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Sprint Unlimited Details Released

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, January 12 2016
Reigning Cup champion Kyle Busch leads the field for this year's Sprint Unlimited. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Reigning Cup champion Kyle Busch leads the field for this year’s Sprint Unlimited. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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NASCAR this week unveiled the specifics of the season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at newly updated Daytona International Speedway scheduled for Feb. 13.

Twenty-five drivers – including all drivers who participated in last year’s Chase playoffs – are eligible under the new rules for the 75-lap Speedweeks event.

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

Those eligible include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.

The field includes:

2015 Coors Light Pole Awards winners – AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano

Former Sprint Unlimited Race Winners – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart

Former DAYTONA 500 Coors Light Pole Award winner – Greg Biffle, Austin Dillon, David Gilliland, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr.

 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers – Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points – Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson.

If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers are Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., David Ragan and Trevor Bayne.

The non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. A popular element introduced before the 2015 event returns this year: select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Alert Today Florida Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30 p.m.

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, January 12 2016
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