NextEra Energy 250
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series|
|Venue||Daytona International Speedway|
|Location||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||NextEra Energy Resources|
|Distance||250 miles (400 km)|
Stages 1/2: 20 each
Final stage: 60
|Previous names||Daytona 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)||GMS Racing|
Bobby Hamilton Racing
ThorSport Racing (3)
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Toyota (10)|
|Length||2.5 mi (4.0 km)|
The NextEra Energy 250 is the first race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season 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.
Ben Rhodes is the 2021 winner of the event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; Kyle Busch finished second in both races. Also, Todd Bodine won the 2009 race without a sponsor. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
On August 16, 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. Known as the Sunoco 159, it was held as part of a doubleheader with the Cup Series' Go Bowling 235.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race distance||Race time||Average speed|
|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|
|2021||February 12||99||Ben Rhodes||ThorSport Racing||Toyota||101*||252.5 (406.359)||2:20:33||107.791|
- 2006 was the race time and average speed record, even with overtime.
- 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011–12, 2019–21: 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)
|# of wins||Driver||Years won|
|3||Johnny Sauter||2013, 2016, 2018|
|2||Todd Bodine||2008, 2009|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# of wins||Team||Years won|
|3||GMS Racing||2016, 2017, 2018|
|Bobby Hamilton Racing||2001, 2002, 2005|
|ThorSport Racing||2013, 2020, 2021|
|2||Roush Racing||2004, 2006|
|Germain Racing||2008, 2009|
|Red Horse Racing||2010, 2012|
|# of wins||Make||Years won|
|10||Toyota||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2021|
|6||Ford||2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2015, 2020|
|3||Chevrolet||2016, 2017, 2018|
|Dodge||2001, 2002, 2005|
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