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Fans to decide lineup for Sprint Unlimited

February 11, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

The Sprint Unlimited grid vote

Options include career wins, 2012 point standings or order of '12 pole wins

Will it be an all Hendrick Motorsports front row of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson when this year’s The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona gets under way under the lights at Daytona International Speedway?

Will it be Johnson and teammate Kasey Kahne?

Or will Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards and Michael Waltrip Racing’s Mark Martin lead the field to the green flag when the Feb. 16 race ushers in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season?
 
This year, the fans at the track will decide.

The starting order of the field for the Sprint Unlimited will be determined by fan vote, and fans must be on-site to participate.
 
According to DIS officials, votes may be cast at any one of four Daytona Rewards Stations, located in the midway outside Turn 4, in theSprint Fan Zone, at the Daytona Ticket & Tours building as well as at the Gate 8 Pedestrian Bridge.
 
Information for those who prefer to text their vote will be made available and promoted on the property the day of the race.
 
Voting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET and end at 4 p.m. on race day.
 
The three voting options to determine the lineup are: setting the field based on each driver’s career win total; the final 2012 point standings; or at what point in the season the driver won his pole to qualify for this year’s race.
 
Johnson, a five-time Cup champion, would start on the front row if fans choose either of the first two options. He would start second since only Gordon has more career wins (87-60), but would start on the pole based on his third-place points finish in 2012. Defending Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski and runner-up Clint Bowyer are not eligible for this year’s race.
 
But if fans opt for choice No. 3, setting the lineup based on when the drivers won their pole to qualify, Johnson would start the race 11th in what is expected to be a 19-car field.
 
And Edwards, who would start as far back as 12th under the first two scenarios, would line up first, based on his Daytona 500 pole effort of a year ago.

Martin, whose first of four poles last year came in the series’ second race the following week at Phoenix, would start from the No. 2 position.
 
In addition to determining the starting order, fan vote will also determine the race format (how many laps make up each of the three segments); pit stop strategy following the first segment (no stop, a two- or four-tire change); and elimination of entries following the second segment (none, two, four, or six cars eliminated).
 
The race format vote will close Feb. 13. Voting for the remaining format options close the day of the race. The vote to determine the starting grid is the only vote limited to those on site.
 
Twenty-two drivers are eligible for this year’s race although three, Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte and AJ Allmendinger, are not currently on the entry list.
 
Potential starting lineup options for the 2013 The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona (eligible drivers won at least one pole in 2012 or are a previous winner of the event):
 

Based on career wins
Based on final 2012 driver point standings
Based on date of 2012 pole won (earliest to most recent)
1
Jeff Gordon (87)
1
Jimmie Johnson
1
Carl Edwards
2
Jimmie Johnson (60)
2
Kasey Kahne
2
Mark Martin
3
Tony Stewart (47)
3
Greg Biffle
3
Kasey Kahne
4
Bill Elliott (44)
4
Denny Hamlin
4
Greg Biffle
5
Mark Martin (40)
5
Matt Kenseth
5
Denny Hamlin
6
Matt Kenseth (24)
6
Kevin Harvick
6
Martin Truex Jr.
7
Kyle Busch (24)
7
Tony Stewart
7
AJ Allmendinger
8
Kurt Busch (24)
8
Jeff Gordon
8
Jeff Gordon
9
Denny Hamlin (22)
9
Martin Truex Jr.
9
Aric Almirola
10
Terry Labonte (22)
10
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10
Joey Logano
11
Kevin Harvick (19)
11
Kyle Busch
11
Marcos Ambrose
12
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19)
12
Carl Edwards
12
Jimmie Johnson
13
Carl Edwards (19)
13
Joey Logano
13
Matt Kenseth
14
Greg Biffle (18)
14
Marcos Ambrose
14
Kyle Busch
15
Kasey Kahne (14)
15
Aric Almirola
15
Juan Pablo Montoya
16
Ken Schrader (4)
16
Juan Pablo Montoya
16
Tony Stewart
17
Joey Logano (2)
17
Kurt Busch
17
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
18
Marcos Ambrose (2)
18
Mark Martin
18
Kevin Harvick
19
Juan Pablo Montoya (2)
19
AJ Allmendinger
19
Kurt Busch
20
Martin Truex Jr. (1)
20
Ken Schrader
20
Ken Schrader
21
Aric Almirola (0)
21
Terry Labonte
21
Terry Labonte
22
AJ Allmendinger (0)
22
Bill Elliott
22
Bill Elliott
 
• Note: In the event of a tie, the driver with the higher finishing position in the final 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings will be assigned the higher starting position.

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