Open Race Thread: NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola | Daytona International Speedway

All business for the Go Daddy driver this weekend. DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 05: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com/NASCARUnitesAnAmericanSalute Chevrolet, stands next to her car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ah, Daytona in July - gotta love it! The beaches, the sun kissed girls in bikinis (the bikini was first revealed in Paris this week in 1946 in case you're interested), and, oh ya, racing!

I've always looked forward to the racing at Daytona every year. Whether its in February or July, it doesn't matter, the racing is almost always good.

I'm thinking this race could be the turning point for several Nationwide drivers, depending on what kind of runs they have on the 2.5-mile track. Essentially, if you're in the top five, or sitting in and around the bottom end of the top 35 this race could be a big point maker, or point taker for you since the cars are a little more equal here than at other tracks. This is a by-product of the restrictor plate of course, that great equalizing metal plate that restricts air flow into the engine thereby choking the car and limiting it's horsepower.

Look for good runs by Patrick, Dillon, Stenhouse Jr. and any Cup driver. If luck doesn't nip her in the butt, I expect to see Danica with a top 5 tonight, but she hasn't had much luck here as of late. Last time Danica raced here whe was wrecked by her own teammate, Cole Witt, while they were tandem drafting.

The heat may play an important role in tonight's race too, with these cars running so close in the tandem draft the back car is going to overheat faster than back in February. I'm thinking there might be a little more pack racing tonight, at least until it cools off a bit or once we get within the last 30 laps of the race - then it will be go for broke time!


Since I don't know if I'm going to be home in time to get the starting order up I've put the qualifying order up instead. You can fin that after the jump. See you in the comments after the start of the race.

ORDER CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR
1 52 Joey Gase* Chevrolet My Three Sons Vending
2 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
3 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com
4 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Curry's Roofing / USS James E. Williams DDG 95
5 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
6 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank
7 39 Josh Richards Ford Joy
8 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports
9 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap
10 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil / Noah's Light Foundation
11 44 Mike Bliss Toyota BanditChippers.com
12 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
13 136 Bobby Santos III Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
14 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General
15 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Hantz Bank / Gulf Coast Loss Prevention
16 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt
17 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink
18 108 Bryan Silas Ford Randy Hill Racing
19 82 Blake Koch Dodge SilverSaver.com
20 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet North Texas Pipe
21 41 Timmy Hill Chevrolet Poynt.com
22 124 Casey Roderick* Toyota West Virginia Miners
23 15 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford TobaccoFreeFlorida.com / Nuts Off
24 199 John Wes Townley Toyota Barberitos
25 81 Jason Bowles* Toyota American Majority
26 70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet WishForOurHeroes.org
27 38 Brad Sweet* Chevrolet Great Clips
28 30 James Buescher Chevrolet Ron Jon Surf Shop / Quicksilver
29 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services
30 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM-FM Energy / D.A.B. / T.S.A.
31 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial
32 18 Joey Logano Toyota Sport Clips
33 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J
34 3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum
35 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem / Menards
36 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Wurth
37 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire
38 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com / NASCAR Unites "An American Salute"
39 88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet Degree Men / Winn-Dixie
40 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com
41 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy
42 20 Clint Bowyer Toyota Dollar General
43 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford NOS Energy Drink

* Denotes Rookie

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