Although both Dollar General Toyotas endured a tough race at Kentucky Speedway last week, the duo will be back in full force on Friday in Daytona. Brian Scott will be behind the wheel of his No. 11 Dollar General Camry and Denny Hamlin will again pilot the No. 18 Dollar General car. With 15 of 33 races on the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule completed, Joe Gibbs Racing has earned Dollar General three wins, five top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes with drivers Joey Logano, Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr.
MEET BRIAN SCOTT: Fans have two chances to meet Brian Scott at Daytona International Speedway this week. Scott will be signing autographs at the Dollar General merchandise hauler in the display area on Thursday, July 5 from 4:30-5 p.m. ET. He will join several of his fellow Nationwide Series competitors from 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 6 for a Nationwide Series autograph session in the Sprint Fan Zone in the Daytona infield.
DAYTONA SERVES AS DASH 4 CASH QUALIFIER: Series sponsor Nationwide Insurance launches their Dash 4 Cash program next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Friday’s 100 lap event at Daytona is the qualifier that determines the four Nationwide Series regulars who will be competing for the first of four $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonuses. The top-four finishing Nationwide Series points eligible drivers at Daytona will qualify for the bonus that will be offered to the highest-finisher of those four drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 14). The Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash continues at Chicagoland Speedway (July 22), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 28) and Iowa Speedway (August 4).
JOE GIBBS RACING AT DAYTONA: In 47 Nationwide Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing has three wins, 14 top-five finishes, 21 top-10 finishes, six poles and has led 363 laps in NASCAR’s second-tiered series. The Huntersville, N.C.-based organization’s most recent Nationwide Series win at the famed superspeedway was in July 2011 with driver Joey Logano.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 11 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Slim Jim, Nestle Drumstick, Gildan, Colgate, STP, Kraft Singles, Delsym, Hellmann’s, Today and Always, Glad and Viva will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota Camry this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
RACE INFO: The Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 6. Watch and listen live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Brian Scott on Daytona: “Daytona used to be a handling race. Now with a smoother surface with plenty of grip, it’s a chess match instead of a handling game. Avoiding trouble and getting yourself in the right position is key. You have to be there at the end of the race to get a good finish. I think you’ll see pack racing and two-car tandems on Friday. Personally, I prefer racing in bigger packs. We were taken out in the season opener at Daytona in a two-car tandem. I’m hoping we can come out of there unscathed Friday night and get ourselves locked in as a Dash 4 Cash contender for New Hampshire next week.”
Crew chief Kevin Kidd on Daytona: “The 11 team has had some bad luck on superspeedways so far, and we’re hoping to reverse that trend this weekend. We feel like JGR has the best Nationwide Series superspeedway program, based on results. We typically don’t focus on the lap speed of qualifying. We will make sacrifices to get the car to handle well in the draft. Typically when the green flag drops, our cars head to the front quickly and stay there. We put a lot of effort into racing well. Our goal this weekend is to finish. By racing smart, putting ourselves in good situations and ultimately a little bit of luck, we feel we can accomplish this. By finishing this race, you are almost assured a good finish, based on the nature and style of racing that Daytona is about.”