Minute-by-Minute: Friday at Daytona

July 05, 2013, NASCAR.com

Minute-by-Minute: Friday at Daytona
Recap trackside updates from Friday night's 250-miler

10:05 p.m. ET: That's a wrap for tonight's Minute-by-Minute coverage from Daytona International Speedway. Check in for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT).

We'll leave you with one last shot from pro shutterbug Harold Hinson.

@HHinsonPhoto: . @mattkenseth wins the #SubwayFirecracker250 @DISupdates. @GameStopRacing @NykoTech @JoeGibbsRacing #nascar pic.twitter.com/LM7CnLaCWA

9:58 p.m. ET: Looks like career Nationwide win No. 27 for Matt Kenseth has another veteran's attention (Hint: they're now both sixth on the series' all-time win list):

@RCR31JeffBurton: @mattkenseth tied me for race wins. I guess I gotta go back Nationwide racing.

9:53 p.m. ET: The Dash4Cash field among Nationwide Series regulars for the next race at New Hampshire is set:

@NASCAR_NNS: Sadler automatically transfers to next #Dash4Cash race next week @NHMS along with A Dillon, Larson and Hornish. #NASCAR

9:49 p.m. ET: And it's a clean sweep for JGR as Elliott Sadler secures the Dash4Cash bonus of $100,000 from Nationwide Insurance with his third-place finish.

9:48 p.m. ET: Matt Kenseth brings it home first as -- amazingly -- the field from third on back crosses the stripe cleanly.

@JoeGibbsRacing: Matt Kenseth and @gamestopracing @NykoTech win at Daytona!!!! #NASCAR

9:46 p.m. ET: Kenseth and Buescher take the white flag 1-2 with a tangle behind them. A.Dillon drops from 2nd to 21st.

9:43 p.m. ET: Restart waved off because of discrepancies in the lineup -- they're still trying to get the running order set. One extra caution lap forces the event to a first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

9:41 p.m. ET: Red flag is lifted. One to go at the start-finish line; field will restart with 2 laps left.

9:37 p.m. ET: Good news after Travis Pastrana winced from a hard hit in turn 4. @Pastranat60Team: "Pastrana treated and released from infield care."

9:29 p.m. ET: Travis Pastrana among those involved. He exits his car with an "aw, shucks" gesture to the crowd.

@ESPNNASCAR: "Jason White gets back on his feet after a hard hit. Pastrana out of his car as well, frustration evident on his face."

9:28 p.m. ET: Multi-car crash in Turn 4 with four laps left. Officials stop the field on the backstraight for clean-up.

9:25 p.m. ET: Final restart shaping up to be a mess behind the lead few tandems.

@JoeGibbsRacing: Kenseth leads! #NASCAR 5 to go

9:21 p.m. ET: Trevor Bayne among several drivers cutting their cars on and off to save fuel. Brian Vickers, scored as the last car on the lead lap, pits to clean off the grill from his trip through the backstretch grass.

9:18 p.m. ET: 11 laps to go, and the caution flies for Mike Wallace's stalled No. 01 car.

@JOHANNALONG: "It's about to get good!!! #NASCAR"

9:15 p.m. ET: Matt Kenseth gets a push from James Buescher and the pair sits 1-2 on the leaderboard. Both are former Nationwide Series winners at Daytona.

9:10 p.m. ET: Right after the restart, Brian Vickers takes a backstretch grass excursion. No caution.

@JoeGibbsRacing: "Vickers gets hit and plows through the grass! Oh no. Grill is clogged, @DGRacing Toyota may have to pit. #NASCAR"

9:03 p.m. ET: Logano-Hornish, the pair of Penske drivers, reverse positions and leave pit road 1-2. A familiar order:

@penskeracing: "@SamHornish has been in p1 53 out of the 72 laps run @DISupdates."

8:59 p.m. ET: Pit road remains closed as clean-up continues near the pit entrance. A hint at the strategy?

@RCRracing: "2nd caution flies for fluid on track, pit road still closed while they put down speedy dry. Look for two tire and fuel only stops here."

8:55 p.m. ET: Reed Sorenson's engine expires, dropping fluid in turn 3 to bring out the race's second caution. Not everyone is thrilled at the field's chance to pit under yellow ...

@TeamRSorenson: Oh no!! RT: “@NASCARONFOX: Caution! Reed Sorenson's engine blows up. #NASCAR

8:53 p.m. ET: With 31 laps to go, if the race ended right now, the Nationwide Series standings would be in a dead heat with Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr.

8:49 p.m. ET: Penske's Fords still stout at the front of the pack, but as @JoeGibbsRacing points out: "The Busch brothers, or should I say Cole & Rowdy are now in tandem and going to the front! #NASCAR"

8:43 p.m ET: How that restart looked from the lens of former Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.:

8:37 p.m. ET: Halfway point. Sam Hornish Jr. hits pit road first, leaves pit road first, but ...

@dustinlong: "#NASCAR … Sam Hornish Jr. told they're "probably a few short'' of making it to the end on fuel. #AskMRN @MRNRadio"

8:33 p.m. ET: First caution period of the night, for debris, should shake up the complexion of the race and provide an intense restart.

8:30 p.m. ET: The champ weighs in on the brand of Nationwide Series racing on restrictor plate tracks:

8:24 p.m. ET: Pit stops shake out the field:

@JoeGibbsRacing: "New leader after pit stops: Brian Vickers in the @DGRacing Toyota! Going for $100k from @Nationwide in the Dash4Cash! #NASCAR"

@JRMotorsports: "20/7 combo back to the lead after pit stops. Closing on halfway."

@HeftyReynolds14: "Pitting without help hurt us."

@RCRracing: "At lap 36, @RCR3ADillon brings the No. 3 @advocare_com Chevrolet down pit road under green."

8:20 p.m. ET: Green flag pit stops starting now en masse:

@KyleLarsonRacin: "Larson is back up to 9th on lap 31. Team is close to making its first pit stop of the night. #NASCAR -PR"

8:15 p.m. ET: Field settling in on this initial green-flag run:

@JamesBuescher: "Working lap 24 here at @DISupdates. Only chatter on the radio is coming from the spotter. Currently P16"

8:11 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch pushing water hard, right after he radio-ed crew "I'm dropping the hammer!"

8:09 p.m. ET: Other cars dropping to the tail end of the pack early on:

@KBMTeam: "Lap 10 Parker P33 trying to find a dancing partner right now. #lonely pic.twitter.com/oJ2jDEO6C5"

8:04 p.m. ET: Roger Penske's Fords showing strength early on:

@PenskeRacing: "@SamHornish and @joeylogano charge their way to the front. Currently running 1,2 @DISupdates. #NASCAR."

8:00 p.m. ET: Strategy already coming into play for a front-row starter:

@Pastrana60Team: "As was the plan, Pastrana drops to the back of the pack. Currently P30 #RFRDRIVEN"

7:57 p.m. ET: Nationwide drivers eligible for the #Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus riding with blue spoilers this evening.

7:52 p.m. ET: Subway Firecracker 250 is under way. Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon recommends tuning in:

@JeffGordonWeb: If ur not tuned in to watch @ESPNNASCAR race then u don't like excitement, craziness and racing!

7:49 p.m. ET: Gentlemen, start your "Days of Thunder" references. According to @dcaraviello: "Spotter Steve Barkdoll is referring to Kurt Busch as 'Cole' over the radio."

7:45 p.m. ET: One more lap under the yellow flag before the start. Deals already being made for on-track partnerships in the spotters' stand.

7:39 p.m. ET: Race details from @NASCAR_NNS: Ready for tonight's #SubwayFirecracker250 at @DISupdates? We'll go 100 laps, 250 miles. Pit road speed 55 mph, caution car 70 mph. #NASCAR

7:36 p.m. ET: Pre-race ceremonies are complete. Here's the view where @MRNRadio's Mike Bagley will be calling the action on the backstretch:

"My view of the Superstretch tonight. @DISupdates @MRNRadio #AskMRN pic.twitter.com/tYetRRxOYA"

7:25 p.m. ET: Looks like one of our Sprint Cup regulars is watching tonight with a spotter's-eye vantage point. From @jpmontoya:

Hell of a view. #Daytona pic.twitter.com/JZt5DJRcHW

7:18 p.m. ET: Whoa. There's patriotism, and then there's this. Our own @_HollyCain snapped this pic of a star-spangled fan next to @TravisPastrana's always colorful No. 60:

7:06 p.m. ET: Some patriotic paint jobs on pit road as the starting grid shapes up and the #NASCARSalutes campaign winds down. From Turner Scott Motorsports (@TSMotorsports):

The No. 31 @TradeMarkNitro Chevy of @J_Allgaier is looking pretty sporty! pic.twitter.com/d4GnuPzmYc

7:01 p.m. ET: Race coverage has begun on ESPN and MRN as we prep for driver introductions.

6:56 p.m. ET: Tonight, tune in for Nationwide Series Race Buddy for bonus coverage with more camera views, in-cars, chat and more.

6:48 p.m. ET: For the latest tweets from our total team coverage from Daytona, give our NASCAR.com staff on site a follow: @KennyBruce, @_HollyCain, @dcaraviello and @CopaCavanna.

6:37 p.m. ET: The pole-winning car is pushed back to the Sprint Cup garage. From @NASCAR_TNT:

The 18 of @KyleBusch will lead the field tomorrow night in the #COKEZERO400. But who will win? pic.twitter.com/jUrFfbQejV

6:26 p.m. ET: Before we get going with the Nationwide Series, tune in for Press Pass live streaming video for post-qualifying news conferences. The media await Coors Light Pole Award winner Kyle Busch, who will take questions shortly.

6:20 p.m. ET: Welcome to Minute-by-Minute coverage of tonight's Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Daytona International Speedway. We'll keep you posted with the best from social media and around the Internet for the duration.