SBD/February 24, 2012/NASCAR Season Preview

Hitting The Front Straightaway: Starting Grid And Primary Sponsors For Daytona 500

The following chart lists the primary sponsors for the 43 cars entered in Sunday's 54th Daytona 500.

INSIDE OUTSIDE
ROW 1
No. 99 Carl Edwards (Ford) No. 16 Greg Biffle (Ford)
Roush Fenway Racing Roush Fenway Racing
Fastenal 3M
ROW 2
No. 14 Tony Stewart (Chevy) No. 17 Matt Kenseth (Ford)
Stewart-Haas Racing Roush Fenway Racing
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Best Buy
ROW 3
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Chevy) No. 78 Regan Smith (Chevy)
Hendrick Motorsports Furniture Row Racing
Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Furniture Row/CSX
ROW 4
No. 9 Marcos Ambrose (Ford) No. 48 Jimmie Johnson (Chevy)
Richard Petty Racing Hendrick Motorsports
Stanley Lowe's
ROW 5
No. 31 Jeff Burton (Chevy) No. 33 Elliott Sadler (Chevy)
Richard Childress Racing Richard Childress Racing
Caterpillar General Mills/Kroger
ROW 6
No. 98 Michael McDowell (Ford) No. 20 Joey Logano (Toyota)
Phil Parsons Racing Joe Gibbs Racing
K-Love/Curb Records The Home Depot
ROW 7
No. 29 Kevin Harvick (Chevy) No. 18 Kyle Busch (Toyota)
Richard Childress Racing Joe Gibbs Racing
Budweiser M&M's
ROW 8
No. 22 A.J. Allmendinger (Dodge) No. 24 Jeff Gordon (Chevy)
Penske Racing Hendrick Motorsports
Shell/Pennzoil Drive To End Hunger
ROW 9
No. 7 Robby Gordon (Dodge) No. 39 Ryan Newman (Chevy)
Robby Gordon Motorsports Stewart-Haas Racing
Mapei/Menards/Speed Energy U.S. Army/Quicken Loans
ROW 10
No. 1 Jamie McMurray (Chevy) No. 5 Kasey Kahne (Chevy)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Hendrick Motorsports
Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boots Farmers Insurance
ROW 11
No. 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Ford) No. 55 Mark Martin (Toyota)
Roush Fenway Racing Michael Waltrip Racing
Ford EcoBoost Aaron's Dream Machine
ROW 12
No. 2 Brad Keselowski (Dodge) No. 26 Dave Blaney (Chevy)
Penske Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
Miller Lite Ollie's Bargain Outlet
ROW 13
No. 34 David Ragan (Ford) No. 56 Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota)
Furniture Row Motorsports Michael Waltrip Racing
Scorpion Truck Bed Liners Napa Auto Parts
ROW 14
No. 43 Aric Almirola (Ford) No. 51 Kurt Busch (Chevy)
Richard Petty Racing Phoenix Racing
Smithfield HendrickCars.com
ROW 15
No. 10 Danica Patrick (Chevy) No. 15 Clint Bowyer (Toyota)
Stewart-Haas Racing Michael Waltrip Racing
Go Daddy 5-hour Energy
ROW 16
No. 11 Denny Hamlin (Toyota) No. 47 Bobby Labonte (Toyota)
Joe Gibbs Racing JTG Daugherty Racing
FedEx Express Kroger
ROW 17
No. 38 David Gilliland (Ford) No. 87 Joe Nemechek (Toyota)
Front Row Motorsports NEMCO Racing
MHP Power Pak Pudding AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves
ROW 18
No. 42 Juan Montoya (Chevy) No. 13 Casey Mears (Ford)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Germain Racing
Target Geico
ROW 19
No. 27 Paul Menard (Chevy) No. 93 David Reuttiman (Toyota)
Richard Childress Racing BK Racing
Peak/Menards Burger King
ROW 20
No. 83 Landon Cassill (Toyota) No. 21 Trevor Bayne (Ford)
BK Racing Wood Brothers Racing
Burger King Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center
ROW 21
No. 26 Tony Raines (Ford) No. 30 David Stremme (Toyota)
Front Row Motorsports Inception Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports Inception Motorsports
ROW 22
No. 32 Terry Labonte (Ford)  
FAS Lane Racing  
C&J Energy  
   

SPOT FOR SALE? YAHOO SPORTS' Jay Busbee reported Robby Gordon after racing his way into the Daytona 500 Thursday during the Gatorade Duels "offered his spot in the race" to Michael Waltrip's No. 40 Aaron's Toyota. Gordon during a press conference "conceded that his team was facing tough economic times." He said, "We're in a bad state right here. It's tough. It's really, really tough." He later said in the garage, "Everything's for sale!" NASCAR Senior Dir of Communications for Competition Kerry Tharp said that he "couldn't recall a similar incident where an owner sold his spot to another driver, but agreed that it was doable in theory." A Waltrip spokesperson indicated there were "no plans for this at the moment" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/23).
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