Monday, January 31, 2011

Fantasy NASCAR Experts Draft on Thursday

You can watch the draft live & interact

This Thursday February 3 at 8PM (Eastern) will be the can’t miss Fantasy NASCAR event of the year.
Why will it be the can’t miss moment of the year? Because there will be a live Fantasy NASCAR experts draft that will be simulcasted on at least four websites at the same time. Have you ever seen something like this done before? I know I’ve never.
The Fantasy NASCAR Experts who will be drafting are……

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NASCAR Announces All Kinds of Rule Changes For 2011 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR on Wednesday announced that it has added a wild-card element to setting the Chase for the Sprint Cup field and it has simplified its points system for 2011, making it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand.

While the 12-driver Chase field remains intact, the final two spots will be determined by the number of victories during the first 26 races.

The top 10 in points following Race No. 26 -- the "cutoff" race -- continue to earn Chase berths.

Positions 11 and 12 are "wild-card" qualifiers and will go to non-top-10-ranked drivers with the most victories, as long as they're ranked in the top 20 in points. The top 10 Chase drivers will continue to be seeded based on victories during the first 26 races, with each win worth three bonus points. The wild-card drivers will not receive bonus points for wins and will be seeded 11th and 12th, respectively. It's a move aimed toward rewarding winning and consistency during the regular season.

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcements at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., during the Sprint Media Tour.

"The fans tell us that winning matters the most with them, so we're combining the tradition of consistency in our sport with the excitement that comes along with winning," France said. "This makes every race count leading into the 26th race of the season at Richmond, when we set the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup."

The new points system -- which applies to all NASCAR national series -- will award points in one-point increments. As an example, in the Cup Series, race winners will earn 43 points, plus three bonus points for the victory. Winners also can earn an extra point for leading a lap and leading the most laps, bringing their total to a possible maximum of 48 points.

All other drivers in a finishing order will be separated by one-point increments. A second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, and so on. A last-place finisher -- 43rd place -- earns one point. In the Camping World Truck Series, the last-place finisher receives eight points, to account for that series' 36-driver race field.

"Many of our most loyal fans don't fully understand the points system we have used to date," said France, referencing the system that has been in use since 1975. "So, we are simplifying the points system to one that is much easier to understand. Conceptually, it is comparable to our previous system, but it is easier to follow."

During his remarks Wednesday night, France reflected on the outstanding competition the sport enjoyed in 2010 and expected to see that high caliber of racing to continue once the green flag drops for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.

"NASCAR enters 2011 with positive momentum and a great sense of excitement and optimism," France said. "We're extremely excited for the launch of the season. Leading the season off with Daytona, Phoenix and Las Vegas, we believe our fans are in store for some of the best racing the sport has to offer."

Other competitive enhancements announced Wednesday:

Pick a Series -- Drivers in all three national series now must select the series where they'll compete for a drivers' championship. Drivers still may compete in multiple series and help their teams win owners' titles in series where they're not competing for a drivers' title. The move helps spotlight young talent in the Nationwide and Truck series.

New Qualifying Procedure -- The qualifying order will be set based upon slowest-to-fastest practice speeds.

Inclement Weather Qualifying -- If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

Tire Rules Revision -- Cup teams now are allowed five sets of tires for practice and qualifying instead of six. They must return four of those sets to Goodyear in order to receive their race allotment, and may keep one set of practice/qualifying tires. Tire allotments for race weekends will vary according to historical performance data.

Closed Loop Fueling System -- Introduced in the Truck Series, this goes into effect for all three national series in 2011. It combines a more efficient fueling system with the elimination of the catch-can man, considered the most "vulnerable" pit-crew member. Teams now will use six, rather than seven, over-the-wall pit-crew members.

Evolution of Cup Car -- NASCAR continues to work with the manufacturers and teams to enhance the look of the Cup Series car. The cars have new fronts this season and the body makeover will continue to help appeal to fans and aid manufacturer identity.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Daytona Pre-Season Testing - Saturday Afternoon Session (Final)

Brad Keselowski led the final practice session
Daytona Testing - Day 3, afternoon/final: testing at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 22nd, Day 3, Session 5, the top eleven are drafting, the rest are single car runs:
1) #2-Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 45.316 198.605
2) #22-Kurt Busch, Dodge, 45.322 198.579
3) #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 45.515 197.737
4) #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 45.515 197.737
5) #20-Joey Logano, Toyota, 45.517 197.728
6) #83-Brian Vickers, Toyota, 45.533 197.659
7) #4-Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 45.533 197.659
8) #43-AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 45.549 197.589
9) #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 45.550 197.585
10) #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 45.592 197.403
11) #77-Steve Wallace, Toyota, 46.239 194.641
(single car runs below)
12) #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 48.627 185.082
13) #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 48.791 184.460
14) #09-Bill Elliott, Chevy, 48.889 184.090
15) #5-Mark Martin, Chevy, 48.927 183.948
16) #88-Josh Wise, Chevy, 48.943 183.887
17) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevy, 49.009 183.640
18) #21-Trevor Bayne, Ford, 49.020 183.599
19) #1-Jamie McMurray, Chevy, 49.022 183.591
20) #27-Paul Menard, Chevy, 49.038 183.531
21) #60-Landon Cassill, Toyota, 49.123 183.214
22) #9-Marcos Ambros, Ford, 49.135 183.169
23) #6-David Ragan, Ford, 49.157 183.087
24) #13-Casey Mears, Toyota, 49.215 182.871
25) #36-Dave Blaney, Chevy, 49.272 182.660
26) #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 49.379 182.264
27) #66-Michael McDowell, Toyota, 50.310 178.891

Dayton Pre-Season Testing - Saturday Early Session

Joey Logano has looked very sharp in all practice sessions
Daytona Testing - Day 3, morning: testing at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 22nd, Day 3, Session 4, the top six are drafting, the rest are single car runs:
1) #20-Joey Logano, Toyota, 45.566 197.516
2) #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 45.567 197.511
3) #14-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 45.582 197.446
4) # 39-Ryan Newman, Chevy, 45.583 197.442
5) #43-AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 45.828 196.386
6) #77-Steve Wallace, Toyota, 46.089 195.274
(single car runs below)
7) #1-Jamie McMurray, Chevy, 48.688 184.850
8) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevy, 48.694 184.828
9) #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 48.802 184.419
10) #5-Mark Martin, Chevy, 48.876 184.139
11) #27-Paul Menard, Chevy, 49.019 183.602
12) #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 49.054 183.471
13) #2-Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 49.162 183.068
14) #22-Kurt Busch, Dodge, 49.196 182.942
15) #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 49.240 182.778
16) #09-Bill Elliott, Chevy, 49.267 182.678
17) #21-Trevor Bayne, Ford, 49.301 182.552
18) #9-Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 49.308 182.526
19) #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 49.314 182.504
20) #88-Josh Wise, Chevy, 49.342 182.400
21) #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.382 182.253
22) #83-Brian Vickers, Toyota, 49.396 182.201
23) #6-David Ragan, Ford, 49.437 182.050
24) #36-Dave Blaney, Chevy, 49.474 181.914
25) #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 49.483 181.881
26) #4-Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 49.506 181.796
27) #60-Landon Cassill/Todd Bodine, Toyota, 49.515 181.763
28) #13-Casey Mears, Toyota, 49.801 180.719
29) #66-Michael McDowell, Toyota, 50.958 176.616

Testing Notes:
Josh Wise is in the #88 Chevy as Earnhardt Jr. is back in NC attending the wedding of his sister Kelley, who is marrying L.W. Miller. #66-McDowell is at the track to test, the team skipped the first two days.

Many teams are not testing on Saturday, including #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt Jr.(team is), #33-Bowyer, #31-Burton, #00-Reuitmann, #56-Truex Jr.

It was mentioned Friday that #1-McMurray and #42-Montoya would skip Saturday, but they are at the track Saturday

Friday, January 21, 2011

Daytona Pre-Season Testing - Friday Late Session (early session rained out)

Team Red Bull looks very fast for testing thus far
Daytona Testing - Day 2, afternoon: testing at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, January 21st, Day 2, Session 3, the final speeds of the session. The morning session was canceled due to rain/drizzle/fog:
1) #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 45.716 196.868
2) #14-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 45.719 196.855
3) #20-Joey Logano, Toyota, 45.757 196.691
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 45.873 196.194
5) #31-Jeff Burton, Chevy, 45.954 195.848
6) #83-Brian Vickers, Toyota, 45.955 195.844
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 46.037 195.495
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 46.037 195.495
9) #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 46.054 195.423
10) #4-Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 46.170 194.932
11) #77-Steve Wallace, Toyota, 46.468 193.682
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, Chevy, 48.583 185.250
13) #1-Jamie McMurray, Chevy, 48.946 183.876
14) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevy, 48.953 183.850
15) #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 49.125 183.206
16) #5-Mark Martin, Chevy, 49.230 182.815
17) #39-Ryan Newman, Chevy, 49.377 182.271
18) #27-Paul Menard, Chevy, 49.392 182.216
19) #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 49.409 182.153
20) #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.520 181.745
21) #21-Trevor Bayne, Ford, 49.573 181.550
22) #9-Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 49.575 181.543
23) #22-Kurt Busch, Dodge, 49.590 181.488
24) #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 49.597 181.463
25) #43-AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 49.661 181.229
26) #09-Bill Elliott, Chevy, 49.698 181.094
27) #00-David Reutimann, Toyota, 49.743 180.930
28) #6-David Ragan, Ford, 49.768 180.839
29) #60-Landon Cassill, Toyota, 49.790 180.759
30) #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 49.854 180.527
31) #56-Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 49.894 180.382
32) #78-Regan Smith, Chevy, 49.900 180.361
33) #36-Dave Blaney, Chevy, 49.925 180.270
34) #13-Casey Mears, Toyota, 50.241 179.137

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dayton Pre-Season Testing - Thursday Late Session

Harvick no longer in the Ronald McDonald fire suit
Daytona Testing - Day 1, afternoon: testing at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, January 20th, Day 1, Session 2, the final speeds of the session, the top four speeds were drafting, the rest were single car runs:
1) #00-David Reutimann, Toyota, 45.970 195.780
2) #56-Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 45.971 195.776
3) #83-Brian Vickers, Toyota, 46.312 194.334
4) #4-Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 46.312 194.334
5) #14-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 48.165 186.858
6) #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 48.744 184.638
7) #33-Clint Bowyer, Chevy, 48.923 183.963
8) #1-Jamie McMurray, Chevy, 48.937 183.910
9) #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 49.031 183.557
10) #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.043 183.512
11) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevy, 49.053 183.475
12) #20-Joey Logano, Toyota, 49.087 183.348
13) #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 49.132 183.180
14) #5-Mark Martin, Chevy, 49.140 183.150
15) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 49.177 183.012
16) #2-Brad Keselowski,Dodge,49.264 182.689
17) #78-Regan Smith, Chevy, 49.268 182.674
18) #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 49.298 182.563
19) #9-Marcos Ambros, Ford, 49.305 182.537
20) #22-Kurt Busch,Dodge, 49.306 182.534
21) #31-Jeff Burton, Chevy, 49.340 182.408
22) #27-Paul Menard, Chevy, 49.352 182.363
23) #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 49.370 182.297
24) #39-Ryan Newman, Chevy, 49.410 182.149
25) #21-Trevor Bayne, Ford, 49.424 182.098
26) #60-Todd Bodine, Toyota, 49.519 181.748
27) #6-David Ragan, Ford, 49.590 181.488
28) #09-Bill Elliott, Chevy, 49.620 181.378
29) #43-AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 49.687 181.134
30) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 49.706 181.065
31) #36-Dave Blaney, Chevy, 49.739 180.945
32) #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 49.752 180.897
33) #13-Casey Mears, Toyota, 49.874 180.455
34) #77-Steve Wallace, Toyota, 50.036 179.870

Daytona Pre-Season Testing Times - Thursday's Early Session

Clint Bowyer was fastest during Thursday's early session
Daytona Testing - Day 1, morning: testing at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, January 20th, Day 1, Session 1, the final speeds of the session, looked like all single car runs:
1) #33 Clint Bowyer, Chevy, 48.855, 184.219
2) #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 48.945, 183.880
3) #5-Mark Martin, Chevy, 49.079, 183.378
4) #1-Jamie McMurray, Chevy, 49.146, 183.128
5) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevy, 49.181, 182.997
6) #2-Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.204, 182.912
7) #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.263, 182.693
8) #20-Joey Logano , Toyota, 49.279, 182.634
9) #31-Jeff Burton, Chevy, 49.287, 182.604
10) #27-Paul Menard, Chevy, 49.294, 182.578
11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 49.330, 182.445
12) #11-Denny Hamlin , Toyota, 49.341, 182.404
13) #18-Kyle Busch , Toyota, 49.376, 182.275
14) #22-Kurt Busch Dodge 49.387, 182.234
15) #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 49.390, 182.223
16) #39-Ryan Newman, Chevy, 49.409, 182.153
17) #09-Bill Elliott, Chevy, 49.409, 182.153
18) #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 49.410, 182.149
19) #21-Trevor Bayne, Ford, 49.484, 181.877
20) #6-David Ragan, Ford, 49.528, 181.715
21) #14-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 49.573, 181.550
22) #78-Regan Smith, Chevy, 49.628, 181.349
23) #83-Brian Vickers , Toyota, 49.668, 181.203
24) #60-Todd Bodine , Toyota, 49.688, 181.130
25) #9-Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 49.744, 180.926
26) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 49.750, 180.905
27) #00-David Reutimann , Toyota, 49.762, 180.861
28) #4-Kasey Kahne , Toyota, 49.781, 180.792
29) #43-AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 49.845, 180.560
30) #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 49.850, 180.542
31) #13-Casey Mears , Toyota, 49.933, 180.242
32) #56-Martin Truex Jr. , Toyota, 49.971 180.104
33) #77-Steve Wallace, Toyota, 50.418, 178.508

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NASCAR Looking Into Changing The Points System, Again!

Associated Press

NASCAR Can't Just Leave it Alone
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR is considering scrapping the points system it has used since 1975 in favor of a simpler method that awards points per finishing position, The Associated Press has learned.
The overhauling of the system is one of a handful of changes NASCAR is considering implementing before the season begins next month. Series officials have been detailing their ideas in individual meetings with teams, a person who attended one of the briefings told The AP on Monday.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because NASCAR has not finalized its upcoming changes.

The sanctioning body wants to go to a scoring system that would award 43 points to the race winner, and one point less for each ensuing position down to one point for the 43rd-place finisher.

NASCAR is also shying away from wholesale changes to its Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format.
NASCAR chairman Brian France floated the idea last July of shaking up the Chase to create more drama to the 10-week series that determines the Cup champion. Among France's suggestions were widening the 12-driver field, instituting elimination rounds, and adding any other drama that could create "Game 7" type moments rivaling those from other professional sports leagues.

But teams have been told NASCAR is leaning toward keeping it a 12-driver field, with one caveat: The top 10 drivers following the 26th race of the season would qualify for the Chase, while the remaining two spots would go to the drivers with the most wins who are not already eligible for the Chase.

NASCAR officials have also told teams they aren't leaning toward adding eliminations.

Preseason testing begins Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, and NASCAR president Mike Helton and vice president of competition Robin Pemberton are scheduled to discuss some of the changes planned for 2011.

The leadership, with constant changes to NASCAR, should be in question  
But the major announcements aren't scheduled until next week when France makes a presentation during Charlotte Motor Speedway's annual media tour.

France and his top officials found themselves in a precarious position at the end of last season, which was marked by the closest championship race in seven years. France had already publicly toyed with the idea of changing the Chase, which was implemented in 2004 to spice up NASCAR's championship system.

"Right now every sports league, or almost every one, is looking at what they need to do to change their formats a little or a lot, depending on who they are, to make sure their playoffs or their championship runs are what they want them to be," France said two days before the November season finale.

Three drivers went into the season finale eligible to win the championship. It went to Jimmie Johnson, who overcame a 15-point deficit to Denny Hamlin in the final race to win his record fifth consecutive title.
Because the system seemingly worked as the Chase played out last season, sweeping changes did not seem necessary.

The points system, though, apparently is a different matter.

NASCAR legend claims the current system was devised on a napkin over drinks at a Daytona bar in 1974 and implemented the next season. The complicated scoring method gives 175 points to the winner, and decreases in increments of five points and then three points down to 34 points for the last-place finisher.
Five-point bonuses are awarded for leading a lap, and to the driver who leads the most laps.

NASCAR is still debating how to award bonuses under a straight points system, and ideas being considered are for anywhere from one to three points being given to lap leaders and race winners.

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 Budweiser Shootout Lineup Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2011) – With a strong lineup that features former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, last year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, a host of former outstanding rookies, along with a collection of previous winners at the sport’s most storied race track, NASCAR announced Friday the list of eligible competitors for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

The 33rd annual season-opening event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12 with green flag set for 8:10 p.m. FOX and MRN will broadcast live nationally. It marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event held on the track’s newly repaved surface. Criteria are based upon the following qualifications, with eligibility based on a driver having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series within the last two seasons:
· The 12 drivers that qualified for the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
· Past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions
· Past Budweiser Shootout champions
· Past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champions
· NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year drivers from 2001-2010

“When you take a look at the field for this year’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, it’s loaded with all-star caliber drivers,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “From former series champions and Chase drivers, to the past 10 rookie of the year performers, to drivers who have had success at Daytona, we believe the fans are in store for a terrific and highly competitive event on a brand new racing surface.”

The race distance will again be 75 laps (187.5 miles), consisting of two segments – 25 and 50 laps. Both green-flag laps and yellow-flag laps will count. Between segments there will be a 10-minute pit stop allowing teams to pit to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Crews will be permitted to work on cars and will be allowed to perform functions they would do on a normal pit stop in a regular NASCAR Sprint Cup event. All work must be performed on pit road or in the garage. Changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends will not be permitted.

Starting positions will again be determined by a blind-draw at the annual Budweiser Shootout Draw Party on Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. on the SPEED stage in the Midway, outside Turn 4.

The Budweiser Shootout – a “non-points” event for NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors – was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. Kevin Harvick has won the last two events.

Tickets for all 2011 Speedweeks events are now available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Drivers eligible for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout include:

2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Carl Edwards
Matt Kenseth
Greg Biffle
Tony Stewart
Kyle Busch
Jeff Gordon
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Jeff Burton

Others (criteria in parentheses)
John Andretti (Coke Zero 400)
Geoff Bodine (Daytona 500, Budweiser Shootout)
Kevin Conway (Series rookie of the year)
Derrike Cope (Daytona 500)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Bill Elliott (Series champion, Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Kasey Kahne (Series rookie of the year)
Bobby Labonte (Series champion)
Terry Labonte (Series champion, Budweiser Shootout)
Joey Logano (Series rookie of the year)
Sterling Marlin (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)
Mark Martin (Budweiser Shootout)
Jamie McMurray (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Series rookie of the year)
Juan Pablo Montoya (Series rookie of the year)
Ryan Newman (Daytona 500, Series rookie of the year)
Ken Schrader (Budweiser Shootout)
Regan Smith (Series rookie of the year)
Michael Waltrip (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)

- NASCAR Press Release

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Drivers Announced For 2011 Daytona PRESEASON THUNDER

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 500 champions Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are among the drivers that will appear at NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at historic Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take to the new asphalt at Daytona International Speedway in a three-day test session, known as NASCAR Preseason Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 22.

Tickets for NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest are $20 and available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at 2011 Daytona 500 ticketholders and children 12 and under will receive free admission. Advanced reservations are available (limited to 250 people) for special autograph sessions to be held with participating 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and Daytona 500 champions. Additional driver autograph sessions will be held on both days with wristbands available the day of the event.

To request access to the special autograph sessions, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit the Daytona International Speedway ticket office beginning on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.

In addition to viewing the on-track activity from the Sprint FANZONE, fans can watch each day’s testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands near Turn 4.

Drivers currently scheduled to make appearances on Thursday, Jan. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr. and Regan Smith.

Scheduled to appear on Friday, Jan. 21, during the 5-7 p.m. session are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kevin Conway, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. In the 7-9 p.m. session, drivers scheduled to appear are AJ Allmendinger, Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose and Matt Kenseth.

- Daytona International Speedway Press Release

SPEED-TV Coverage - all times listed eastern
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (same-day delay) (SPEED)

Friday, Jan. 21
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (SPEED)
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (

Saturday, Jan. 22
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (SPEED)
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (