Attendance booster: Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona to be split into 2 segments; select fans paired with crew chiefs

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Enjoy thecomplwte race coverage of the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. In hopes of beefing up attendance at this year's Sprint (notice empty seats in image below) as shown during spin-out crash involving Jimmy Jognson in rthe No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, NASCAR will pare select fans with crew chiefs of the racers. 

Jimmy Johnsaon wrecks in 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona / Headline Surfer®Jimmy Joghnson's car torn up in crash in Sprint Unlimited 2014 race from Daytona / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Select fans will be paired with crew chiefs foe the Sprint Unlimited, a new way to boost attendance for the opening Speedweeks race at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR has announced that the Speedweeks 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday will be split into two segments. A competition caution at lap 25 will separate the segments in the non-points event, scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET start . 

And brand new 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 3:30 p.m. Friday at the FDOT Main Stage inside the Sprint FanZone.

“Anticipation for the start of the NASCAR season is at an all-time high among fans and drivers,” said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Fans have a unique opportunity to participate in key elements of the event, making this year’s Sprint Unlimited even more exciting."

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive VP & chief racing dev. officer, annces changes to 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona / Headline Surfer®“Anticipation for the start of the NASCAR season is at an all-time high among fans and drivers,” said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

“Fans have a unique opportunity to participate in key elements of the event, making this year’s Sprint Unlimited even more exciting."

The field of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will include 2014 Coors Light pole award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2014, and all 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers from 2014.

If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2014 championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers, respectively, are Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

The Sprint Unlimited will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

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