NextEra Energy Resources 250

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NextEra Energy Resources 250
NextEra Energy Resources 250 logo.jpg
Venue Daytona International Speedway
Sponsor NextEra Energy Resources
First race 2000
Distance 250 miles (402.336 km)
Laps 100
Previous names Daytona 250 (2000)
Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (2001–2005)
GM Flex Fuel 250 (2006)
Chevy Silverado HD 250 (2007–2008)

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 is the first race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway and as of 2004 has been held under the lights. It is the Camping World Truck Series event of Speedweeks – the name used to describe the series of races leading up to the Daytona 500. Winners include Mike Wallace, Joe Ruttman, Robert Pressley, Rick Crawford, Carl Edwards, Bobby Hamilton, Mark Martin, Jack Sprague, Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters, Michael Waltrip, John King, and Johnny Sauter.

The Camping World Truck Series does not run restrictor plates, devices used by the Nationwide and Sprint Cup stock cars to reduce horsepower and slow the cars down at Daytona and Talladega. However, a restrictor in the space, a "spacer plate", and aerodynamic disadvantages in the trucks compensate for the lack of a restrictor plate.

History[edit]

The inaugural running of the race in 2000 featured one of the most horrific wrecks in NASCAR history. Just past the halfway point of the race, Kurt Busch's truck made contact with Rob Morgan, turning him into Geoff Bodine's truck, sending Bodine careening airborne into the wall and catch fence just past the start-finish line. Bodine's truck burst into flames and flipped at least 10 times before coming to a stop toward Turn 1, causing a major wreck involving 13 trucks. Despite serious injuries, Bodine survived and raced again later that year in May at Richmond. Although this race is largely overshadowed by this wreck, it was truly exciting as Mike Wallace made the last lap pass on Joe Ruttman for the inaugural victory.[1]

In 2001, Joe Ruttman was the first driver to win starting from pole position. He also won the pole the year before. Rookie Ricky Hendrick finished in second.[2]

The 2003 race featured an exciting 3 wide finish on the final lap between Rick Crawford, defending Daytona winner Robert Pressley, and that year's eventual champion Travis Kvapil where the margin of victory was 0.027 seconds.[3]

In early 2004, they announced that the race would move from Friday afternoon to Friday night and be run under the lights. Carl Edwards would go on to win the race and Travis Kvapil (in the No. 24 Toyota) finished second. The race was Toyota's first truck race.[4]

Kerry Earnhardt started from the pole in the 2005 race, but finished in 35th due to an accident. Bobby Hamilton won from the 36th starting position, the farthest starting position for a driver to win.[5]

Despite the 2006 General Motors sponsorship of the race, a Chevrolet had never won at Daytona in the Truck Series; in 2006, the best finish for a Silverado was 13th. The overall best finish for Chevrolet was second place three times by Ricky Hendrick (2001),Travis Kvapil (2003) and Elliott Sadler (2011). Mark Martin was the winner of the race.[6]

In 2007, another 3 wide finish between Travis Kvapil, Johnny Benson, and Jack Sprague who won the race; the margin of victory was 0.031 seconds (second closest finish). Sprague was the third driver to win from the pole.[7]

The 2009 race was the first under the new sponsorship of Camping World. Todd Bodine won becoming the first driver to win back-to-back season opening truck races at the Daytona International Speedway;[8] Kyle Busch finished second in both races. Also, Todd Bodine won the 2009 race without a sponsor.[8] Six days after the race, fifth place finisher Ron Hornaday was docked 25 points and owner DeLana Harvick was docked 25 owner points as a penalty for illegal shocks used in the race. Crew chief Rick Ren was placed on probation and fined $5,000 because of the violations.[9]

The 2011 running was held on the tenth anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death in the 2001 Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, who won that infamous 500, pulled off a slingshot last lap pass on Elliott Sadler to win his first ever Camping World Truck race in a No. 15 truck, just like his Sprint Cup car number, with his brother Darrell in the broadcast booth once again. It would be one of the most emotional truck events in series history. Michael also became the 22nd driver to win in all of NASCAR's top 3 divisions (he also has 11 Nationwide wins and 4 Sprint Cup wins). However his truck failed post-race inspection because the right side of spoiler snapped, likewise the team was penalized, but kept the win since Waltrip was not running for points, under NASCAR's new rule of choosing one series to go for a championship.[10][11]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2000 February 18 Mike Wallace Ultra Motorsports Ford 100 250 (402.336) 1:55:00 130.152
2001 February 16 Joe Ruttman Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge 104* 260 (418.429) 2:00:33 129.407
2002 February 15 Robert Pressley Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge 100 250 (402.336) 1:47:03 140.121
2003 February 14 Rick Crawford Circle Bar Racing Ford 106* 265 (426.476) 2:04:34 127.642
2004 February 13 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 100 250 (402.336) 2:13:15 112.570
2005 February 18 Bobby Hamilton Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge 100 250 (402.336) 2:00:04 124.931
2006 February 17 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 102* 255 (410.382) 1:44:21 146.622
2007 February 16 Jack Sprague Wyler Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:07:24 117.739
2008 February 15 Todd Bodine Germain Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:57:36 127.551
2009 February 13 Todd Bodine Germain Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:02:11 122.766
2010 February 13* Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:10:06 115.295
2011 February 18 Michael Waltrip Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota 103* 257.5 (414.406) 1:58:33 130.025
2012 February 24 John King Red Horse Racing Toyota 109* 272.5 (438.546) 2:17:13 119.169
2013 February 22 Johnny Sauter ThorSport Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:45:56 141.598
2014 February 21 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:45:10 142.631
*2001, 2003, 2006, 2011, and 2012: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish. 2012 race took 3 attempts.

*2010: Race postponed from Friday to Saturday due to rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
2 Todd Bodine 2008–2009

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
3 Bobby Hamilton Racing 2001–2002, 2005
2 Roush Racing 2004, 2006
Germain Racing 2008–2009
Red Horse Racing 2010, 2012

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years Won
8 Japan Toyota 2007–2014
4 United States Ford 2000, 2003–2004, 2006
3 United States Dodge 2001–2002, 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wallace wins Daytona's first truck race". ESPN. February 18, 2000. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2001 Official Race Results : Florida Dodge Dealers 250". NASCAR. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Crawford uses last-lap pass to snap 120-race winless skid". Sports Illustrated. February 14, 2003. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Long, Mark (February 13, 2004). "Edwards flips over Daytona truck win". USA Today. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Graves, Gary (February 18, 2005). "Hamilton wins wild truck race at Daytona". USA Today (Daytona Beach, Florida). Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2006 Official Race Results : GM Flex Fuel 25". NASCAR. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sprague Wins at Daytona, Has Sights Set on Fourth Championship". Kansas Speedway. February 18, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Adelson, Andrea (February 14, 2009). "Bodine wins truck race at Daytona". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hornaday docked 25 points for illegal shocks at DIS". NASCAR. February 19, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Michael Waltrip wins Trucks race". ESPN. February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 23, 2011). "Michael Waltrip crew chief fined $25,000 for spoiler violation in Daytona truck race". SceneDaily. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 


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