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NextEra Energy 250
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Daytona International Speedway.svg
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
VenueDaytona International Speedway
LocationDaytona Beach, Florida, United States
Corporate sponsorNextEra Energy Resources
First race2000
Distance250 miles (400 km)
Laps100 (Stage 1: 20 Stage 2: 20 Stage 3: 60)
Previous namesDaytona 250 (2000)
Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (2001–2005)
GM Flex Fuel 250 (2006)
Chevy Silverado HD 250 (2007–2008)
NextEra Energy Resources 250 (2009–2018)
Most wins (driver)Johnny Sauter (3)
Most wins (team)Bobby Hamilton Racing
GMS Racing (3)
Most wins (manufacturer)Toyota (9)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Turns4

The NextEra Energy 250 is the first race of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway and as of 2004 has been held under the lights. It is the Truck Series event of Speedweeks – the series of races leading up to the Daytona 500.

Winners of the event include Mike Wallace, Joe Ruttman, Robert Pressley, Rick Crawford, Carl Edwards, Bobby Hamilton, Mark Martin, Jack Sprague, Todd Bodine (twice), Timothy Peters, Michael Waltrip, John King, Johnny Sauter (three times), Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Kaz Grala, and Austin Hill.

The Truck Series does not run restrictor plates, devices used by the Xfinity and 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.

Grant Enfinger is the 2020 winner of the event.

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 that of 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 having serious injuries, Bodine survived and raced again later that year in May at Richmond. Although this race was largely overshadowed by this wreck, it was truly exciting as Mike Wallace made the last lap pass on Andy Houston for the inaugural victory.[1]

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

The 2003 race featured a three-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, it was 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 a 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]

In 2007, another three-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.[6]

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;[7] Kyle Busch finished second in both races. Also, Todd Bodine won the 2009 race without a sponsor.[7] 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.[8]

Grant Enfinger (No. 98) beating Jordan Anderson and Codie Rohrbaugh to the finish in the 2020 race

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 career Truck race in a No. 15 truck, the same number on his Cup car in the 2001 500, with his brother Darrell in the broadcast booth. The victory made Waltrip the 22nd driver to win in all of NASCAR's top three divisions. Although his truck failed post-race inspection because the right side of the spoiler had snapped, resulting in a penalty for his team, he kept the win as he was not running for Truck points.[9][10]

18-year-old Kaz Grala scored his maiden Truck Series victory in the 2017 event, becoming the youngest race winner in Daytona history. Matt Crafton had been leading the race on the final lap before he turned by a spinning Ben Rhodes and sent into a flip.[11]

In the 2019 race, only nine drivers finished the race, with many being involved in wrecks. Austin Hill survived the carnage to win his first career Truck race.[12]

The 2020 edition saw Grant Enfinger win for the first time since Las Vegas in September 2018. Enfinger won in a three-wide photo finish in which he beat Jordan Anderson by 0.010 of a second with Codie Rohrbaugh in tow; the margin of victory made it the closest finish in the event's history.[13] Natalie Decker broke Jennifer Jo Cobb's record as the highest finishing woman in a Truck Series event by finishing fifth; Cobb's best finish was sixth in the 2011 event.[14] On lap 16, rookie Ty Majeski flipped onto his roof, sliding on it for several hundred feet on the banking before landing on its roof on the apron.[15]

In August 2020, the Truck Series ran a second race on the Daytona road course. The event replaced the June 12 Iowa Speedway race, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2000 February 18 2 Mike Wallace Ultra Motorsports Ford 100 250 (402.336) 1:55:00 130.152
2001 February 16 18 Joe Ruttman Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge 104* 260 (418.429) 2:00:33 129.407
2002 February 15 18 Robert Pressley Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge 100 250 (402.336) 1:47:03 140.121
2003 February 14 14 Rick Crawford Circle Bar Racing Ford 106* 265 (426.476) 2:04:34 127.642
2004 February 13 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 100 250 (402.336) 2:13:15 112.57
2005 February 18 04 Bobby Hamilton Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge 100 250 (402.336) 2:00:04 124.931
2006 February 17 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 102* 255 (410.382) 1:44:21* 146.622*
2007 February 16 60 Jack Sprague Wyler Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:07:24 117.739
2008 February 15 30 Todd Bodine Germain Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:57:36 127.551
2009 February 13 30 Todd Bodine Germain Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:02:11 122.766
2010 February 13* 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:10:06 115.295
2011 February 18 15 Michael Waltrip Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota 103* 257.5 (414.406) 1:58:33 130.025
2012 February 24 7 John King Red Horse Racing Toyota 109* 272.5 (438.546) 2:17:13 119.169
2013 February 22 98 Johnny Sauter ThorSport Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:45:56 141.598
2014 February 21 51 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:45:10 142.631
2015 February 20 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Racing Ford 100 250 (402.336) 1:56:45 128.48
2016 February 19 21 Johnny Sauter GMS Racing Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 1:56:15 129.032
2017 February 24 33 Kaz Grala GMS Racing Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 1:55:38 129.72
2018 February 16 21 Johnny Sauter GMS Racing Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 2:04:36 120.385
2019 February 15 16 Austin Hill Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 111* 277.5 (446.593) 2:39:20 104.498
2020 February 14 98 Grant Enfinger ThorSport Racing Ford 106* 265 (426.476) 2:04:53 127.319
August 16

Notes[edit]

  • 2006 was the race time and average speed record, even with overtime.
  • 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011–12, 2019–20: The race was extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. The 2012 event took three attempts, and the 2019 running took two attempts at overtime.
  • 2010: Race postponed from Friday to Saturday due to rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# of wins Driver Years won
3 Johnny Sauter 2013, 2016, 2018
2 Todd Bodine 2008, 2009

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# of wins Team Years won
3 Bobby Hamilton Racing 2001, 2002, 2005
GMS Racing 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Roush Racing 2004, 2006
Germain Racing 2008, 2009
Red Horse Racing 2010, 2012
ThorSport Racing 2013, 2020

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# of wins Make Years won
9 Japan Toyota 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019
6 United States Ford 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2015, 2020
3 United States Dodge 2001, 2002, 2005
United States Chevrolet 2016, 2017, 2018

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. ^ "Sprague Wins at Daytona, Has Sights Set on Fourth Championship". Kansas Speedway. February 18, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Adelson, Andrea (February 14, 2009). "Bodine wins truck race at Daytona". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "Hornaday docked 25 points for illegal shocks at DIS". NASCAR. February 19, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "Michael Waltrip wins Trucks race". ESPN. February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  10. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 23, 2011). "Michael Waltrip crew chief fined $25,000 for spoiler violation in Daytona truck race". SceneDaily. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  11. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 24, 2017). "NASCAR truck race marred by two crashes; no injuries reported". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  12. ^ Spencer, Reid (February 15, 2019). "NASCAR Daytona Truck results: Austin Hill wins wild season opener in overtime". Autoweek. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Engle, Greg (February 15, 2020). "Grant Enfinger Survives to Win Crash-Filled Truck Race at Daytona". Autoweek. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Seelman, Jacob (February 14, 2020). "Decker Earns Her Place In Truck Series History". Speed Sport. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  15. ^ Taranto, Steven (February 14, 2020). "Multi-truck accident sends Ty Majeski sliding on his roof". 247Sports.com. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  16. ^ "First time in history: NASCAR's three top-tier series, ARCA to compete on Daytona International Speedway's iconic road course, August 14-16, 2020". Daytona International Speedway. July 8, 2020. Retrieved August 9, 2020.


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