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Winn-Dixie 250

The Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is a NASCAR Nationwide Series race that takes place under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. It is held the night before the Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 on Independence Day weekend in early July since 2002. Its scheduled distance is 250 miles (400 km).

This is the final restrictor plate race of held each season for the Nationwide Series. Until 2006, there had been a different winner in each race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. became the first repeat winner when he won the 2006 event.

The 2010 running of the event marked the first of four races using the Nationwide Series version of the Car of Tomorrow, other three being at Michigan, Richmond (September), Charlotte (October).

The event's inaugural race was in 1959, although without sponsors. In 1960, Jack Smith set a world's record for a 250-mile auto race; which was broken the following year by David Pearson, averaging 154.291 mph in a 1961 Pontiac.[1]

Past winners

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
2002 July 5 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Pontiac 100 250 (402.336) 1:59:09 125.892
2003 July 4 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 1:37:35 153.715
2004 July 2 Mike Wallace Biagi Brothers Racing Ford 100 250 (402.336) 1:51:06 135.014
2005 July 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 104* 260 (418.429) 1:51:19 140.141
2006 June 30 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 103* 257.5 (414.406) 1:55:52 133.343
2007 July 7* Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 102* 255 (410.382) 1:50:00 139.091
2008 July 4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 105* 262.5 (422.452) 1:41:07 155.761
2009 July 3 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 102* 255 (410.382) 2:04:28 122.924
2010 July 2 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 102* 255 (410.382) 1:44:37 146.248
2011 July 1 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 1:49:57 136.426
2012 July 6 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 101* 252.5 (406.359) 1:54:44 132.045
2013 July 5 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 101* 252.5 (406.359) 1:43:56 145.767
  • 2005–2010 and 2012–2013: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
  • 2007: Race postponed from Friday night to Saturday morning due to rain.

Multiple winner (driver)

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2003, 2006, 2010

Multiple winners (teams)

# Wins Team Years Won
3 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 2003, 2005–2006
Joe Gibbs Racing 2008, 2011, 2013
2 Richard Childress Racing 2009–2010

Manufacturer wins

# Wins Make Years Won
7 United States Chevrolet 2003, 2005–2007, 2009–2010, 2012
3 Japan Toyota 2008, 2011, 2013
1 United States Pontiac 2002
United States Ford 2004

Notable moments

  • 2004: First race in which the cars ran a roof spoiler. The last 10 laps involved several lead changes. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took the lead with 10 laps to go. With 3 laps remaining, Michael Waltrip and Jason Leffler passed Dale Jr., putting Waltrip in the lead. Leffler then went for the lead and the two cars raced nose-to-nose for over a lap before Waltrip cut in front of Leffler off Turn Two on the final lap; Leffler hit Waltrip and Waltrip's car spun into the inside wall. NASCAR kept the green flag out (there is often a caution flag when a crash occurs) as Dale challenged Leffler for the lead. Leffler swerved and Dale crashed into the wall in Turn Four, allowing Mike Wallace to pass everyone for the victory.


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Feed the Children 300
NASCAR Nationwide Series
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Next race:
CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200

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