NASCAR - Sprint Cup - The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Preview

The Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2014 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 15

Start Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Laps: 75 (divided into 3 segments)

Miles: 187.5

Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 36th preseason race at Daytona (2nd annual The Sprint Unlimited)

On TV: FOX Sports 1

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record:

Qualifying record:

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kevin Harvick

Runner up: Greg Biffle

Pole winner: Carl Edwards (random draw)

Top 10:

. (Start: )

1. Kevin Harvick (17)

2. Greg Biffle (4)

3. Joey Logano (9)

4. Tony Stewart (15)

5. Matt Kenseth (12)

6. Aric Almirola (8)

7. Kasey Kahne (3)

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16)

9. Martin Truex Jr. (6)

10. Juan Pablo Montoya (14)

11. Marcos Ambrose (10)

12. Carl Edwards (1)

13. Kurt Busch (18)

14. Jimmie Johnson (11)

15. Denny Hamlin (5)

16. Kyle Busch (13)

17. Jeff Gordon (7)

18. Mark Martin (2)

19. Terry Labonte (19)

Average speed: 177.538 mph

Time of race: 1 hr., 3 mins., 22 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.149 seconds

Caution flags: 3 for 4 laps

Lead changes: 9 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 177.538 mph

2012 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 124.096 mph

2011 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 153.584 mph

2010 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 144.670 mph

2009 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 127.243 mph

2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 140.751 mph

2007 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 166.195 mph

2006 Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 153.627 mph

2005 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.399 mph

2004 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 150.826 mph

2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 180.827 mph

2002 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 181.295 mph

2001 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 181.036 mph

2000 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 182.334 mph

1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 181.745 mph

1998 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 178.998 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 185.376 mph

1996 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 184.995 mph

1995 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 188.482 mph

1994 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 188.877 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 186.916 mph

1992 Geoff Bodine, Ford, 189.070 mph

1991 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 189.474 mph

1990 Ken Schrader, Chevrolet, 192.308 mph

1989 Ken Schrader, Chevrolet, 192.926 mph

1988 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 191.489 mph

1987 Bill Elliott, Ford, 197.802 mph

1986 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 195.865 mph

1985 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 195.865 mph

1984 Neil Bonnett, Chevrolet, 192.926 mph

1983 Neil Bonnett, Chevrolet, 192.513 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Buick, 191.093 mph

1981 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 189.076 mph

1980 Dale Earnhardt, Oldsmobile, 191.693 mph

1979 Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile, 194.384 mph

Last race

Race: Ford EcoBoost 400 (Nov. 17, 2013)

Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.

Miles: 400.5

Laps: 267

Finish line order: Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 3 mins., 52 secs.

Average speed: 130.693 mph

Margin of victory: 0.799 seconds

Caution flags: 8 for 37 laps

Lead changes: 22 among 8 drivers

Lap leaders: Kenseth 1-11, Hamlin 12-13, Kenseth 14, Harvick 15, Kenseth Kenseth 1-11, Hamlin 12-13, Kenseth 14, Harvick 15, Kenseth 16-25, Ragan 26, Harvick 27, Ku. Busch 28-31, Kenseth 32-91, Larson 92, Kenseth 93-139, Earnhardt Jr 140, Kenseth 141-142, Earnhardt Jr 143-153, Kenseth 154-166, Hamlin 167-207, Harvick 208-213, Keselowski 214-222, Hamlin 223, Earnhardt Jr 224-235, Hamlin 236-239, Earnhardt Jr 240-243, Hamlin 244-267.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#4 * Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy Services

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kevin Harvick 20 5 Won Won 7 22 Won
Joey Logano 28 7 18 18 3
Tony Stewart 4 3 Won 2 3 9 11 2 4
Matt Kenseth 6 8 16 13 21 5
Dale Earnhardt Jr 7 2 14 Won 18 11 19 20 8
Marcos Ambrose 3 11
Carl Edwards 16 12 7 17 21 9 12
Kurt Busch 6 3 18 9 23 Won 17 13
Jimmie Johnson Won 5 4 3 14 13 4 14 14
Denny Hamlin Won 17 9 13 5 12 5 15
Kyle Busch 15 7 10 4 16 Won 16
Jeff Gordon 3 19 21 4 4 6 6 15 17
Terry Labonte 19
Ryan Newman 2 17 20 23 19 3 7
Jamie McMurray 8 22 2 3 2 16
Brad Keselowski 4
Danica Patrick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Notes

The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona is the Sprint Cup Series' annual preseason, non-points race at Daytona International Speedway.

For the second year in a row, race fans will decide upon a number of competition elements for The Sprint Unlimited. Fans can cast their votes to set the number of laps in each of the three segments as well as determine how drivers will line up at the start of the event and how they will line up for the restart of the final segment.

Fans can submit their votes on NASCAR's mobile app, NASCAR MOBILE, or at NASCAR.com/SprintUnlimited. Voting is unlimited and all votes cast through NASCAR MOBILE will count twice.

Voting categories include:

- Race format: Number of laps in each race segment (voting ends at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15).

- Starting order: How drivers will line up to start the race (voting ends at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15).

- Restart order for Final Segment: How drivers will line up for the final segment (voting ends at the conclusion of the second segment).

There are three options available in each of the three categories. Voting results will be announced live during the FOX Sports 1 race broadcast.

Twenty Sprint Cup drivers are eligible to participate in this year's event. Each competitor earned eligibility by winning pole positions in 2013 or by winning this race in the past. Of the 20 eligible drivers, two of them are not entered in this year's race -- Mark Martin and Ken Schrader. Martin won the pole for the spring race at Phoenix, and Schrader won the preseason event at Daytona in 1989 and '90.

Martin holds the record for most appearances in The Sprint Unlimited with 24. Jeff Gordon is expected to make his 21st straight appearance in this race, which would give him the record for most consecutive starts. Martin had 20 starts in a row in this event from 1989-2008.

Eight drivers have won this race multiple times: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Neil Bonnett, Kevin Harvick, Gordon and Schrader.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most wins with six (1980, '86, '88, '91, '93 and '95).

Stewart and Harvick lead all active drivers with three victories each in this race.

Just five times in the 35-year history of this race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Gordon (1997). Two drivers have won the preseason race and then gone on to capture the Daytona 500 pole and win the Daytona 500 during Speedweeks. Elliott did it in 1987, and Jarrett did so in 2000.

Last year's preseason race at Daytona marked the competition debut of NASCAR's current race car, the Gen-6. Just 12 drivers finished the event, as a multi- car wreck occurred on lap 15. Nine drivers were involved in the incident. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Gordon were among those who had their night at Daytona end early. Harvick held off Stewart and Greg Biffle on the last lap to win the race.

In 2012, Kyle Busch edged Stewart to the finish line by only 0.013 seconds, making it the closest margin of victory in the history of this race.

Kyle Busch won this race last year. Busch edged Tony Stewart to the finish line by 0.013 seconds, making it the closest margin of victory in this event's history.

The 2014 Sprint Cup points season kicks off with the 56th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

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