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2012 Daytona 500 entry list released

Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:36 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 2:56 pm
Posted by Pete Pistone


No. 1  Jamie McMurray, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

No. 2  Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing
No. 5  Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports 
No. 6  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing
No. 7  Robby Gordon, Robby Gordon Motorsports
No. 09 Kenny Wallace, RAB Racing
No. 9  Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports 
No. 10 Danica Patrick, Tommy Baldwin Racing
No. 11 Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
No. 13 Casey Mears, Germain Racing
No. 14 Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing 
No. 15 Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing
No. 16 Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing 
No. 17 Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing 
No. 18 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing 
No. 20 Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing 
No. 21 Trevor Bayne, Wood Brothers Racing
No. 22 AJ Allmendinger, Penske Racing
No. 23 Robert Richardson Jr., R3 Motorsports
No. 24 Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports
No. 26 Tony Raines, Front Row Motorsports
No. 27 Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing 
No. 29 Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing
No. 30 David Stremme, Inception Motorsports,
No. 31 Jeff Burton, Richard Childress Racing
No. 32 Terry Labonte, FAS Lane Racing
No. 33 Elliott Sadler, Richard Childress Racing 
No. 34 David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports 
No. 36 Dave Blaney, Tommy Baldwin Racing
No. 37 Mike Wallace, MaxQ Motorsports
No. 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports
No. 39 Ryan Newman, Stewart-Haas Racing
No. 40 Michael Waltrip, Hillman Racing
No. 40 Juan Pablo Montoya, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
No. 43 Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports
No. 47 Bobby Labonte, JTG-Daugherty Racing
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports 
No. 49 JJ Yeley, Robinson-Blakeney Racing 
No. 51 Kurt Busch, Phoenix Racing
No. 55 Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip Racing 
No. 56 Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing 
No. 78 Regan Smith, Furniture Row Racing
No. 83 Landon Cassill, BK Racing
No. 87 Joe Nemechek, NEMCO Motorsports
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports
No. 93 David Reutimann, BK Racing
No. 97 Bill Elliott, NEMCO Motorsports
No. 98 Michael McDowell, Phil Parsons Racing
No. 99 Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing 


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Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:25 pm

2012 Daytona 500 entry list released

Yeah, but these teams have no interest in racing, they don't even actively seek sponsorship because it would require them to have to actually race then. Nemechek attempts every Sprint Cup race, yet he only runs for points in Nationwide. He knows his days of being competitive are over so he goes back down to Nationwide to take a spot away from a young driver trying to make a name for himself. Of course, Nemechek does not have the money to do this, so he makes a fortune by collecting Sprint Cup paychecks with little to no personal expense. He's not paying for fuel, tires, or a pit crew. He makes hundreds of thousands a year just by starting Sprint Cup races with no intention to compete. This is the equivalent of a PGA Tour golfer entering an event, making the cut, and then quitting and the tour gives him a paycheck anyway. As far as I know, the golfer has to complete all 4 rounds to get paid but I could be wrong about this. Also, think of the Chris Johnson situation in the NFL. He negotiated a contract to get so much guaranteed money, and then he just didn't put forth any effort from that point on. He got paid, and then that was the end of his work. He received a massive backlash from NFL fans, and Nemechek and drivers/teams in similar positions should be receiving the same reaction from NASCAR fans. T

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:34 am

2012 Daytona 500 entry list released

All that's very true, but every bit of it comes back to $.  If those teams had the same, or nearly the same sponsorship money coming-in, they wouldn't be start-n-parking or running a part-time schedule.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:59 am

2012 Daytona 500 entry list released

To be honest I am glad some of the lower level drivers and teams are being weeded out. Every year you end up with a driver or two lucking into the race based on time or one of the few transfer spots and then doing absolutely nothing in the race or retiring after 100 laps or so due to "mechanical" problems. If only someone would do something about Nemechek, but I doubt he can make this race anyway. Bringing Bill Elliott in is an obvious attempt to try to capitalize and get starter's money for two cars and for that reason I hope Terry Labonte cannot get in on time and cannot race in. At least Tommy Baldwin's operation is trying to do things the right way. People like Nemechek and Phil Parsons are horrible for NASCAR and it is best if they don't even show up. Why they are allowing this has-been to use the Sprint Cup series as a goldmine for his Nationwide program is beyond me. It's better to have 36 cars racing than 36 racing and 7 start the race and quit after 3 laps. The funny part is that they list a different reason for quitting every week. Some weeks it is transmission, others the always mysterious "vibration," maybe sometimes "electrical." Why don't they just be honest and put "driver had no intention to compete"?

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:35 pm

2012 Daytona 500 entry list released

Only 49 entries for Daytona.  That's got to be terribly disappointing, and a bit alarming to NASCAR.  Given that at least 10-12 of those are part-time or start-n-park teams, NASCAR's got to be thinking of ways to limit the total sponsorship amount that one team can receive.  Until they level the playing field ($ = speed), we'll be stuck knowing that each and every week, barring accident, we can expect to see the same 15 or so guys to finish in the top 20. 

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