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Sprint Unlimited At Daytona Preview


A new season dawns this weekend as 25 teams run the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. This is NASCAR’s preseason exhibition race that features last seasons pole winners, Chase For The Sprint Cup participants, past Unlimited winners, and select alternates.

The following is the field list for this years Sprint Unlimited:

  • #1-Jamie McMurray, McDonald’s Chevy
  • #2-Brad Keselowski, SKF Ford
  • #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy
  • #4-Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer Chevy
  • #5-Kasey Kahne, Great Clips Chevy
  • #10-Danica Patrick, Nature’s Bakery Chevy
  • #11-Denny Hamlin, Fedex Express Toyota
  • #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy
  • #14-Brian Vickers, Mobil 1 Chevy (sub for Stewart)
  • #15-Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy Chevy
  • #16-Greg Biffle, KFC Nashville Hot Ford
  • #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Fastenal Ford
  • #18-Kyle Busch, M&M’s 75th Anniversery Toyota
  • #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota
  • #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
  • #22-Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil Ford
  • #27-Paul Menard, Peak/Menards Chevy
  • #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy
  • #41-Kurt Busch, Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevy
  • #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy
  • #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford
  • #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kroger – Stouffer’s – Lean Cuisine Chevy
  • #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Chevy
  • #78-Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Toyota
  • #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, Nationwide Chevy

Alternates in the field were based on last seasons points and are Casey Mears (Replaces now retired Jeff Gordon) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as a result of Stewart’s injury.

This race is usually not used as a measuring stick for the rest of he 13 days of Speedweeks, but it can weed out potential Daytona 500 contending prospects. Three of the top 10 finishers in the Sprint Unlimited last year also went on to finish in the top 10 in the Daytona 500, including race winner Joey Logano.

The biggest story is the controversial keeping of the 14 Stewart-Haas Racing entry despite Tony Stewart not being able to race. Earlier this week, Brian Vickers was announced as his replacement and although he hasn’t ran a points race in almost a year, NASCAR granted the team an exemption.

Also, Ford’s new front end will get it’s first test in this race. During the offseason, Ford made slight tweaks to the front of it’s Fusion, including a more streamline design. The “faux’ oval grille decal is now part of the body itself is the biggest change after causing debris cautions last season.

Finally, this will be NASCAR’s first race under it’s permanent low drag package to be ran all season. The package received rave reviews from broth drivers and fans in the races it was used last season.

The Sprint Unlimited from Daytona starts Saturday at 8pm on FOX.