The NASCAR Xfinity surfs their way to Daytona Beach at Daytona International Speedway for their second trip of the year and the final super speedway race of the 2016 season. 43 drivers will be vying for 40 spots on Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250. Four drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be participating in double duty this weekend in Daytona. The Subway Firecracker 250 will be 100 laps and 250 miles.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series extends their travel schedule to Daytona Beach for the 50th time. There have ben 36 different pole winners with Dylan Kwasniewski as the youngest and LD Ottinger as the oldest. There have been 25 different race winners with Chase Elliott as the youngest and Bobby Allison as the oldest. Only four drivers have won from the pole. The most recent winner from the pole was in 2009 by Clint Bowyer. Geoff Bodine holds the race record with a speed of 157.137 mph set back in 1985. Tommy Houston holds the qualifying record with a speed of 194.389 mph set back in 1987.
In their weekly press releases, drivers talk about what it means to race at Daytona.
Bubba Wallace Jr stated, “Daytona is crazy and intense. We ran solid there in the spring and I’m ready to get back there this weekend with this LoudMouth Exhaust Mustang and see if we can get up front and get ourselves a win. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble and be there in the end.”
“I’m really looking forward to heading back to Daytona with this TradeMark Nitrogen Chevy. It’s always fun there, racing under the lights during Fourth of July weekend. We had a great car there in February, but didn’t quite get the finish we wanted. I’m ready to get there and try to get a win for this team and the members of the military that we’re honoring this weekend,” stated Justin Allgaier.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Points Leader, Daniel Suarez, states “I’m looking forward to Daytona and getting back behind the wheel of my Juniper Networks Camry this week. Track position is so important at Daytona. If you can qualify up front and stay up front, you can make it a little easier to avoid the big one. We have a great game plan heading in to the race and I’m looking forward to racing under the lights on Friday night at one of the best tracks on the circuit.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race and qualify on Friday. TV coverage of the Subway Firecracker 250 will be on NBC Sports Network at 7 pm. Motor Racing Network will have coverage at 7 pm.