February 20, 2011
JR MOTORSPORTS RACE REPORT: Daytona
The Boss Leads Team JRM at Daytona
Patrick Makes History in Go Daddy Chevrolet; Engine Woes Damper Almirola’s Season Debut
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2011) – The newly resurfaced Daytona International Speedway introduced a new form of drafting in Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 with two-car tandems battling for the lead for the entirety of the race. The ultra smooth surface showcased increased handling, increased speeds, and the third closest finish in series history. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the JR Motorsports charge in the No. 5 Hellmann’s Chevrolet with a fourth-place finish. Earnhardt Jr. was within sight of his record-tying seventh NNS win at Daytona, but a late push by Tony Stewart on the final lap soured his chances. Danica Patrick and the No. 7 Go Daddy team put forth a gallant effort in its 2011 debut. Patrick solidly placed herself among the leaders and led a lap, becoming the first woman to lead a lap at Daytona in a NASCAR sanctioned race. She finished 14th, earning the best finish of her NASCAR career. What started as a promising day for Aric Almirola and the No. 88 GT Vodka squad took a hit around the race’s midway point when the team began experiencing carburetor problems. Almirola held on until the final lap, ending his day in 19th. Stewart’s hard charge on the final lap earned him his sixth win at Daytona. He beat Clint Bowyer to the line by .007 seconds, and was followed by Landon Cassill, Earnhardt Jr. and Reed Sorenson.