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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Feb. 15
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 36th preseason race at Daytona (2nd annual The Sprint Unlimited)
TELEVISION: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:15 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: determined by fan vote announced prior to start of race
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Greg Biffle
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (finished 12)
LAPS: 75 (divided into 3 segments)
MILES: 187.5
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick1711Marcos Ambrose10
2Greg Biffle412Carl Edwards1
3Joey Logano913Kurt Busch18
4Tony Stewart1514Jimmie Johnson11
5Matt Kenseth1215Denny Hamlin5
6Aric Almirola816Kyle Busch13
7Kasey Kahne317Jeff Gordon7
8Dale Earnhardt Jr.1618Mark Martin2
9Martin Truex Jr.619Terry Labonte19
10Juan Pablo Montoya14
2013 The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 177.538 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 3 mins., 22 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.149 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 4 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (random draw)
Past The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kevin Harvick (17) -- Chevrolet -- 177.538 mph
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)
2013 -- Carl Edwards -- 12
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. 17, 2013)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Matt Kenseth
THIRD: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FOURTH: Martin Truex Jr.
FIFTH: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 3 mins., 52 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.693 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.799 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kenseth 1-11, Hamlin 12-13, Kenseth 14, Harvick 15, Kenseth
16-25, Ragan 26, Harvick 27, Ku. Busch 28-31, Kenseth 32-91,
Larson 92, Kenseth 93-139, Earnhardt Jr 140, Kenseth 141-142,
Earnhardt Jr 143-153, Kenseth 154-166, Hamlin 167-207, Harvick
208-213, Keselowski 214-222, Hamlin 223, Earnhardt Jr 224-235,
Hamlin 236-239, Earnhardt Jr 240-243, Hamlin 244-267.
The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
4 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle 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
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kevin Harvick---205---WonWon722Won
Joey Logano------------28718183
Tony Stewart43Won2391124
Matt Kenseth---6------81613215
Dale Earnhardt Jr7214Won181119208
Marcos Ambrose---------------------311
Carl Edwards---16---1271721912
Kurt Busch6---318923Won1713
Jimmie JohnsonWon543141341414
Denny Hamlin---Won17913512515
Kyle Busch---157---10416Won16
Jeff Gordon3192144661517
Terry Labonte------------------------19
Ryan Newman2172023---1937---
Jamie McMurray---8---2223216---
Brad Keselowski---------------------4---
Danica Patrick---------------------------
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards, Nov. 17) - finished 12
 
NOTES:
The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona is the Sprint Cup Series' annual preseason, non-points race at Daytona International Speedway.

For the second year in a row, race fans will decide upon a number of competition elements for The Sprint Unlimited. Fans can cast their votes to set the number of laps in each of the three segments as well as determine how drivers will line up at the start of the event and how they will line up for the restart of the final segment.

Fans can submit their votes on NASCAR's mobile app, NASCAR MOBILE, or at NASCAR.com/SprintUnlimited. Voting is unlimited and all votes cast through NASCAR MOBILE will count twice.

Voting categories include:

- Race format: Number of laps in each race segment (voting ends at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15).

- Starting order: How drivers will line up to start the race (voting ends at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15).

- Restart order for Final Segment: How drivers will line up for the final segment (voting ends at the conclusion of the second segment).

There are three options available in each of the three categories. Voting results will be announced live during the FOX Sports 1 race broadcast.

Twenty Sprint Cup drivers are eligible to participate in this year's event. Each competitor earned eligibility by winning pole positions in 2013 or by winning this race in the past. Of the 20 eligible drivers, two of them are not entered in this year's race -- Mark Martin and Ken Schrader. Martin won the pole for the spring race at Phoenix, and Schrader won the preseason event at Daytona in 1989 and '90.

Martin holds the record for most appearances in The Sprint Unlimited with 24. Jeff Gordon is expected to make his 21st straight appearance in this race, which would give him the record for most consecutive starts. Martin had 20 starts in a row in this event from 1989-2008.

Eight drivers have won this race multiple times: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Neil Bonnett, Kevin Harvick, Gordon and Schrader.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most wins with six (1980, '86, '88, '91, '93 and '95).

Stewart and Harvick lead all active drivers with three victories each in this race.

Just five times in the 35-year history of this race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and 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.

Last year's preseason race at Daytona marked the competition debut of NASCAR's current race car, the Gen-6. Just 12 drivers finished the event, as a multi- car wreck occurred on lap 15. Nine drivers were involved in the incident. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Gordon were among those who had their night at Daytona end early. Harvick held off Stewart and Greg Biffle on the last lap to win the race.

In 2012, Kyle Busch edged Stewart to the finish line by only 0.013 seconds, making it the closest margin of victory in the history of this race.

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

The 2014 Sprint Cup points season kicks off with the 56th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

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As of February 11, 2014, at 02:21 PM ET