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Kaz Grala avoids last-lap melee to become youngest Daytona winner

Kaz Grala avoids last-lap melee to become youngest Daytona winner

 

February 24, 2017

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the space of 100 laps, Kaz Grala went from youngest NASCAR national series pole winner at Daytona International Speedway to youngest NASCAR national series race winner at Daytona.

 

What happened between the first green flag and the checkers, however, could fill volumes.

 

Miraculously, Grala slipped through a wild wreck on the backstretch on the final lap of Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 to win the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race contested in stages under NASCAR’s new competition format.

 

That final wreck, ignited when Ben Rhodes spun from the outside lane off the bumper of ThorSport Racing teammate Grant Enfinger, wiped out veteran contenders Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton.

 

But Grala—18 years, 1 month and 26 days old—drove through the melee as trucks bounced off each other like pinballs on either side of him. Grala claimed the trophy for his first national series victory and the five playoff points that go with a race win under NASCAR’s new scoring system.

 

Austin Wayne Self took the runner-up spot, followed by Chase Briscoe, and the father-son combination of John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek in fourth and fifth.

 

“That was freaking awesome! I can’t believe we won Daytona,” Grala said in Victory Lane. “I couldn’t see a lot there. I knew it was a little bit risky. It was the last lap, and we had to do what we had to do.

 

“I saw coming out of (Turn) 2 it starting to get crazy. There wasn’t going to be any way I was going to be lifting (off the accelerator). I was just going to go low, cross my fingers and close my eyes a little bit.

 

“Luckily, it worked out for me. I just can’t believe it. It’s so surreal.”

 

Self put it much more succinctly.

 

“When all hell broke loose, we were in the right spot.”

 

The race didn’t wait until the last lap to get crazy. On the second lap, Briscoe, racing for the first time in the Truck Series, gave Noah Gragson’s Toyota an off-center tap on the rear bumper, sending Gragson bouncing off the outside wall in Turn 1 and out of control.

 

By the time the smoke cleared, 17 trucks—one more than half the field—had sustained varying degrees of damage in the wreck.

 

Gragson, Austin Cindric and Ryan Truex couldn’t continue. Same for Ross Chastain and Clay Greenfield. John Hunter Nemechek stayed on the lead lap but fell victim to a flat tire as Stage 2 of the race came to an end with Sauter in the lead.

 

“I took a few hard hits out there,” said Gragson, who was unhurt in the wreck. “Just a bummer. I didn’t want to end the race like this, but I had a good time for the lap I got.

 

“Felt like the 29 (Briscoe) hit me in the wrong part of the bumper going through the tri-oval. It just got me loose, and it got pointed into the outside wall.”

 

In the final 60-lap stage, all four GMS Chevrolet pitted early on Lap 68. Though Spencer Gallagher and ultimate sixth-place finisher Scott Lagasse Jr. drew speeding penalties while exiting pit road, Sauter reclaimed the lead, with Grala trailing him, when Christopher Bell’s Toyota got loose in Turn 4, slowed and spun off the bumper of Timothy Peters’ Tundra.

 

Sauter, the defending series champion, looked to be in control of the race until John Hunter Nemechek’s spin off Turn 2 on Lap 95 of 100 caused the fifth and final caution and set up a chaotic two-lap run to the finish.

 

Wrecked on the backstretch, Sauter was credited with a 15th-place finish but collected two playoff points for winning both the first and second stages, each lasting 20 laps.

 

Bell, one of the preseason favorites for the championship, sustained heavy damage in three wrecks, including the last one, but his seemingly indestructible No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra made it to the finish line in eighth-place, salvaging a respectable result from a potentially disastrous night.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – NextEra Energy Resources 250

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Friday, February 24, 2017

 

  1. (1) Kaz Grala #, Chevrolet, 100.
  2. (22) Austin Wayne Self, Toyota, 100.
  3. (16) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 100.
  4. (19) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 100.
  5. (9) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 100.
  6. (25) Regan Smith, Ford, 100.
  7. (14) Scott Lagasse Jr(i), Chevrolet, 100.
  8. (4) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 100.
  9. (27) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 100.
  10. (13) Myatt Snider, Toyota, 100.
  11. (17) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 100.
  12. (8) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 100.
  13. (3) Spencer Gallagher(i), Chevrolet, 100.
  14. (7) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 99.
  15. (2) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 99.
  16. (11) Grant Enfinger #, Toyota, 99.
  17. (5) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 99.
  18. (31) Todd Peck(i), Chevrolet, 99.
  19. (28) Wendell Chavous #, Chevrolet, 98.
  20. (10) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, Accident, 71.
  21. (21) Bobby Gerhart(i), Chevrolet, Radiator, 41.
  22. (6) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, Accident, 20.
  23. (23) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, Accident, 12.
  24. (32) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, Engine, 11.
  25. (24) Terry Jones, Ford, Accident, 4.
  26. (12) Noah Gragson, Toyota, Accident, 1.
  27. (18) Austin Cindric #, Ford, Accident, 1.
  28. (20) Ryan Truex, Toyota, Accident, 1.
  29. (15) Clay Greenfield, Chevrolet, Accident, 1.
  30. (26) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 1.
  31. (29) Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet, Accident, 1.
  32. (30) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, Accident, 1.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  129.72 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 55 Mins, 38 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.

Caution Flags:  6 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes:  14 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Grala # 1-13; C. Bell 14-15; S. Gallagher(i) 16-17; B. Moffitt 18-19; J. Sauter 20-43; T. Peck(i) 44; T. Peters 45-46; C. Bell 47-48; J. Sauter 49-51; B. Rhodes 52-68; C. Bell 69-70; B. Rhodes 71-73; J. Sauter 74-98; M. Crafton 99; K. Grala # 100;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Sauter 3 times for 52 laps; B. Rhodes 2 times for 20 laps; K. Grala # 2 times for 14 laps; C. Bell 3 times for 6 laps; B. Moffitt 1 time for 2 laps; S. Gallagher(i) 1 time for 2 laps; T. Peters 1 time for 2 laps; T. Peck(i) 1 time for 1 lap; M. Crafton 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 21,17,27,33,23,29,5,24,87,8

Stage #2 Top Ten: 21,33,23,24,17,27,4,51,87,22

 

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02/25/2017 Posted by | NCWTS RESULTS | Leave a comment

Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin win action-filled Can-Am Duel qualifying races

Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin win action-filled Can-Am Duel qualifying races

 

February 23, 2017

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 500 pole winner Chase Elliott put an exclamation on his qualifying effort with a victory in Thursday night’s first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Elliott passed second-place starter Brad Keselowski for the lead on Lap 37 and held it the rest of the way—through a wreck that altered the positions of the two Open Team drivers trying to race their way into the field for the 59th running of the Great American Race.

 

In the second Duel, defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin got a huge push from Austin Dillon and passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the next-to-last lap to win the race by .214 seconds over Clint Bowyer, who was competing for the first time in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

 

Earnhardt, making his return to competition after missing the last 18 events of 2016 because of a concussion, was shuffled back to sixth at the finish behind Kurt Busch in third, AJ Allmendinger in fourth, and Austin Dillon in fifth.

 

Earnhardt led 53 of the 60 laps, and for most of the race appeared likely to join Elliott, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, as a Duel winner. But Elliott prevailed where Earnhardt fell victim to a freight train in the outside lane.

 

“I just had a lot of steam under the hood, really,” said Elliott, who won his first race in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car. “I think that was the biggest thing. The temperatures tonight being kind of cool, it really suited our car well. Just a great way to start the season.  I know it’s just a Duel win.  We wished it counted towards the Playoffs. 

 

“We would rather it be on Sunday, but at the same time it means a lot to me. It means a lot to our team. It means a lot to NAPA and having this car in NAPA colors tonight… We’re excited about Sunday. I have a great car.”

 

Even though Elliott didn’t get credit for an official win, he did score 10 points for the victory—the first time since 1971 that points have been awarded in the Duel.

 

Earnhardt was a sitting duck when Hamlin made his move on the penultimate lap with a line of cars behind him.

 

“I don’t know what I could have done differently to defend that,” said Earnhardt, who was denied a third straight Duel victory. Once I heard the No. 3 (Dillon) was clear on the outside, I knew they was going to have a big run. Denny is so smart, and he knows what he’s doing out there. He’s one of the better plate racers out there.

 

“Any which way I would have went, he was going to go the other way and probably get by me. I was hoping Austin might push us a little bit since he drives a Chevy; but I don’t know if I would have done it any different than he did, either.”

 

Hamlin was glad Dillon’s Chevy was there to give the No. 11 Joe Gibbs racing Toyota the decisive push.

 

“We definitely had a strong car, but so much of that race was single file, and so it was really tough to show what we could do in the pack once we got two and three wide,” said Hamlin, who worked his way back to the front after a penalty for rolling through too many pit boxes under a competition caution on Lap 27. “But it looked like our car could make some really good moves and got a great push from the 3 (Dillon) there at the end.

 

“It looked like our cars worked really, really well together there, so we’ll keep that in mind when I need somebody to draft with in the 500. Great job by the team. The car was great.”

 

On Lap 49 of the first Duel, the two drivers trying to race their way into the field, Corey LaJoie and Reed Sorenson, were running in heavy traffic, with LaJoie trailing Sorenson as the cars sped through the tri-oval. Contact from LaJoie’s Toyota on the rear bumper of Sorenson’s Camry sent Sorenson spinning into the Chevrolet of Paul Menard.

 

Both Sorenson and Menard slid through the large paved area just past the entrance to the Daytona road course, with Sorenson slamming into the SAFER barrier to the inside of Turn 1. The crash eliminated Sorenson from the race.

 

With an 18th-place finish, LaJoie locked himself into the 500 as the highest finisher among the open drivers in his Duel.

 

Sorenson was understandably upset by the wreck and by having to wait for the second Duel to see if he would make the field on speed as the third-fastest open qualifier. But Sorenson was disappointed for a second time when Canadian DJ Kennington nipped Elliott Sadler at the stripe by .039 seconds to earn the final spot in the race and knock Sorenson out.

 

Sadler was already in the 500 by virtue of his qualifying speed from last Sunday’s time trials.

 

“I really do feel bad about Reed,” LaJoie said. “I just tried to fill a hole, and it was getting down to it, and I probably did have position on him…

 

“But, man, when I’m trying to get into the Daytona 500, if my mom was in that spot, I’d probably wreck her, too. I’m racing on Sunday!”

 

Note: The Can-Am Duel set the starting order for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Elliott and Earnhardt secured the two front-row positions in qualifying. Following them will be the top finishers from the first Duel in order on the inside lane and the top finishers from the second Duel in order on the outside lane.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – Can-Am Duel at Daytona 1

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

  1. (1) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 60.
  2. (12) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 60.
  3. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 60.
  4. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 60.
  5. (5) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 60.
  6. (10) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 60.
  7. (3) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 60.
  8. (13) Aric Almirola, Ford, 60.
  9. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 60.
  10. (18) Cole Whitt, Ford, 60.
  11. (8) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 60.
  12. (6) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 60.
  13. (7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 60.
  14. (15) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 60.
  15. (14) Landon Cassill, Ford, 60.
  16. (16) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 60.
  17. (20) Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 60.
  18. (21) * Corey LaJoie, Toyota, 60.
  19. (17) * Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 60.
  20. (11) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 59.
  21. (19) * Reed Sorenson, Toyota, Accident, 48.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  160.095 mph.

Time of Race:  0 Hrs, 56 Mins, 13 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.156 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  2 for 7 laps.

Lead Changes:  6 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Elliott 1; B. Keselowski 2-11; Kyle Busch 12; B. Keselowski 13-24; Kyle Busch 25-30; B. Keselowski 31-36; C. Elliott 37-60.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  B. Keselowski 3 times for 28 laps; C. Elliott 2 times for 25 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 7 laps.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – Can-Am Duel at Daytona 2

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

  1. (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 60.
  2. (2) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 60.
  3. (11) Kurt Busch, Ford, 60.
  4. (14) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 60.
  5. (13) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 60.
  6. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 60.
  7. (12) Danica Patrick, Ford, 60.
  8. (5) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 60.
  9. (8) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 60.
  10. (6) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 60.
  11. (16) David Ragan, Ford, 60.
  12. (15) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 60.
  13. (7) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 60.
  14. (4) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 60.
  15. (19) * DJ Kennington, Toyota, 60.
  16. (18) * Elliott Sadler(i), Chevrolet, 60.
  17. (17) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 60.
  18. (20) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 60.
  19. (10) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 59.
  20. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 55.
  21. (21) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 29.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  156.977 mph.

Time of Race:  0 Hrs, 57 Mins, 20 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.214 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  2 for 8 laps.

Lead Changes:  5 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Earnhardt Jr. 1-2; D. Hamlin 3-4; D. Earnhardt Jr. 5-27; R. Blaney 28-30; D. Earnhardt Jr. 31-58; D. Hamlin 59-60.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  D. Earnhardt Jr. 3 times for 53 laps; D. Hamlin 2 times for 4 laps; R. Blaney 1 time for 3 laps.

 

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02/24/2017 Posted by | CAN-AM | Leave a comment

CAN-AM DUELS LINE UP’S

Below is the official lineup for each race:

DUEL 1 LINEUP
Starting position Driver Team
1. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
2. Brad Keselowski Team Penske
3. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
4. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
5. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
8. Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing
9. Joey Logano Team Penske
10. Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
11. Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing
12. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
13. Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports
14. Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports
15. Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing
16. Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing
17. Brendan Gaughan* Beard Motorsports
18. Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports
19. Reed Sorenson* Premium Motorsports
20. Joey Gase BK Racing
21. Corey LaJoie* BK Racing
DUEL 2 LINEUP
Starting position Driver Team
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
2. Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing
3. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
4. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports
5. Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing
6. Ty Dillon Germain Racing
7. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
8. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
9. Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing
10. Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing
11. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
12. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing
13. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
14. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing
15. Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing
16. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports
17. Michael Waltrip Premium Motorsports
18. Elliott Sadler* Tommy Baldwin Racing
19. D.J. Kennington* Gaunt Brothers Racing
20. Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group
21. Timmy Hill* Rick Ware Racing

02/23/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

SCHEDULE

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

 

Next Race: DAYTONA 500

The Place: Daytona International Speedway

The Date: Sunday, February 26

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 500 miles (200 laps)

 

Next Race: Can-Am Duel at Daytona

The Place: Daytona International Speedway

The Date: Thursday, February 23

The Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 5 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: Duel 1 – 150 miles (60 laps), Duel 2 – 150 miles (60 laps)

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series

 

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

The Place: Daytona International Speedway

The Date: Saturday, February 25

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 300 miles (120 laps)

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

 

Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

The Place: Daytona International Speedway

The Date: Friday, February 24

The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 7 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

02/23/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Daytona 500

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Daytona 500

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2017) – Below is a statistical look at some of the top performers at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida including both the Daytona 500 and the annual July race:
DAYTONA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Three top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.727, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 18.332, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 79.0, 13th-best
  • 98 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.198, series-fastest
  • 1791 Laps in the Top 15 (45.8), 13th-most
  • 2332 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • One win, seven top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.522, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.817, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, series-best
  • 96 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.189, second-fastest
  • 2836 Laps in the Top 15 (69.7), series-most
  • 3243 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • 12 top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.826, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.476, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.9, fourth-best
  • 79 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 190.605, 13th-fastest
  • 2527 Laps in the Top 15 (62.1), fourth-most
  • 3382 Quality Passes, second-most

Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS)

  • One top five, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.714, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.197, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.2, 10th-best
  • 30 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.031, eighth-fastest
  • 658 Laps in the Top 15 (53.2), ninth-most
  • 974 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Four wins, 13 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.750, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.851, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.1, second-best
  • 97 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.102, fifth-fastest
  • 2824 Laps in the Top 15 (66.1), second-most
  • 3372 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.136, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.341, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.0, third-best
  • 90 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.167, third-fastest
  • 2353 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2), fifth-most
  • 3061 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.542, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 19.768, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.8, ninth-best
  • 104 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.071, seventh-fastest
  • 2084 Laps in the Top 15 (48.8), 12th-most
  • 2841 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 19.750, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.385, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.2, sixth-best
  • 50 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.080, sixth-fastest
  • 2740 Laps in the Top 15 (64.1), third-most
  • 3354 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No .5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Two top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.958, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.570, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.1, eighth-best
  • 74 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 190.850, 10th-fastest
  • 2308 Laps in the Top 15 (54.0), eighth-most
  • 3379 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.208, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.517, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.5, fifth-best
  • 92 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 190.704, 11th-fastest
  • 2563 Laps in the Top 15 (60.0), sixth-most
  • 2954 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

  • One win, three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.733, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.795, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 79.1, 12th-best
  • 56 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 190.667, 12th-fastest
  • 1343 Laps in the Top 15 (50.3), 11th-most
  • 2221 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.875, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.660, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, seventh-best
  • 60 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 191.143, fourth-fastest
  • 1529 Laps in the Top 15 (54.1), seventh-most
  • 2498 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS)

  • Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.542, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.595, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.2, 11th-best
  • 71 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 190.897, ninth-fastest
  • 2268 Laps in the Top 15 (53.1), 10th-most
  • 3739 Quality Passes, series-most

02/22/2017 Posted by | DAYTONA 500 | Leave a comment

Statistical Look At Daytona International Speedway

Statistical Look At Daytona International Speedway

History

  • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
  • Richard Pettywon his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
  • Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been scheduled for under the lights ever since.
  • The track underwent a repave in 2010.
  • 2016 marked the next phase in the existence of Daytona International Speedway as the DAYTONA Rising project was completed, ushering in the first ‘motorsports stadium,’ a 400-million-dollar project.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 139 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 58 have been 500 miles, 54 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
  • Fireball Robertswon the inaugural pole at Daytona in a Pontiac with a speed of 140.121 mph.
  • Bob Welbornwon the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
  • Fireball Robertswon the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
  • 59 drivers have posted poles at Daytona – including Chase Elliottthe 2016 Daytona 500 pole winner; one of six active drivers that won their first career pole at Daytona – Austin Dillon (2014), Danica Patrick (2013), Paul Menard (2008), Kevin Harvick (2002), Jimmie Johnson (2002).
  • Cale Yarboroughleads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with two poles at Daytona.
  • 60 different drivers have won at Daytona International Speedway; led by Richard Pettywith 10 points-paying victories at Daytona.
  • The Wood Brothershave won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other organization.
  • 18 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole; the last to do it was Dale Earnhardt Jr.in the 2015 July race.

 

NASCAR in Florida

  • There have been 365 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks held in the state of Florida.
Track Name City MENCS NXS NCWTS Total Races
Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach 139 50 17 266
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead 18 22 21 67
Daytona Beach & Road Course Daytona Beach 10 0 0 10
Palm Beach Speedway W. Palm Beach 7 0 0 7
Speedway Park Jacksonville 6 0 0 6
Volusia County Speedway Barberville 0 4 0 4
Walt Disney World Speedway Orlando 0 0 2 2
Five Flags Speedway Pensacola 1 0 0 1
Golden Gate Speedway Tampa 1 0 0 1
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway Titusville 1 0 0 1
Totals 183 76 40 365
  • 178 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
  • There have been 11 race winners with their home state recorded as Florida in NASCAR’s three national series:
Driver MENCS NXS NCWTS
Fireball Roberts 33 0 0
LeeRoy Yarbrough 14 0 0
Marshall Teague 7 0 0
Joe Nemechek 4 16 0
Bobby Johns 2 0 0
David Reutimann 2 1 1
Aric Almirola 1 2 2
Shorty Rollins 1 0 0
Joey Coulter 0 0 1
Rick Wilson 0 2 0
Ben Kennedy 0 0 1
Total 64 21 5

 

Pre-Race Loop Data Category Leaders At Daytona International Speedway

 

 

Loop Data Categories Active Series Leaders Stat
Driver Rating Kyle Busch 95.9
Average Running Position Kyle Busch 12.8
Percentage of Laps In The Top 15 Kyle Busch 69.7%
Laps Led Denny Hamlin 369
Fastest Laps Run Kevin Harvick 104
Quality Passes Jamie McMurray 3,739
Green Flag Passes Jamie McMurray 5,886
Closers Michael Waltrip 5.3 Avg. Spots Gained
Fastest On Restarts Dale Earnhardt Jr. 177.282 MPH
Average Speed Early In A Run Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 192.196 MPH
Average Speed Late In A Run Ty Dillon 191.049 MPH

 

Daytona 500 All-Time Winners

Season Daytona 500 Winners
2016 Denny Hamlin
2015 Joey Logano
2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr
2013 Jimmie Johnson
2012 Matt Kenseth
2011 Trevor Bayne
2010 Jamie McMurray
2009 Matt Kenseth
2008 Ryan Newman
2007 Kevin Harvick
2006 Jimmie Johnson
2005 Jeff Gordon
2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr
2003 Michael Waltrip
2002 Ward Burton
2001 Michael Waltrip
2000 Dale Jarrett
1999 Jeff Gordon
1998 Dale Earnhardt
1997 Jeff Gordon
1996 Dale Jarrett
1995 Sterling Marlin
1994 Sterling Marlin
1993 Dale Jarrett
1992 Davey Allison
1991 Ernie Irvan
1990 Derrike Cope
1989 Darrell Waltrip
1988 Bobby Allison
1987 Bill Elliott
1986 Geoff Bodine
1985 Bill Elliott
1984 Cale Yarborough
1983 Cale Yarborough
1982 Bobby Allison
1981 Richard Petty
1980 Buddy Baker
1979 Richard Petty
1978 Bobby Allison
1977 Cale Yarborough
1976 David Pearson
1975 Benny Parsons
1974 Richard Petty
1973 Richard Petty
1972 A.J. Foyt
1971 Richard Petty
1970 Pete Hamilton
1969 LeeRoy Yarbrough
1968 Cale Yarborough
1967 Mario Andretti
1966 Richard Petty
1965 Fred Lorenzen
1964 Richard Petty
1963 Tiny Lund
1962 Fireball Roberts
1961 Marvin Panch
1960 Junior Johnson
1959 Lee Petty

 


Daytona International Speedway

Qualifying / Race Data

 

2017 pole winner:

Chase Elliott, Chevrolet SS

(192.872 mph, 46.663 seconds)

 

2016 pole winner:

Chase Elliott, Chevrolet SS

(196.314 mph, 45.845 seconds)

 

2016 race winner:

Joey Logano, Ford Fusion

(161.939 mph, 2-22-15)

 

Qualifying record:

Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird

(210.364 mph, 42.783 secs. 2-9-87)

 

Race record:

Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

(177.602 mph, 2-17-80)

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Track / Daytona 500 Specific Stats

Track / Daytona 500 Specific Stats

  • Denny Hamlin’s 0.001-second margin of victory over Martin Truex Jr. in the 2016 Daytona 500 is the closest Daytona 500 finish and tied with Atlanta (3/12/2000) and Phoenix (3/13/2016) as the seventh closest MOV since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993. 
  • Kevin Harvick’s0.020-second margin of victory over Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500 is the 12th-closest overall since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, and the second closest in Daytona 500 history.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has led the most laps in a single Daytona 500; leading 184 laps in the 1964 Daytona 500.
  • Among active drivers,Denny Hamlin has led the most laps in a single Daytona 500, when he led 95 laps on his way to victory last season.  
  • Jamie McMurray has led the fewest laps in a Daytona 500 and won – in 2010, McMurray only led two laps on his way to winning the Daytona 500.
  • 2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time lead changes with 74; which is 14 more than the race with second-most lead changes the 1974 Daytona 500 with 60 lead changes.
  • The 1964 Daytona 500 won by Richard Petty had the fewest lead changes with a mere six on record.
  • 2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time leaders with 22.
  • 2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time Cautions with 16.
  • 1968 and 2011 Daytona 500s had the most all-time Caution Laps with 60 laps each.
  • The Daytona 500 has finished under NASCAR Overtime conditions seven times: 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2005.
  • Due to the overtime rules in NASCAR, the longest Daytona 500 ever run was the 2010 and 2011 Daytona 500 races – both went 208 laps/520 miles– eight laps and 20 miles more than the scheduled distance.
  • The largest field to compete in the Daytona 500 was 68 cars in the 1960 race.

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DAYTONA WINS

Wins

  • 37 different drivers have won a Daytona 500.
  • Lee Pettywon the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959; he led 38 laps and won by 2 feet.
  • Youngest Daytona 500 winner: Trevor Bayne(02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 days)
  • Oldest Daytona 500 winner: Bobby Allison(02/14/1988 – 50 years, 2 months, 11 days)
  • Nine different manufacturers have won the Daytona 500, led by Chevrolet with 23 victories; followed by Ford (14), Dodge (four), Plymouth (four), Buick (three), Mercury (three), Oldsmobile (three), Pontiac (three) and Toyota (ninth). 
  • Seven drivers posted their career-first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in the Daytona 500. 
Drivers Seasons
Tiny Lund 1963
Mario Andretti 1967
Pete Hamilton 1970
Derrike Cope 1990
Sterling Marlin 1994
Michael Waltrip 2001
Trevor Bayne 2011
  • Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (points-paying) qualifying races: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac(1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).
  • Lee Petty, who won the inaugural Daytona 500, and Trevor Bayne, 2011 Daytona 500 champion, are the only two drivers to win the Daytona 500 in their first appearance.
  • 11 drivers have won more than one Daytona 500, led by Richard Pettywith seven victories.
The 11 Drivers With Multiple Daytona 500 Wins
No. of Wins Drivers Seasons            
7 Richard Petty 1964 1966 1971 1973 1974 1979 1981
4 Cale Yarborough 1968 1977 1983 1984      
3 Bobby Allison 1978 1982 1988        
3 Dale Jarrett 1993 1996 2000        
3 Jeff Gordon 1997 1999 2005        
2 Bill Elliott 1985 1987          
2 Sterling Marlin 1994 1995          
2 Michael Waltrip 2001 2003          
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2004 2014          
2 Jimmie Johnson 2006 2013          
2 Matt Kenseth 2009 2012          

 

  • A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty(1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).

 

  • Active Daytona 500 winners and the number of MENCS starts in their careers when they won: 
No. of Wins Drivers Seasons Career Start
2 Michael Waltrip 2001 463
2003 535
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2004 148
2014 506
2 Jimmie Johnson 2006 148
2013 400
2 Matt Kenseth 2009 329
2012 437
1 Kevin Harvick 2007 215
1 Ryan Newman 2008 225
1 Jamie McMurray 2010 259
1 Trevor Bayne 2011 2
1 Joey Logano 2015 220
1 Denny Hamlin 2016 363
  • The Daytona 500 has been won from the pole position nine times; Bill Elliott (1985, 1987) and Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984) are the only two drivers to accomplish the feat more than once. Dale Jarrett was the most recent driver to win from the pole in 2000.
Season Driver
1962 Fireball Roberts
1966 Richard Petty
1968 Cale Yarborough
1980 Buddy Baker
1984 Cale Yarborough
1985 Bill Elliott
1987 Bill Elliott
1999 Jeff Gordon
2000 Dale Jarrett
  • The pole position is the most proficient starting position in the Daytona 500 field, producing more winners (nine) than any other position; followed by second-place (seven wins) and fourth-place (seven wins).
  • 16 of the 58 Daytona 500s (27.6%) have been won from the front row; nine from the pole position and seven from the second-place position.
  • 28 of the 58 Daytona 500s (48.3%) have been won from a top five starting position.
  • 42 of the 58 Daytona 500s (72.4%) have been won from a top 10 starting position
  • Five of the 58 Daytona 500s (.08%) have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • Matt Kensethwon the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.
  • Five reigning Monster Energy Cup Series champions have gone on to win the Daytona 500 the following season: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett(2000).
Five Drivers Have Won the Daytona 500 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship

In The Same Season

 
 
Drivers Seasons        
Richard Petty 1964 1971 1974 1979  
Jimmie Johnson 2006 2013      
Lee Petty 1959        
Cale Yarborough 1977        
Jeff Gordon 1997        
  • A driver has swept both the Daytona 500 and the July race only five times at Daytona International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison(1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).
  • Seven drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first Daytona 500 victory: Dale Earnhardt(19), Buddy Baker (18), Darrell Waltrip (16), Bobby Allison (14), Michael Waltrip (14) and Sterling Marlin (12) and Denny Hamlin (11).
  • The driver with the all-time most Daytona 500 starts without a victory is Dave Marciswith 33 races; Kurt Busch (15) and Kasey Kahne (13) lead all active drivers with the most Daytona 500 starts without a Daytona 500 win.  

 

  • Drivers who have won the Daytona 500 in more than one car manufacturer:

Driver – Manufacturer (Number of wins in that manufacturer)

o   Richard Petty – Plymouth (3), Dodge (2), Oldsmobile (1) and Buick (1)

o   Cale Yarborough – Chevrolet (2), Mercury (1) and Pontiac (1)

o   Bobby Allison – Buick (2) and Ford (1)

o   Dale Jarrett – Ford (2) and Chevrolet (1)

 

  • Drivers who have won The Clash and the Daytona 500 in the same season:

Driver – (Year)

o   Bobby Allison (1982)

o   Bill Elliott (1987)

o   Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)

o   Jeff Gordon (1997)

o   Denny Hamlin (2016)

 

  • Car Numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:

Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

o   No. 43 – Richard Petty (1964, ’66, ’71, ’73, ’74, ’79, ‘81)

o   No. 21 – Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)

o   No. 28 – Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992)

o   No. 4 – Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)

o   No. 15 – Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)

o   No. 17 – Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)

o   No. 88 – Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014)

o   No. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)

o   No. 11 – Mario Andretti (1967), Cale Yarborough (1977) and Denny Hamlin (2016)

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • Dale Earnhardtleads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five; Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with four (Earnhardt Jr. is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for second most all-time with four).
  • Dale Earnhardt had 12 top fives in his 23 Daytona 500 starts, more than any other driver. 
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-five finishes with eight (Earnhardt Jr. is tied with Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison andBuddy Baker for fifth most-all-time).
  • Dale Earnhardt and Richard Pettyeach posted a series leading 16 top 10s in the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-10 finishes with 10.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.leads all active drivers in average finishing position in the Daytona 500 with a 13.5 (17 appearances)

 

Female Competitors

  • Danica Patrick on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2013 became the first female in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history to win a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500 posting a speed of 196.434 mph.
  • Janet Guthriepreviously held the record for top starting position by a female NASCAR premier series driver, starting ninth twice in 1977 – at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977.
  • In 2012, Danica Patrickbecame the third female driver to compete in a Daytona 500 joining Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson. Below are the previous female driver performances in the Daytona 500.
Race Season Driver Start Finish
Daytona 500 1977 Janet Guthrie 39 12
Daytona 500 1980 Janet Guthrie 18 11
Daytona 500 2002 Shawna Robinson 36 24
Daytona 500 2012 Danica Patrick 29 38
Daytona 500 2013 Danica Patrick 1 8
Daytona 500 2014 Danica Patrick 27 40
Daytona 500 2015 Danica Patrick 20 21
Daytona 500 2016 Danica Patrick 16 35

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Daytona 500 Tidbits

Daytona 500 Tidbits

  • The 2017 edition will be the 59th running of the Daytona 500.
  • Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.

 

 

Starts

  • 536 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 321 in more than one.
  • Dave Marcisleads the series all-time in Daytona 500 starts with 33; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (32) and Terry Labonte (32).
  • Michael Waltrip leads all active MENCS drivers in Daytona 500 starts with 29; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17) and Matt Kenseth (17).
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with more than one start in the Daytona 500 in average starting position (5.89).
  • 12 different manufacturers have made at least one start in the Daytona 500: Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Toyota, Plymouth, Mercury, Chrysler, American Motors Company and Studebaker

 

 

Poles

  • 40 different drivers have won a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; led byBill Elliott, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker with four each.
  • Only nine drivers have posted more than one Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; Jimmie Johnson(two) is the only active driver with more than one Daytona 500 pole.
  • Chase Elliottbecame the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 17 days with his pole last season.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 Daytona 500 poles, the series most: Ken Schrader(1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008), Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011) and Chase Elliott (2016).
  • Seven different manufacturers have won the pole for the Daytona 500, led by Chevroletwith 24; followed by Ford (12), Pontiac (eight), Mercury (five), Dodge (four), Oldsmobile (three), Plymouth (two).

 

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CAN-AM DUELS LINE UP

DUEL 1 LINEUP
Starting position Driver Team
1. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
2. Brad Keselowski Team Penske
3. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
4. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
5. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
8. Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing
9. Joey Logano Team Penske
10. Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
11. Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing
12. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
13. Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports
14. Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports
15. Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing
16. Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing
17. Brendan Gaughan* Beard Motorsports
18. Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports
19. Reed Sorenson* Premium Motorsports
20. Joey Gase BK Racing
21. Corey LaJoie* BK Racing
DUEL 2 LINEUP
Starting position Driver Team
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
2. Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing
3. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
4. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports
5. Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing
6. Ty Dillon Germain Racing
7. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
8. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
9. Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing
10. Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing
11. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
12. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing
13. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
14. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing
15. Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing
16. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports
17. Michael Waltrip Premium Motorsports
18. Elliott Sadler* Tommy Baldwin Racing
19. D.J. Kennington* Gaunt Brothers Racing
20. Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group
21. Timmy Hill* Rick Ware Racing

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