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Buescher returns to site of first NASCAR win 07-02-2013
James Buescher
Camping World Truck Series regular James Buescher will return to the site of his first career NASCAR win. Buescher won the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway in 2012. When entering the final corners on the last lap, the "big one" took place and Buescher was able to steer clear and maneuver his way through the wreckage en route to first career victory. Buescher has competed at Daytona since that victory, in both the NNS and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The No. 34 Turner Scott Motorsports team will carry the Florida Lottery on their Chevrolet Camaro for this week's Subway Firecracker 250.-Turner Scott Motorsports
Sunshine State notes on Justin Allgaier 07-02-2013
Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier will make his tenth start at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). This weekend marks the final superspeedway race of the season for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). In Allgaier's February DIS race earlier this season he qualified 14th and finished seventh. He has three top-10 and one top-5 finish in his four July starts at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway.-Turner Scott Motorsports
Piquet Jr. making second Daytona NNS start 07-02-2013
Nelson Piquet
Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his second career NNS start at Daytona on Friday night, having previously earned a top-15 finish back in February. He will drive the same chassis this weekend that he drove earlier this season at DIS and Talladega Superspeedway, where he earned an 11th and 29th-place finish, respectively. Kentucky Recap...Making his first career NNS start at Kentucky Speedway last Friday night, Piquet Jr. earned his second top 10 in the last three weeks, coming home with an eighth-place finish.-Turner Scott Motorsports
Coke Zero notes of interest on Ryan Newman 07-02-2013
Ryan Newman
The Coke Zero 400 will mark Ryan Newman's 24th career Sprint Cup start at Daytona International Speedway. He has one win (February 2008), three poles, four top-five finishes and five top-10s in 23 career Sprint Cup starts at Daytona. He has led 101 laps, has an average start of 20.1 and an average finish of 20.3. Newman has savored the sweet taste of victory on three separate occasions in three different divisions; ARCA Series in 2001, the season-opening IROC race at Daytona in February 2004 and in 2008, when Newman scored the biggest victory of his racing career by winning the 50th Daytona 500.-True Speed Communication
Danica Patrick Coke Zero 400 notes 07-02-2013
Danica Patrick
The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway will mark Danica Patrick's 28th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her third at Daytona. Patrick has started six NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Daytona with a best finish of 10th in July 2011. She won the pole for the February 2012 Sprint Cup Daytona 500. The eighth-place Daytona 500 finish is he best Sprint Cup finish to date. Patrick is 27th in the Sprint Cup standings with 292 points, 281 points back of leader Jimmie Johnson.-True Speed Communication
Ty Dillon driving February race-winning car 07-02-2013
Friday's 100-lap affair marks Ty Dillon's first appearance at Daytona International Speedway in the Nationwide Series. Although, Dillon has made two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway earning top 10 finishes in both events. The No. 33 Chevrolet that Dillon will pilot, is the same one Tony Stewart drove to victory lane in the Nationwide Series season-opener at Daytona.-Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon at Daytona Int'l Speedway 07-02-2013
Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon has three previous Nationwide Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, finishing fifth in February 2012, fourth in July 2012 and 21st in February 2013. He also made his Daytona 500 debut in this year's Great American Race and has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track. He will pilot Chassis No. 128, the same Chevrolet Dillon drove to a 10th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May.-Richard Childress Racing
Brian Scott's Firecracker 250 advance 07-02-2013
Brian Scott
Brian Scott has seven starts at the 2.5-mile Daytona track, notching his best start of ninth in this event last July, and best finish of sixth with five-laps led in the season opener. Additionally, the 25-year-old Nationwide Series competitor has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the famed superspeedway, where he led four laps and earned a ninth-place finish in the 2009 event.-Richard Childress Racing
Jeff Burton at "The World Center of Racing" 07-02-2013
Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton has 39 starts at Daytona International Speedway with one win (July 2000), nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Burton also scored the pole position for the 2006 Daytona 500 and has led 145 laps at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, he has a trophy from the 2011 Duel 150 qualifying race on his mantle. Race Rewind 2012: Burton made three amazing saves, avoided multiple accidents and led the No. 31 Chevrolet team to a second-place finish in the 2012 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.-Richard Childress Racing
Coke Zero 400 advance on Kevin Harvick 07-02-2013
Kevin Harvick
Since 2001, Kevin Harvick has made 24 starts at the 2.5-mile Daytona tri-oval, winning two point-paying events (2007 Daytona 500 and July 2010). He also collected two pole awards (July 2002 and July 2010), five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, has completed 90.3 percent (3,815 of 4,225) laps contested and is credited with 178 laps led. He will pilot the same Chevrolet that he most recently drove to Victory Lane following the Sprint Unlimited in February at Daytona.-Richard Childress Racing
Daytona stats on Paul Menard 07-02-2013
Paul Menard
Paul Menard has 12 starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in 2008 and best finish of sixth came in 2012. He has completed 2,133 of 2,148 laps attempted (99.3 percent) at the famed superspeedway, leading 38 of them. Race rewind: Starting 13th, Menard was running inside the top 10 when he was involved in a late-race, multi-car incident causing him to finish 14th in last year's summer event under the lights at Daytona.-Richard Childress Racing
Wise poised to top career-best at Daytona 07-02-2013
Josh Wise
After earning a career-best 19th-place finish at Talladega in May, Josh Wise is eager to go back to a restrictor plate track. The team's 19th-place effort at Talladega was part of Front Row Motorsports' best day at the track in team history, in which David Ragan and David Gilliland finished first and second for FRM's first win ever. Saturday's night's race on the 2.5-mile superspeedway will be Wise's third Cup race at the Daytona Beach, Fla., track.-Breaking Limits
Gilliland looks for role reversal at Daytona 07-02-2013
David Gilliland
After David Gilliland pushed his teammate to Front Row Motorsports' first win at Talladega for a 1-2 finish in May, it's only natural to rib David Ragan about returning the favor this weekend at Daytona. Gilliland is very much in favor of that role reversal. In 10 Cup career starts, Gilliland has a pole position, one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.-Breaking Limits
Ragan takes winning Talladega car to Daytona 07-02-2013
David Ragan
David Ragan will go to Daytona International Speedway this week with a standout partner and a car that knows how to find Victory Lane. Retail partner Winn Dixie will join Peanut Patch on the car for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 on the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Ragan's No. 34 Ford Fusion for the 400-mile race will be the same car that surged to the front on the final lap of the Talladega race to capture Front Row Motorsports' first win in team history.-Breaking Limits
Logano top-10 in points heading into Daytona 07-02-2013
Joey Logano
Joey Logano brought home a fourth-place finish last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, which marked his seventh-straight race of earning an 11th place or better finish. Logano has now finished 11th or better in nine of the last 13 points-paying races dating back to the March event at Auto Club Speedway, where Logano dominated before getting involved in a late-race incident while battling for the win. With his fourth-place finish at Kentucky, Logano vaulted up four spots in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings to 10th place, which would earn him a position in the Chase.-Penske Racing
Brad Keselowski is a skilled plate racer 07-02-2013
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski is one of the most skilled restrictor-plate racers in the garage, especially at Talladega Superspeedway where he owns three NASCAR wins. However, he has yet to visit Victory Lane at Daytona. After a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Daytona 500, Keselowski will be looking for his first win at the famed track this weekend.-Penske Racing
Sam Hornish Jr. notes heading into Daytona 07-02-2013
Sam Hornish
Sam Hornish Jr. started and finished second at the first Daytona race of this season. He and the No. 12 Penske Ford team are well positioned to improve on that as they look for the second win of the year. Driving a Ford Mustang this year he has led 288 laps on the way to one victory, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Hornish once again occupies second place in the standings, just eight points behind series leader Regan Smith.-Penske Racing
Juan Pablo Montoya at Daytona 07-02-2013
Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya has 13 NSCS career starts at Daytona which includes four top-10 finishes. His average starting and finishing position is 19.3 and 23.0, respectively. He has completed 2192 out of the 2350 possible laps at the superspeedway (93.3%). His best start was seventh (Daytona 500 this year) and best finish of sixth (February 2011).-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
McMurray at Daytona International Speedway 07-02-2013
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray has made 21 career NSCS starts at the 2.5 mile high-banked tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. He has four top-10, three top-five and two victories at the famed "World Center of Racing", including the 2010 Daytona 500. McMurray has completed 3375 of a possible 3705 (91.9%) laps of completion. His best start was sixth (2006) and best finish of first-place twice (July 2007 and February 2010). The No. 1 Cessna Chevy SS will carry a patriotic stars and stripes paint scheme this weekend to commemorate the July 4 Independence Day holiday and the celebration of our nation's 237th birthday.-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Annett not concerned about past; looks ahead 07-02-2013
Michael Annett
Michael Annett was sidelined for several months to recover from a broken and dislocated sternum suffered during a wreck in the season-opening race at Daytona. This weekend, he returns to Daytona, but he's not focused on what happened in the past. He's concentrating on what it'll take to put the No. 43 Flying J Travel Plaza Ford in victory lane. In nine starts at Daytona he has one top-five and two top-10s. Annett's best start at Daytona came in the Summer of 2009 where he started from the ninth position, and his best finish of third came in the Summer of 2012.-Breaking Limits
Michael Waltrip is a Daytona veteran 07-02-2013
Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip has made 76 point series starts at Daytona International Speedway in NASCAR's three top-series. The Owensboro, Ky., native has captured four wins at the 2.5 mile tri-oval including two Daytona 500 victories. He has also scored 12 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes. Waltrip is considered to be one of NASCAR's top superspeedway driver's in history. He has started 104 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona and Talladega. The two-time Daytona 500 champion has grabbed four wins, 14 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Bobby Labonte returns to No. 47 at Daytona 07-02-2013
Bobby Labonte
Bobby Labonte has six top-five, 10 top-10 finishes and has led 70 laps at Daytona International Speedway in 41 starts. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion also scored two pole awards in 1998 along with capturing his best finish of second-place in both February and October events at the track that year.-JTG Daugherty Racing
Daytona advance on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 07-02-2013
Ricky Stenhouse
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has six Nationwide career starts at Daytona, earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes. After getting some nose damage to his Ford, Stenhouse battled back earning a 12th -place finish in the Daytona 500 earlier this year. The Car: RK-781 is a new chassis for the No. 17 team. The chassis was raced numerous times by the No. 16 team last year including a third-place finish in 2012 Daytona 500 and led 35 laps in the Coke Zero 400 last year.-Roush Fenway Racing
Greg Biffle Daytona event advance 07-02-2013
Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle has 21 starts at Daytona, earning one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes. In July 2003, he earned his first Sprint Cup victory at Daytona; in February 2004, he earned his first career pole position for the Daytona 500 and in February 2012 - Biffle is part of the Daytona 500 all-Ford starting row with a second-place qualifying effort. Last year in the Coke Zero 400 Biffle was teamed up with Matt Kenseth and were a power duo throughout the race. Biffle qualified fourth and even led for 35 laps before having to settle for a 21st-place finish after an accident on the final lap collected multiple cars.-Roush Fenway Racing
Travis Pastrana at Daytona 07-02-2013
Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana will make his second start at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) this weekend. The NNS season kicked off at Daytona, with Pastrana qualifying fourth and finishing 10th in his first NNS start at the track. He has been strong this season on the restrictor plate tracks. He followed up his 10th place finish at DIS, with a pole at Talladega. The No. 60 Ford Mustang was one of the fastest cars in the field until being collected in an accident. In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, his car will don the same red, white and blue paint scheme that was used in both Texas and Charlotte earlier this season.-Roush Fenway Racing
Gordon going for fourth over Fourth Weekend 07-02-2013
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon has visited Victory Lane three times in the annual 400-miler event at Daytona International Speedway. Overall, Gordon has six victories, three poles, 12 top-fives and 19 top-10's in 41 starts at the 2.5-mile track. After dropping to 16th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings following a lap-6 accident at Michigan International Speedway, Gordon has climbed back up to 12th in the two races since on the heels of consecutive top-10's.-Performance PR Plus
Cole Whitt partners with Moen at Daytona 07-02-2013
Cole Whitt
Moen, the No. 1 faucet brand in North America, will debut as a sponsor on Cole Whitt's No. 44 Toyota Camry during Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona.

TriStar Motorsports
Moen, a brand known for performance and excellence, joins Whitt following his season-best performance of the year; eighth at Road America last weekend. Whitt will make his fourth start at Daytona for the Subway Firecracker 250; his best finish came last year when he placed fourth.
Mike Bliss gets shot of energy at Daytona 07-02-2013
Mike Bliss
For the first time this season Mike Bliss will team up with Tweaker Energy Shot for Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Daytona.

TriStar Motorsports
Under the lights, the No. 19 Tweaker Energy Shot Toyota Camry will take the green flag for 250 laps around Florida's fastest 2.5-mile track. Based out of Dallas, Texas, Tweaker Energy Shot will not only be on Bliss' #19 Camry at Daytona; they will partner with Bliss at Indianapolis on July 27th, Bristol on August 23rd, Texas on November 2nd and Phoenix on November 9th.