Daytona 500 Starting Line-Up, News & Notes, & More
Forty drivers and race teams are gearing up for the 58th running of the Daytona 500 and the start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Get 'race ready' for the Great American Race with these tidbits and see the starting line-up.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Daytona 500
The Place: Daytona International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
The Time: 12:00 PM-CT
TV: FOX, 11:00 AM-CT
Distance: 500 miles (200 laps)
DAYTONA 500 STARTING LINEUP
POS. Car# -DRIVER – TEAM
1. 24 – Chase Elliott – Hendrick Motorsports
2. 20 – Matt Kenseth – Joe Gibbs Racing
3. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Hendrick Motorsports
4. 18 – Kyle Busch – Joe Gibbs Racing
5. 22 – Joey Logano – Team Penske
6. 1 – Jamie McMurray – Chip Ganassi Racing
7. 21 – Ryan Blaney – Wood Brothers Racing
8. 41 – Kurt Busch – Stewart-Haas Racing
9. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Stewart-Haas Racing
10. 19 -Carl Edwards – Joe Gibbs Racing
11. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Joe Gibbs Racing
12. 95 – Ty Dillon – Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing
13. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Hendrick Motorsports
14. 42 – Kyle Larson – Chip Ganassi Racing
15. 16 – Greg Biffle – Roush Fenway Racing
16. 10 – Danica Patrick – Stewart-Haas Racing
17. 34 – Chris Buescher – Front Row Motorsports
18. 14 – Brian Vickers – Stewart-Haas Racing
19. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Roush Fenway Racing
20. 93 – Matt DiBenedetto – BK Racing
21. 3 – Austin Dillon – Richard Childress Racing
22. 46 – Michael Annett – HScott Motorsports
23. 6 – Trevor Bayne – Roush Fenway Racing
24. 38 – Landon Cassill – Front Row Motorsports
25. 2 – Brad Keselowski – Team Penske
26. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Hendrick Motorsports
27. 7 – Regan Smith – Tommy Baldwin Racing
28. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Furniture Row Racing
29. 23 – David Ragan – BK Racing
30. 47 – AJ Allmendinger – JTG Daugherty Racing
31. 15 – Clint Bowyer – HScott Motorsports
32. 13 – Casey Mears – Germain Racing
33. 32 – Bobby Labonte – Go Green Racing
34. 43 – Aric Almirola – Richard Petty Motorsports
35. 44 – Brian Scott – Richard Petty Motorsports
36. 83 – Michael Waltrip – BK Racing
37. 27 – Paul Menard – Richard Childress Racing
38. 31 – Ryan Newman – Richard Childress Racing
39. 59 – Michael McDowell – Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing
40. 26 -Robert Richardson Jr. – BK Racing
Two drivers from the great state of Iowa will take the green flag in this year's Daytona 500.
Starting in the number 22nd position, Michael Annett (Des Moines) drivers for Harry Scott and his HScott Motorsorts team. His No. 46 is power by engines from Hendrick Motorsports and Flying J is the primary sponsor. Annett will have a teammate on the track. Clint Bowyer joined HSM for the 2016 season before he replaces Tony Stewart in 2017. This is Annett's third season in NASCAR's top division.
Starting in the number 24th position, Landon Cassill (Fairfax) drivers for Front Row Motorsports. The No. 38 is the same team that Iowan Brett Moffitt (Grimes) drove to the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honor. Despite the accolade, Moffitt was replaced by Cassill during the off-season. Roush-Yates engines are under the hood. FRM went from three teams to two teams in 2016. This will be Cassill's sixth season in NASCAR's top division.
Previous Daytona Champions Who Can Win Again:
Nine drivers on Sunday’s entry list have won the Daytona 500 previously: Joey Logano (2015), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004, ’14), Jimmie Johnson (2006, ’13), Matt Kenseth (2009, ’12), Trevor Bayne (2011), Jamie McMurray (2010), Ryan Newman (2008), Kevin Harvick (2007) and Michael Waltrip (2001, ’13).
Earnhardt leads all active drivers with four Daytona 500 runner ups.
Busch Begins Title Defense At Daytona:
The defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch boasts some marquee wins on his resume: Brickyard 400 and Southern 500, but he has yet to put Daytona 500 winner on it.
Only five drivers have ever followed a championship with a Daytona 500 win – Lee Petty (1958 championship, 1959 Daytona 500); Richard Petty (1972 championship; 1973 Daytona 500); Cale Yarborough (1976 championship, 1977 Daytona 500); Jeff Gordon (1998 championship, 1999 Daytona 500); and Dale Jarrett (1999 championship, 2000 Daytona 500). All are in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, except for Gordon who is essentially a first-ballot lock.
Earnhardt Jr Looking to Join Elite Club:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will attempt to join elite company when he goes for his third Daytona 500 victory in Sunday’s 58th running of The Great American Race. Only five drivers are part of the club with three or more Daytona 500 wins: Richard Petty (seven), Cale Yarborough (four), Bobby Allison (three), Dale Jarrett (three) and Jeff Gordon (three).
The 13-time most popular driver has finished third or better in the last four Daytona 500s. His four Daytona 500 runner-ups are the most among active drivers.
Chase Elliott Living Up To Hype:
There are also a lot of critical eyes that follow a second generation driver. Especial when his father is a NASCAR Hall of Fame member. Chase Elliott showed no signs of feeling any pressure from replacing Jeff Gordon in Sunday’s Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying. At 20 years, two months, 17 days, the new No. 24 Chevrolet driver turned a lap at 196.314 MPH in the final round of qualifying to become the youngest winner of the Coors Light ’21 Means 21 Pole’ Award.
Elliott will be the third Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the last four years to lead the field to start the Daytona 500. The others were Danica Patrick (2013) and Austin Dillon (2014). Elliott’s No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS machine sported the same chassis Jeff Gordon used when he won the Coors Light Pole Award at Daytona last season.
NASCAR New Overtime Rules:
For all three NASCAR national series, a race may be concluded with overtime, consisting of a new procedure for a green-white-checkered flag finish featuring an "overtime line." The location of the overtime line will vary by track.
After taking the green on the overtime restart, if the leader then passes the overtime line on the first lap under green before a caution comes out (a "clean restart"), it will be considered a valid green-white-checkered attempt. However, if a caution comes out before the leader passes the overtime line on the first lap under green, it will not be considered a valid attempt, and a subsequent attempt will be made. If necessary, multiple subsequent attempts will be made until a valid attempt occurs.
Once a valid attempt is achieved (clean restart), it will become the only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. If a caution comes out at any time during the valid green-white-checkered attempt, the field will be frozen and the checkered/yellow or checkered/red displayed to cars at the finish line.
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