FireKeepers Casino 400Fact Sheet
Track facts for Michigan International Speedway:
• Number of previous races: 99.
• First Cup race: June 15, 1969, won by Cale Yarborough.
• Last Cup race: August 12, 2018, won by Kevin Harvick.
• Won from pole: 20, last time by Kyle Larson in 2017.
• Won from top-5 starting position: 58 times in 99 races (59%).
• Won from top-10 starting position: 74 times (75%).
• Won from 21st or worse starting position: 7 times (7%).
• Worst starting spot for race winner: 32nd, by Mark Martin in 2009.
• Most laps led: 162, by Rusty Wallace in 1989.
• Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Mark Martin in 2009.
Pocono 400 Fact Sheet
Track facts for Pocono Raceway :
• Number of previous races: 82.
• First Cup race: August 4, 1974, won by Richard Petty.
• Last Cup race: July 29, 2018, won by Kyle Busch.
• Won from pole: 16, last time by Kyle Busch in 2017.
• Won from top-5 starting position: 48 times in 82 races (59%).
• Won from top-10 starting position: 58 times (71%).
• Won from 21st or worse starting position: 7 times (9%).
• Worst starting spot for race winner: 29th, by Carl Edwards in 2005.
• Most laps led: 175, by Kurt Busch in 2007.
• Fewest laps led by a race winner: 2, by Matt Kenseth in 2015.
Coca-Cola 600 Fact Sheet
Track facts for Charlotte Motor Speedway:
* Number of previous races: 119.
* First Cup race: June 19, 1960, won by Joe Lee Johnson.
* Last Cup race: May 27, 2018, won by Kyle Busch.
* Won from pole: 17, last time by Kyle Busch in 2018.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 67 times in 119 races (56%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 89 times (75%).
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 10 times (8%).
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in 2003.
* Most laps led: 392, by Martin Truex, Jr. in 2016.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 2, by Kevin Harvick in 2011 and Austin Dillon in 2017.
The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, formerly known as The Winston from 1985 to 2003, the Nextel All-Star Challenge from 2004 to 2007, then the Sprint All-Star Race from 2008 to 2016, is an annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car exhibition race between race winners from the previous season and the beginning of the current season, as well as all past event winners, and previous NASCAR Cup Series champions who attempted to run the entire previous season. Two other ways to become eligible to race in the event are winning one of the three stages in the Monster Energy Open (a 50-lap race for drivers not eligible for the main event), or by winning the fan vote.
These drivers are all full-time drivers who have either won a Cup Series championship, won a Cup Series race in the 2018 and/or 2019 seasons or won a past All-Star Race. Several of them have checked off more than one of these three boxes.
Here is a list of these 15 drivers, sorted alphabetically by team and then in numerical order by car number, and why they have already qualified for the 2019 All-Star Race.
Digital Ally 400 Fact Sheet
Track facts for Kansas Speedway:
• Number of previous races: 26.
• First Cup race: September 30, 2001, won by Jeff Gordon.
• Last Cup race: October 21, 2018, won by Chase Elliott.
• Won from pole: 6, last time by Kevin Harvick in 2018.
• Won from top-5 starting position: 12 times in 26 races (46%).
• Won from top-10 starting position: 15 times (58%).
• Won from 21st or worse starting position: 2 times (8%).
• Worst starting spot for race winner: 25th, by Brad Keselowski in 2011.
• Most laps led: 197, by Jimmie Johnson in 2011.
• Fewest laps led by a race winner: 5, by Tony Stewart in 2006.
Gander RV 400 Fact Sheet
Track facts for Dover International Speedway:
* Number of previous races: 98.
* First Cup race: July 6, 1969, won by Richard Petty.
* Last Cup race: October 7, 2018, won by Chase Elliott.
* Won from pole: 13, last time by Jimmie Johnson in 2010.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 56 times in 98 races (57%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 76 times (78%).
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 5 times (5%).
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 37th, by Kyle Petty in 1995.
* Most laps led: 491, by Richard Petty in 1974.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 3, by Tony Stewart in 2013.
GEICO 500 Fact Sheet
* Number of previous races: 99.
* First Cup race: September 14, 1969, won by Richard Brickhouse.
* Last Cup race: October 14, 2018, won by Aric Almirola.
* Won from pole: 13, most recently by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in 2017.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 55 times in 99 races (56%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 71 times (72%).
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 8 times (8%).
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
* Most laps led: 153, by Pete Hamilton in 1970.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Jeff Gordon in 2007, Brad Keselowski in 2009 and Aric Almirola in 2018.
Toyota Owners 400 Fact Sheet
Track facts for Richmond International Raceway:
* Number of previous races: 125
* First Cup race: April 19, 1953, won by Lee Petty.
* Last Cup race: September 22, 2018, won by Kyle Busch.
* Won from pole: 23, last time by Denny Hamlin in 2016
* Won from top-5 starting position: 71 times in 124 races (57%). The starting position of one race winner is unknown.
* Won from top-10 starting position: 96 times (77%)
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 11 times (9%).
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 32nd by Kyle Busch in 2018.
* Most laps led: 488, by Richard Petty in 1970.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Cotton Owens in 1959, Tom Pistone in 1959, and Lee Petty in 1953.
Food City 500 Fact Sheet
Track facts for : Bristol Motor Speedway:
* Number of previous races: 116
* First Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
* Last Cup race: August 18, 2018, won by Kurt Busch.
* Won from pole: 25, last time by Kyle Busch, 4/16/2018
* Won from top-5 starting position: 66 time in 116 races (57%)
* Won from top-10 starting position: 91 times (78%)
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 6 time (5%)
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 38th, by Elliott Dadler in 2001
* Most laps led: 500, by Cale Yarborough in 1973.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Fred Lorenzen in 1964.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Fact Sheet
Track facts for Texas Motor Speedway:
* Number of previous races: 36
* First Cup race: April 6, 1997, won by Jeff Burton.
* Last Cup race: November 4, 2018, won by Kevin Harvick.
* Won from pole: 3, last time by Kyle Busch in 2013.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 22 times in 36 races (61%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 28 times (78%).
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 5 times (14%).
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
* Most laps led: 312, by Brad Keselowski in 2015.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Jeff Burton in 2007.
· Opened in September of 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States.
· The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race was Sept. 25, 1949.
· The track was paved in 1955.
· The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
· Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.
· There have been 140 NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
2018 pole winner:
Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota
No Time Trials, start position set by owner points (due to snow)
At Auto Club Speedway:
· Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November of 1995 in Fontana, California.
· The first race at Auto Club Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on June 21, 1997.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet.
· September 2004 was the first night race at Auto Club Speedway and that also was the first year both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series ran two races in a season there.
· The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in February of 2008.
· There have been 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway, the track hosted one race a season from 1997-2003, then two races per season from 2004-2010. In 2011, Auto Club Speedway returned to a single-race season.
Auto Club Speedway Data
Season Race #: 5 of 36 (03-17-19)
· Construction was completed in January 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
· Alan Kulwicki won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
· The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and was also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch.
· The track underwent its first repave in 2011. The construction began in March and concluded in September of that year.
· The following changes were made during the construction period (March – Sept. 2011):
o Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet and reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
o Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet and tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
o Implemented banking, including 11-degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11-degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 9-degree banking in Turns 3 and 4.
· Following the 2017 season, the track was renamed from Phoenix Raceway to ISM Raceway.
· ISM Raceway under went reconstruction following the Spring race of 2018, with many new fan amenities added to the track, as well as the track itself being reconfigured so that the start/finish line is now just before the dog leg.
· There have been 45 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
· The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.
· The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998. Dale Jarrett won the pole for the event and Mark Martin won the race.
· In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.
· In total there have been 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile track has hosted one race per season from 1998 to 2017; last season marked the first time Las Vegas hosted two Monster Energy Series events in a single season.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Stats & Tidbits:
· Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole position.
· The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
· It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
· The track layout was reversed, and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
· From 1960 – 2010, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races during each season; starting in 2011 the series began only visiting Atlanta once a year (2011-Present).
· In total there have been 111 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960.
• Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
• The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
• Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
• Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been scheduled for under the lights ever since.
• The track underwent a repave in 2010.
• 2016 marked the next phase in the existence of Daytona International Speedway as the DAYTONA Rising project was completed, ushering in the first ‘motorsports stadium,’ a 400-million-dollar project.
Daytona 500 Tidbits
• The 2019 edition will be the 61st running of the Daytona 500.
• Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
Finally! Earnhardt Jr. Wins 2014 Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—In a race that started in broad daylight and ended 42 minutes before midnight, and with a swatch of tape covering part of his grille, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-interrupted 56th running of the Daytona 500 Sunday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Earnhardt was a car-length ahead of Denny Hamlin when NASCAR threw the seventh caution of the race a split second before Earnhardt crossed the finish line to win the Great American Race for the second time in his career.
Under NASCAR's new Chase for the Sprint Cup format, Earnhardt's 20th career Sprint Cup Series victory almost assuredly locks him into the 10-race postseason playoff, set to start at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
Hamlin came home second as the race ended under caution, with Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson running third through fifth, respectively.
In Victory Lane, Earnhardt didn't even try to contain his elation. After all, he had just broken a 55-race winless streak. After finishing second in three last four Daytona 500s, he had just won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener in his last year with crew chief Steve Letarte, who is headed for the TV booth in 2015.
Gander RV to sponsor Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Duel race at DAYTONA.
Partnership to Include Consumer RV Shows and RV Rally at DIS facilities
Gander RV, the Official RV & Outdoor Company of NASCAR, will serve as the title sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, part of DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.
The races will be known as the Gander RV Duel At DAYTONA. Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14, the pair of 150-mile qualifying races will finalize the starting lineup for the 61st DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“The time-honored tradition of holding qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 goes back to when we opened in 1959,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “Our fans have always loved the grassroots-type of appeal the qualifiers offer. We are now proud to grow that tradition with a new sponsor and race title.”
“We are excited to be part of these fun and exciting races that set the stage for the DAYTONA 500,” said Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World Holdings and star of CNBC’s “The Profit.” Both Gander RV and NASCAR brands touch outdoor fans across the country, so the partnership is a perfect fit and we are counting the days till the racing season begins.”
Kenseth Wins Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla - With an assist from Mother Nature, Matt Kenseth is a Daytona 500 champion.
Kenseth won his first Daytona 500 in his 10th attempt after NASCAR called the race on lap 152 when rain hit the Daytona International Speedway.
A line of heavy rain descended upon the speedway near the 150 lap mark and when the skies finally opened NASCAR was forced to make the race official and declare the leader Kenseth the winner.
Kenseth passed Elliott Sadler on Lap 146 just before the eighth and final caution came out for a spin on the backstretch by Aric Almirola. The field ran under the yellow for six laps before finally getting called to pit road and at 6:30 p.m. (ET). The race became official after a 20 minute wait.
2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash
(Times are local to the Track)
Saturday, February 9
10:35 AM - 11:55 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE (CLASH)
6:30 PM MENCS RANDOM DRAWING FOR STARTING POSITION (FAN ZONE) & DRAWING FOR PIT
Sunday, February 10
10:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
2:30 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (75 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
The Advanced Auto Parts Clash At Daytona Tidbits
· The first Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona was held on February 11, 1979, and the event was won by Buddy Baker (194.384 MPH).
Gordon holds off Earnhardt at finish
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The finish was the one nearly everyone wanted -- The Kid and The Intimidator going bumper-to-bumper. Even Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt wanted it that way at the Daytona 500.
Using the type of daring moves Earnhardt has made so many times, Gordon won NASCAR's premier event on Sunday in a thrilling late-race shootout with the man he called "The Master."
"He's taught me so much out there," Gordon said. "He's probably going to tell you I learned too much from him."
Earnhardt, who finally won his first Daytona 500 last year in his 20th try, did everything he could to catch Gordon on the last trip around the high-banked, 2½-mile oval. His black No. 3 Chevy moved high on the banking and low on the banking but couldn't find an opening.
"Trying to keep him behind me is one of the hardest things I've ever done at Daytona," said Gordon, who also won the Winston Cup season-opener in 1997.
Waltrip's Gas Gamble Wins Daytona 500; Hendrick Chevys Run 1-2-4
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 19) -- Darrell Waltrip stretched his fuel supply in the final laps and won the dramatic Daytona 500, outlasting the speedier Ken Schrader and Dale Earnhardt at Daytona International Speedway.
Waltrip drove non-stop the final 53 laps (132.5 miles) and beat runner-up Schrader by 7.64 seconds to score his first win in stock car racing's premier event in 17 tries. Schrader, who won the pole and led most of the way, dropped out of the lead when he made a pit stop for fuel with 11 laps to go. Second running Dale Earnhardt pitted with Schrader, giving the lead to Alan Kulwicki.
Kulwicki, like Waltrip, tried to go the remaining distance -- but he was foiled by a flat tire four laps from the finish.
Waltrip drove his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet into first place in the 197th of 200 laps and coasted to the finish line first. He won $184,900 for his 74th career Winston Cup triumph.
Cale and 'Donnybrook' Escapade Spices Daytona Thriller; Petty Wins
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 18) -- Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough took each other out in a spectacular last lap wreck, opening the door for Richard Petty to win his sixth Daytona 500.
The $73,900 victory snapped Petty's 45-race winless skid. He was running 15 seconds behind the Allison-Yarborough duel entering the final lap.
Allison and Yarborough both made up incredible deficits to become the principles in the first 500-miler to be televised flag-to-flag live. Allison made up one lap and Yarborough came from three laps down following a spin in the 32nd lap. As the pair whipped onto the 3,000 foot backstretch for the final time, Yarborough tried to slingshot under Allison's Oldsmobile. Allison skipped down two lanes and blocked the move. Yarborough ran out of room and got all four tires in the dirt. Without lifting the throttle, Cale came back onto the track and collided with Allison. Both cars fused together and plowed into the third turn wall. The cars slid down the banking and came to rest in the infield.
Tire Gamble Works; LeeRoy Whips Charlie in Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 23) -- With the advantage of a soft compound tire he got on the final pit stop, LeeRoy Yarbrough ran down Charlie Glotzbach in the final lap and won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Yarbrough, driving the Junior Johnson Ford, pitted for new tires on lap 181 of the 200 lap contest, and returned to the track 11 seconds behind the Glotzbach Dodge. Crew chief Herb Nab decided to place a soft compound tire on the left rear wheel -- affording better traction and more speed, but less durability. Glotzbach made his final pit stop on lap 186 and took two regular compound tires.
"The tires made the difference," said a jubilant Yarbrough. "It was the pit crew's decision and they deserve credit for this victory. I was thinking I might run second again (he wound up a close second in 1968), but I saw I was gaining on him. I knew the car had the power when I needed it."
Glotzbach finished a car length behind in second place. "He just beat me," said the Georgetown, IN driver. "There's no defense that I know of against the slingshot. I wasn't going to run him off in the grass or put him in the wall. I finished second. I could've finished last."
Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth Schedule
*schedule subject to change
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7TH
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth Kick-Off at ONE DAYTONA
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8TH
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USAC National .25 Midgets races located in the infield
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorsports Hall of Fame open in Ticket & Tours building
9:30 am - 10:30 am