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 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Saturday, July 6, 2013 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, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, July 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network  providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 4
7:00 AM NSCS Haulers Enter
8:30 AM NSCS Garage Opens
2:30 PM 3:50 PM NNS Practice
3:00 PM NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting / Drawing for Qualifying Order
4:00 PM 5:20 PM NSCS Practice
5:30 PM 6:25 PM NNS Final Practice
6:35 PM 8:00 PM NSCS Final Practice
9:00 PM NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, July 5
9:30 AM NSCS Garage Opens
2:05 PM NNS Qualifying
4:10 PM NSCS Qualifying
7:00 PM NNS Driver Intorductions
7:30 PM NSCS Garage Closes
7:30 PM NNS Firecracker 250 Race

Saturday, July 6
3:00 PM NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 PM NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 PM NSCS Driver Intorductions
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 4, 4:00 - 5:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, July 4, 6:35 - 8:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, July 5 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 10:00pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,297,729
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
    Opened: 1959

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: "Grown Ups 2" Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Shaquille O'Neal
    Command to start engines: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Shaquille O'Neal
    Invocation: Ronnie Barton, 1st Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
    National Anthem: Navy Band Southeast's Ceremonial Band
    Military Flyover: Affordable Warbirds

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

  • February 2013: see my Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2012: see my Daytona Race Info page

  • 2013 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 159.250mph, started 9th

  • 2012 July Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 157.653mph, started 42nd

  • 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

  • Wosrt Starting Spot to win: #14-Tony Stewart, started 42nd, 7/7/2012

  • 2013 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #10-Danica Patrick, 196.434, finished 8th

  • 2012 July Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 192.386, finished 3rd

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

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

  • Oldest Daytona 500 Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 51 years, 0 months, 27 days, 2/6/2010

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

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

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Daytona:
    Kyle Busch................................. 97.0
    Matt Kenseth.............................. 93.2
    Tony Stewart.............................. 93.1
    Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 89.3
    Jeff Gordon................................ 88.3
    Kurt Busch................................. 88.0
    Clint Bowyer............................... 86.6
    Jimmie Johnson......................... 85.3
    Jeff Burton................................. 84.9
    Denny Hamlin............................. 84.5
    Ryan Newman............................ 82.8
    Carl Edwards............................. 82.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Daytona Facts and Notes - Friday...poles:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
    36 drivers have Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with eight. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in poles, with three.
    Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1970-'71; 1980-'81, 1983-'84), Sterling Marlin (1991-'92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-'95).
    Eight of the 54 (14.8%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2010.
    The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (eight) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
    15 of the 54 (27.7%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second-place.
    40 of the 54 (48.1%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Four of the 54 (7.4%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway three times: 2007, 2009, and 2010.
    Five active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway: Greg Biffle (2/15/04), Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Paul Menard (7/5/08) and Danica Patrick (2/24/13).(NASCAR)(7-5-2013)

  • Daytona Facts and Notes - Thursday:
    Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race winners at Daytona International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Greg Biffle won the July race at Daytona in his first appearance.
    Michael Waltrip competed in the July race at Daytona International Speedway 16 times before winning in 2002; the longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Terry Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 60; followed by Mark Martin with 55.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race was the July 7, 2007 race won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.005 second.
    Three of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at Daytona International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (160/162), 2010 (160/166) and 2011 (160/170).
    Only one of the 54 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions  July 6, 1996  the race was called on Lap 117, 43 circuits shy of the 160 scheduled laps.
    Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway: Trevor Bayne (2/20/11), Greg Biffle (7/5/03), David Ragan (7/2/11) and Michael Waltrip (2/18/01).
    Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 665 laps led in 29 starts.
    Five female drivers have competed in the July event at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson.(NASCAR)(7-4-2013)

  • Daytona Facts and Notes - Wednesday:
    Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 29 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 26.
    33 different drivers have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four.
    Five drivers have posted consecutive wins in the July race at Daytona International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (1972 - 1974). Tony Stewart (2005-'06) is the only active driver to win consecutive July races at Daytona.
    The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15.
    Seven different manufacturers have won the July NSCS race at Daytona; led by Chevrolet with 17 victories; followed by Ford with 16.
    A driver has swept both races (Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400) at Daytona only four times, most recently - Bobby Allison in 1982. Jimmie Johnson won the 2013 Daytona 500.
    Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes in the July race at Daytona with five; followed by Richard Petty and Sterling Marlin with four. Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Terry Labonte lead all active drivers with two each.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with 13; followed by Richard Petty with 12. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.
    David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with 19; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 18. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 14.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona with a 9.609.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 14.037.
    (NASCAR)(7-3-2013)

  • Daytona Facts and Notes - Tuesday:
    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  won by Bob Welborn.
    The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959  won by Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph).
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
    Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.
    The track underwent a repave in 2010.
    There have been 132 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 55 have been 500 miles, 50 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
    436 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' July race at Daytona International Speedway; 273 in more than one.
    (NASCAR)(7-2-2013)

  • 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

  • Johnson wins Daytona: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 4th win of 2013 and 64th career win.
    #48-Johnson led the most laps with 94 of 161 laps. Pole sitter #18-Busch got in a late wreck and finished 12th, leading 30 laps
    #14-Stewart finished 2nd followed by #29-Harvick, #15-Bowyer, #55-Waltrip, #78-Busch, #1-McMurray, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #13-Mears and #39-Newman.
    There were 18 lead changes among 11 drivers and 6 cautions for 27 yellow flag laps and an 8.53 red flag to clean up the track after a wreck late in the race.
    The average speed was 154.313. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Daytona Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Daytona Penalty Report (pdf).(7-6-2013)
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Daytona Race and Points Report.(7-8-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 658
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 609, -49
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 588, -70
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 585, -73
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 548, -110
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 540, -118
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 533, -125
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 516, -142
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 501, -157
    10) #14-Tony Stewart, 499, -159
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 11th in points (-6 out of 10th)
    WC2) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 12th in points (-9)
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #2-Brad Keselowski, (the 2012 champ), 13th
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury], -122 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Daytona Race and Points Report.(7-8-2013)

  • Won Daytona 500 & July Daytona race in the same year:
    1962: Fireball Roberts
    1968: Cale Yarborough
    1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
    1982: Bobby Allison
    2013: Jimmie Johnson

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Annual Coke Zero 400 , his 64th victory in 417 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 24 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 30 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2013.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 25 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 49 points over #15-Clint Bowyer.
    Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver since NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same season.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-6-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #33-Cassill, 24th
    Caution 2: #33-Cassill(2), 24th
    Caution 3: no driver a lap down on track
    Caution 4: #11-Hamlin, 36th
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya, 39th
    Caution 6: #83-Reutimann. 30th
    (7-6-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2013.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:45pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, July 3 at 12:00pm/et

  • 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 #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #20-Kenseth took pit stall 21, the first stall with an opening in front of it.
    #15-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 34th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-5-2013)

  • 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)(2-24-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 - 2013 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Kyle Busch wins Daytona pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 193.723mph for his 1st pole of 2013, 1st at Daytona [and on a resrtictor plate track] and 13th of his career. Busch has won three times from the pole out of 13 tries.
    #20-Kenseth starts on the outside pole, followed by #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #56-Truex Jr., #27-Menard, #55-Waltrip, #48-Johnson, #17-Stenhouse Jr. and #16-Biffle. No drivers missed the race as there were 43 entries for 43 starting spots.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results & order, pole progression on the Daytona Starting Lineup & Qualifying Page.(7-5-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 55th Annual Coke Zero 400 with a lap of 46.458 seconds, 193.723 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 311 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #15-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his eighth in 18 races this season.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-5-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2013 at 4:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 12:30am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #56-Truex Jr..
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #17-Stenhouse Jr.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #51-Allmendinger, is scheduled to qualify 23rd.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-4-2013)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is being run, after 45 of 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #83-Reutimann 197.537
    #34-Ragan 197.442
    #9-Ambrose 197.373
    #24-Gordon 197.347
    #55-Waltrip 196.721
    slowest: #35-Wise 188.462 & #14-Stewart 190.279
    only 17 of 43 cars made runs.
    See fastest speeds, 10-lap averages, laps run on the Daytona Happy Hour speeds (pdf).(7-4-2013)

  • 1st Thursday practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #51-Allmendinger 200.218
    #15-Bowyer 200.214
    #99-Edwards 199.831
    #42-Montoya 199.707
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 199.344
    slowest: #32-Labonte 187.527 & #87-Nemechek 187.935
    If qualifying gets canceled on Friday, the field would be set by these practice speeds. Since 43 cars are entered, all drivers entered will make the race.
    See fastest speeds, 10-lap averages, laps run on the Daytona practice 1 speeds (pdf).(7-4-2013)

  • Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Terry Labonte, #47-Bobby Labonte, #95-Speed, #21-Bayne, #51-Allmendinger. #19-Bliss is NOT entered. Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will mmake the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 610
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 572, -38
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 569, -41
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 528, -66
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 528, -82
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 512, -98
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 500, -110
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 490, -120
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 489, -121
    10) #22-Joewy Logano, 479, -131
    Wild Cards:
    WC) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 11th in points
    WC) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 16th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 12th in points
    #2-Brad Keselowski, (the 2012 champ), 13th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -104 from 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Kentucky Race and Points Report


Area Newspapers

Daytona Beach News Journal
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Florida Times-Union
Florida Today
Lakeland Ledger
Miami Herald
Naples Daily News
Orlando Sentinel
Palm Beach Post
St Petersburg Times
Tampa Tribune
Treasure Coast Palm


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
NASCAR WX(Weather)-Man
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Daytona Chamber of Commerce - Speedweeks
City of Daytona Beach, FL
Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Daytona is PRS-655 which is a new brand new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-648 which was the backup chassis at Talladega in May.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703 for the Daytona race. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis at the Daytona test back in January. In 2012, he drove this chassis at the 2.5-mile superspeedway's July event, and he finished seventh. In 2010, Kahne reached Victory Lane at Daytona when he won the second Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying race. In 19 points-paying starts at Daytona, Kahne has two top-five finishes and seven top-10s, including a runner-up result in the July 2010 race.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team will bring superspeedway chassis No. 721 this weekend at Daytona. Ambrose has nine starts at the famed Daytona track. He posted his best finish of sixth in the summer event in 2009. The #9 Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer is no stranger to victory lane at the Florida superspeedway. Blickensderfer has two wins under his belt. He visited victory lane for the 2009 Daytona 500 with Matt Kenseth and 2011 Coke Zero 400 with David Ragan. In his eight starts as crew chief, he has four top-fives, six top-10s and an average finish of 7.1.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-573 spent time in the wind tunnel before debuting with Ryan Newman driving it for the #39 team in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in February 2010, when he started fourth and finished 19th after a late-race accident. Newman drove the car in the Shootout one year later and started eighth, led 18 laps and finished third. The car was then transferred to the No.10 team and Patrick made her Sprint Cup debut with the chassis in February 2012 in the 54th Daytona 500, which she started 29th and finished 38th after being involved in a multi-car accident early in the race. Since then, the car has been converted to a Chevrolet SS model and was tested by Patrick at Daytona this past February. The car served as a backup for the 55th Daytona 500 but was not pressed into service. It was then was tested by Patrick at a Goodyear tire test in April at Daytona. Since then, it has spent time in the wind tunnel getting prepared for the Coke Zero 400.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis selection not reported in pre-race press release.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-798 which last ran at Talladega in 2012 and finished 6th. The backup chassis is RK-794, which last ran at Daytona in the Sprint Unlimited and finished 2nd. Biffle has 21 starts at Daytona, earning one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Fifth Third Bank Racing team will be using primary chassis RK-781, which raced numerous times by the #16 team in 2012 including a third-place finish in 2012 Daytona 500 and led 35 laps in the Coke Zero 400 last year. The backup chassis is RK-799 which last ran during Daytona test.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for Daytona is PRS-652 which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-651 which races at Daytona in the Sprint Unlimited and finished 3rd.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview. Overall, Gordon has six victories, three poles, 12 top-fives and 19 top-10's in 41 starts at the 2.5-mile track.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 406 at Daytona International Speedway. This #27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Talladega Superspeedway and tested at Daytona in January and April earlier this year. Menard has 12 starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in 2008 and best finish of sixth came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,133 of 2,148 laps attempted (99.3%) at the famed superspeedway, leading 38 of them.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 387 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in Saturday night's event at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick most recently drove this Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet to Victory Lane following the Sprint Unlimited in February at Daytona. Since 2001, Harvick has made 24 starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, winning two point-paying events (2007 Daytona 500 and July 2010). The California racer has also collected two pole awards (July 2002 and July 2010), five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, has completed 90.3% (3,815 of 4,225) laps contested and is credited with 178 laps led.
    #31-Jeff Burtonwill race chassis No. 337 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. This #31 Kwikset Chevrolet, built specifically for superspeedway racing, was driven by Burton earlier this season at Talladega Superspeedway. Burton's has 39 starts at Daytona International Speedway with one win (July 2000), nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Burton also scored the pole position for the 2006 Daytona 500 and has led 145 laps at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, he has a trophy from the 2011 Duel 150 qualifying race on his mantle.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis 39-606 at Daytona , which has five combined starts at the two restrictor-plate tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule  three at Talladega and two at Daytona. In its five previous starts, the chassis' best results have come at Daytona  in this race last year, when Newman qualified on the outside pole and finished fifth, and in the 2013 seasonopening Daytona 500, when it was called into service after the primary car suffered irreparable damage in the second Budweiser Duel. In that race, Newman overcame starting at the back of the field and aerodynamic issues to record another fifth-place finish. Since then, Chassis 39-606 underwent repairs and visited the wind tunnel last month in preparation for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 U.S. Air Force team will race the chassis No. 722 this weekend. The team raced the chassis in February's Sprint Unlimited expedition race. Almirola will make his ninth start, fifth in Cup, at his 'home track' this weekend. In his four Cup starts, he tallied a best finish of 13th earlier this season in the Daytona 500, and in four Nationwide starts, he posted one top-10 finish and won a pole.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 764 at Daytona, which raced in 2013 in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona and finished 15th and ran at May at Talladega and finished 5th. Chassis No. 756 serves as the backup
    #55-Michael Waltrip: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-773 for Saturday's race. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a 17th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May and to a second-place finish in February at the Daytona 500. Earnhardt has 13 NASCAR wins at Daytona -- two in the Sprint Cup Series, six in the Nationwide Series, three during qualifying events and two during exhibition events. He has won the 2004 Daytona 500, the 2001 Pepsi 400, plus two Sprint Unlimiteds (2003 and 2008) and three Budweiser Duel qualifying races (2003, 2004 and 2008). Earnhardt won the four straight Nationwide events he entered between 2002 and 2004 at Daytona.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Subway team will be bringing chassis RK  829 to Daytona which was the car that wrecked in the Sprint Unlimited practice. The team sent RK  829 back to RFR headquarters for repairs and used it as the backup for the Daytona 500. The backup chassis is RK  835 which last ran at Talladega in May. In 17 NSCS starts at DIS, Edwards has achieved four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Edwards' best finish at Daytona is second place, captured in 2011 at the Daytona 500 and in July of 2008.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(7-3-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the event

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 900; Right-side -- 900;
    Nationwide: Left-side  400; Right-side -- 400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600

    Tire Circumference: Left-side  88.0 in. (2,235 mm); Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,248 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 tire set-up at Daytona this week . . . this is the first time these teams will be running either of these two tire codes . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear tire test at Daytona on April 16-17 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Kasey Kahne, No. 10 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Danica Patrick, No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Michael McDowell, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford with Trevor Bayne, No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet with Austin Dillon and No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards . . . compared to what was run at Daytona in February, this tire set-up features a compound change on both sides of the car and a construction change to the left-side to bring it into line with what has been run at other tracks . . . 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.


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