriault made his NCWTS debut in 2015 with BKR at Daytona. He scored an impressive fourth-place finish, leading the race once for nine laps after starting fourth and finishing with a driver rating of 110.2. He made nine NCWTS starts for BKR in 2015, claiming two top five and four top 10 finishes. Theriault spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as part of BKR's driver development program, running a partial schedule in the Southern Super Late Model Series while working full-time in the team's shop.
Source: NASCAR.com
Feb 9 - 1:40 PM


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