NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Coke Zero 400 Preview
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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
Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: TNT
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)
Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson
Runner up: Tony Stewart
Pole winner: Kyle Busch (193.723 mph)
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
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
Race: Quaker State 400 (June 28)
Site: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
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.
#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
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||3||13||36||8||39||4||19||15||8|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||11|
|Martin Truex Jr||29||13||17||25||35||35||17||41|
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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