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5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer will get his first taste of drafting in race conditions at Daytona during Wednesday’s two practice sessions and in the second 150-mile Duel on Thursday. The two Duel races set the 43-car field for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Despite finishing second in the 2012 points, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver did not qualifying for last Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited because he didn’t win a pole during the season. Bowyer spent Saturday watching the dirt late model teams he owns race in Tampa. He also watched the Unlimited on television to learn what he could about NASCAR’s new Gen-6 cars on the Daytona high-banks.

Bowyer tweeted:

“I have officially reset my 2013 goals … win a damn pole, this sucks!!!”

QUOTES

ON WATCHING THE SPRINT UNLIMITED: “I didn’t enjoy watching the Sprint Unlimited on TV. I know that I didn’t win a pole and I didn’t earn my spot in that race, but watching everyone else strap in and go for broke when you’re watching on TV is not my idea of a good time. I am going to have to fix that for next year and make sure we get our chance to race. When cars are going around Daytona - I want to be in one of those cars.”

ON DUEL No. 2: “We qualified about how I expected we would based on our practice times, so I’m good with that. It put us in a pretty good position. We are racing in the second duel with our teammate Mark Martin and I think we’ll do just fine. We’ll run our race, learn as much as we can and get a good starting spot for the Daytona 500.”

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Justin Lofton and the No. 6 MadVapes (www.MadVapes.com) Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team are excited about the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. 

After a strong 2012 season, Lofton and ESR are primed to run for more wins and poles in 2013. Crew Chief/Engineer Eddie Troconis returns to the top of the box but with the addition of new team personnel over the off season, the No. 6 MadVapes team is confident they have put everything in place to make a powerful statement this week at the Daytona International Speedway.  

 

Same team, new sponsor, new look: Lofton returns to NCWTS competition for the fourth straight year in 2013. His return to Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) with new sponsor MadVapes (www.MadVapes.com), a leader in electronic cigarettes, parts and accessories. 

 

Justin Lofton Quotes..."I am really excited about 2013, my crew chief Eddie (Troconis) put together a great team. We basically rebuilt everything; from the trucks, the guys on the team, to our pit crew," Lofton said. "This is going to be a fun year. We have good group with a lot of experience and with the support from MadVapes, Chevrolet and Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, we have everything we need to run up front."

 

On what to expect in Daytona: When he takes the green flag this Friday for the NextEra Energy Resources 250, Lofton will be making his fourth career truck start at the famed 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. In 2012 Lofton finished 3rd, respectfully.  

 

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QUIROGA AND NET10 WIRELESS JOIN RED HORSE RACING: 
The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year title is what Germán Quiroga is aiming to earn by season's end. The Mexico City, Mexico native will enter in only his seventh Truck Series event behind the wheel of the No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing at the 2.5-mile high banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Quiroga will pair with crew chief Dan Stillman for the 2013 Truck Series schedule.
 
Quiroga got his first experience in Superspeedway racing in 2012 when he competed in the Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in October. The 32-year-old driver collected his first top-10 finish, with a career-high eighth-place finish.
 
NET10 WIRELESS: NET10 Wireless will join Quiroga at Red Horse Racing as primary sponsor of the No. 77 Toyota Tundra for (12) races this season. The no contract cell phone leader will remain as associate sponsor for the remaining 10 races. For more information on NET10 Wireless visit www.NET10Wireless.com.

CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 77 team will race at Daytona International Speedway with chassis No. 012. Brand new to the Red Horse Racing stable, Quiroga and chassis No. 012 will both make their debut during practice on Thursday.

Germán Quiroga talks about Daytona International Speedway: 
What are your expectations as a competitor racing at Daytona for the very first time? 
"This is the year that we have to get results and achieve goals. For sure, one of the first goals is to finish all the races. In order to win, first you have to finish. I understand Superspeedways are very hard and you can't program yourself to what's going to happen. You have to be patient; I was able to learn that at Talladega. It was my first top-10 finish in a NASCAR sanctioned event. Instead of a top-10 finish, I am looking for a top-five finish and obviously a win.
 
"I am with the right team and the right equipment. When you have all the right pieces, results come easy. We are going to focus on being patient in the race and ultimately trying to be in the right position within the final 10 laps and hope for a good result."

When you think of Daytona, what does it mean to you? 
"It's one of the tracks that I want to win on. I went to the Rolex 24 at Daytona and just to be there is amazing. Everyone is very focused obviously. It's the biggest race of the year, so everyone has a lot of anticipation to get on track. For me, new driver, new team, this is what the season is going to be about."
 
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READY TO CONQUER, AGAIN: After finishing second at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February last year and ending the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings in the runner-up position, Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra are ready to be up front and number one. Peters is anxious to get back on track, especially at a track where he claimed victory in 2010. 

 

Although superspeedway racing is known for the unknown, that's not the case for Peters, who has shown remarkable consistency in five starts garnering two top-five and three top-10 finishes. His worst finish at the 2.5-mile tri-oval is 12th, which he collected in his debut at the track in 2006. As a testimony to Peters' considerable driving skills, he has completed 100% of laps and led for 17 of them. With a record like this, Peters is an odds-on favorite to take Red Horse Racing to the winner's circle at Daytona International Speedway this Friday.

NEW FATHER: During the off season, Timothy and his wife, Sara, welcomed their first child, Brantley Tony Peters, into the world. Brantley was born on December 17th weighing 8 pounds 1 ounce and measuring 21 ¾ inches long. The new family is doing well.

ON THE PLUS: Parts Plus will serve as primary sponsor for Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Toyota Tundra at Daytona International Speedway. The Memphis-based warehouse distributor originated more than 56 years ago tracing back to a series of jobber programs. Since 2005, Parts Plus has been a member of the Automotive Distribution Network that has over 300 member distributors under five brand names and from over 400 separate warehouses across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information on Parts Plus and locations near you, visit PartsPlus.com.

CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra will utilize chassis No. 108 at Daytona International Speedway. In 2012, chassis 108 finished fifth at Talladega Superspeedway and second in February at Daytona with Peters behind the wheel. Peters finished 11th at Daytona in 2011.
 
Timothy Peters talks about Daytona International Speedway: 
Talk about your anticipation for 2013 and kicking off the year at Daytona. 
"It's always cool to go to Daytona and kick off the new year, especially after the season we had last year. I feel like that's a ton of motivation for our team to improve one spot in the championship standings. 
 
"We have a win and a second at Daytona, so I know we have a good speedway program and it gives you confidence heading into the first race of the season." 
 
What does Daytona mean to you as a driver? 
"I think what makes it special for me is when you combine the history of the place, the success we've had there and the fact that it's the first race of the season. The anticipation stored up in the off season adds to the excitement of being at the race track, starting a new year, trying to improve on what you did before. Experiencing success at that historic location just makes it kind of sentimental when you go back."
 
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WELCOME ABOARD: The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Season is one that Red Horse Racing driver John Wes Townley is eager to begin. The 23-year-old will enter his first full-time season behind the wheel of the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra with Red Horse Racing. Though the NextEra Energy Resources 250 will be Townley's debut in a truck at Daytona International Speedway, he has track experience in the Nationwide Series and the ARCA Racing Series to back him up.
 
Just last week, Townley captured his first win in ARCA leading the final nine laps at Daytona. Townley started the race from the pole position and never fell below the third position for the entire 80-lap race. In just four starts, Townley has earned three top-five and three top-10 finishes with an average finish of 4.8. His worst finish at the speedway is 11th. With veteran crew chief Mike Beam atop the pit box, Townley is looking to go back-to-back at the 2.5-mile speedway.

ZAXBY'S: Zaxby's has been indescribably good for over 20 years. John Wes Townley will compete with Zaxby's serving as primary sponsor for the entire 22 Truck Series race schedule. With over 565 locations in 13 states, Zaxby's offers an alternative to fast food with prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads, and Zappetizers. The Athens, GA based chain also provides a variety of sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. For more information, please visit Zaxbys.com, Facebook.com/Zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.
 
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra will run newly built chassis No. 011 at Daytona International Speedway. During the off season, the team was able to test this chassis at the wind tunnel. 
 
John Wes Townley talks about Daytona International Speedway:
How big of a confidence lift does your win in ARCA last weekend carry to this weekend in the Truck race?
"It's huge. I know there is a big difference from the cars to the trucks, but as far as confidence goes, it's a priceless thing. I couldn't be happier. Going into the race next weekend, you just have to be smart and wait it out till the end. That's when everything counts. We will go into it carrying momentum and I have all the confidence in the world with my team, Mike Beam and Chris Lambert (spotter). I think it's all going to come together this weekend and I hope it does."
 
What does Daytona mean to you as a driver? 
"I feel like I have to approach this race like every other race. It does have added pressure, especially after winning the Daytona ARCA race a few days ago. It's a big deal, a big track. But, starting out with a new team you want to go out there and have expectations that are attainable. The main goal is to go out there, get your bearings and get the truck season off to a good start. If we get an opportunity to go for the win, we'll take it."
 
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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Blake Koch received the positive news just two weeks ago that he would once again be behind the wheel of  the #24 Toyota Camry fielded by SR2 Motorsports based in Mooresville, North Carolina. In addition to full time competition in 2013, Koch announced today, three organizations which he will endorse this season; Crusader Staffing, Support Military.org and Finish A Winner.

Crusader Staffing, owned by Dell Hamilton Co-Owner of Sprint Cup team Hamilton/Means Racing, was the first primary sponsor that assisted Koch when he made his first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Crusader is a nationwide company that specializes in professionally managed warehouse labor. Since 2002 the company has been serving customers nationwide, providing a wide range of logistics services with a core specialty in loading and unloading of freight.

The company strives to be the preferred choice for managed labor and value added services by partnering with warehouses and distribution centers to reduce labor cost, increase productivity, increase safety and provide unmatched customer service.

"Crusader staffing is a very important company to me, they were the primary sponsor for my first ever Nationwide race and that will always be very special," said Koch. "They are an honest company that I am proud to represent."

Supportmilitary.org's mission is to link America to verified organizations that provide needed support to Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veterans and their families. The organization's goal is to connect a grateful nation through armed forces awareness and personal involvement. Supportmilitary.org provides a launch pad for turning awareness into action for individuals, businesses, non governmental agencies, community civil groups, local governments and faith based organizations in support of our uniformed services past and present.

Being a NASCAR driver allows Koch to reach beyond just the steering wheel each week. In his travels to and around each track he competes, Koch offers a high speed ministry to the sporting world's greatest fans, sharing his faith in nearly every town he visits each weekend by telling his story through Finish A Winner ministry.

Koch believes that God has a plan for everyone and that plan for Koch was to become a NASCAR driver and a voice of faith in the NASCAR community. Koch's strong faith and story has drawn much national attention including Fox News, CNN, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and numerous news agencies throughout the United States.

“We are so proud to have Blake represent Crusader Staffing, Supportmilitary.org and Finish A Winner,” said Dell Hamilton who is involved in each organization.  “His great talent, high moral standards and strong faith are an asset to everything we do,” Hamilton added.

Koch will make personal appearances, participate in awareness campaigns; meet with fans, clients and supporters for each organization.  Koch is a great talent on and off the track, reaching out to the community in his unique form of ministry and representing his team and sponsors with the greatest professionalism.

The 26 year old Florida native is excited to be back in Daytona this week with big expectations of the year to come."I'm really excited to be back with SR2 Motorsports," Koch said. "Our team chemistry is solid. We grew leaps and bounds last season and I'm optimistic that we'll continue that this year.  It will be an exciting platform for my new relationships with Crusader Staffing, Supportmilitary.org and Finish A Winner.”

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After a breakout 2012 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Parker Kligerman graduates to a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for 2013. Kligerman, whose resume includes five top-10 finishes across 18 career Nationwide Series starts, makes his KBM debut Saturday, driving the No. 77 Bandit Chippers Camry in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

 

In his second full-time campaign in the Camping World Truck Series, Kligerman emerged as one of NASCAR's top young drivers.  The 22-year-old registered his first career NASCAR victory at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October, captured two pole awards and finished fifth in the final Truck Series driver's point standings. He collected eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes overall in 2012 and blossomed after joining the Toyota Racing Family in the second half of the season. His Talladega victory, both poles and five of his eight top-five finishes came behind the wheel of a Tundra over the final 11 races of the season.

 

The Connecticut native also climbed behind the wheel of a Nationwide Series vehicle three times last season, finishing in the top 10 twice, including a career-best seventh-place finish in the July race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

 

Also graduating to the Nationwide Series in 2013 is the man who will call the shots for Kligerman, crew chief Eric Phillips. The Illinois native ranks second on the all-time wins list in the Truck Series with 28 trips to victory lane in his nine seasons atop the pit box. Phillips, who joined KBM for its inaugural Truck Series season in 2010, guided the team's flagship No. 18 Tundra to 17 victories, 8 poles, 38 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes across 72 starts. Under his guidance, KBM became the first team since the Truck Series originated in 1995 to capture the owner's championship in its inaugural season.

 

The two Truck Series graduates will be looking to build upon the late-season surge that KBM's Nationwide Series program showed in its inaugural season. KBM totaled 1 win, 3 poles, 15 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes en route to an eighth-place finish in the owner's point standings in 2012. The team recorded all three of its poles, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes over the last 13 races of the season.

 

With a Truck Series win on a superspeedway last season, Kligerman heads to Daytona with confidence in his ability to make moves in the draft. A win on graduation day, on NASCAR's biggest stage, would go a long way in proving that the talented youngster belongs as a full-time Nationwide Series driver.

 

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Coming off a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, Michael Annett heads to Daytona International Speedway looking to keep the momentum he found with the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford team last season.

 

The 26-year-old driver made eight starts at the famed, 2.5-mile race track and collected two top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish, his career-best, in the July event last season. Saturday's 400-mile event will give Annett his first opportunity to meet this season's goal to get to victory lane.

 

Fans will have the opportunity to see Annett at the Ford Display in the Midway area Saturday, February 23 when Annett stops by for a 15-minute question and answer session at 11 a.m.

 

Comments from Pilot Flying J Ford Fusion Driver Michael Annett:

 

"We had a lot of momentum last year and were very consistent in our performance and finishes. This year, we are looking to win. If we can win some races, we will be right there in the chase for the championship. The competition this year is very high which makes it even more important for our team to stay consistent but also win races. I have great chemistry with Philippe and the guys, so I think we can battle with the best of them.

 

"We had a third-place finish last summer and were running well in the season opening event before we got caught up in a late-race incident. I feel really good about our Daytona program and think that will show on the track on Saturday. I'm looking forward to starting the season with pretty much the same guys. I think that will definitely help us start off on the right foot."

 

Comments from Crew Chief Philippe Lopez on Daytona:

 

"We were really happy with our third-place finish last year with this car and over the off-season, have rebuilt the chassis exactly like we had last July. With Daytona, at the end of the day, it is in the driver's hands. Michael is very good at drafting, so I'm confident in our performance for our first race this season. Our team has stayed intact over the off-season, which will help us hit the ground running when we get to Daytona."

 

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Kyle Busch is back under a familiar roof with the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team, a shop where he earned 39 Nationwide Series victories along with three Owner’s Championships and a Driver’s Championship between the years 2010 and 2008.

Although sporting familiar colors in the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry, Busch’s team is a new unit under the watch of crew chief Adam Stevens. This week Busch will tackle once again the famed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (DIS), a 2.5-mile oval that offers the best of racing, the highs and lows of superspeedway action.

After starting from the 24th position in the 2012 NNS event, Busch worked his way through the field without incident, methodically building his position towards the front. The No. 54 Monster Energy Camry led two times for two laps that year, the last time on the final lap of the event. Although he could taste the checkered flag, Busch’s opportunity for victory was snatched away from him when a crash, that brought out the race-ending caution, caused damage to the black machine forcing Busch to finish 18th.

This week Busch looks to place himself back in the lead position for redemption, again on the final lap, but with a better end result. While last year he partnered with his brother NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch through the race, to maneuver the draft, we may see a new ‘dancing partner’ in his new JGR teammate, another NASCAR Champion, Matt Kenseth.

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