NextEra Energy Resources 250: Start Time, Entry List, Schedule and Preview

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 22, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Michael Waltrip, driver of the #15 Wounded Warrior Project Toyota, crosses the finish line in front of Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The 13th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 gives the Camping World Truck Series some love at Daytona this week. 

The trucks will kick things off in a 100-lap 250-mile race that is sure to get every last fan satiated until the Daytona 500 later in the weekend. 

There is no better way to get a weekend of motorsports started than this race that continues to get better with every season. Let's take a deeper look at the specifics. 

Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla

When: Friday, February 24th, 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Watch: Speed

Live Stream: NASCAR Track Pass

Listen: Motor Racing Network

Pre-Race Activities

Like every year, there is always something to do at Daytona right now. Friday is filled with events to keep you entertained until the trucks run. 

4:05 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 Qualifying (Two laps, all positions) 

4:15 p.m. ET: Driver Appearance: David Ragan at the Ford display in the Midway

6:00 p.m. ET: Driver Appearance: Travis Pastrana inside the 5th Turn hospitality area

6:30 p.m. ET: Pre-Race Ceremonies Access: Pre-Race or Sprint FANZONE access required

7:00 p.m. ET: NextEra Energy Resources 250 Driver Introductions

Driver to Watch: Mike Skinner 

Unfortunately we do not get to see last year's winner Michael Waltrip trying to defend his title. He will be in the booth for Speed Channel, but other drivers will have to pique our interest.

I will have my eyes on Mike Skinner who will finally get back on the Camping World Truck track after a year away. I am interested to see what he has for us on Friday and if it will all come flooding back.  

2011 FINISH 

Defending champion: Michael Waltrip 

Runner up: Elliott Sadler

Pole winner: Austin Dillon (179.047 m.p.h.) 

Prediction: 

You would think drivers would stay clear of winning this race as no driver has ever gone onto win the NextEra and then the Championship. The field is wide open but I have a good feeling about Mike Skinner's return or Travis Kvapil who will be running with RAB racing. 

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