Drive4COPD 300 Preview

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

Every time the Nationwide Series rolls into Daytona, the drivers always put on a show. In the past few seasons, we’ve witnessed some of the greatest races and finishes at Daytona. Come Saturday, the drivers will be ready to battle it out on track in an attempt to get to victory lane in the opening race of the 2013 Nationwide Series season. Cup drivers in the field will look to take home the victory but, the Nationwide Series regulars will look to protect their turf and come home with the victory.

The Drive4COPD 300 will take place on Saturday February 23, 2013 and the green flag is scheduled to fly at 1:34 PM EST. The race will feature 120 laps and 300 miles. The weather forecast looks partly cloudy but, with high of 87 F and a low of 62 F which will make the track slick and therefore, the racing could be a bit more competitive. There is only a 10% chance of rain for the race. The race will be broadcasted on ESPN and a radio broadcast of the race can be heard on MRN. If this race is like the 2012 race was, we are in for a show and possibly even a surprise winner.

The 2012 Drive4COPD 300 featured many wrecks which resulted in a ton of torn up cars. James Buescher won the race after a massive last lap pile-up in turn four allowed Buescher to go from tenth to the lead in turn four. Buescher was able to get back to the line first and score his first win in one of NASCAR’s top three series. Going into last year’s race, Danica Patrick was on the pole and the hype was surrounding her. But, she wrecked out of the race after getting a hit from behind by her own teammate. Many Cup regulars were featured in last year’s race and many of the same will be returning this year to try and take the win on Saturday afternoon.

The Cup regular’s presence will definitely be heard during the race since many of them will be running up front and competing for win. Notable Cup drivers who will be competing in the race include Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Michael McDowell, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch, Joe Nemechek and Dale Earnhardt Jr. All of those drivers are favorites to get to victory lane but, they’ll need to beat some of the bigger named Nationwide regulars including Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Elliot Sadler, Regan Smith, Sam Hornish Jr, Brian Vickers, Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson, Nelson Piquet Jr, Michal Annett, Travis Pastrana and Parker Kligerman. The field is definitely going to be competitive and you’ll have to tune-in Saturday to see who can take the checkered flag.

This could be one of the best Nationwide Series races of the year due to the fact that anyone can possibly win. The shortened field for the Nationwide Series this season (43 to 40 cars) will mean less start and park cars and more cars out on the track and competing for the win. Many drivers will be leading the race on Saturday but, whichever driver can put him or herself out front on the last lap, while coming to the checkered flag will probably take home the victory. The race will surely be wild and anything and everything will happen.

Event Schedule

9:00-9:50 AM EST (Thursday) Nationwide Series Practice, not televised

10:15-11:50 AM EST (Thursday) Nationwide Series Final Practice, televised on ESPN2

3:35 PM EST (Friday) Nationwide Series Qualifying, televised on ESPN2

1:15 PM EST (Saturday) Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300, televised on ESPN

Next Race- 3/2 Dollar General 200 Fueled By Amerigas at the Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona

By Jason Schultz

Entry List via

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 00 Jason White(i) JW Demolition 13 Toyota Melissa Sciavicco
2 1 Kurt Busch(i) GUY ROOFING 12 Chevy James Finch
3 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services 13 Chevy Johnny Davis
4 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 13 Chevy Richard Childress
5 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare 13 Chevy Richard Childress
6 4 Danny Efland TBA 13 Chevy Gene Vess
7 5 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 13 Chevy Rick Hendrick
8 6 Trevor Bayne Cargill Ford Mustang 13 Ford Jack Roush
9 7 Regan Smith Clean Coal 13 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt-Miller
10 8 Scott Lagasse Jr HybridLight / Boy Scouts of   America 12 Chevy Scott Lagasse
11 10 Jeff Green [PC2] TriStar Motorsports 13 Toyota Mark Smith
12 11 Elliott Sadler One Main 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
13 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Ford Roger Penske
14 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 13 Toyota Mark Smith
15 15 Juan Carlos Blum TBA 13 Ford Rick Ware
16 18 Matt Kenseth(i) GameStop Turtle Beachw 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 19 Mike Bliss G-Oil 13 Toyota Mark Smith
18 20 Brian Vickers Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
19 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 12 Ford Roger Penske
20 23 Robert Richardson Jr Stalk It-World Ventures 13 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
21 24 Blake Koch I Am Second/Salt Life 13 Toyota Jason Sciavicco
22 27 Michael McDowell(i) Support Military 13 Toyota Derek White
23 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Worx 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
24 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 13 Chevy Steve Turner
25 32 Kyle Larson Clorox 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
26 33 Tony Stewart(i) Oreo-Ritz 13 Chevy Richard Childress
27 34 Danica Patrick(i) 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
28 40 Reed Sorenson 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 41 Donnie Neuenberger TBA 13 Chevy Rick Ware
30 43 Michael Annett Pilot 13 Ford Richard Petty
31 44 Hal Martin American Custom Yachts 13 Toyota Mark Smith
32 51 Jeremy Clements TBD 12 Chevy Tony Clements
33 52 Joey Gase Translife FL 13 Toyota Jimmy Means
34 54 Kyle Busch(i) [PC1] Monster 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
35 55 Jamie Dick Viva Motorsports 13 Chevy Jimmy Dick
36 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang 13 Ford Jack Roush
37 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 13 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
38 74 Mike Harmon TBA 13 Dodge Mike Harmon
39 77 Parker Kligerman Bandit Chippers 13 Toyota Kyle Busch
40 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt UPONOR 13 Ford Archie St Hilaire
41 85 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil 13 Chevy William Gerhart
42 87 Joe Nemechek Maddie’s Place 13 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr(i) [PC3] 13 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
44 89 Morgan Shepherd Hylands 12 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
45 92 Dexter Stacey Maddie’s Place 13 Ford Kristin Hamelin
46 99 Alex Bowman St. Jude Children’s Hospital 13 Toyota Robby Benton

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