Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner and is one of the eligible drivers for this year’s exhibition race. By leading 21 laps, Kenseth captured his first Sprint Unlimited win and the second for the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. Kenseth, a Wisconsin native, went on to win five Sprint Cup Series races and finished 15th in the final Sprint Cup Series standings.
While there are 25 drivers who are eligible for the non-points event, two of them will not be seen on the 2.5-mile track. With Tony Stewart injured and Jeff Gordon retired, their spots will be filled based on the 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver points standings. At the moment, the drivers eligible for the provisional spots are Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., David Ragan and Trevor Bayne.
To determine starting spots and pit selection for the race, selected fans were paired with crew chiefs for a random draw. The draw took place this afternoon in the Sprint FANZONE at the Alert Today Florida stage. Tomorrow's race will consist of two segments with a competition caution at lap 25.
Ones To Watch
-Kyle Larson begins the new season with a new crew chief. Larson lead the first Sprint Unlimited practice session in the No. 42 Chevrolet.
- Brian Vickers is subbing for Stewart in the No. 14 Mobil One Chevrolet in both the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500 events. Vickers himself has been on hiatus for health problems of his own for the past year.
- Martin Truex Jr. is last year’s runner up in the Sprint Unlimited. After a phenomenal rest of the 2015 season, he enters his third year with the Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing team. The No. 78 team also made a manufacturer switch from Chevrolet to Toyota during the offseason.
Start time for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona is 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 13. FOX (local), MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90 have the coverage.