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Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:42 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 2:59 pm

2012 Daytona Speedweeks Schedule

By Pete Pistone

Here's this year's official Daytona Speedweeks schedule of events with radio/television coverage information. All times are Eastern:

Date Event Time TV
THURS 2/16 ARCA Racing Series Practice 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  
FRI 2/17 ARCA Racing Series Qualifying 2 p.m.  
  Budwiser Shootout Practice 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. SPEED
  Final Budweiser Shootout Practice 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. SPEED
  Drawing for Budweiser Shootout Lineup 8 p.m. SPEED (8:30 p.m.)
SAT 2/18 ARCA Racing Series Final Practice 10 a.m. -10:45 a.m.  
  Sprint Cup Series Practice 11 a.m.-1 p.m. SPEED
  Sprint Cup Series Practice 2 p.m.-3:45 p.m. SPEED
  ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil SLick Mist 200 4:30 p.m. SPEED
  Radio Pre-Race 7 p.m. MRN
  Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Shootout 8 p.m. FOX
SUN 2/19 Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Qualifying 1 p.m. MRN/FOX
WED 2/22 Sprint Cup Series Practice 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  
  Sprint Cup Series Practice 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.  
THURS 2/23 Nationwide Series Practice 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m.  
  Nationwide Series Final Practice 10:15 a.m.-11:50 a.m.  
  Camping World Truck Series Practice 12:10 p.m.-1 p.m.  
  Radio Pre-Race  1 p.m. MRN
  TV Pre-Race   SPEED
  Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel 2 p.m. MRN/SPEED
  Camping World Truck Series Final Practice 6 p.m.-7:20 p.m.  
FRI 2/24 Sprint Cup Series Practice 11 a.m.-12 p.m.  
  Sprint Cup Series Practice 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  
  Nationwide Series Qualifying 2:05 p.m.  
  Camping World Truck Series Qualifying 4:05 p.m.  
  Radio Pre-Race 7:15 p.m. MRN
  TV Pre-Race   SPEED
  Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 7:30 p.m. MRN/SPEED
SAT 2/25 Sprint Cup Series Final Practice 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  
  Radio Pre-Race   MRN
  TV Pre-Race   ESPN2
  Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 1:15 p.m. MRN/ESPN2
SUN 2/26 Radio Pre-Race 12 p.m. MRN
  TV Pre-Race 12 p.m. FOX
  Daytona 500 1 p.m. MRN/FOX
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Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:38 am
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:21 am

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. lands sponsor for Daytona

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 10, 2012) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2011 NASCAR Nationwide champion, will be sponsored by Kellogg Company and its Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispies Treats brands for the Nationwide season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 25, 2012. The Rice Krispies Treats logo will be featured on the hood of the No. 6 Ford Mustang with the Pop-Tarts logo accenting the quarter and TV panels, as Stenhouse begins defense of his 2011 NNS title

“I am excited about having Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispies Treats on our car for the season opener at Daytona,” said Stenhouse. “Kellogg Company has been a great partner of our Roush Fenway organization. I look forward to eating my favorite breakfast food, blueberry Pop-Tarts, during SpeedWeeks.”

“Ricky is a fantastic driver and we are thrilled that he is a true fan of Kellogg’s products,” said Melissa Pawlowicz, senior director of Kellogg Integrated Promotions.   “Our partnership with Roush Fenway Racing has proven to be a great way for us to share the excitement of NASCAR with our consumers and we are excited to expand our involvement.”

In his four career starts at Daytona International Speedway, Stenhouse has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:59 pm

Lenny Kravitz tabbed for Daytona pre-race show

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET, pre-race show begins at noon ET).

Kravitz, who has sold more than 35 million albums and is the only musician in history to win the Grammy for best male vocals in rock music four times consecutively, will perform three songs prior to the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the biggest stock car race in the world.

All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Daytona 500 will be able to view Kravitz’s Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, as well as driver introductions, from the grass tri-oval area.

“Lenny Kravitz is an iconic performer and multi-talented musician - he will deliver a rousing performance prior to the start of the 54<sup>th</sup> Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Race fans will experience a first-class, heart-pounding pre-race show that will serve as the perfect prelude to what will be an historic and thrilling afternoon of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona.”

Kravitz’s ninth album, Black and White America, was released in 2011 and features a mixture of funk and hard rock hits like “Stand,” “Rock Star City Life” and his anthemic new single “Push.” Fresh off a massive European tour, Lenny Kravitz recently kicked off his first American outing in five years in January. The 20-city tour will wrap up in Miami on February 25th.  In addition to his live shows, Kravitz is also set to appear as Cinna in the highly anticipated motion picture The Hunger Games, which will hit theaters March 23<sup>rd</sup>. 

Kravitz joins a long list of star-studded names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show including Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Brad Paisley.


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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:34 pm

Record purse and halfway bonus for Daytona 500

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fifty fourth annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET) – NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race – will carry a record purse of more than $19 million as well as a new contingency award that will payout $200,000 to the driver leading at the completion of Lap 100.

The posted awards for “The Great American Race” are $19,142,601 with the winner collecting a minimum of $1,431,325. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,050,075, $759,600, $609,900 and $486,550.

The Daytona 500 Mid-Race Leader Award will reward the driver leading the midway point of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race with a $200,000 bonus. If the race is under caution at Lap 100, the leader of the race at the completion of the fifth consecutive green flag lap following the caution will receive the award.

“There is plenty of incentive for drivers to run up front the entire race but even more so at the halfway point and the last lap of the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This year’s ‘Great American Race’ stands to be one of the most exciting and thrilling ever seen, and will serve as a great kick-off to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”


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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:21 pm

Daytona 500 start possible for Elliott Sadler

By Pete Pistone

CHARLOTTE - It's looking like Elliott Sadler will get a chance to return to "The Great American Race."

Sadler confirmed that Richard Childress Racing is moving toward fielding an entry in next month's Daytona 500 for the team's current Nationwide Series driver.

"We’re close,” Sadler said. “We’ve got sponsor stuff that we’re trying to work through the details. Richard and I talked about it, if we can get the sponsor stuff worked out, I’ll have a good chance of being in the Daytona 500.

“You can’t do it without a sponsor. We’re trying to get that finalized. The information that’s gotten to me is it is not finalized.”

RCR will run three full-time teams this season but has a guaranteed spot at Daytona for a fourth car thanks to Clint Bowyer's Top 35 points finish last year in the team's No. 33 Chevy.

That effort would allow Sadler to join RCR teammates Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard in the season-opening Daytona race.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:34 am

Kenny Wallace to attempt Daytona 500

By Pete Pistone

Kenny Wallace will try to make the field for next month's Daytona 500 in an entry fielded by RAB Racing.

The Nationwide Series team is hoping to run Wallace in as many of five Cup races this season with American Ethanol as sponsor.

Wallace will attempt to make his 11th Daytona 500 start. His last start in the Great American Race came in 2008, when he raced his way into the starting lineup via an eighth-place finish in the first Gatorade Duel.

Wallace piloted the RAB Nationwide Series Toyota in 2011 and finished seventh in the standings, a career-best for the Concord, N.C.-based team, after posting 11 top-10 finishes.

The crew chief for the #09 American Ethanol Toyota Camry will be announced at a later date. 

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Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:04 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 11:05 am

Speedweeks start times finalized

By Pete Pistone

For the third straight year, the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time.

Start times for the other remaining events of Speedweeks 2012 at Daytona International Speedway are as follows:

·         The 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race, Jan. 28-29, 3:30 p.m.

·         The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Saturday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.

·         The Budweiser Shootout  non-points event, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:10 p.m.

·         Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, Sunday, Feb. 19, 1:05 p.m.

·         Gatorade Duel At Daytona, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

·         NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

·         DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:15 p.m.

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:41 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:12 pm

Thunderbirds to perform at Daytona 500

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

DAYTONA BEACH , Fla. – The world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will provide race fans with the flyover during the National Anthem for the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the prestigious season-opening event for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway.

It’s the third time the flying team, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform the flyover for the Daytona 500. The Thunderbirds previously flew over the race in 2008 and 2011.

“It’s an honor to have the USAF Thunderbirds return to the ‘World Center of Racing’ and participate in the 54th annual Daytona 500 pre-race activities,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The Thunderbirds are known throughout the world as an elite flying squadron and their rousing fly-over at the conclusion of the National Anthem will give goose bumps to the thousands of race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX Sports.”

“It’s hard to imagine a better way to start our 2012 demonstration season,” said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, the Thunderbirds commander and flight leader. “Being part of an event as celebrated as the ‘Great American Race’ is a tremendous opportunity, and we look forward to showcasing the pride, precision and professionalism of the U.S. Air Force to NASCAR fans.”

The Thunderbirds flyover will feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter aircraft, soaring over the speedway at the moment the final notes of the Star-Spangled Banner are sung.

The Thunderbirds team is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted people serving in about 30 Air Force job specialties. In 2012, the Thunderbirds will perform precision aerial maneuvers at more than 60 air shows in 32 different locations in North America.

Since the unit's inception in 1953, more than 350 million people in all 50 states and 61 countries have witnessed the distinctive red, white and blue jets in thousands of official aerial demonstrations. 

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