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Date: Saturday, July 5

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Laps: 160

Miles: 400

Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 56th

On TV: TNT

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Bobby Allison, 1980 (173.473 mph)

Qualifying record: Bill Elliott, 1987 (210.364 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson

Runner up: Tony Stewart

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (193.723 mph)

Top 10:

1. Jimmie Johnson (Start: 8)

2. Tony Stewart (13)

3. Kevin Harvick (26)

4. Clint Bowyer (3)

5. Michael Waltrip (7)

6. Kurt Busch (22)

7. Jamie McMurray (27)

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr (16)

9. Casey Mears (19)

10. Ryan Newman (21)

Average speed: 154.313 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 36 mins., 30 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.107 secs.

Caution flags: 6 for 27 laps

Lead changes: 18 among 11 drivers

Past winners

2013 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 154.313 mph

2012 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 157.653 mph

2011 David Ragan, Ford, 159.491 mph

2010 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 135.719 mph

2009 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 142.461 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 138.554 mph

2007 Jamie McMurray, Ford, 138.983 mph

2006 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 153.143 mph

2005 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 131.016 mph

2004 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 145.117 mph

2003 Greg Biffle, Ford, 166.109 mph

2002 Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 135.952 mph

2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 157.601 mph

2000 Jeff Burton, Ford, 148.576 mph

1999 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 169.213 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 144.549 mph

1997 John Andretti, Ford, 157.791 mph

1996 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 161.602 mph

1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 166.976 mph

1994 Jimmy Spencer, Ford, 155.558 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 151.755 mph

1992 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 170.457 mph

1991 Bill Elliott, Ford, 159.116 mph

1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 160.894 mph

1989 Davey Allison, Ford, 132.207 mph

1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 163.302 mph

1987 Bobby Allison, Buick, 161.074 mph

1986 Tim Richmond, Chevrolet, 131.916 mph

1985 Greg Sacks, Chevrolet, 158.730 mph

1984 Richard Petty, Pontiac, 171.204 mph

1983 Buddy Baker, Ford, 167.442 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Buick, 163.099 mph

1981 Cale Yarborough, Buick, 142.588 mph

1980 Bobby Allison, Buick, 173.473 mph

1979 Neil Bonnett, Mercury, 172.890 mph

1978 David Pearson, Mercury, 154.340 mph

1977 Richard Petty, Dodge, 142.716 mph

1976 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 160.966 mph

1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 158.381 mph

1974 David Pearson, Mercury, 138.301 mph

1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 158.468 mph

1972 David Pearson, Mercury, 160.821 mph

1971 Bobby Isaac, Dodge, 161.947 mph

1970 Donnie Allison, Ford, 162.235 mph

1969 LeeRoy Yarborough, Ford), 160.875 mph

1968 Cale Yarborough, Mercury, 167.247 mph

1967 Cale Yarborough, Ford, 143.583 mph

1966 Sam McQuagg, Dodge, 153.813 mph

1965 A.J. Foyt, Ford, 150.046 mph

1964 A.J. Foyt, Dodge, 151.451 mph

1963 Fireball Roberts, Ford, 150.927 mph

1962 Fireball Roberts, Pontiac, 153.688 mph

1961 David Pearson, Pontiac, 154.294 mph

1960 Jack Smith, Pontiac, 146.842 mph

1959 Fireball Roberts, Pontiac, 140.581 mph

Last race

Race: Quaker State 400 (June 28)

Site: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky

Miles: 400.5

Laps: 267

Finish line order: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 59 secs.

Average speed: 139.723 mph

Margin of victory: 1.014 secs.

Caution flags: 6 for 34 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 3 drivers

Lap leaders: Keselowski 1-78, Logano 79-83, Keselowski 84, Logano 85-86, Keselowski 1-78, Logano 79-83, Keselowski 84, Logano 85-86, Keselowski 87-127, Logano 128-147, Keselowski 148-155, Logano 156-162, Keselowski 163-180, Logano 181-183, Keselowski 184-216, Ky. Busch 217-247, Keselowski 248-267.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Alliance Truck Parts

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bass Pro/NRA Museum

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy/Fla. Lottery

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Ground

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/RK Motors Charlotte

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Stars and Stripes

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Cargill/Winn Dixie

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Interstate Batteries

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Pepsi

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/TMone an ERC Company

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Splash

#29 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Wix Filters

#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy Services

#33 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Farm Rich

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Golden Corral

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/United States Air Force

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Scott Products

#48 * Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's/FSU Nat's Champs

#66 Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/RoyalTeakCollection.com

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/VooDoo BBQ

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/LFR

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/Charlie Crist for Governor

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Subway

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Jimmie Johnson 6 32 10 23 2 31 20 36 Won
Tony Stewart Won Won 38 20 Won 25 11 Won 2
Kevin Harvick 24 9 34 12 26 Won 7 23 3
Clint Bowyer 10 7 9 29 17 36 29 4
Michael Waltrip 40 38 27 37 9 5
Kurt Busch 37 3 3 4 5 7 14 35 6
Jamie McMurray 2 8 Won 32 11 39 22 13 7
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 13 36 8 39 4 19 15 8
Ryan Newman 14 11 14 36 20 26 23 5 10
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 11
Kyle Busch 31 2 2 Won 14 40 5 24 12
Greg Biffle 36 31 6 43 18 20 18 21 17
Brad Keselowski 24 30 15 8 21
David Ragan 12 5 13 28 Won 26 22
Carl Edwards 33 39 4 2 4 6 37 6 29
Kasey Kahne 16 25 9 7 15 2 4 7 32
Matt Kenseth 9 5 8 3 8 15 2 3 33
Jeff Gordon 7 40 5 30 28 3 6 12 34
Denny Hamlin 17 43 26 3 24 13 25 36
Joey Logano 19 29 3 4 40
Martin Truex Jr 29 13 17 25 35 35 17 41
Paul Menard 21 15 23 18 8 14 43
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon

Notes

The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is the 18th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Groundbreaking for DIS took place on Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.

Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July Cup Series race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race of the season has been held under the lights since then.

Daytona has 31 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 18 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 3 degrees on the straights. The length of the frontstretch is 3,800 feet, and the backstretch measures 3,000 feet. The track was repaved in 2010.

There have been 134 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Daytona. Fifty- six of the races have been the Daytona 500, while 51 were 400-mile events and four were 250-mile events. There also have been 23 Daytona 500 qualifier races that were points paying.

The first Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying event for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959. Bob Welborn won that race.

The first summer race at Daytona was held on July 4, 1959, with Fireball Roberts taking the checkered flag.

Richard Petty won a Cup points-paying race at Daytona 10 times, which is more than any other driver. Seven of his victories came in the Daytona 500. Petty won his 200th and final career race in Cup on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.

Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 30 starts in this event. Labonte is scheduled to compete in this year's race, driving the No. 32 for Go FAS Racing.

Trevor Bayne is the youngest race winner at Daytona. Bayne won the Daytona 500 one day after he celebrated his 20th birthday on Feb. 20, 2011. When he was 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old, Bobby Allison became the oldest driver to win at this track on Feb. 14, 1988.

In February, rookie Austin Dillon became the youngest driver to win a pole at Daytona. Dillon earned the top starting position for the 2014 Daytona 500 when he was 23 years, 9 months and 27 days old. When Mark Martin won the pole for the July 2011 event at Daytona, he became the oldest driver to grab the first starting spot there when he was 52 years, 5 months and 23 days old.

A driver has won both points-paying races at Daytona (Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400) in the same season five times. Last year, Johnson took the checkered flag for the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400, becoming the first driver since Allison in 1982 to score a season-sweep at this track.

Thirty-four different drivers have won the July race at Daytona, led by David Pearson with five victories in it. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four wins in this race. Stewart picked up the victory at Daytona two years ago. He won it from the 42nd starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won at this track.

The July 1980 race at Daytona, won by Allison, was completed in a record time of 2 hrs., 18 mins., 21 seconds and ran at a pace of 173.473 mph.

Two drivers entered in this weekend's race scored their first career Cup Series victories in the July event at Daytona: Greg Biffle (July 5, 2003) and David Ragan (July 2, 2011).

Two drivers on the entry list posted their first career poles in the series in July at Daytona: Kevin Harvick (July 6, 2002) and Paul Menard (July 5, 2008).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Daytona occurred on July 7, 2007 when Jamie McMurray beat Kyle Busch by only 0.005 seconds, making it one of the closest finishes in series history.

The next race is the July 13 Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Brian Vickers won last year's event there.

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