NASCAR - Camping World Truck - NextEra Energy Resources 250 Preview

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DATE: Friday, February 18th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 12th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Todd Bodine
POLE WINNER: Jason White (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Joe Ruttman, 2000, (187.563 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 2006, (146.622 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $693,949 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $85,425; 2nd Place - $57,390; 3rd Place - $36,485
2010 Finish
1Timothy Peters246Nelson Piquet Jr22
2Todd Bodine157Stacy Compton12
3Dennis Setzer148Johnny Benson9
4Jason White19Donnie Neuenberger32
5Matt Crafton1710J.J. Yeley36
2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 115.296 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 6 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.068 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jason White (177.525 m.p.h.)
Past NextEra Energy Resources 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Timothy Peters (24th) -- 115.296 m.p.h.
2009 -- Todd Bodine (3rd) -- Toyota -- 122.766 m.p.h.
2008 -- Todd Bodine (12th) -- Toyota -- 127.551 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jack Sprague (1st) -- Toyota -- 117.739 m.p.h.
2006 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 146.622 m.p.h. (race record)
2005 -- Bobby Hamilton (36th) -- Dodge -- 124.931 m.p.h.
2004 -- Carl Edwards (6th) -- Ford -- 112.570 m.p.h.
2003 -- Rick Crawford (10th) -- Ford -- 127.642 m.p.h.
2002 -- Robert Pressley (2nd) -- Dodge -- 140.121 m.p.h.
2001 -- Joe Ruttman (1st) -- Dodge -- 129.407 m.p.h.
2000 -- Mike Wallace (2nd) -- Ford -- 130.152 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Daytona 250 (2000), Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (2001-05),
GM FlexFuel 250 (2006), Chevy Silverado 250 (2007-08).
Past NextEra Energy Resources 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Jason White -- 4th
2009 -- Colin Braun -- 9th
2008 -- Erik Darnell -- 21st
2007 -- Jack Sprague -- 1st
2006 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
2005 -- Kerry Earnhardt -- 35th
2004 -- Terry Cook -- 5th
2003 -- Jason Leffler -- 30th
2002 -- Ted Musgrave -- 2nd
2001 -- Joe Ruttman -- 1st
2000 -- Joe Ruttman -- 19th
Last Race Results
RACE: Ford 200 (November 19, 2010)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 201
LAPS: 134
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
THIRD: Johnny Sauter
FOURTH: Todd Bodine
FIFTH: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 31st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 43 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 118.565 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.577 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dillon - pole, K. Busch 1-6, Dillon 7-8, K. Busch 9-10, Dillon
11-19, Sauter 20-32, Almirola 33-36, K. Busch 37-67, Sauter 68,
K. Busch 69-76, White 77, Almirola 78-81, K. Busch 82-87, Bodine
88-105, Mayhew 106-110, Kvapil 111-115, Hornaday Jr 116-130, K.
Busch 131-134.
NextEra Energy Resources 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor Platinum
02Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
07Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Chevrolet/Lilly Trucking
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Driven2Honor
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
15Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Wounded Warrior Project
17 *Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/K&N
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Dollar General
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
25Tayler Malsam (Seattle, WA)Toyota/One Eighty
27Chris Eggleston (Erie, CO)Dodge/
28Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Brad Keselowski Racing
30Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Tire Kingdom/Valvoline
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide Batteries
32Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Steak-Umm
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W
45Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/TBA
46Craig Goess Jr. (Woodbury, NJ)Toyota/Greenville Toyota
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recycling
51Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Toyota/Vision Airlines
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel & Casino
66Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Chevrolet/Go-Pro
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Chevrolet/TBA
73Rick Crawford (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Superseal County Building
76Alli Owens (Daytona Beach, FL)Ford/Rue & Ziffra P.A.
77Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/Lofton Cattle
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Glenden Enterprises
85Brent Raymer (Concord, NC)Ford/Drive One
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Action Gator Tire/Fleet HQ
93Shane Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W
99Chad McCumbee (Supply, NC)Ford/
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Timothy Peters------------12th------6thWon
Todd Bodine---------3rd2nd5thWonWon2nd
Jason White---------------35th22nd22nd4th
Matt Crafton23rd12th19th11th26th8th24th8th5th
Nelson Piquet Jr------------------------6th
Aric Almirola------------32nd---------12th
Tayler Malsam---------------------10th17th
David Starr7th36th12th8th14th20th4th17th19th
Elliott Sadler------------------------20th
Kyle Busch------------------2nd2nd22nd
Mike Skinner------28th25th4th4th29th7th24th
Austin Dillon------------------------26th
Ron Hornaday Jr12th------26th23rd7th25th4th27th
Ricky Carmichael---------------------24th29th
Johnny Sauter---------------------27th35th
Travis Kvapil20th2nd2nd------3rd---------
Brendan Gaughan13th10th---30th24th21st34th------
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Todd Bodine
Darkhorse - Travis Kvapil
Last Week's Pick to Win (November 19th - Todd Bodine) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (November 19th - Jason White) - Finished 23rd
The Camping World Truck Series begins this week in Daytona for the 12th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250, as Timothy Peters defends his title.

Starting from the 24th position on the grid, Peters led only five laps, but it was his crucial pass on the final lap over Todd Bodine that lifted him to victory. Bodine held the lead on the final lap, but Peters got a push from pole sitter Jason White and then tapped Bodine from behind, shoving him up the track. Peters protected his lead and finished 0.068 seconds ahead of Bodine for his second career truck victory. Bodine led four times for a race-high 32 laps, while pole sitter Jason White placed fourth.

In 2009, Bodine led the final 11 laps to edge Kyle Busch by 0.249 of a second for his 16th career Truck Series title. Bodine, who started third, led twice for a race-high 25 laps, while pole sitter Colin Braun, who placed ninth, led three times for 15 laps. With his win, Bodine became the only two-time winner of this race after winning in 2008.

Pole sitter Jack Sprague clipped Johnny Benson in 2007 by less than a second for his 28th career Truck Series title. Sprague led for the first eight laps and then again on lap 87, but it was Travis Kvapil who dominated this race, leading six times for a race-high 49 laps. Kvapil took the lead on lap 88 through 99, but Sprague, on the final lap, went to the outside and Johnny Benson to the bottom of the track to produce a photo finish with Sprague edging Benson by one foot and Kvapil by about four feet.

Starting on the pole in 2006, Mark Martin raced to victory, as he crossed the finish line under caution ahead of Todd Bodine for his second career Truck Series victory. With his win, Martin became only the second driver to capture this event from the pole, as he joined Joe Ruttman in that category. Martin, who was the first to capture the pole at this track and win, set a new winning speed mark of 146.622 m.p.h.

The pole sitter has won this race on three occasions. Joe Ruttman in 2001, Martin in 2006 and Sprague (2007). Ruttman is the only two-time pole sitter. When the late Bobby Hamilton raced to victory in 2005, he came from the 36th starting position, the furthest start for a winner.

It should come as no surprise this week that the race will be decided on the final lap. The previous 11 races have been decided by split seconds. This race has produced two three-wide finishes in its short history.

Winning this race could spell doom for a driver attempting to capture the Camping World Truck Series championship, as no winner has ever gone on to capture the title. Bobby Hamilton, who claimed the top prize in 2004, remains the only driver to win the series championship and then follow up with a victory at Daytona in February.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 is the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race to utilize a 17.75-gallon fuel cell that's now standard in all three of NASCAR's national series. It is anticipated the change will result in shorter fuel windows and more pit stops.

The Camping World Truck Series moves on to Phoenix International Raceway for the February 25 Lucas Oil 150, as Clint Bowyer defends his title.

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