Nascar - Nationwide DRIVE4COPD 300 Live Streaming
The 2013 Nationwide Series season begins with the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. This will be the 32nd season of NASCAR's second-tier series.
The 300-mile season-opener in Nationwide has been held at Daytona each year since the inception of the series in 1982. Dale Earnhardt won the first race of NASCAR's new national touring series that year, taking the checkered flag for the Goody's 300. Earnhardt holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Daytona with seven. He won five in a row there from 1990-95.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart have the second most Nationwide wins at Daytona with six each. Both drivers are entered in this weekend's race. Earnhardt Jr. had three consecutive victories in the spring event there from 2002-04, while Stewart won this race consecutively from 2005-06 and then 2008-11. Stewart's first career victory in the series came at Daytona in '05.
James Buescher won last year's DRIVE4COPD 300. Buescher avoided a big wreck on the frontstretch and then miraculously pulled ahead of the field on the final lap before NASCAR displayed the caution flag to end the race. He was running in the 11th position when he came out of turn four on the penultimate lap. He drove down the track to avoid the multi-car wreck and then moved into the lead. It took NASCAR race officials a couple of minutes to review the running order after they issued the caution. Buescher was declared the winner, as he claimed his first win in a NASCAR national touring series race. He is not entered in this year's event.
The 2012 spring race at Daytona featured a then track record 38 lead changes among 16 different drivers. When the series returned to Daytona in July, 41 lead changes occurred in the 250-mile event.
Joe Nemechek holds the record for most Nationwide poles at Daytona with five. One year ago, Danica Patrick won the pole for the Nationwide race there, becoming just the second female to earn the top starting position for an event in the series. Shawna Robinson first did it in March 1994 at Atlanta. Patrick has competed in five Nationwide races at Daytona, with an average starting position of 6.0, which is best among those entered for this year's event.
On Sunday, Patrick made NASCAR history by becoming the first woman to win a pole for a race in its premier series (Sprint Cup). Patrick grabbed the top starting position for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 with a qualifying lap at 196.434 mph.
Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Daytona occurred in Feb. 2011. Stewart nipped Clint Bowyer to the finish line by only 0.007 seconds. The greatest margin of victory for a Nationwide event there happened in Feb. 2007. Kevin Harvick beat Dave Blaney to the line by just 0.460 seconds.
Those drivers entered in this race that made their first career start in Nationwide at Daytona include: Stewart (1996), Patrick (2010), Robert Richardson Jr. (2007) and Johanna Long (2012).
The next Nationwide Series race is the March 2 Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Elliott Sadler is the defending race winner.