CUP: Saturday Daytona Notebook

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[SATURDAY 8:47 am ET]

RACE TIME HAS ARRIVED — It’s here, people, the day we’ve all been waiting for: The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2013. And it will be a very busy day, indeed, with two rounds of Sprint Cup practice, the ARCA race and, last but certainly not least, the Sprint Unlimited.

Following is today’s FOX Sports and SPEED TV schedule of live coverage from Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, 11 AM – 1 PM ET)

NASCAR Live! (SPEED, 1-2 PM)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, 2-4 PM)

NASCAR Live! (SPEED, 4-4:30 PM LIVE)

ARCA Racing Series - Lucas Oil 200 (SPEED, 4:30-6:30 PM)

NASCAR RaceDay – Sprint Unlimited (SPEED, 6:30–8 PM)

Sprint Unlimited (FOX & FOX Deportes, 8-10 PM)

And here are the 19 drivers in tonight’s 75-lap, non-points race. They are all drivers who either won a pole last year or are past event winners.

The field:

Kasey Kahne, No. 5, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Marcos Ambrose, No. 9, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

Denny Hamlin, No. 11, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Tony Stewart, No. 14, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

Greg Biffle, No. 16, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Kyle Busch, No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Matt Kenseth, No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Joey Logano, No. 22, Penske Racing Ford

Jeff Gordon, No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Kevin Harvick, No. 29, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Terry Labonte, No. 32, FAS Lane Racing Ford

Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing With Felix Sabates, Chevrolet

Aric Almirola, No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Mark Martin, No. 55, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

Martin Truex Jr., No. 56, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

Kurt Busch, No. 78, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Carl Edwards, No. 99, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

A quick note: The Cup practice is in preparation for the Daytona 500 pole day, which takes place tomorrow. Don’t expect to see much drafting, as drivers will be looking for straight-line speed.

FIRST LOOK: CHEVY SS — As reported yesterday, the production version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS will be unveiled for the first time today at 1:05 p.m. ET in the Daytona Fan Zone.

Our man Bob Golfen has all the details of this new high-performance sedan.

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at