Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway

  • Race: Wawa 250
  • Date: Friday, August 26
  • Time: 7:30PM ET
  • Track:  Daytona International Speedway
  • Distance: 100 laps / 250 miles
  • Stage Duration:
    • Stage 1: 30 laps, ends Lap 30
    • Stage 2: 30 laps, ends Lap 60
    • Final Stage: 40 laps, ends Lap 100
  • Broadcasting: USA Network | Motor Racing Network | SiriusXM NASCAR Ch. 90
  • NO Practice 


  • Qualifying (USA)
    • Date: Friday, August 26
    • Time: 3:05PM ET
    • Format: Single Vehicle | One Lap | Two Rounds


    Starts: 2
    Wins: 0
    Top-5’s: 0
    Top-10’s: 1
    Best Start: 14th (Spring, 2019)
    Best Finish: 8th (Spring, 2019)
    Starts: 4
    Wins: 0
    Top-5’s: 0
    Top-10’s: 1
    Best Start: 20th (Twice)
    Best Finish: 8th (Gdovic –  Spring ’21)


    • John Hunter Nemechek will pilot the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) on Friday, marking his 64th NXS career start.
      • The Wawa 250 at Daytona will mark Nemechek’s sixth start with Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) in 2022.
      • The 100-lap event will also mark Nemechek’s first superspeedway start with SHR.
    • Nemechek will partner with for the Wawa 250 at DIS and the Sports Clips VFW Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
        • About The Freedom 13 organization was created as a tribute to the 13 American heroes lost in the Kabul, Afghanistan attack in August of 2021. The Freedom 13 aids U.S. military veterans with resources on their journey to leading a full, productive civilian life. The organization also aims to strengthen the bonds they share with their families and other veterans as well as help veterans rediscover themselves. The Freedom 13 was started in 2022 in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, Killed In Action in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021, by Mark and Jacklyn Schmitz. With the loss of their son; the Schmitz family has focused on a new mission in life: to try and take care of as many veteran service members as they can. For more information, visit
        • Background Information can be found here: The Freedom 13 Information.pdf
    • Nemechek only has two previous career NXS starts at DIS — securing one top-10 finish.
    • The Wawa 250 will mark SHR’s first superspeedway start with Nemechek as the driver.


    “It’s a very special tribute we’re doing at Daytona and Darlington. I’m thankful for Shannon and Connie Smith who are long-term partners of mine who started with me when I was 17 years old. It’s a unique story of how Shannon has met the father of one of the fallen soldiers who started this non-profit organization to honor the 13 soldiers who were killed in service last year on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan. To honor and represent them and the foundation that Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz’s parents have created to help veterans live a successful life in the civilian world means a lot. From housing to PTSD treatment to service dogs, they are full bore into this foundation…I think it’s even more special to be racing in Daytona on August 26th, 2022, a year to the day of the Kabul Attack, that we’ll have this paint scheme on our car is amazing to be a small part of this, and looking forward to trying to go out and get them the win.”
    — John Hunter Nemechek, Driver of the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra