Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Event Marks First NASCAR Race in New Daytona International Speedway Stadium

during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Drivers standing on stage during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015

 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.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard's Chevrolet, leads the field during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard’s Chevrolet, leads the field during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

“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.

Tickets for the Sprint Unlimited are available online at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can follow @NASCAR and @MissSprintCup on Twitter to engage in the #SprintUnlimited conversation.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.6 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.daytona_international_speedway

NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day Returns to the NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Free Admission To NASCAR Hall of Fame For All Fans On Jan. 23

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2015) – For the third consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will open its doors for FREE for NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, fans will have free access to the Hall for a full day of activities, including autographs and Q&A sessions with current drivers and NASCAR Hall of Famers. Fans will be admitted into the Hall on a first-come, first-served basis in lieu of needing a ticket.

However, tickets to the below autograph sessions, highlighted by 13-time Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. must be secured in advance. Vouchers for these autograph sessions will be available for free on NASCARHall.com starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 16. Each fan can secure up to two autograph session vouchers.

Session One (9 a.m.)                 AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Ben Rhodes

Session Two (10 a.m.)               Dale Earnhardt Jr., Erik Jones, Timothy Peters

Session Three (11 a.m.)             Kasey Kahne, Daniel Suárez, Ben Kennedy

Session Four (12 p.m.)              Brian Scott, Ryan Reed, Daniel Hemric

Session Five (1:30 p.m.)            Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon, Tyler Reddick

Session Six (2:30 p.m.)             Martin Truex Jr., Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell

Session Seven (3:30 p.m.)         Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler, Matt Crafton

In addition, up-and-coming stars of the NASCAR NEXT program and NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees Jerry Cook, Terry Labonte and Bruton Smith will participate in Q&A’s and autograph signings throughout the day. Advance vouchers are not required for these sessions.

Fans in attendance will be among the first to see a series of new exhibits and facility upgrades. Artifacts from all five Class of 2016 inductees will be on display in the Hall of Honor, an exhibit that opens Friday, Jan. 22. Fans can also relive the 2015 NASCAR season with updated Memorable Moments and Champions displays.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is opened 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000- square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.

Oswego Speedway Display to be Featured in Pennsylvania’s 2016 Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show

OSWEGO, NY (January 11, 2016) – Oswego Speedway, the Home of Supermodifieds, is proud to play a part in the 31st edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA from January 22-24.

With preparations underway for its 66th consecutive season of racing at the ‘Steel Palace’, Oswego Speedway will be armed with two beautiful racing machines to help promote its upcoming 2016 racing calendar.

With the Speedway’s announced return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the fast 5/8 mile during Oswego’s 60th annual International Classic Weekend on Saturday, September 3, Speedway officials are proud to pass on that Doug Coby’s 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified championship racer will be on display in the Speedway’s booth for the duration of the Motorsports 2016 show.

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Doug Coby at Riverhead Raceway (Michael Jaworecki Photo)

Coby, a 3-time champion of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, won seven races in 2015 on route to his third championship driving the Mike Smeriglio III owned, Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair No. 2, with the aid of crew chief Phil Moran.

The Coby machine will no doubt be a show highlight, but when paired with the fastest non-wing Novelis Supermodified in history, the Speedway’s overall display will be a show stopper.

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The Ray Graham owned No. 91 Novelis Supermodified (Bill Taylor Photo)

Joining the Coby NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship machine as a part of Oswego’s display will be the No. 91 Graham Racing, Xtreme Chassis, Novelis Supermodified, driven last year in the 59th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 by former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Bobby Santos III.

The Ray Graham owned Supermodified is officially the fastest Novelis Supermodified to ever circle Oswego Speedway as the car still holds the non-wing track record of 15.802 seconds at an amazing 142.387mph, set back in 2014.

While visiting the Speedway’s booth to take in these two beautiful machines, race fans will be able to pick up a hard copy of Oswego Speedway’s 2016 schedule, check out race highlights from the 2015 season, as well as take home some discounted Speedway novelty items.

For more information on the Motorsports 2016 Racecar & Trade Show visit online at www.aarn.com.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

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