Stremme to Start 24th in Sunday's Daytona 500; David Stremme Finishes 12th in Second Duel at Daytona David Stremme, driver of the No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Cup Series, battled from the back of the pack in the closing laps of ...
Stremme to Start 24th in Sunday's Daytona 500; David Stremme Finishes 12th in Second Duel at Daytona
David Stremme, driver of the No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Cup Series, battled from the back of the pack in the closing laps of Thursday's second Duel at Daytona to post a strong top-15 finish. The result means Stremme and No. 12 team will line up 24th at the start of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Stremme started the 60-lap event from the 20th spot, but after only five laps had made it into the top-10. The No.12 Dodge Charger worked well on the top of the track and was picking up positions through the field. Stremme radioed to his crew chief Roy McCauley, explaining the car was a little loose, but Stremme felt the Penske Dodge Charger would really come to life when the sun started to set at Daytona International Speedway.
When the caution flag was displayed to the field on lap 14 for an incident on the backstretch, the team prepared to welcome its machine to pit road. Stremme brought the black and red Charger down the pit lane on lap 16 for service. The team went to work changing four tires and filling the No. 12 with racing fuel.
Stremme restarted the race in the 25th spot, but again was on a mission to get to the front. He called into the team on lap 39, explaining the car was getting free and might need a small adjustment on the final pit stop of the day.
When the caution flag flew again on lap 47, the team geared up to make its final adjustments. Stremme rolled into the pit box on lap 49 and took on four tires and fuel. The team also made a slight trackbar adjustment for the closing eight-lap shootout.
Stremme battled for the final segment and brought the No.12 Penske Dodge Charger home in the 12th spot, which earns him a 24th place starting position for Sunday's 51st running of the Daytona 500.
"The car handled great all day," commented Stremme. "Roy [McCauley] did a great job getting this car to handle. Some of the other guys had to lift in the corners as the race went on, but I could keep digging on the bottom. I am really looking forward to Sunday. We know we have a car that is capable of repeating last year's performance, but we need everything to go our way."