2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona – Eligible Drivers and Format Announced

Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona
Event Marks First NASCAR Race in New Daytona International Speedway Stadium

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

Once again, the non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. A popular element introduced before the 2015 event returns this year: select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Alert Today Florida Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The 25 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.

Eligible drivers are:

2015 Coors Light Pole Awards winners
· AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano

Former Sprint Unlimited Race Winners
· Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart

Former DAYTONA 500 Coors Light Pole Award winners
· Greg Biffle, Austin Dillon, David Gilliland, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr.

2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers:
· Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points:
· Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson.

If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers are Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., David Ragan and Trevor Bayne.

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Who are the most mentioned NASCAR Cup Series drivers in 2015?

Most Mentioned 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers 

Driver
Interviews
Interview Time

Mentions

Harvick, K.
35
0:29:06
3,558
Logano, J.
22
0:21:49
2,520
Johnson, J.
19
0:13:48
2,504
Earnhardt, Jr., D.
24
0:19:56
2,281
Gordon, J.
22
0:22:30
2,074
Keselowski, B.
18
0:10:18
2,052
Truex, Jr., M.
16
0:33:53
2,008
Hamlin, D.
19
0:34:28
1,894
Edwards, C.
17
0:13:29
1,880
Busch, Ku.
12
0:11:02
1,860
Kenseth, M.
12
0:09:39
1,674
Busch, Ky.
11
0:16:24
1,217
Kahne, K.
14
0:12:13
1,041
Bowyer, C.
5
0:06:14
958
Stewart, T.
2
0:03:37
946

 

Statistics reflect all live race telecasts and replays of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season through Watkins Glen (race 22).

Source: http://www.joycejulius.com/PressReleases/top_drivers_2015.htm

2014 Better Half Dash Entry List of NASCAR Wives and Girlfriends

Amy Reimann, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Girlfriend

The Better Half Dash a charity event featuring the wives and girlfriends of NASCAR drivers is going down tomorrow night. On the entry list include Denny Hamlin’s girlfriend, Trevor Bayne’s wife, and Dale Earnhardt Jr’s girlfriend Amy Reimann. She is making her debut in a race car, and it’s all Dale’s doing, urging her to do this.

To date, the entry list for this year’s Better Half Dash includes:
Ashley Allgaier, wife of NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier
Ashton Bayne, wife of NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne
Jordan Fish, wife of NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin
Karlee Hensley, fiancé of NASCAR driver Dakoda Armstrong
Adrienne Pattie, wife of NASCAR crew chief Brian Pattie
Amy Reimann, girlfriend of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Continue reading “2014 Better Half Dash Entry List of NASCAR Wives and Girlfriends”

NASCAR future looks bright with young drivers

WRITTEN BY: Jonah Rens is 13 years old, and is a junior NASCAR reporter/writer for The Final Lap. His opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of The Final Lap. Follow him on Twitter @NascarRens

With Cole Custers win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday he became the youngest winner in the top three NASCAR touring series at 16 years old. Continue reading “NASCAR future looks bright with young drivers”