Coca-Cola Firecracker 250

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Coca-Cola Firecracker 250
Daytona International Speedway.svg
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Venue Daytona International Speedway
Location Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Corporate sponsor Coca-Cola
First race 2002
Distance 250 miles (400 km)
Laps 100 (Stage 1: 30 Stage 2: 30 Stage 3: 40)
Previous names Stacker 2/GNC Live Well 250 (2002)
Winn-Dixie 250 (2003)
Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo (2004–2007)
Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (2008)
Subway Jalapeño 250 (2009–2012)
Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (2013–2016)
Most wins (driver) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (3)
Most wins (team) Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Richard Childress Racing (3)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (9)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Turns 4

The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that is held at Daytona International Speedway. Scheduled as a 250-mile (400 km) race, it has been held the night before the Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 during Independence Day weekend since 2002.

This is the final restrictor plate race of held each season for the Xfinity Series. Until 2006, there had been a different winner in each race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first repeat winner when he won the 2006 event.

The 2010 running of the event marked the first of four races using the Nationwide Series version of the Car of Tomorrow, other three being at Michigan, Richmond (September), Charlotte (October).

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2002 July 5 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Pontiac 100 250 (402.336) 1:59:09 125.892
2003 July 4 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 1:37:35 153.715
2004 July 2 4 Mike Wallace Biagi Brothers Racing Ford 100 250 (402.336) 1:51:06 135.014
2005 July 1 8 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 104* 260 (418.429) 1:51:19 140.141
2006 June 30 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 103* 257.5 (414.406) 1:55:52 133.343
2007 July 7* 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 102* 255 (410.382) 1:50:00 139.091
2008 July 4 20 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 105* 262.5 (422.452) 1:41:07 155.761
2009 July 3 29 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 102* 255 (410.382) 2:04:28 122.924
2010 July 2 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 102* 255 (410.382) 1:44:37 146.248
2011 July 1 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:49:57 136.426
2012 July 6 1 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 101* 252.5 (406.359) 1:54:44 132.045
2013 July 5 18 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 101* 252.5 (406.359) 1:43:56 145.767
2014 July 4 5 Kasey Kahne JR Motorsports Chevrolet 103* 257.5 (414.406) 1:38:24 157.012
2015 July 4 33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 104* 260 (418.429) 1:57:28 132.804
2016 July 1 98 Aric Almirola Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford 103* 257.5 (414.406) 2:07:29 121.192

Notes[edit]

Races have been lengthened due to a NASCAR overtime finish: Note is race is notable for having the most overtime finishes from periods 2005-10 and 2012-to date (as of 2016).

  • 2012 and 2013 252.5 miles (101 laps)
  • 2007, 2009 and 2010: 255 miles (102 laps)
  • 2006, 2014 and 2016: 257.5 miles (103 laps)
  • 2005 and 2015: 260 miles (104 laps)
  • 2008: 262.5 miles (105 laps)

Only one race has been rescheduled from its original date.

  • 2007: Rescheduled from July 6 to July 7 at 9:00 morning because of rain.

Multiple winner (driver)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years won
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2003, 2006, 2010

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years won
3 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 2003, 2005, 2006
Joe Gibbs Racing 2008, 2011, 2013
Richard Childress Racing 2009, 2010, 2015
2 Biagi Brothers Racing/Biagi-DenBeste Racing 2004, 2016

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years won
9 United States Chevrolet 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
3 Japan Toyota 2008, 2011, 2013
2 United States Ford 2004, 2016
1 United States Pontiac 2002

Television broadcasters[edit]

In 2002, 2004 and 2006, the race was held on Fox. In 2003 and 2005, the race was held on TNT, In 2007–2014, the race was held on ABC and ESPN2. Starting in 2015, the race is being aired on NBCSN.

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2002 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2003 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2004 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2005 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2006 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2007 ABC Jerry Punch Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2008
2009
2010 Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2011
2012
2013 ESPN2
2014
2015 NBCSN Rick Allen Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
2016
2017

Notable moments[edit]

  • 2004: First race in which the cars ran a roof spoiler. The last 10 laps involved several lead changes. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead with 10 laps to go. With 3 laps remaining, Michael Waltrip and Jason Leffler passed Dale Jr., putting Waltrip in the lead. Leffler then went for the lead and the two cars raced nose-to-nose for over a lap before Waltrip cut in front of Leffler off Turn Two on the final lap; Leffler hit Waltrip and Waltrip's car spun into the inside wall. NASCAR kept the green flag out (there is often a caution flag when a crash occurs) as Dale challenged Leffler for the lead. Leffler swerved and Dale crashed into the wall in Turn Four, allowing Mike Wallace to pass everyone for the victory. Despite crossing the line second, Leffler was relegated to the last car on the lead lap for aggressive driving, giving Greg Biffle (who finished 3rd) second.
  • 2012: Kurt Busch, fired from Penske Racing the year before for several off-track incidents, stormed to the win in the most competitive Daytona race for NASCAR's second-tier touring series in any of its varied incarnations at the time (Late Model Sportsman, Busch Grand National, Nationwide Series). The lead changed a series track-record 42 times as on the final lap Busch roared past Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pushing him; Austin Dillon in Richard Childress' #3 raced into the fray pushed by Michael Annett in a Richard Petty #43; at the stripe Dillon got hit and spun through the trioval grass as Sadler tried for the win at the stripe; Dillon spun back into traffic and a huge crash ensued.[2]
  • 2015: NBC returned to NASCAR with the running of the Subway Firecracker 250 on NBCSN. There were two big ones that happened, one with 10 laps to go and the other one with just 5 laps to go.

References[edit]


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