Daytona 500 Snapshot
February 23, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
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What: 56th annual Daytona 500
Where: Daytona International Speedway
When: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Distance: 500 miles/ 200 laps
Average Race Time: 3:22:13
Fuel Window: 42 laps
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Caution Car Speed: 70 mph
Minimum Speed: 50.51 seconds
Driver Introductions: 12:30 p.m.
Remove Generators/Service Tire Pressure: 12:45 p.m.
Invocation: 1:10 p.m. by Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church of South Daytona
National Anthem: 1:11 p.m. by Aloe Blacc
Command: 1:18 p.m. by "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" star Chris Evans
Green Flag: 1:30 p.m. waved by actor Gary Sinise
On The Front Row: Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet (196.019 mph); Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet (195.852 mph).
Notable: The Daytona 500 pole is the first Coors Light Pole Award for Dillon and came in his 14th career attempt. … At 23 years, nine months and 21 days, he is the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner. … The Daytona 500 has been won nine times from the pole, most recently in 2000 (Dale Jarrett).
To The Back: Nine drivers will drop to the back of the field before the start of today's race, including No. 2 qualifier Truex Jr. Others are Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, David Ragan (backup cars); Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte (engine changes).
Notable II: Officially, the deepest in the field a Daytona 500 winner has started is 39th (Matt Kenseth, 2009).
Defending Daytona 500 Winner: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.
Notable III: Only three drivers, Richard Petty (1973-'74), Cale Yarborough ('83-'84) and Sterling Marlin ('94-'95) have won back-to-back Daytona 500 titles.
Budweiser Duel Winners
Race No. 1
Winner: Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota).
Who Raced Their Way In: Cole Whitt, Parker Kligerman (Swan Racing Toyota), Alex Bowman (BK Racing Toyota).
Who Failed To Transfer: Michael McDowell (LFR Ford), Joe Nemechek (Nemco Motorsports Toyota).
Race No. 2
Winner: Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota).
Who Raced Their Way In: Landon Cassill (Hillman Racing Chevrolet), Bobby Labonte (HScott Motorsports Chevrolet), Terry Labonte (Go FAS Racing Ford).
Who Failed To Transfer: Ryan Truex (BK Racing Toyota), Morgan Shepherd (BK Racing Toyota), Eric McClure (Front Row Motorsports Ford).
Fastest In Practice
First Practice: Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet (195.042 mph).
Second Practice: Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet (195.346 mph).
Third Practice: AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet (199.574 mph).
Fourth Practice: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota (199.574 mph).
Fifth Practice: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford (197.027 mph).
Sixth Practice: Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet (197.624 mph).
Former Daytona 500 Winners In Field:
Jimmie Johnson (2013; '06); Matt Kenseth (2012; '09); Trevor Bayne (2011); Jamie McMurray (2010); Ryan Newman (2008); Kevin Harvick (2007); Jeff Gordon (2005, '99, '97); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004); Michael Waltrip (2003; '01).
Fantasy Sleeper Pick (powered by Rotowire.com) : Austin Dillon: With the return of the No. 3 Chevrolet to action in NASCAR's top division comes a lot of pressure, but Dillon can handle it. The young driver has three career top-five finishes in four Nationwide Series starts at Daytona International Speedway. Richard Childress Racing has prided itself on its restrictor-plate racing program for years, so Dillon has home run potential in this race. (Click here for more fantasy advice or to sign up for NASCAR Fantasy Live.)