Alert Today Florida 300
|Venue||Daytona International Speedway|
|Sponsor||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Distance||300 miles (482.803 km)|
|Previous names||Modified Sportsman Race (1959–1965)
Daytona Permatex 300 (1966–1977)
Sportsman 300 (1978–1981)
Goody's Sportsman 300 (1982–1984)
Goody's 300 (1985–1995)
Goody's Headache Powder 300 (1996)
Gargoyles 300 (1997)
NAPA Auto Parts 300 (1998–2001)
EAS/GNC Live Well 300 (2002)
Koolerz 300 (2003)
Hershey's Kisses 300 (2004)
Hershey's Take 5 300 (2005)
Hershey's Kissables 300 (2006)
Orbitz 300 (2007)
Camping World 300 (2008–2009)
DRIVE4COPD 300 (2010-2014)
The Alert Today Florida 300 is the first race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, held at Daytona International Speedway. It is held the day before the Daytona 500, and is considered the most prestigious event on the Xfinity Series calendar. Until 2002, it was the only Xfinity Series event to be held annually at Daytona International Speedway. Regan Smith is the defending race winner after winning it in 2014.
The race originates back to the Daytona Beach & Road Course during the 1948 NASCAR Modified series season, the first sanctioned races held by the organization. In 1950–1958, the race was held as part of the Modified/Sportsman Series, at the Beach Course. It was held the Saturday or Friday before the Grand National Series race also at the Beach course.
In 1956–1959, a race in the short-lived NASCAR Convertible Division was also held.
The race moved to the new 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway for 1959. It was scheduled the day before the Daytona 500, and ran a distance of either 200 or 250 miles. In 1966, the race became known as the Permatex 300, making it only the second race on the NASCAR schedule to be named for a corporate sponsor (the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside being the first). In 1968 the Permatex 300 was shifted from the Modifieds division to the newly organized NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division. In 1982, the Late Model Sportsman Division was reorganized into the modern day NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, and the race was sponsored by Goody's for several years. For 2008, the series becomes known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but its organizational structure remains the same.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, the race was often ridiculed and exploited by local media for its frequent crashes and massive pileups. Several major accidents and fires over the years were blamed on the low level of experience by several of the drivers, and the older equipment used. The level of prestige held by the event, along with the relatively large purses, attracted numerous independent and one-off entries, contributing to the inexperience.
Inclement weather also plagued many early runnings.
The 1960 race is notable for having the largest pileup in NASCAR history. On the first lap, 37 cars crashed in turn four (out of a starting field of 68).
In 1981 and 2004, the race started on Saturday, but was halted by rain, and finished Monday, the day after the Daytona 500. The 1969 race was red flagged three times for rain.
The 1979 running was shortened by rain and won by Darrell Waltrip. A brutal crash erupted off Turn Two where fire exploded from the Preacher Cox Mercury of Joe Frasson; driver Don Williams was gravely injured in the crash and would pass away ten years later.
The 2013 running saw two huge accidents. With five laps remaining Michael Annett and Austin Dillon collided and a multicar crash erupted in the first turn. The race was red flagged and Annett sustained bruising on his chest. He was hospitalized overnight and was then released in time for the Daytona 500, but was ruled out for the following race at Phoenix because of a sternum injury.
Following the red flag the race shook into a two-lap shootout. Regan Smith and Brad Keselowski stormed to the lead on the final lap, but off the fourth turn Keselowski got into Smith and Smith punched the wall head on; the field stacked into the melee and Kyle Larson's Chevrolet flew into the air and then struck the tri-oval catch fence; the front of the car snagged a crossover gate and the gate tore open; the engine dug in, was ripped out of the car, and the entire front half of the car disintegrated; one front wheel lodged onto the engine while the other flew ten rows into the grandstands. Larson was uninjured and eleven other cars were involved in the melee, but some thirty spectators were injured. Two seriously injured spectators were treated at Halifax Medical Center and later released.
Since its inception, due to its prestige and prominent position on the Speedweeks calendar, the race has long attracted Sprint Cup Series regulars, known as Buschwhackers. Sprint Cup regulars have dominated the race over the past 30 years, winning all but three runnings since 1981. Notable Cup regulars who have won the race multiple times include Dale Earnhardt (7 wins), Tony Stewart (7), Darrell Waltrip (5), and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (3).
In the early 1990s, ESPN began airing the race same-day tape delay. From 1997–2000, the race was shown live on CBS, which also held broadcast rights to the Daytona 500 at the time. From 2001–2006, the live television rights to the race were held by FOX (odd years) and NBC/TNT (even years). Under the current NASCAR television contract, the race is shown on ESPN/ESPN2. From 2007-14, it was the only event of Speedweeks not shown on the FOX family of networks. Fox Sports 1 will carry the event starting in 2015.
Beach and Road Course
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1948||February 15||Red Byron||Ray Parks||Ford||68||149.6 (240.757)||1:58:29||75.757|
|August 8||Fonty Flock||Ford||68||149.6 (240.757)||2:01:25||73.92|
|1949||January 16||Marshall Teague||Ford||47||202.1 (325.248)||2:16:08||88.23|
|1950||February 4||Gober Sosebee||Ford|
|1951||February 10||Gober Sosebee||Ford||39||159.9 (257.334)||1:56:37||82.27|
|1952||February 9||Tim Flock||Ford||1:08:39||87.39|
|1953||February 14||Cotton Owens||Plymouth||24||98.4 (158.359)||1:05:33||91.54|
|1954||February 20||Cotton Owens||Plymouth||30||123 (197.949)||93.87|
|1955||February 26||Banjo Matthews||Melvin Joseph||Ford||19*||77.9 (125.367)||98.04|
|1956||February 24||Tim Flock||Joe Wolf||Chevrolet||31||127.1 (204.547)||1:25:17||89.41|
|1957||February 15||Speedy Thompson||Lester Hunter||Plymouth||31||127.1 (204.547)||1:15:41||99.097|
|1958||February 21||Banjo Matthews||Ford||31||127.1 (204.547)||1:17:01||97.381|
- 1955: Shortened from 125 miles due to a large crash and fire on the 17th lap which injured 3 drivers and 3 spectators.
Daytona International Speedway
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1959||February 21||Banjo Matthews||Ford||80||200 (321.868)||1:29:07||134.65|
|1960||February 13||Marion Farr||Roy Cook||Ford||100||250 (402.336)||2:08:38||116.610|
|1961||February 25||Jimmy Thompson||Ford||100||250 (402.336)||1:45:50||141.732|
|1962||February 16||Lee Roy Yarbrough||Ford||100||250 (402.336)||1:42:14||146.723|
|1963||February 23||Lee Roy Yarbrough||Studebaker||100||250 (402.336)||1:42:02||147.01|
|1964||February 22||Tiny Lund||Ford||80*||200 (321.868)||1:54:49||104.506|
|1965||February 13||Marvin Panch||Marion Cox||Ford||100||250 (402.336)||1:55:48||129.533|
|1966||February 27||Curtis Turner||Andy Hotten||Ford||120||300 (482.803)||2:04:33||144.52|
|1967||February 25||Jim Paschal||Plymouth||120||300 (482.803)||2:01:28||148.188|
|1968||February 24||James Blackburn||Ray Fox||Dodge||120||300 (482.803)||2:08:11||140.423|
|1969*||February 22||Lee Roy Yarbrough||Bondy Long||Ford||120||300 (482.803)||2:49:13||105.365|
|1970||February 21||Tiny Lund||Bondy Long||Ford||120||300 (482.803)||2:15:01||133.316|
|1971||February 13||Red Farmer||Ford||120||300 (482.803)||2:27:43||140.936|
|1972||February 19||Bill Dennis||Junie Donlavey||Mercury||120||300 (482.803)||2:12:43||135.627|
|1973||February 17||Bill Dennis||Junie Donlavey||Mercury||120||300 (482.803)||2:14:10||134.161|
|1974||February 16||Bill Dennis||Junie Donlavey||Mercury||108*||270 (434.522)||1:55:20||140.462|
|1975||February 15||Jack Ingram||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:10:20||138.107|
|1976||February 14||Joe Millikan||Petty Enterprises||Dodge||120||300 (482.803)||2:03:26||145.828|
|1977||February 19||Donnie Allison||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||1:56:36||154.396|
|1978||February 18||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Racing||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||1:50:39||162.675|
|1979||February 17||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Racing||Chevrolet||69*||172 (276.807)||1:50:22||93.778|
|1980||February 16||Jack Ingram||Junie Donlavey||Ford||120||300 (482.803)||2:19:44||128.817|
|1981||February 14/16*||David Pearson||Joel Halpern||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||2:19:05||129.419|
|1982||February 13||Dale Earnhardt||Robert Gee||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||1:56:29||154.529|
|1983||February 19||Darrell Waltrip||DarWal, Inc.||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||2:01:55||147.642|
|1984||February 18||Darrell Waltrip||DarWal, Inc.||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||1:54:56||156.613|
|1985||February 16||Geoffrey Bodine||Hendrick Motorsports||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||1:54:33||157.137|
|1986||February 15||Dale Earnhardt||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||2:00:52||148.924|
|1987||February 14||Geoffrey Bodine||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||1:56:03||155.106|
|1988||February 13||Bobby Allison||Bobby Allison||Buick||120||300 (482.803)||2:15:09||132.825|
|1989||February 18||Darrell Waltrip||DarWal, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:17:11||131.211|
|1990||February 17||Dale Earnhardt||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:00:31||149.357|
|1991||February 16||Dale Earnhardt||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:04:50||144.192|
|1992||February 15||Dale Earnhardt||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:15:55||132.434|
|1993||February 13||Dale Earnhardt||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:02:55||146.440|
|1994||February 19||Dale Earnhardt||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:04:53||144.135|
|1995||February 18||Chad Little||ppc Racing||Ford||120||300 (482.803)||1:59:25||150.732|
|1996||February 17||Steve Grissom||Diamond Ridge Motorsports||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:07:52||140.722|
|1997||February 15||Randy LaJoie||BACE Motorsports||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:00:15||149.688|
|1998||February 14||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:11:11||137.213|
|1999||February 13||Randy LaJoie||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:10:04||138.391|
|2000||February 19||Matt Kenseth||Reiser Enterprises||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:07:54||140.735|
|2001||February 17||Randy LaJoie||Evans Motorsports||Pontiac||120||300 (482.803)||2:13:11||135.152|
|2002||February 16||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:01:54||147.662|
|2003||February 15||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:05:12||143.770|
|2004||February 16*||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:21:32||127.179|
|2005||February 19||Tony Stewart||Kevin Harvick Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||1:59:59||150.021|
|2006||February 18||Tony Stewart||Kevin Harvick Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:23:49||125.159|
|2007||February 17||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||1:55:13||156.227|
|2008||February 16||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||120||300 (482.803)||1:56:46||154.154|
|2009||February 14||Tony Stewart||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:09:59||138.479|
|2010||February 13||Tony Stewart||Kevin Harvick Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:25:32||123.683|
|2011||February 19||Tony Stewart*||Kevin Harvick Inc.||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:08:52||139.679|
|2012||February 25||James Buescher||Turner Motorsports||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:18:51||129.636|
|2013||February 23||Tony Stewart||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||120||300 (482.803)||2:08:37||139.951|
|2014||February 22||Regan Smith||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||121*||302.5 (486.826)||2:02:28||148.204|
- 1964: Race shortened due to late start caused by three hour rain delay.
- 1969: Three red flags during the race due to rain.
- 1974: Race scheduled for 108 laps (270 miles) due to energy crisis.
- 1979: Race shortened due to rain.
- 1981: Race started on Saturday February 14, halted after 11 laps due to rain, completed on Monday February 16.
- 2004: Race postponed from Saturday to Monday due to rain.
- 2011: Tony Stewart wins his 4th straight February race edging Clint Bowyer by 0.007 seconds.
- 2014: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|7||Dale Earnhardt||1982, 1986, 1990–1994|
|Tony Stewart||2005-2006, 2008-2011, 2013|
|5||Darrell Waltrip||1978–1979, 1983–1984, 1989|
|3||Banjo Matthews||1955, 1958–1959|
|LeeRoy Yarbrough||1962–1963, 1969|
|Randy LaJoie||1997, 1999, 2001|
|Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||2002–2004|
|Tim Flock||1952, 1956|
|Tiny Lund||1964, 1970|
|Jack Ingram||1975, 1980|
|Geoff Bodine||1985, 1987|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|8||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||1986, 1990–1994, 2003–2004|
|4||Junie Donlavey||1972–1974, 1980|
|Kevin Harvick Inc.||2005–2006, 2010–2011|
|3||DarWal, Inc.||1983–1984, 1989|
|Hendrick Motorsports||1985, 1987, 2009|
|Richard Childress Racing||2002, 2007, 2013|
|# Wins||Make||Years Won|
|29||Chevrolet||1956, 1975, 1977–1979, 1987, 1989–1994, 1996–2000, 2002–2007, 2009–2014|
|20||Ford||1948–1952, 1955, 1958–1962, 1964–1966, 1969–1971, 1980, 1995|
|4||Plymouth||1953–1954, 1957, 1967|
- Associated Press, February 23, 2013
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