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DATE: Friday, July 6th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway (1959) -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 147,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 11th
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:49 p.m. (ET)
RUNNER-UP: Jason Leffler
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (Finished 18th)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tommy Houston, 1987 (194.389 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,245,702 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $79,100; 2nd Place - $60,193; 3rd Place - $44,068
2011 Finish
1Joey Logano186Michael Annett22
2Jason Leffler157Kenny Wallace42
3Reed Sorenson98Elliott Sadler3
4Kyle Busch149Aric Almirola13
5Justin Allgaier1010Danica Patrick7
2011 Subway Jalapeno 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.426 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 57 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.040 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 35 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (181.653 m.p.h.)
Past Subway Jalapeno 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Joey Logano (18th) -- Toyota -- 136.426 m.p.h.
2010 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 146.248 m.p.h.
2009 -- Clint Bowyer (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 122.924 m.p.h.
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (17th) -- Toyota -- 155.761 m.p.h. (race record)
2007 -- Kyle Busch (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 139.091 m.p.h.
2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.343 m.p.h.
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 140.141 m.p.h.
2004 -- Mike Wallace (16th) -- Ford -- 135.014 m.p.h.
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 153.715 m.p.h.
2002 -- Joe Nemechek (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 125.892 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Stacker 2/GNC Live Well 250 (2002), Winn Dixie 250
Past Subway Jalapeno 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Kevin Harvick -- 18th
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 4th
2009 -- Clint Bowyer -- 1st
2008 -- Bryan Clauson -- 19th
2007 -- Jason Leffler -- 9th
2006 -- J.J. Yeley -- 4th
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2nd
2004 -- Mike Bliss -- 5th
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 1st
2002 -- Joe Nemechek -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Feed the Children 300 (June 29th)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Austin Dillon
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Michael Annett
FIFTH: Justin Allgaier
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 42 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 151.643 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 9.828 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 12 laps
LAP LEADERS: A. Dillon 1-81; R. Stenhouse Jr. 82; M. Annett 83; J. Allgaier
84-86; A. Dillon 87-141; M. Annett 142-143; J. Allgaier 144; A.
Dillon 145-200.
Subway Jalapeno 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
1Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/NOS
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
08Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Wurth
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Tobacco Free Florida
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Dollar General
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil/Ryobi
20 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Sport Clips
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Chevrolet/West VA Miners Baseball
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Ron Jon Surf Shop
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
36Bobby Santos (Franklin, MA)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/JOY
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VA)Chevrolet/My Three Sons Vending
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
82Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Degree Men
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/Barberitos
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Joey Logano------------------4th2ndWon
Kyle Busch---11th27th16thWon2nd2nd7th4th
Justin Allgaier------------------8th17th5th
Elliott Sadler------------------------8th
Danica Patrick------------------------10th
Brian Scott---------------------30th12th
Mike Wallace13thWon8th7th15th22nd---34th15th
Brad Keselowski---------------5th6th4th17th
Kevin Harvick---8th2nd3rd2nd12th10th5th18th
Joe Nemechek18th---7th---------24th16th26th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------3rd27th
Denny Hamlin------14th30th---Won---------
Kurt Busch---------------------------
James Buescher---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Sam Hornish Jr---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Johanna Long - Started in the 42nd position and finished 19th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Denny Hamlin
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - Did Not Start
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 12th
After winning his first Nationwide Series race, Austin Dillon had taken over the top spot of the standings...not so fast.

Dillon's lead in the Nationwide Series point standings was short-lived after NASCAR handed down penalties to his team for a rules infraction that occurred this past weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Following his win in Friday's 300-miler at Kentucky, Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet failed post-race inspection when officials discovered the rear of his car was too low. As a result, Dillon was penalized with a loss of six points. The rookie driver held a two-point lead over his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Elliott Sadler, but Sadler is now on top by four markers.

Despite the setback, Dillon is on track to become the first Nationwide Series champion who in the previous season won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title. He has four top-five finishes in his last seven events, including his win at Kentucky.

Last season, Joey Logano started 18th on the grid, but it wasn't until the final lap did he assume control and capture the 10th running of the Subway Jalapeno 250 by 0.040 of a second over Jason Leffler.

Logano bounced back from an early-race spin and then got a friendly push from teammate Kyle Busch on the final lap to win for the ninth time in his career on the Nationwide circuit. Logano, who is ineligible for the series title, has dominated this season, winning five times in 11 starts, including four of his last five.

The race featured 35 lead changes among 12 drivers, including current points leader Elliott Sadler, who led seven times for a race-high 31 laps, but could not hold off Logano and finished eighth.

With his victory in 2010, Dale Earnhardt Jr moved within one win of his father's amazing total of seven career Nationwide Series victories at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt Jr defeated Logano by less than a second for his 23rd and last career series win.

Earnhardt Jr, who drove the iconic Wrangler blue and yellow paint scheme No.3 car in honor of his late-father's recent induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, led the final 33 laps in the 102-lap race. Debris from Paul Menard's blown tire in the closing laps set up a green-white-checkered finish, as he held off Logano in the final two-lap overtime finish.

Following four straight top-6 finishes, Clint Bowyer broke through with a win in the 2009 running of the Subway Jalapeno 250, as he defeated Kyle Busch under caution for his first victory at Daytona International Speedway. Bowyer, the 2008 Nationwide Series champion, ran in front when a four-car accident occurred just before the leaders crossed the line for the final lap of the two-lap overtime finish. The Richard Childress Racing driver had the dominant car, as he started on the pole and led a race-high 48 laps for his seventh career Nationwide Series title.

In 2008, Denny Hamlin won for the eighth time on the Nationwide circuit, as he edged Kyle Busch by less than one second for the win. Hamlin, who started 17th, reclaimed the lead with just 16 laps remaining, as he posted a 0.133 of a second win over Busch. Hamlin led all drivers with 29 laps in front. Pole sitter Bryan Clauson finished 19th.

Kyle Busch captured the checkered flag in 2007, as he defeated Kevin Harvick by less than a half-second for his eighth career Nationwide title. Busch, who started 14th on the grid, reclaimed the lead on lap 77 of the 102-lap race and held on to win the rain-plagued event. Busch led four times for a race-high 65 laps. Pole sitter Jason Leffler finished ninth.

In 2006, Dale Earnhardt Jr became the first multiple winner of this race, as he dominated the field en route to his 21st Nationwide victory. Pole sitter J.J. Yeley led for the first eight laps, followed by Denny Hamlin, who led for the next seven. Earnhardt Jr however took over on lap 16 and never looked back, as he led for the final 88 laps, edging Brian Vickers by less than a second for the win.

In one of the most exciting finishes at Daytona International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr captured the 2005 running of the Subway Jalapeno 250 by just 0.131 of a second ahead of pole sitter Kevin Harvick. Truex, who recorded his 10th of 13 career Nationwide titles, led five times for a total of 68 laps, while Harvick led just twice for two laps. Harvick had taken the lead on lap 95 of the scheduled 100 laps. However Truex reclaimed the lead on 96 and held on for his fourth of six wins in 2005.

With his win in 2009, Bowyer became just the third pole sitter and first since 2003 to take the checkered flag for a Nationwide race at Daytona. Eight of the 10 pole sitters there have finished inside the top-10.

The next Nationwide Series race is the July 14th running of the F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

07/03 13:26:07 ET

As of July 3, 2012, at 01:26 PM ET