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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Feb. 16
SITE: Daytona International Speedway (1959) -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 35th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr (finished 19)
LAPS: 75 (30 laps in segment 1; 25 laps in segment 2; 20 laps in segment 3)
MILES: 187.5
TOTAL PURSE: $1,040,667 (2012 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $198,550; 2nd Place - $94,800; 3rd Place - $54,800
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch213Kasey Kahne19
2Tony Stewart1514Jimmie Johnson18
3Marcos Ambrose2115Jeff Gordon14
4Brad Keselowski316Jamie McMurray4
5Denny Hamlin1617Kurt Busch6
6Greg Biffle718Joey Logano10
7Ryan Newman1319Martin Truex Jr1
8Clint Bowyer1720Dale Earnhardt Jr8
9Carl Edwards1121Matt Kenseth23
10Juan Pablo Montoya2522Kevin Harvick22
11Jeff Burton1223Paul Menard24
12A.J. Allmendinger924David Ragan5
25Michael Waltrip20
2012 The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 124.096 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 39 mins., 7 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.013 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 26 among 13 drivers
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr (random draw)
Past The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 124.096 mph
2011 -- Kurt Busch (17) -- Dodge -- 153.584 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (2) -- Chevrolet -- 144.670 mph
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (27) -- Chevrolet -- 127.243 mph
2008 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (7) -- Chevrolet -- 140.751 mph
2007 -- Tony Stewart (14) -- Chevrolet -- 166.195 mph
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (15) -- Chevrolet -- 153.627 mph
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (17) -- Chevrolet -- 181.399 mph
2004 -- Dale Jarrett (15) -- Ford -- 150.826 mph
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (19) -- Chevrolet -- 180.827 mph
2002 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Pontiac -- 181.295 mph
2001 -- Tony Stewart (7) -- Pontiac -- 181.036 mph
2000 -- Dale Jarrett (15) -- Ford -- 182.334 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (13) -- Ford -- 181.745 mph
1998 -- Rusty Wallace (7) -- Ford -- 178.998 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 185.376 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (2) -- Ford -- 184.995 mph
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 188.482 mph
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (12) -- Chevrolet -- 188.877 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (13) -- Chevrolet -- 186.916 mph
1992 -- Geoff Bodine (3) -- Ford -- 189.070 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (6) -- Chevrolet -- 189.474 mph
1990 -- Ken Schrader (3) -- Chevrolet -- 192.308 mph
1989 -- Ken Schrader (1) -- Chevrolet -- 192.926 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (2) -- Chevrolet -- 191.489 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 197.802 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 195.865 mph
1985 -- Terry Labonte (11) -- Chevrolet -- 195.865 mph
1984 -- Neil Bonnett (8) -- Chevrolet -- 192.926 mph
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (15) -- Chevrolet -- 192.513 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (12) -- Buick -- 191.093 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 189.076 mph
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Oldsmobile -- 191.693 mph
1979 -- Buddy Baker (3) -- Oldsmobile -- 194.384 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Busch Clash (1979-1997), Bud Shootout (1998-2000),
Budweiser Shootout at Daytona (2001-2012).
 
Past The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Martin Truex Jr. -- 19
2011 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 19
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 17
2009 -- Paul Menard -- 12
2008 -- Kurt Busch -- 18
2007 -- Dale Jarrett -- 18
2006 -- Ken Schrader -- 14
2005 -- Dale Jarrett -- 15
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 18
2003 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 19
2002 -- Kurt Busch -- 14
2001 -- Ken Schrader -- 16
2000 -- Mark Martin -- 15
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 7
1998 -- Mark Martin -- 8
1997 -- Terry Labonte -- 11
1996 -- Rick Mast -- 12
1995 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 12
1994 -- Ken Schrader -- 8
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 3
1992 -- Brett Bodine -- 11
1991 -- Derrike Cope -- 14
1990 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 10
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 1
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 4
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 7
1985 -- Ricky Rudd -- 6
1984 -- Jody Ridley -- 7
1983 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1982 -- Terry Labonte -- 2
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Bobby Allison -- 4
1979 -- Benny Parsons -- 4
Last Race Results
RACE: Ford EcoBoost 400 (Nov. 18, 2012)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Ryan Newman
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Greg Biffle
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 14)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 48 mins., 56 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 142.245 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.028 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano - pole; M. Ambrose 1-14; Kyle Busch 15-49; R. Newman
50; Kyle Busch 51-116; M. Truex Jr. 117-127; J. Johnson 128; M.
Kenseth 129-130; R. Newman 131-132; Kyle Busch 133-144; J.
Johnson 145-157; K. Kahne 158-161; Kyle Busch 162-165; K. Kahne
166; Kyle Busch 167-199; K. Kahne 200-201; J. Johnson 202-212; J.
Gordon 213; Kyle Busch 214-254; J. Gordon 255-267.
The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/FAS Lane Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Yellow
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kyle Busch------157---10416Won
Tony Stewart743Won239112
Marcos Ambrose------------------------3
Denny Hamlin------Won179135125
Greg Biffle---5---1320171556
Carl Edwards------16---12717219
Juan Pablo Montoya------------------102010
Kasey Kahne---9181510622413
Jimmie Johnson9Won5431413414
Jeff Gordon531921446615
Kurt Busch---6---318923Won17
Joey Logano---------------2871818
Martin Truex Jr------------21---------19
Dale Earnhardt Jr27214Won18111920
Matt Kenseth------6------8161321
Kevin Harvick3---205---WonWon722
Mark Martin48768---2017---
Terry Labonte8------------------------
Aric Almirola---------------------------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Darkhorse - Aric Almirola
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kasey Kahne, Nov. 18) - finished 21
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kevin Harvick, Nov. 18) - finished 8
 
NOTES:
The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona -- formerly known as the Budweiser Shootout -- is the annual preseason, non-points race at Daytona International Speedway.

Race fans are determining the competition format for the first time in this event's history. In a fan vote that closed on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET, the three segments for the scheduled 75-lap race were set at 30 laps, 25 laps and 20 laps. The other two options for the segment lengths included: 40 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps or 35, 30 and 10.

Fans still have an opportunity to vote on two other competition elements of the race. They have until the green flag drops for the start of the event to vote for the type of pit stop each team must make following the first segment (30 laps). The options include: no pit stop, two-tire change or four-tire change. Fans also have until the start of the second segment to vote for the number of cars that will be eliminated after the second segment (25 laps). The choices are: none, two, four or six.

Votes for the remaining two categories can be cast on NASCAR's new mobile app, NASCAR Mobile '13, or at NASCAR.com/SprintUnlimited.

Twenty-two drivers are eligible for this year's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, but 19 drivers are posted on NASCAR's preliminary entry list for this event. Those eligible are pole winners during the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season or past champions of the pre-season race at Daytona. A.J. Allmendinger, Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader have eligibility but are not on the entry list.

On Tuesday, officials from Daytona International Speedway announced that the fans will play even a bigger role in determining the format of this race. Fans will now be able to decide the starting lineup. Their three options for the lineup include: number of career wins for each driver (most to least), 2012 Sprint Cup final driver point standings or the order when drivers earned their pole position last season (Daytona 500 first place - season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway last place).

Voting for the starting lineup will take place on the day of the race from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. Fans can cast their vote through a digital app at one of four Daytona Rewards Stations on the speedway's property or through texting.

The top-two drivers in the final 2012 Sprint Cup point standings -- Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer -- are not eligible for this race. Neither driver won a pole last year nor have they won a past preseason event at Daytona.

Mark Martin is expected to make his 24th appearance in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, which will set a record for most starts in this race. Bill Elliott and Martin currently have 23 starts. Martin had appeared in the most consecutive preseason races with 20 (1989-2008). With his start in this year's event, Jeff Gordon will tie Martin with 20 straight appearances.

There have been eight drivers who have won this race multiple times. They are: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most wins with six (1980, '86, '88, '91, '93 and '95).

Just five times in the 34-year history of this race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Jeff Gordon (1997). Two drivers have won the preseason race and then gone on to capture the Daytona 500 pole and win the Daytona 500 during SpeedWeeks. Elliott did it in 1987, and Jarrett did so in 2000.

Kyle Busch won this race last year. Busch edged Tony Stewart to the finish line by 0.013 seconds, making it the closest margin in the history of this event.

The 2013 Sprint Cup points season kicks off with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24. Matt Kenseth won last year's race, which was postponed one day due to rain.

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As of February 14, 2013, at 10:16 PM ET