Coming into the white flag lap, it was a Busch brothers tandem pulling away from the pack. But Joey Logano paired with Trevor Bayne came closing in along the back straightaway, making their move into turn 3, and fans in the grandstands jumped out of their seats. The four were running side-by-side out of turn 4, and from behind came Tony Stewart trying to make a move. Joey Logano went for the block… and chaos ensued.
Who is John King?
That was the question everyone was asking at the end of Friday’s Next Era Energy 250 as the Tennessee native drove the #7 to Victory Lane for Red Horse Racing. It was understandable no one knew him – it was only King’s third career win, the other two coming in dirt late model and late model stock. But the rookie driver clinched the victory on a green-white-checkered finish in just his 7th truck start.
Celebration for Robby Gordon and the #7 team. Heart-breaking disappointment for driver-owner Michael Waltrip. And a frustrating final lap for Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick. This was the mood at the conclusion of the Gatorade Duels at Daytona on Thursday. The game plan for every team coming in was to make it if you had to, but by all means: don’t break it.
Ten of the 49 drivers running in the twin 150’s were vying for the final four spots in the Daytona 500.
In Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, 2011 Sprint Cup Runner-up Carl Edwards won the pole position in the #99 Fastenal Ford. His Roush Fenway teammate #16 Greg Biffle came in just behind him to clinch the outside pole position. Edwards posted the top lap speed of 194.738, and it is his first pole win for the 500.
Defending Daytona champion Trevor Bayne was able to secure his spot in NASCAR’s premier race by qualifying first of the drivers who were not already locked-in from last year’s top 35 owner’s points.
25 cars started the race. Only 10 crossed the finish line. The flames were high and the crashes frequent as pack racing made a comeback on the restrictor-plates at Daytona. In fact, only three drivers escaped the wreckage of the Bud Shootout untouched. But it was not the ones who survived the carnage unscathed that were the standouts in NASCAR’s all-star race. It was the one whose two wreck recoveries kept him in the race –
NASCAR’s David Reutimann now has a ride for next weekend’s Daytona 500 with BK Racing. A deal between Tommy Baldwin Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing had previously arranged for Danica Patrick and David Reutimann to share the #10 car for the season, with Patrick taking 10 big races including the Daytona 500.
Reutimann will still race the other 26 races of the season for the TBR/SHR #10 alliance, but for the 500, he will compete against Patrick as he drives the #93 Toyota for the team who took over the remnants of the disbanded Red Bull Racing team.
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A recently announced alliance between Tommy Baldwin Racing & Stewart-Haas Racing has secured a 26-race ride for Reutimann – one which he’ll be sharing with Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick. The goal of the deal was to lock Patrick into a qualifying position for the first 5 races of 2012.
Tommy Baldwin Racing’s David Blaney had accumulated the owner’s points Stewart-Haas was searching for in order to put them in the top 35 (33rd) where those 5 starts are secured.