NASCAR - Camping World Truck - NextEra Energy Resources 250 Preview

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DATE: Friday, February 24th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 13th
CAPACITY: 147,000 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUSXM Satellite
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Michael Waltrip (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 20th)
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: $689,635 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $73,275; 2nd Place - $45,700; 3rd Place - $36,500
2011 Finish
1Michael Waltrip116Jennifer Jo Cobb31
2Elliott Sadler67Jeffrey Earnhardt23
3Clay Rogers198Ricky Carmichael4
4Miguel Paludo149James Buescher2
5Kyle Busch2110Matt Crafton7
2011 NextEra Energy Resources 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.025 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 33 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.061 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (179.047 m.p.h.)
Past NextEra Energy Resources 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Michael Waltrip (11th) -- Toyota -- 130.025 m.p.h.
2010 -- Timothy Peters (24th) -- Toyota -- 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)
2011 -- Austin Dillon -- 20th
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 18, 2011)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 178.5
LAPS: 119
WINNER: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Nelson Piquet Jr.
FIFTH: Joey Coulter
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Finished 12th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 25 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.385 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 16 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Buescher 1-8; K. Harvick 9-24; D. Hamlin 25; J. Buescher
26-34; J. Sauter 35-36; E. Sadler 37; J. Sauter 38; E. Sadler
39-69; J. Sauter 70; J. Buescher 71-72; R. Hornaday Jr. 73; M.
Crafton 74-75; B. Gaughan 76-78; D. Armstrong 79; J. Sauter
NextEra Energy Resources 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Jake Crum (Statesville, NC)Dodge/Bandit Chippers
2Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
3Ty Dillon (Lexington, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Paulie Harraka (Fair Lawn, NJ)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
7John King (Kingsport, TN)Toyota/TBA
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/Nat'l Watermelon Assoc.
8Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
09Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/TBA
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Good Sam
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honeys
15Dusty Davis (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Tire Kingdom/Service Central
18Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Toyota/Dollar General
19Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/TBA
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Mama Lucia Meatballs
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/
24Max Gresham (Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/Made In USA
27Ward Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
28Wes Burton (Chiefland, FL)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Cooper Standard
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Autotrac/Qualcomm
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60JR Fitzpatrick (Cambridge, Canada)Chevrolet/Equipment Express
63Caleb Roark (Abingdon, VA)Ford/Mittler Bros Machine & Tool
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/Dawn Stanfill Foundation
73Rick Crawford (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Superseal/Trans Peco Truck
74Wheeler Boys (Calgary, Canada)Chevrolet/IIP Group
76Derek White (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/W.G.A.
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
82Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL)Ford/TBA
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Fleet Tire
93Chris Cockrum (Conyers, GA)Chevrolet/Advanced Comm. Group
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Toyota/Ever Fi
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
James Buescher------------------25th---9th
Matt Crafton12th19th11th26th8th24th8th5th10th
Timothy Peters---------12th------6thWon11th
David Starr36th12th8th14th20th4th17th19th13th
Parker Kligerman------------------------15th
Johnny Sauter------------------27th35th17th
Todd Bodine------3rd2nd5thWonWon2nd23rd
Brendan Gaughan10th---30th24th21st34th------26th
Nelson Piquet Jr---------------------6th27th
Ron Hornaday Jr------26th23rd7th25th4th27th28th
Travis Kvapil2nd2nd------3rd---------29th
Jason White------------35th22nd22nd4th30th
Mike Skinner---28th25th4th4th29th7th24th---
Brad Keselowski------7th34th---------------
David Reutimann---9th12th9th---------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Timothy Peters
Darkhorse - Jason White
Last Week's Pick to Win (November 18th - Ron Hornaday Jr) - Finished 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (November 18th - Cole Whitt) - Finished 2nd
The 2012 Camping World Truck Series season begins this week in Daytona for the 13th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250.

Last season, it was ten years to the date of his bittersweet victory in the Daytona 500, as Michael Waltrip won the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

That Friday marked the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death in the Daytona 500. Waltrip drove for Earnhardt's NASCAR Cup Series team when he won the Daytona 500, but Waltrip's first career victory in the series was marred by Earnhardt's fatal crash during the final lap of that race.

Waltrip's victory came in typical thrilling fashion at Daytona. He made a sling-shot pass on Elliott Sadler for the lead about a hundred yards from the finish line. It was his first truck win. He became the 22nd driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national touring series.

Although Waltrip will not be defending his title, he will be at Daytona, as he is part of the broadcast team for Speed Channel.

In 2010, Timothy Peters, started from the 24th position on the grid and 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.

Todd Bodine led the final 11 laps in 2009 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 12 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 is off for the next four weeks before returning to action with the March 31 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner.

02/21 14:52:32 ET

As of February 21, 2012, at 02:52 PM ET
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