Friday, February 06, 2009

Daytona entry list comes in at 57

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Despite the tough economy, nobody ever really expected there to be a shortage of Sprint Cup cars for the Daytona 500. And there won't be one.
The final entry list for the Feb. 15 race came out Friday with 57 cars on it. That means 14 of them will not make the field for the 51st running of NASCAR's biggest event.
There will be 22 cars competing for eight open spots beyond the top 35. Time trials on Sunday will begin the process of determining who's in and who's out, but the lineup won't officially be set until after Thursday's Gatorade Duels.
Here's a list of the 22 go-or-go-home cars that are entered:
No. 08 Boris Said (Ford)
No. 09 Brad Keselowski (Chevrolet)
No. 14 Tony Stewart (Chevrolet) -- Stewart will be first in line for the former champion's provisional if needed.
No. 21 Bill Elliott (Ford)
No. 23 Mike Skinner (Chevrolet)
No. 27 Kirk Shelmerdine (Toyota)
No. 28 Travis Kvapil (Ford)
No. 36 Scott Riggs (Toyota)
No. 37 Tony Raines (Dodge)
No. 41 Jeremy Mayfield (Toyota)
No. 44 AJ Allmendinger (Dodge)
No. 46 Carl Long (Dodge)
No. 51 Kelly Bires (Dodge)
No. 57 Norm Benning (Chevrolet)
No. 60 James Hylton (Dodge)
No. 64 Geoff Bodine (Toyota)
No. 66 Terry Labonte (Toyota)
No. 71 Mike Wallace (Chevrolet)
No. 73 Mike Garvey (Dodge)
No. 75 Derrike Cope (Dodge)
No. 78 Regan Smith (Chevrolet)
No. 87 Joe Nemechek (Toyota)


Anonymous said...

Hey David,

How come on your radio show you can rant and rave about the top 35 points swapping, yet when Brian France is on you avoid that subject like the plague? Why dont you grow some balls next time, and voice your opinion to France like you would to your callers and your listeners.

Anonymous said...

Why even bother, France will duck and dodge the question so it's a waste of time to even bring it up.

Anonymous said...

Daytona Speedweeks is a mere shadow of what it use to be.
1. The Bud Shootout has out lived it's existence. It is no longer a worthy All Star event.
2. The Gatorade Duels are also useless now. It use to be exciting racing where 15 cars from each race were racing to get into the big show. NOW only two from each race get in from the duels.
Let's make Daytona Speedweeks a normal format race week - cut out the ten days and add another race at Las Vegas or Kentucky.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Brian France set the example and was the first in line for drug testing. Sumthin ain't quite right there - he does not project the image of a CEO or major league sports leader.

Holleracha said...

I was all worried about why the 98 instead of the famous 28; what about the economy etc. Then it happened. I saw a car go round de round!!!!!!! Nothing else matters any more!!!!!

Holleracha said...

NOTICE: first lap of the season lead bt a Richard Petty Motorsports car!!!

Anonymous said...

The RPM car led the first lap because that was only car on the track...RPM sucks!

Anonymous said...

Didnt Brian crash his car into a tree while he was drunk out of his tree??

Maybe he should be tested.

Richard in N.C. said...

Sure might be an interesting story to know why after all these years Kirk Shelmerdine is in a Toyota, not a Chevy.

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