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DATE: Friday, July 5
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 12th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, July 5/2:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kurt Busch
RUNNER-UP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 2)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tommy Houston, 1987 (194.389 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kurt Busch56Elliott Sadler13
2Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17Justin Allgaier21
3Michael Annett178Mike Bliss15
4Austin Dillon429Timmy Hill37
5Joey Logano810Sam Hornish Jr.16
2012 Subway Firecracker 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.045 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 54 mins., 44 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.054 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 41 among 16 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (177.253 mph)
Past Subway Firecracker 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kurt Busch (5) -- Chevrolet -- 132.045 mph
2011 -- Joey Logano (18) -- Toyota -- 136.426 mph
2010 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3) -- Chevrolet -- 146.248 mph
2009 -- Clint Bowyer (1) -- Chevrolet -- 122.924 mph
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (17) -- Toyota -- 155.761 mph
2007 -- Kyle Busch (14) -- Chevrolet -- 139.091 mph
2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (9) -- Chevrolet -- 133.343 mph
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr (6) -- Chevrolet -- 140.141 mph
2004 -- Mike Wallace (16) -- Ford -- 135.014 mph
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (1) -- Chevrolet -- 153.715 mph
2002 -- Joe Nemechek (1) -- Chevrolet -- 125.892 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Stacker 2/GNC Live Well 250 (2002), Winn Dixie 250
(2003-08), Subway Jalapeno 250 (2009-12).
 
Past Subway Firecracker 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- 5
2011 -- Kevin Harvick -- 18
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 4
2009 -- Clint Bowyer -- 1
2008 -- Bryan Clauson -- 19
2007 -- Jason Leffler -- 9
2006 -- J.J. Yeley -- 4
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2
2004 -- Mike Bliss -- 5
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 1
2002 -- Joe Nemechek -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Feed the Children 300 (June 28)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Ky.
MILES: 255 (rain-shortened)
LAPS: 170
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
THIRD: Matt Crafton
FOURTH: Brian Vickers
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (finished 6)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 56 mins., 39 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.163 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LAP LEADERS: Dillon 1-18, K. Busch 19-49, Hornish Jr 50, Crafton 51-54, K.
Busch 55-93, Keselowski 94, K. Busch 95-98, Keselowski 99-113,
Swindell 114, Keselowski 115-142, Crafton 143-146, Sadler
147-155, Keselowski 156-170.
Subway Firecracker 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/Brooklyn Products Int'l
1 *Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Rain-X
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
5Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Cargill/Winn-Dixie
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/PPG
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/JW Demolition
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers
34James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Wolfpack Energy Services
40Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/E-Swisher.com
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Flying J Travel Plaza
44Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Moen
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Donate Life
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing/Race Trac
70Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Toyota/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Bandit Chippers
79Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/Tobacco Free Florida
85Bobby Gerhart (Lebanon, PA)Chevrolet/Lucas Oil
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Dodge/TBA
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Mike Curb Records
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kurt Busch------------------------Won
Michael Annett---------------351263
Austin Dillon------------------------4
Joey Logano---------------42Won5
Elliott Sadler---------------------86
Justin Allgaier---------------81757
Sam Hornish Jr------------------------10
Kyle Busch112716Won227423
Brian Scott------------------301232
James Buescher------------------------34
Mike WallaceWon871522---341536
Matt Kenseth---------------14---------
Regan Smith---191529---------------
Brian Vickers---31213377---------
Trevor Bayne------------------2722---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Brad Keselowski - started 19 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brian Vickers
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 5
 
NOTES:
The Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway is the 16th race on 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 43 Nationwide races held at Daytona, including one event per season from 1982-2001 and two each year since then. The series' season-opener has been held at this racetrack each year since '82.

Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt share the record for most Nationwide victories at Daytona with seven each. Stewart moved into a tie with Earnhardt when he won there in February.

Earnhardt won the inaugural Nationwide race at Daytona, the Goody's 300, on Feb. 13, 1982.

Joe Nemechek has won the pole for five Nationwide races at Daytona, which is more than any other driver. Nemechek won the first July Nationwide event at Daytona from that position in 2002. Clint Bowyer is the last driver to win a race from the pole at this track, doing so in July 2009.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Daytona occurred on Feb. 19, 2011. Stewart nipped Bowyer to the finish line by only 0.007 seconds. The largest margin of victory for a Nationwide event there happened on Feb. 17 2007 when Kevin Harvick beat Dave Blaney to the line by just 0.460 seconds.

James Buescher is the only driver on the entry list for this race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Daytona. Buescher, who is a regular in the Camping World Truck Series, won the February 2012 Nationwide race there.

Three drivers entered made their series debuts at Daytona: Tony Raines (1999), Robert Richardson Jr. (2007) and Kyle Larson (2013).

The next race is the July 13 New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.

07/02 18:13:53 ET

As of July 2, 2013, at 06:14 PM ET