NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Coke Zero 400

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, July 7, 2012 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: Coca Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:49pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 6:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30 pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, July 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 5

7:00 am NSCS Haulers Enter
8:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
3:00 pm NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing
4:00 - 5:20 pm NSCS Practice
6:35 - 8:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, July 6

9:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
4:10 pm NSCS Qualifying (impound)
7:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, July 7

3:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 pm NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NSCS Coke Zero 400 Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, July 5, 4:00 - 5:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, July 5, 6:35 - 8:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 6 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 10:00 pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $6,233,220
2011: $6,101,344
2010: $6,147,546
2009: $6,332,752
2008: $6,284,969
2007: $6,202,439
2006: $6,074,820
2005: $5,972,320
2004: $5,804,363
2003: $5,202,185
2002: $4,516,848


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet
    Repaved in 1978 and 2010
    Opened: 1959

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Bobby Bowden
    Command to start engines: Bobby Bowden
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Pastor Sonny Gallman
    National Anthem: Robin Meade
    Military Flyover: B-52, Barksdale AFB

  • Track Websites:
    Daytona International Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook - Daytona International Speedway
    Twitter - Daytona International Speedway
    Daytona 500 Browser Theme

  • July 2011: see my Daytona Race Info page

  • February 2012: see my Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • 2012 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 140.256mph, started 4th

  • 2011 July Race Winner: #6-David Ragan, 159.491mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/1988

  • Youngest Daytona 500 Race Winner: Trevor Bayne, 20 years, 0 months, 1 days, 2/20/2011

  • 2nd Youngest Daytona 500 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 25 years, 6 months, 12 days, 2/16/1997

  • Youngest July Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/1995

  • 2012 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 194.738, finished 8th

  • 2011 July Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 182.065, finished 33rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987

  • Track Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • Oldest Pole Winner: 52 years, 5 months, 23 days, Daytona, 7/1/2011

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 11 months, 2 days, 7/6/1996

  • The Numbers for the Coke Zero 400:
    0 - fewest cautions (seven times, most recent 2/18/62)
    1 - fewest on lead lap at finish (eight times, most recent 2/15/76)
    1 - fewest leaders (four times, most recent 2/22/63)
    1 - fewest laps led by race winner (four times, most recent 7/2/94)
    4 - drivers sweeping both races (Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough, LeeRoy Yarborough, and Bobby Allison
    8 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    10 - most wins (Richard Petty)
    10 - number of jet dryers available for track drying
    11 - fewest cars running at finish (7/4/63)
    12 - most poles (Cale Yarborough)
    15 - wins by car owner (Wood Brothers)
    16 - most cautions (2/20/11)
    20 - drivers with more than one pole
    25 - most leaders (7/2/11)
    26 - drivers with more than one win
    34 - most cars on lead lap at finish (7/1/06)
    39 - worst starting position for race winner (Matt Kenseth, 2/15/09)
    41 - most cars running at finish (two times, most recent 7/2/94)
    44 - wins from the front row; 25 from the pole
    56 - different race winners
    54 - different pole winners
    60 - most caution laps (twice, most recent 2/20/11)
    74 - most lead changes (2/20/11)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track
    184 - most laps led by race winner (Richard Petty 2/23/64)
    Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    5 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega, Darlington and Sonoma)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    94 - cautions in the first 17 races of 2012; includes 38 for accidents, 29 for debris and 11 for spins
    503 of 5,027 - laps under caution in 2012
    702.501 of 6,656.498 - miles under caution in the first 17 races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(7-5-2012)

  • NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was 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.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
    • Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
    • Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under lights ever since.
    • For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway was repaved in 2010. The project began on Monday, July 5, 2010.
    • There have been 130 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 54 have been 500 miles, 49 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were points races.
    • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.
    • Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
    • Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    • Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    • 54 drivers have posted poles; 20 have more than one.
    • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles.
    • Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles; followed by Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader with three.
    • 56 drivers have won a race; 26 have won more than once.
    • Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories with 10.
    • Jeff Gordon has six victories, more than any other active driver.
    • The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
    • 17 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole, most recently 2010's Coke Zero 400, won by polesitter Kevin Harvick.
    • A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.
    • The last 11 Daytona races that finished under green have had a margin of victory under a half second - this event last season ended under caution.
    • Last season's July race set the track record for the most leaders with 25 and the February event set the record for the most lead changes with 74.
    • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona International Speedway winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 - 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
    • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona International Speedway winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 - 50 years, 2 months, 11 days).
    • There have been 169 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.(NASCAR)(7-3-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Daytona International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Stewart wins at Daytona: #14-Tony Stewart won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 3rd win of the year and 47th career win.
    #31-Burton finished 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth (the pole sitter), #20-Logano, #39-Newman, #99-Edwards, #5-Kahne, #2-Keselowski, #55-Waltrip, and #47-Labonte.
    There were 6 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps. There were 12 lead changes among 9 drivers. The average speed was 157.653mph.
    The estimated attendence was 115,000, the same as in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Daytona Race Results page (pdf) and the official rundown on the Official Race Report.(7-7-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 676
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 651, -25
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 632, -44
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 618, -58
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 592, -84
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 586, -90
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 584, -92
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 584, -92
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 573, -103
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 572, -104
    Chase wild card drivers:
    WC1) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 12th in points], 516, -160
    WC2) #20-Joey Logano [1 win, 14th in points], 503, -173
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 15th in points], 502, -174
    #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 16th in points], 500, -176
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-7-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    #36 remains in 35th but is now 85 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 269 +111
    33) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 258 +100
    34) #32-Labonte/FAS Lane Racing, 254 +96
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 243 +85 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 158, -85 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 134, -109
    38) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 121, -122
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(7-7-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    Tony Stewart won the 54th Annual Coke Zero 400 , his 47th victory in 482 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the victory, Stewart moves into sole possession of 14th on the all-time list. He had previously been tied with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Buck Baker.
    This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012. Stewart and Brad Keselowski are now tied for the series lead in wins.
    This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway. All his NSCS points wins came in the Coke Zero 400.
    It his his 18th victory all-time at Daytona International Speedway, second-most all-time to Dale Earnhardt.
    Jeff Burton (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 38 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his best finish in 2012.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 26 races at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications )(7-7-2012)

  • Daytona Notes-n-Nuggets:
    • Tony Stewart picked up his 47th career win in his 482nd race.
    • His 47 Cup wins are now 14th all time.
    • The man they call "Smoke" grabbed his fourth Daytona win, all in the July race.
    • Stewart has won four of the last eight Coke Zero 400s.
    • He won from the 42nd start position, which is the lowest for a winner at Daytona.
    • The No. 14 initially qualified second, but the time was disallowed for an illegal modification.
    • Stewart's third Cup win of 2012 ties Brad Keselowski for most in the series.
    • His winning pass was the fifth last-lap pass at Daytona in the last 12 races.
    • It's the 17th win for Stewart-Hass Racing, the fourth of 2012 and their second at Daytona.
    • Jeff Burton's second-place finish was his best of the season.
    • Matt Kenseth (third) led the most laps (89), and has three consecutive top-threes at Daytona.
    • Joey Logano (fourth) had his third top-10 finish at Daytona, all in the last three races.
    • Ryan Newman (fifth) posted his best finish at Daytona since winning the 500 (in 2008).
    • Sam Hornish Jr. piloted the No. 22 car after AJ Allmendinger was suspended for a failed drug test.
    (Racing Recall/nascar.com)(7-7-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #32-Labonte, 20th
    Caution 2: #36-Blaney, 22nd
    Caution 3: #47-Labonte, 9th
    Caution 4: #83-Cassill, 32nd
    Caution 5: #83-Casill (2), 32nd
    Caution 6: none, race ended
    (7-7-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 2012.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:49pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, July 11 at 12:00pm/et

  • Engine Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 [just like qualifying] then the other 35 races, teams must run the same engine from Saturday's first practice session (Feb. 6th) through the Gatorade Duel 150 mile qualifying races (Feb. 12). If a team makes a change before the Duel, then it must start at the rear of the Duel 150 field. After the Duel 150 races, teams can make an engine change before the Happy Hour practice session. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.(2-11-2009)

  • Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.(SceneDaily)(2-8-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #17-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #39-Newman took pit stall 21, the next pitstall with an opening in front it.
    #5-Kahne, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #29-Harvick, who starts 11th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-6-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds page

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kenseth wins pole at Daytona: UPDATE: #17-Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 192.386mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 8th career pole.
    #14-Stewart will start 2nd followed by #39-Newman, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #50-Elliott, #13-Mears, #22-Allmendinger, and #2-Keselowski
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #50-Elliott, #21-Bayne, #98-Bliss, #30-Stremme, #26-Wise, #87-Nemechek, #33-Leicht, #49-Yeley.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1):#23-Richardson, Jr.
    See qualifying order, qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression, go-or-go-homers on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-6-2012)
    UPDATE: #14-Tony Stewart's time was disallowed because of an open cooling hose into the cockpit. He will now start 42nd.(7-6-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual Coke Zero 400 with a lap of 46.781 seconds, 192.386 mph.
    This is his eighth pole in 454 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in 26 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2012 and his 19th in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 11th in 18 races this season.
    Josh Wise (32nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(7-6-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedwa is scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 4:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 10:00pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedwa is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #23-Richardson, Jr., slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #43-Almirola, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-5-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • Final practice for the Coca Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #1-McMurray 197.837
    #55-Waltrip 197.733
    #51-Busch 197.459
    #93-Kvapil 197.425
    #43-Almirola 197.416
    slowest: #49-Yeley 186.027 & #23-Richardson, Jr. 185.927.
    notes: Only 24 drivers got on track during the session. Teams didn't want to take any chance of hurting the cars.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the Daytona Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf). (7-5-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the ten cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice at Daytona
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #21-Bayne, 13th
    #50-Elliott [past champion], 14th
    #87-Nemechek, 18th
    #30-Stremme, 19th
    #26-Wise, 20th
    #33-Leicht, 22nd
    #49-Yeley, 23rd
    #23-Richardson, Jr., 24th
    if things stay the same, this driver would miss the race
    #98-Bliss, did not practice
    (7-5-2012)

  • First Thursday practice for the Coca Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #43-Almirola 201.961
    #9-Ambrose 201.374
    #20-Logano 201.122
    #39-Newman 201.068
    #16-Biffle 200.933
    slowest: #83-Cassill 187.809 & #23-Richardson 185.770.
    notes: Due to a sore back, #11-Hamlin will not practice today. Kyle Busch got in the car for a few laps just to shake it down. #23-Richardson, Jr. bought out the caution with engine problems.
    This practice will set the order for qualifying, which is scheduled Friday at 4:10pm/et and will be shown on SPEED.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the Daytona Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf). (7-5-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the ten cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice at Daytona
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #21-Bayne, 32nd
    #50-Elliott [past champion], 35th
    #98-Bliss, 36th
    #26-Wise, 37th
    #87-Nemechek, 39th
    #30-Stremme, 40th
    #49-Yeley, 41st
    #33-Leicht, 42nd
    if things stay the same, this driver would miss the race
    #23-Richardson, Jr., 44th, slowest
    (7-5-2012)

  • The Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Michael Waltrip is in the #55 this week.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #21-Trevor Bayne (2011 race winner)(37/6)
    #23-Scott Riggs (43/16)
    #26-Josh Wise (41/17)
    #30-David Stremme (39/17)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/17)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (39/17)
    #50-Bill Elliott (0/0)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/17)
    #98-Mike Bliss (40/17)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,50, 33,30,49,98,26,87
    missing the race would be [1]: # 23
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List.(7-2-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 633
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 622, -11
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 610, -23
    4) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 608, -25
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 565, -68
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 565, -68
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 557, -76
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 556, -77
    9) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 545, -88
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 537, -96
    Chase wild card drivers:
    WC1) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 12th in points], 495, -138
    WC2) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 14th in points], 463, -170
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 15th in points], 463, -170
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win, 16th in points], 463, -170
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(6-30-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
    #36 remains in 35th but is now 65 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 246 +90
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 236 +80
    34) #32-Said/FAS Lane Racing, 230 +74
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 221 +65 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 156, -65 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 117, -104
    38) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 117, -104
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(6-30-2012)


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Tampa Tribune
Treasure Coast Palm
North Daytona Beach


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Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Daytona Chamber of Commerce - Speedweeks
City of Daytona Beach, FL
Laid Back Racing
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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Coca Zero 400: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Daytona International Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team will bring Chassis #1204 back to DIS. Chassis #1204 has one previous race, the 2012 Daytona 500, where it started 19th and finished 31st after being involved in a late race incident.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: & The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-631 during Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For Saturday's race, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703. Kahne finished fourth in this car at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in May.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 795 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Daytona. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at both restrictor-plate races in Daytona and Talladega.
    #10-David Reutimann: will pilot the No. 19 chassis this weekend. Geoffrey Bodine competed at Daytona International Speedway in last year's Coke Zero 400 in this chassis. He started 35th and looked to have a solid day before the wheel barring broke, relegating the team to a 38th-place finish. TBR also ran the No. 19 chassis with Steve Park at Talladega Superspeedway last season. Park started 33rd before and electrical issue ended his day early.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-565: This car debuted during Daytona Speedweeks in 2010. Its first race was the non-points Gatorade Duel, where it started 11th and led two laps before finishing second, which slotted it sixth in the Daytona 500. In the Great American Race, Chassis No. 14-565 finished 22nd. Its third career start came in April at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where it qualified 13th and finished an unscathed 16th in the crash-marred race. It was refitted with a new body and wind-tunnel tested for its return to Daytona via July's Coke Zero 400. It performed well, as its seven laps led attest, but a multi-car accident on lap 148 collected Chassis No. 14-565 and relegated it to a 25th-place finish. The car had served as a backup ever since, but was completely rebuilt in preparation for the 2012 season. The 54th Daytona 500 marked Chassis No. 14-565's fifth career start and first since July 2010. It performed admirably, finishing 16th after leading two laps. It sat idle for the series' second restrictor-plate race of the year at Talladega, but returns to action for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 679 started 24th and finished sixth at Talladega. It also served as the backup car for the Daytona 500. The backup chassis is No. 705 which started 17th and finished eighth in the Bud Shootout at Daytona. It also served as the backup at Talladega.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-781 - Last ran Talladega - finished fifth; Backup: RK-794 - Last ran Bud Shootout - finished sixth
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-793 (Last run at Talladega)
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger: and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be racing their "PRS-642" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Daytona. This car made its debut during Daytona Speed Weeks back in February. Dinger started 10th and finished eighth driving this chassis in the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race. He started 15th in the Daytona 500 and finished 34th after a run-in on pit road relegated the team to the garage area to replace the radiator. The team last raced this car at Talladega back in May.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 388 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last utilized at Talladega Superspeedway in May where Menard started 17th and finished 17th after receiving heavy damage in a multi-car incident while running third in the closing laps. This chassis was also used at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February where the Eau Claire, Wis. native started 37th and brought home a sixth-place finish.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 295 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola. Harvick drove this Chevrolet to a top-10 finish during the 2009 Daytona 500 and into Victory Lane in the July event at Daytona International Speedway in 2010. The No. 29 team most recently utilized this car during the Budweiser Shootout earlier in February.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 343 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis, built in 2011 for RCR's No. 29 entry with driver Kevin Harvick, competed in three superspeedway events last season including the Daytona 500 where an engine failure relegated Harvick to a 42nd-place finish. Harvick also guided this machine to a top-five finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2011 and a top-10 finish in last season's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Burton got behind the wheel of this Chevrolet in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona where he was involved in an early incident, but battled to an 11th-place finish and brought home a top-10 finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will pilot the No. 331 chassis, a new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing during the off-season. He drove the chassis in this year's Daytona 500, where he led six laps and finished in 15th place. Reutimann drove the chassis at Talladega and finished 22nd in the event.
    #39-Ryan Newman:
    Chassis No. 39-606: After making three starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, chassis No. 39-606 is scheduled to make its first start Saturday night at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' other superspeedway  Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In its three previous starts, the chassis' best finish was 23rd at the October 2010 Talladega race. After qualifying eighth, Newman attempted to make a late-race charge but had to settle for 23rd. Although it wasn't the finish the team had hoped for, it marked the first superspeedway finish for the driver and team in more than a year. The chassis returned to Talladega in April 2011. Newman, who had one of the strongest racecars in the field, was spun twice in two laps  due to bump drafts gone bad  with just a handful of laps remaining.While he was able to save his racecar from damage during both mishaps, the incidents put him too far back in the pack. Without a strong drafting partner to help him get back through the field, he finished 25th. The car returned to action at Talladega this May, but Newman never had the chance to show how strong his car was as his engine expired just 42 laps into the running of the Aaron's 499. #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will break out Chassis #1216 for this weekend's race. This is the first time this chassis will be used.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 722 for Daytona, the same car Almirola ran in the Daytona 500 in February.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson:: Chassis No. 698 serves as the primary for Johnson at Daytona. Chassis No. 482 serves as the backup.
    #51-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 453: The Coke Zero 400 will be the second race of the 2012 season for Chassis No. 453. This is the same chassis the team used for the season-opening Daytona 500, in which Busch was caught in an accident on lap one. The team spent several laps in the garage making repairs before Busch returned to the race and ended up finishing 39th. This is the same car Brad Keselowski drove to victory in April 2009 at Talladega. It was his first career victory and remains the only Sprint Cup win for Phoenix Racing.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-699 for Saturday's race. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May and to a second-place finish in February at the Daytona 500.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-792 - this car has not been raced yet, it was a backup at Daytona
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(7-5-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 900, Right-side -- 900;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series have run at the last three races at Daytona, dating back to February 2011 . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have also run this same tire set-up at Talladega in 2011 and 2012 . . . this left-side tire code (D-4138) has been run at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

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The chart was removed from here as it was also posted on the Paint Schemes Gallery page, makes no sense to post the same info in two spots


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