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Feb 12

UNOH Battle At The Beach News & Notes: Kennington, Peña Team Up For Two-Car BMR Effort

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Sprint Unlimited
Comprehensive coverage set for UNOH Battle at The Beach – Live coverage on television, radio and online
 

unoh-battle-at-the-beach-final-logo.jpg2011-02-18_0647A talented young winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has been paired with a two-time Canadian champion, as Bill McAnally Racing brings a two-car effort to the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18 and 19.

 

Nineteen-year-old Sergio Peña – who was recently announced as the driver of BMR’s No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for 2013 – will team with D.J. Kennington, who last year collected a second title to go with the 2010 championship he won in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1. Kennington of St. Thomas, Ontario, will pilot BMR’s No. 28 Castrol Toyota at Daytona.

 

Peña of Winchester, Va., and Kennington will participate in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series portion of the inaugural event at “The World Center of Racing” that will also include a combination race for the two NASCAR Whelen Modified tours and a late model competition for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The event will be contested on a .4-mile oval on the backstretch at DIS.

 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to compete in this exciting new event,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We anticipate it will attract the best caliber teams in NASCAR regional touring and we are glad to be a part of it. We want to thank all of our sponsors who made this possible – NAPA Auto Parts, Toyota, NAPA Filters, NGK and Castrol.”

 

While Kennington earned a guaranteed starting position in one of the three races by virtue of winning the Canadian championship, Peña will need to race his way in through one of the heat races.

 

The event will provide Kennington a new Daytona International Speedway experience – one that he feels suits his skillset. As a result of being situated on the backstretch at DIS, the short track virtually will be flat, and that suits Kennington just fine

 

“I love flat race tracks,” he said. “I really don’t know why. I’ve had some success, maybe that’s why.”

 

Beyond some inherently flat road-course venues, the Canadian Tire Series competes at Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec), a .4-mile flat oval north of Montreal, at which Kennington has a win and two runner-up finishes in four Canadian Tire Series starts.

 

The primary difference between the Daytona short track and St. Eustache is the radius of the turns. The Quebec track is egg-like in shape while the UNOH Battle At The Beach circuit is more of a paperclip in shape.

 

“The turns, I suppose, will be very different,” stated Kennington. “Getting the car to rotate through the turns will be pretty similar on a flat surface, I think.”

 

Traveling to Daytona is nothing new to the veteran Kennington, who made three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval. However, the thrill of competing during Speedweeks to kick off the 2013 season is not lost on him.

 

“Anytime you race in Daytona it’s a big deal,” he said. “The history there is enough to knock you over. Whoever can say they won a race in Daytona has done something.”

 

The K&N Pro Series cars are quite different from the Canadian Tire Series machines, but Kennington has quite a bit of experience in them. Including a second-place finish in the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, he has four career K&N Pro Series starts. He also has 48 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts to his credit which, at the time, used equipment very similar to what is currently employed in the K&N Pro Series.

 

Peña joined BMR last month following three successful seasons competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He has been a member of NASCAR’s Next9 program since 2011, a season in which he scored three wins. Additional, he has been named by FoxSports.com as one of the NASCAR drivers 25 and under to watch in 2013.

 

Peña’s first race with his new team will be in the UNOH Battle At The Beach.

 

“I’m super excited,” he said. “I guess I’m kind of impatient to get the season started just because I’m so anxious to get to know all the guys on the team. The more races we run, the better.”

 

Like other drivers, Peña is somewhat in awe of racing at Daytona for his first time.

 

“It gives me chills just thinking about it,” he said. “I know we won’t be running on the big track, but just to be able to be racing in a NASCAR race at Daytona – it doesn’t get any cooler than that. It’s so awesome.

 

“Just to think about it, a couple of years ago I was running formula cars on road courses,” he said. “Who would have thought I would be going to NASCAR? And now I’m going to be racing a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car at Daytona. I can’t believe it. I’m so excited.”

 

Peña knows, however, how tough the competition will be in Daytona, with drivers from the K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West.

 

“The series is tough,” he said. “It’s a developmental series, but there’s nothing easy about it. I think the Battle At The Beach will foreshadow the year and see how people are going to perform.”

 

The event marks a new chapter for Peña, meanwhile, as he moves to the West Coast.

 

“I’m going to miss everybody back East,” he said. “I’ve built such a great relationship with so many people the past three years racing out there. But I couldn’t be more excited about going to the West. There’s going to be more people to meet and new tracks to learn. It’s going to be pretty much a fresh start for me.”

 

The UNOH Battle At The Beach will feature qualifying races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models and a 150-lap feature on Feb. 18, while the racing on Feb. 19 will include a similar schedule of qualifying races and 150-lap races for both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and K&N Pro Series.

 

EVENT: UNOH Battle At The Beach

 

PLACE: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway

 

DATE: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 18-19

 

TIME: Mon., Feb. 18: 7:15 p.m. ET (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series); Tues., Feb. 19: 7:15 p.m. (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), 8:30 p.m. (NASCAR K&N Pro Series)

 

TV SCHEDULE: SPEED, 7 p.m., Feb. 18-19; NASCARHomeTracks.com internet video stream, 9 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 18 and 10:45 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 19

 

RADIO SCHEDULE: MRN, 7 p.m., Feb. 18-19 with simulcast on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and at motorracingnetwork.com

 

TRACK LAYOUT: .4-mile oval

 

2012 WINNER: Inaugural event

 

2012 POLESITTER: Inaugural event

 

EVENT SCHEDULE: Mon., Feb. 18: 9-11 a.m. NWAAS practice; 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NWAAS final practice; 12:40-2:05 p.m. NKNPS practice; 2:15-3:40 p.m. NWMT practice; 2:30 p.m. NWAAS autograph session; 4 p.m. NWAAS qualifying races; 6:50 p.m. NWAAS driver introductions; Tues., Feb. 19: 10:45-11:30 a.m. NWMT practice; 11:35 a.m.-12:20 p.m. NWMT final practice; 12:30-1:15 p.m. NKNPS practice; 1:25-2:10 p.m. NKNPS final practice; 1:30 p.m. NWMT autograph session; 2:20 p.m. NKNPS autograph session; 3 p.m. NWMT qualifying races; 4 p.m. NKNPS qualifying races; 6:35 p.m. NWMT/NKNPS driver introductions. CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE SCHEDULE

 

FAST FACTS

 

The Race: This is the inaugural UNOH Battle Of The Beach event.

 

The Procedure: The starting field for each of the three races is 34 cars and each race is 150 laps covering 60 miles.

 

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models will have four 25-lap/25-minute qualifying heat races for which the lineups are determined by fastest lap in final practice. The four fastest drivers in final practice will start from the first position in the respective four qualifying races. The first 28 starting positions for the feature race will be determined by the highest finishers in the four qualifying races and those having ‘Protected’ status. The four qualifying race winners will participate in a random draw to determine the first four starting positions. Positions fifth through 28th will be assigned by the finishing order in the four qualifying races with the second-place driver in the first qualifying race getting the fifth starting position and so on. Entered drivers with ‘Protected’ positions in this race are the top-10 finishers in the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship point standings that include: C.E. Falk III, Nate Monteith, Deac McCaskill and Adam Royle. The remaining six positions for who did not qualify in the top 28 will be determined by a 25-lap/25-minute last chance race.

 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will have two 25-lap/25-minute qualifying heat races for which the lineups are determined by fastest lap in final practice. The two fastest drivers in final practice will start from the first position in the respective qualifying races. The first 28 starting positions for the feature race will be determined by the highest finishers in the four qualifying races and those having ‘Protected’ status. The two qualifying race winners will participate in a coin toss to determine which is awarded the pole position and which qualifying race finishers will start from the inside and outside rows. Entered drivers with ‘Protected’ positions in this race are the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion (Doug Coby) along with eligible 2012 race winners from each of the two tours which includes: Danny Bohn, Justin Bonsignore, Donny Lia, Jason Myers, Ryan Preece, Bobby Santos, Ron Silk, Mike Stefanik, Andy Seuss and Brandon Ward.

 

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will have two 25-lap/25-minute qualifying heat races for which the lineups are determined by fastest lap in final practice. The two fastest drivers in final practice will start from the first position in the respective qualifying races. The first 28 starting positions for the feature race will be determined by the highest finishers in the four qualifying races and those having ‘Protected’ status. The two qualifying race winners will participate in a coin toss to determine which is awarded the pole position and which qualifying race finishers will start from the inside and outside rows. Entered drivers with ‘Protected’ positions in this race are the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion (Kyle Larson), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion (Dylan Kwasniewski), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion (D.J. Kennington), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series champion (Jorge Goeters) and Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series champion (Ander Vilarino) along with eligible 2012 race winners from each of the two series which includes: Cale Conley, Corey LaJoie, David Mayhew, Greg Pursley, Tyler Reddick, Michael Self and Derek Thorn.

 

The Track: The .4-mile short-track oval is situated on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. This newest addition to the menu at “The World Center of Racing” was made possible following the 2010 resurfacing project. The track is virtually flat and has a paperclip-like shape.

 

The Records: The 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach is a first-time event.

 

DAYTONA RACE NOTES:

 

Speedweeks Features All Levels of NASCAR: With the addition of the UNOH Battle At The Beach, the 2013 Speedweeks racing card at Daytona International Speedway now features all levels of the NASCAR ladder system. In addition to NASCAR’s top three national series that have traditionally raced at Daytona, the grassroots levels of the sport are now represented as well with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly program and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours at the regional touring level. NASCAR’s Grand-Am Road Racing series also competed at Daytona in January to open the 2013 racing season.

 

International Champions: All three of NASCAR’s international series are slated to descend upon the “World Center of Racing” for the UNOH Battle At The Beach. Jorge Goeters will represent the NASCAR Toyota Series as the champion from Mexico while D.J. Kennington will head to Daytona as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 titlist and Ander Vilarino will get his first shot to race in the United States as the champion from the Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series. All three secured locked-in starting positions by virtue of their series crowns and will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at the Daytona short track.

 

Full Agenda for Larson: Reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Kyle Larson will have a full plate of racing during 2013 Speedweeks, and for a driver that competed in more than 120 events in 2012, it should be business as usual. Larson will attempt to run all three UNOH Battle At The Beach races, the ARCA contest, and will attempt his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut – all in a span of eight days. For the UNOH Battle At The Beach, he’ll have one final ride with the Rev Racing team he drove to a title in the K&N Pro Series race – for which he has a locked-in starting position – and will drive Kevin “Bono” Manion’s No. 7 Chevrolet in the Whelen Modified Tour event. His Daytona short track experience will also include an attempt to make the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model feature.

 

Mod Drivers Plan To Double-Dip: The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at nearby New Smyrna Speedway has long been an attraction for NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour teams to travel south during the winter offseason. This year, with the addition of the UNOH Battle At The Beach in Daytona, the two events are benefiting from each other. Of the 33 current entries for the Whelen Modified race at Daytona, 15 have so far declared that they plan to run one or more of the nine nights of racing at New Smyrna. New Smyrna recently joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program and the World Series will be NASCAR-sanctioned racing.

 

Getting Some Experience: Of the 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series entrants for the UNOH Battle At The Beach, only half competed in the series in 2012 with the team they will head to Daytona with. Among the other 15, three are newcomers who plan to run the series in the coming season, four are with different teams and eight are just making a spot appearance for this special event.

 

#NASCARBattle Social Media Events

 

Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet UNOH Battle At The Beach (#NASCARBattle) competitors and participate in exclusive experiences by staying informed of the event via social media. Select NASCAR Home Tracks drivers will participate in a fan Tweet-Up at the Sprint Fan Deck on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the 2 p.m. hour. Stay tuned in to all of the event activities with NASCAR Home Tracks social media outlets: @NASCARHomeTrack on Twitter and www.facebook.com/NASCARHomeTracks.

 

NEXT TIME OUT:

 

NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series: The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will also launch its 2013 championship season at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1 as part of the NASCAR weekend at PIR. The event will mark the first time for the series to compete at a U.S. facility.

 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will kick off its championship season on March 2 at Phoenix International Raceway with the Talking Stick Resort 60, as part of the big NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in the Valley of the Sun. David Mayhew led flag-to-flag in winning the season opener at Phoenix a year ago.

 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East gets its championship campaign underway at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 16, the first event on a 15-race schedule for 2013. Nelson Piquet Jr., won last year’s season opener at Bristol from the pole.

 

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour: The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour begins its championship season Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., on March 16. George Brunnhoelzl III led flag-to-flag in winning last year’s season opener at Caraway and beginning his successful march toward a third tour championship.

 

Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series: The Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series opens the 2013 season at Circuit Paul Armagnac in Nogaro, France on March 31. Ander Vilarino, who went on to win the series championship, won last year’s event from the pole in the inaugural season for the series under the NASCAR banner.

 

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will kick off its championship season with the traditional Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 14. Ron Silk led 22 laps en route to taking the victory in last year’s season opener at Thompson.

 

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1: The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 has its season-opening event on May 19 on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Last season J.R. Fitzpatrick took the checkered flag in the event with eventual series champion D.J. Kennington finishing as the runner-up.

Comprehensive coverage set for UNOH Battle at The Beach – Live coverage on television, radio and online

The inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach will feature unprecedented live flag-to-flag coverage as the showcase event for the NASCAR touring and weekly series Feb. 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway.

SPEED and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the feature races on Monday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 19 from “The World Center of Racing,” beginning at 7 p.m. ET each night. The MRN broadcast will also be streamed live at www.motorracingnetwork.com and carried by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

The two days of competition during Speedweeks will include three non-points special events – featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified tours and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The racing will be contested on a .4-mile oval located on the Superstretch at DIS.

For the first time, NASCARHomeTracks.com – the official NASCAR.com site for the touring and weekly series – will host live streaming video of the practice rounds and heat races throughout each day leading up to the main events. Coverage will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

“From the drop of the green flag Monday morning for the first practice through the checkered flag Tuesday night on the final race, fans across the country and abroad will have an opportunity to follow all of the great short-track action in the first-ever UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “This one of a kind event features our series’ top drivers, including stars of tomorrow and a host of talented veterans. It’s fitting that as we break new ground with this event, we team with our great partners across television, radio and the internet to provide an unparalleled level of coverage.”

Race winners and series champions from the 2012 season earned locked-in spots into the respective series events. The remaining spots in each of the 34-car fields will be decided through heat races, and a last-chance race if necessary.

A top lineup of motorsports broadcasters will be on hand to call the action from the short-track at Daytona. For SPEED, that lineup includes:

Monday: Bob Dillner (play-by-play) and Hermie Sadler (analyst) will be in the booth, with Ray Dunlap as the pit reporter.

Tuesday: Mike Joy (play-by-play) and Larry McReynolds (analyst) in the booth for the Whelen Modified race, and Rick Allen (play-by-play) and Phil Parsons (analyst) in the booth for the K&N Pro Series race. Bob Dillner will be the pit reporter for both races.

For MRN, Kyle Rickey and Alex Hayden will be in the booth, with Steve Post covering the action in the turns. Pit reporters will be Woody Cain and Buddy Long.

The heat races, which will set the starting lineups for the evening’s racing, will be voiced by the team from Speed51.com: Bob Dillner, Matt Kentfield, Adam Mackey, and Elgin Traylor. The video stream of the practices will be voiced by public address announcer Ken Squier, the legendary NASCAR broadcaster, and Joe Coss, an announcer at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway that has been voted the winner of DIS’s UNOH Battle At The Beach announcer search.

In addition, NASCARHomeTracks.com will debut “Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com,” which will provide real-time updates and photos from the Speed51 staff of reporters and photographers for the entire event.

For more information about the UNOH Battle At The Beach, visit www.nascarhometracks.com and www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Grandstand and garage admission can be secured via the website or by calling 1-888-PITSHOP.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Sprint Unlimited

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into The Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 16. A total of 19 drivers are eligible to participate in the annual preseason, non-points race.

Eligible Drivers Performance

 

Aric Almirola – No. 43 Smithfield Ford

None

 

 

Marcos Ambrose – No. 9 Stanley Ford

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2012 3 21 9 82 1 1 Running

 

 

Greg Biffle – No. 16 3M Ford

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2005 5 2 16 70 1 44 Running

2007 13 5 16 70 Running

2008 20 17 16 48 Accident

2009 17 26 16 72 Accident

2010 15 5 16 74 2 5 Accident

2011 5 11 16 75 Running

2012 6 7 16 82 3 17 Running

 

 

Kurt Busch – No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2002 14 1 97 70 1 3 Running

2003 11 3 97 70 1 11 Running

2005 6 6 97 70 Running

2007 3 19 2 70 2 6 Running

2008 18 1 2 70 Running

2009 9 12 2 78 Running

2010 23 22 2 32 Accident

2011 1 17 22 75 3 3 Running

2012 17 6 51 82 Accident

 

 

Kyle Busch – No. 18 M&M’s Toyota

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2006 15 14 5 72 2 4 Running

2007 7 6 5 70 3 39 Running

2009 10 10 18 78 2 6 Running

2010 4 17 18 76 Running

2011 16 21 18 41 2 2 Accident

2012 1 2 18 82 2 3 Running

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2001 6 10 8 70 Running

2002 2 16 8 70 1 20 Running

2003 1 19 8 70 4 13 Running

2004 2 19 8 70 Running

2005 7 12 8 70 Running

2006 2 19 8 72 1 1 Running

2007 14 17 8 70 Running

2008 1 7 88 70 7 47 Running

2009 18 9 88 64 4 23 Accident

2010 11 11 88 76 Running

2011 19 1 88 27 3 4 Accident

2012 20 8 88 54 2 12 Accident

 

 

Carl Edwards – No. 99 Fastenal Ford

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2006 16 11 99 71 Running

2008 12 20 99 70 1 1 Running

2009 7 11 99 78 2 11 Running

2010 17 1 99 74 2 42 Accident

2011 21 3 99 33 Accident

2012 9 11 99 82 Running

 

Jeff Gordon – No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

1994 1 6 24 20 1 2 Running

1995 4 5 24 20 Running

1996 9 7 24 20 Running

1997 1 3 24 20 Running

1998 14 5 24 25 Engine

1999 15 8 24 25 Running

2000 2 6 24 25 Running

2001 11 6 24 70 Running

2002 3 22 24 70 Running

2003 2 18 24 70 2 31 Running

2004 5 2 24 70 2 16 Running

2005 3 11 24 70 Running

2006 19 10 24 23 Accident

2007 21 11 24 31 Electrical

2008 4 22 24 70 1 1 Running

2009 4 28 24 78 2 2 Running

2010 6 23 24 76 Running

2011 6 12 24 75 1 1 Running

2012 15 14 24 73 3 16 Accident

 

 

Denny Hamlin – No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2006 1 15 11 72 3 16 Running

2007 17 21 11 70 Running

2008 9 12 11 70 Running

2009 13 5 11 78 2 4 Running

2010 5 24 11 76 Running

2011 12 4 11 75 Running

2012 5 16 11 82 Running

 

 

Kevin Harvick – No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2003 9 16 29 70 Running

2004 3 5 29 70 2 10 Running

2006 20 18 29 15 Engine

2007 5 20 29 70 2 11 Running

2009 1 27 29 78 1 1 Running

2010 1 2 29 76 5 21 Running

2011 7 18 29 75 Running

2012 22 22 29 54 3 4 Accident

 

 

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Lowe’s Yellow Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2003 7 2 48 70 1 4 Running

2004 9 17 48 70 Running

2005 1 17 48 70 1 16 Running

2006 5 2 48 72 3 12 Running

2007 4 8 48 70 Running

2008 3 18 48 70 Running

2009 14 21 48 77 1 2 Accident

2010 13 16 48 76 Running

2011 4 23 48 75 2 7 Running

2012 14 18 48 74 1 1 Accident

 

 

Kasey Kahne – No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2005 9 13 9 70 Running

2006 18 5 9 35 Accident

2007 15 15 9 70 Running

2008 10 8 9 70 Running

2009 6 14 9 78 1 2 Running

2010 2 19 9 76 Running

2011 24 5 4 7 Engine

2012 13 19 5 79 Running

 

 

Matt Kenseth – No. 20 Dollar General Toyota

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2003 3 5 17 70 3 6 Running

2006 6 16 17 72 Running

2009 8 25 17 78 1 1 Running

2010 16 8 17 74 Accident

2011 13 19 17 74 Running

2012 21 23 17 54 Accident

 

 

Joey Logano – No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2009 28 19 20 3 Accident

2010 7 21 20 76 Running

2011 18 22 20 27 Accident

2012 18 10 20 54 1 1 Accident

 

 

Mark Martin – No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

1982 8 9 02 20 Running

1989 7 11 06 20 Running

1990 6 10 06 20 Running

1991 2 12 6 20 Running

1992 3 3 6 20 Running

1993 4 8 6 20 Running

1994 5 5 6 20 1 2 Running

1995 16 14 6 0 Accident

1996 7 10 6 20 Running

1997 6 6 6 20 Running

1998 8 1 6 25 Running

1999 1 13 6 25 1 16 Running

2000 15 1 6 10 Radiator

2001 8 4 6 70 2 4 Running

2002 12 18 6 70 Running

2003 17 9 6 70 1 4 Running

2004 4 7 6 70 Running

2005 8 14 6 70 Running

2006 7 13 6 72 Running

2007 6 10 01 70 Running

2008 8 2 8 70 1 1 Running

2010 20 6 5 74 Accident

2011 17 20 5 36 Accident

 

 

Juan Pablo Montoya – No. 42 Target Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2010 10 20 42 76 Running

2011 20 13 42 27 Accident

2012 10 25 42 82 1 1 Running

 

 

Ken Schrader – No. 32 FAS Lane Racing Ford

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

1988 7 3 25 20 Running

1989 1 1 25 20 2 15 Running

1990 1 3 25 20 1 16 Running

1991 12 11 25 12 Accident

1993 2 12 25 20 Running

1994 8 1 25 20 1 2 Running

1996 5 7 25 20 Running

1998 5 2 33 25 1 9 Running

1999 2 4 33 25 1 1 Running

2000 6 10 36 25 Running

2001 16 1 36 67 Out of Gas

2002 4 4 36 70 1 1 Running

2003 6 11 49 70 1 1 Running

2004 13 14 49 70 Running

2005 16 5 49 70 Running

2006 14 1 21 72 2 18 Running

2007 11 7 21 70 Running

2008 15 13 49 70 Running

2010 14 14 82 76 Running

 

 

Tony Stewart – No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2000 4 3 20 25 Running

2001 1 7 20 70 Running

2002 1 3 20 70 2 31 Running

2003 15 12 20 70 Running

2004 7 18 20 70 Running

2005 4 8 20 70 Running

2006 3 3 20 72 3 7 Running

2007 1 14 20 70 2 11 Running

2008 2 10 20 70 2 9 Running

2009 3 6 14 78 1 4 Running

2010 9 13 14 76 2 6 Running

2011 11 2 14 75 3 4 Running

2012 2 15 14 82 1 7 Running

 

 

Martin Truex Jr. – No. 56 NAPA Toyota

Times Laps

Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status

2008 21 9 1 47 Accident

2012 19 1 56 54 2 7 Accident

 

The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits

  • · The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009 (19 are scheduled to compete in this year’s event).
  • · The drivers with the most Sprint Unlimited appearances:

o Bill Elliott (23)

o Mark Martin (23)

o Rusty Wallace (19)

o Ken Schrader (19)

o Jeff Gordon (19)

  • · Mark Martin had appeared in the most consecutive Sprint Unlimited races, competing in 20 consecutive events from 1989-2008. With his start in this year’s race, Jeff Gordon, who currently has 19 consecutive starts in the event, will tie that mark.
  • · There have been eight multiple winners in The Sprint Unlimited:

o Tony Stewart has won three (2001, 2002 and 2007).

o Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).

o Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

o Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008) and Kevin Harvick (2009-2010).

o Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back races. No driver has ever won three consecutive Sprint Unlimited races.

  • · Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Sprint Unlimited in which they competed.
  • · Only five times in the 32-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:

Bobby Allison (1982)

Bill Elliott (1987)

Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)

Jeff Gordon (1997)

  • · There have been three winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987) and Ken Schrader (1989).
  • · Two drivers have swept The Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2012: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)
  • · One driver has swept The Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2012: Bobby Allison (1982).
  • · Seven drivers have won The Sprint Unlimited (1979-2012) and the same season’s championship. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times – four times.

Tony Stewart (2002)

Jeff Gordon (1997)

Dale Earnhardt (1993)

Dale Earnhardt (1991)

Dale Earnhardt (1986)

Darrell Waltrip (1981)

Dale Earnhardt (1980)

  • · Four drivers have won consecutive Sprint Unlimited races (1979-2012). None went on to win that year’s Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick (2009-10)

Tony Stewart (2000-01)

Ken Schrader (1990-91)

Neil Bonnett (1983-84)

 

The Sprint Unlimited Manufacturer Recap

 

Manufacturer Victories Last Victory – Driver

Chevrolet 19 2010 – Kevin Harvick

Ford 7 2004 – Dale Jarrett

Buick 2 1982 – Bobby Allison

Oldsmobile 2 1980 – Dale Earnhardt

Pontiac 2 2002 – Tony Stewart

Dodge 1 2011 – Kurt Busch

Toyota 1 2012 – Kyle Busch

 

By the Numbers: The Sprint Unlimited

.013 Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

.058 Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

.08 Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

1 – Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in The Sprint Unlimited races they won

2 – The starting position that has produced the most Sprint Unlimited wins (five).

2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts

5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)

6 – Number of Sprint Unlimited wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader

7 – Number of fewest starters in the field for The Sprint Unlimited (1981)

11 – Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)

14 – Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979

19 – Number of wins by Chevrolet in The Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers

20 – Most consecutive starts in The Sprint Unlimited by Mark Martin (1989-2008)

27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history

28 – Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979

44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event

47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Sprint Unlimited

124.095 mph – The slowest average speed of the race for The Sprint Unlimited was last season’s event won by Kyle Busch.

197.802 mph – The fastest average speed of the race for The Sprint Unlimited was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.

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