NSCS: Daytona 500 Preview

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Information:

Date: Sunday – February 26th, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. ET – Green Flag: 1:29 p.m. ET
Location: Daytona International Speedway
Distance: 200 Laps/500 Miles
Broadcast: TV – FOX
Radio – MRN (Motor Racing Network)/Sirius XM Ch. 90

Weather:

High: 68°F – Low: 60°F
Start Time: 67°F
End of Race: 61°
Chance of Rain: 50%
Wind: From ENE at 12 mph

Notes:

-The 2012 Sprint Cup regular season gets underway for the 54th annual Daytona 500.

-Last year’s Great American Race was one to never forget, as 20-year old Trevor Bayne became a Daytona 500 champion.

-Just one day after celebrating his 20th birthday, Bayne became the youngest winner in the 53-year history of the race in just his second career start.

-Only eight of the 34 Daytona 500 pole winners have won the pole more than once: Buddy Baker and Cale Yarborough and Bill Elliott (four); Fireball Roberts and Ken Schrader (three); Donnie Allison, Dale Jarrett and Johnson (two).

-In 53 years, only three drivers have recorded consecutive wins at the Daytona 500, Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Marlin (1994-95).

-First held in 1959, the Daytona 500 has been the season-opener only since 1982. Bill Elliott has competed in the Daytona 500 29 times, more than any other active drivers. Elliott has raced 59 times at DIS, with four wins and 24 top-10s.

-Six drivers have posted their career-first victory with a win in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Bayne (2011).

Fantasy Racing Advice: 

Group A: Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch — Could also pick Tony Stewart or Kevin Harvick (both are great picks)

Group B: Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle

Group C: Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Grand Marshals: Actress Jane Lynch and Kate Upton

Next Race: Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Past Winners: 

2011 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 130.326 m.p.h.
2010 Jamie McMurray, , 137.284 m.p.h.
2009 *Matt Kenseth, Ford, 132.816 m.p.h.
2008 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 152.672 m.p.h.
2007 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 149.335 m.p.h.
2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 142.667 m.p.h.
2005 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 135.173 m.p.h.
2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 156.345 m.p.h.
2003 *Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 133.870 m.p.h.
2002 Ward Burton, Dodge, 142.971 m.p.h.
2001 Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 161.794 m.p.h.
2000 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 155.669 m.p.h.
1999 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 161.551 m.p.h.
1998 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 172.712 m.p.h.
1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 148.295 m.p.h.
1996 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 154.308 m.p.h.
1995 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 141.710 m.p.h.
1994 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 156.931 m.p.h.
1993 Dale Jarrett, Chevrolet, 154.972 m.p.h.
1992 Davey Allison, Ford, 168.256 m.p.h.
1991 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 148.148 m.p.h.
1990 Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 165.761 m.p.h.

Starting Lineup: 

1. Carl Edwards
2. Greg Biffle
3. Tony Stewart
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6. Regan Smith
7. Marcos Ambrose
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Jeff Burton
10. Elliott Sadler
11. Michael McDowell
12. Joey Logano
13. Kevin Harvick
14. Kyle Busch
15. AJ Allmendinger
16. Jeff Gordon
17. Robby Gordon
18. Ryan Newman
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Kasey Kahne
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22. Mark Martin
23. Brad Keselowski
24. Dave Blaney
25. David Ragan
26. Martin Truex Jr.
27. Aric Almirola
28. Kurt Busch
29. Danica Patrick
30. Clint Bowyer
31. Denny Hamlin
32. Bobby Labonte
33. David Gilliland
34. Joe Nemechek
35. Juan Pablo Montoya
36. Casey Mears
37. Paul Menard
38. David Reutimann
39. Landon Cassill
40. Trevor Bayne
41. Tony Raines
42. David Stremme
43. Terry Labonte

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