NATIONWIDE Winn-Dixie 250

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Jul 2, 2008 - 1:40 PM
July 4, 2008
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Race 19 of 34 on Nationwide series circuit

Laps: 100
Track length: 2 1/2 miles
Race length: 250 miles

TV: ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Qualifying record: Tommy Houston, 194.389 mph (February 1987)
Race record: Geoffrey Bodine, 157.137 mph (February 1985)


Clint Bowyer
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2008 Earnings: $544,625

Scheduled to pull double duty in both the Sprint and Nationwide
series this season; took a gamble and stayed out during a rain
delay to win at Bristol; followed with second at Nashville and
third at Texas; sits atop the standings, 182 points ahead of
David Reutimann after finishing ninth at Loudon last week;
finished ninth at Kentucky; finished 19th at Atlanta after a
third at Las Vegas; started the year with a 25th at Daytona,
then rebounded with a ninth at California; ran a full Busch
series slate in 2005 and 2006, finishing second and third,
respectively, in the final standings; finished 12th last year
after running just 22 races, winning at Phoenix and Richmond;
ran fifth here last year.

Carl Edwards
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 60 Ford Fusion
2008 Earnings: $563,050

Won for the first time this year at Milwaukee, then followed up
with a fifth at New Hampshire; sits third in the standings, 188
points behind Bowyer; finished 20th at Kentucky; ran second at
Dover two weeks after running dead last at Darlington; was
fourth at Atlanta after being wrecked by Mark Martin at Las
Vegas, winding up 14th; opened defense of his series title with
a 10th at Daytona and fifth at California; clinched last
season's title at Texas, three races before the end of the
season; was the runner-up to Kevin Harvick two seasons ago;
despite late struggles still had a series-best 21 top-10
finishes and 15 top fives last season; led in the series
standings for 33 consecutive weeks prior to Daytona this year;
in 35 starts last season had four wins, trailing only Harvick,
who had six; ran 11th here last year; is running "double-duty"
slate again this season to defend his title.

Brad Keselowski
Team: JR Motorsports
Car: No. 88 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2008 Earnings: $607,889

Second-year driver followed up his first series win at Nashville
by running fourth at Kentucky and finishing eighth at Milwaukee;
dropped to third place in the standings after finishing 10th in
New Hampshire; through first 18 races has 10 top-10s and five
top-fives; finished third at Lowe's and posted consecutive
fourth-place finishes at Bristol and the first Nashville race;
has only three finishes of 20th or worse this season; finished
25th in points last season and third in Rookie of the Year
standings; joined Dale Earnhardt Jr's JR Motorsports team in
July last season; did not race in New Hampshire last season.

David Ragan
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 6 Ford Fusion
2008 Earnings: $438,745

Another driver who is running both series this year; finished
fifth at New Hampshire and remains fifth in the standings;
finished seventh at Kentucky; ran ninth at Daytona and 12th at
California to start the season, then posted a 10th at Las Vegas,
ran 16th at Atlanta and was eighth at Bristol; was eighth at
Texas and fifth at Phoenix; finished fourth at Richmond to jump
up two spots to fourth in the standings; had an impressive
rookie season, finishing fifth overall and winning the Raybestos
Rookie of the Year by 27 points over Marcos Ambrose; scored four
top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 2007, but also had eight
finishes of 30th or worse; finished 34th in this event last

David Reutimann
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
Car: No. 99 Toyota Camry
2008 Earnings: $490,110

Plans to run full "double-duty" schedule again in 2008 after
finishing second to Edwards in the standings last season; sits
second in the standings after running seventh at New Hampshire;
finished in 13th at Kentucky; started season with a 14th at
Daytona and ran fourth at California; ran 25th at Las Vegas,
10th at Atlanta and third at Bristol; last year had better
finishes than Edwards in 10 of the last 15 races and scored the
most points in the series after the midseason point; earned his
first series win at the second Atlanta race; finished with five
top-fives and 12 top-10s; finished 40th in this race last year.

2007 Top 10
1. Kyle Busch (5), Chevrolet
2. Kevin Harvick (21), Chevrolet
3. Dave Blaney (10), Toyota
4. Tony Stewart (18), Chevrolet
5. Clint Bowyer (2), Chevrolet
6. Kasey Kahne (9), Dodge
7. Reed Sorenson (41), Dodge
8. Casey Mears (24), Chevrolet
9. Jason Leffler (38), Toyota
10. David Gilliland (25), Ford

Past Champions
2007 Kyle Busch
2006 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2005 Martin Truex Jr.
2004 Mike Wallace
2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2002 Joe Nemechek

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