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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: Coca Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:50pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, July 2
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, July 3
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS SPOTTERS MEETINGS
3:00 PM NSCS ROOKIES MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
4:00 - 5:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
6:35 - 8:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, July 4
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND
7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, July 5
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, July 3, 4:00 - 5:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, July 3, 6:35 - 8:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, July 4 at 5:10pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 3:00am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $6,345,346
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: 147,000 [was 168,000, will be 101,000 in 2016].
    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 Marshals: Medal of Honor Recipients: Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins, Sgt. First Class Melvin Morris, Command Sgt. Major Gary Littrell, Command Sgt. Major Robert Patterson.
    Command to start engines: Medal of Honor Recipients: Sgt. First Class Melvin Morris, Command Sgt. Major Gary Littrell.
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Ronnie Barton, First Baptist Church of South Daytona
    National Anthem: Thomas Horner, Navy Band of the Southeast
    Flyover: Three P-51 Mustangs

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

  • February 2014: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2013: see the Daytona Race Info page

  • 2014 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 145.290mph, started 9th

  • 2013 July Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 154.313mph, started 8th

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

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

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

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

  • 2014 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #3-Austin Dillon, 196.019, finished 9th

  • 2013 July Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 193.723, finished 12th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

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

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Austin Dillon, 23 years, 9 months, 20 days, 2/16/2014

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

  • Top 10 driver ratings at Daytona:
    #18-Kyle Busch 97.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth 92.9
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 92.0
    #14-Tony Stewart 90.0
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 89.0
    #41-Kurt Busch 88.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon 88.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin 85.5
    #15-Clint Bowyer 83.5
    Jeff Burton 83.1
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Daytona Notes & Facts - Wednesday - track history:
    " 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 175 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among eight tracks in the state of Florida.
    " The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course in 7/10/1949. The 40 lap event was by won Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).(NASCAR)(7-2-2014)

  • Daytona Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:

    " 438 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 275 in more than one.
    " 173 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida; 10 of the 173 (5.7%) have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
    " Of the seven Florida native drivers who have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts and LeeRoy Yarborough have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
    " Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Tony Stewart (2/14/99), Casey Mears (2/16/03), Kasey Kahne (2/15/04), and Danica Patrick (2/27/12).
    " Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; two were during the July race: 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 31 starts. Stewart also leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 366; followed by Jeff Gordon with 316 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 243.
    " Six 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 Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson.
    " 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. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch 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. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 11.
    " Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona with a 10.440.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 13.379.
    " Greg Biffle won the July race at Daytona in his first appearance.
    " Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 38.(NASCAR)(7-3-2014)

  • Daytona Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 21 starts.
    " Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
    " 37 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 July race poles, with two. Gordon started first in 2007 due to qualifying being cancelled as well.
    " 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 55 (14.5%) 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 55 (27.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second-place.
    " 41 of the 55 (74.5%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Four of the 55 (7.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    " The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona was 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
    " 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.
    " Six 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), Danica Patrick (2/24/13) and Austin Dillon (2/23/2014).(NASCAR)(7-4-2014)

  • Daytona Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    " There have been 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 56 have been 500 miles, 51 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
    " 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.
    " Four 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), 2011 (160/170) and 2013 (160/161).
    " Only one of the 55 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.
    " 34 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; followed by Jeff Gordon with three.
    " 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; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 13.
    " Seven different manufacturers have won the July NSCS race at Daytona; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford with 16.
    " A driver has swept both races (Daytona 500 and the July race) at Daytona five times: Fireball Roberts - 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250), Cale Yarborough - 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400), LeeRoy Yarborough - 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400), Bobbie Allison - 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400), Jimmie Johnson - 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola).(NASCAR)(7-5-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • NASCAR Explains Why Race Was Called: The day was only half over but the race was finished. NASCAR's decision to call Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at about 3:00pm/et left some competitors and fans perplexed. The decision ended NASCAR's weekend battle with showers, which caused a multi-car crash during Nationwide qualifying on Friday and forced Saturday night's Cup race to be moved to Sunday. Rain twice delayed Sunday's race before it was called after 112 of 160 laps. Aric Almirola was declared the winner. With a forecast from the National Weather Service calling for the likelihood of rain until about 8:00pm/et and the race past halfway - a day after it was scheduled to run - it tipped the scales for NASCAR to call the race. "We've seen this weather pattern and felt it was the best interest of fans getting done and getting home," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We put on 2 1/2 hours of solid racing. When you looked at what was in front of us weather-wise, we felt it was best for all concerned that the race was completed." Pemberton said an issue was that was so much rain in Turn 3 that water was trapped behind the SAFER barrier and coming down on the track. That could have delayed a restart if the rest of the track was dry. The later the rain persisted, the longer it would have been to dry the track because it would not have been aided by the sun.(Motor Racing Network)(7-7-2014)

  • No Top 10 starters finish with a top-10 in a race at Daytona: All 10 drivers that started in the top 10 at Daytona in July failed to finish in the top 10. The best finisher from the top-10 starters was #24-Jeff Gordon, who started 9th and finished 12th. Race winner #43-Aric Almirola started 15th and #55-Brian Vickers, who finished 2nd, started 30th. The pole sitter, #38-David Gilliland, finished 35th, after being involved in a wreck. The last race there was no top-ten starters finishing in the top-10 in a race was at Las Vegas in March 2007. And before that, the last race was on July 4, 1965....at Daytona.(7-11-2014)

  • Almirola wins rain-shortened race at Daytona: #43-Aric Almirola won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 1st career win and he puts him in position for a Chase spot this season. The race was called after 112 laps after persistent showers prevented NASCAR from drying the track.
    It is the 199th win for car #43 and the first since April 1999 when John Andretti won at Martinsville. It is also 30 years since Richard Petty's 200th career win.
    #55-Vickers finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #13-Mears, #3-Dillon, #11-Hamlin, #95-McDowell, #10-Patrick, #15-Bowyer, and #9-Ambrose.
    The race was postponed to Sunday due to rain Saturday evening.
    There was a 25 minute red flag on lap 10 for rain.
    The first "big one" happened on lap 20 when #17-Stenhouse, Jr. got lose near the front of the field, Gordon checked up and got into Stewart, who then hit Stenhouse, Jr. and spun him into traffic, collecting 16 cars.
    The "bigger one" was on lap 98. #16-Biffle appeared to get into the back of #5-Kahne, who hooked #22-Logano. They spun into traffic. A total of 26 cars were involved in the accident. Only 13 cars running on the lead lap were not involved. There was a 5 minute red flag while the track was cleared.
    Pole winner #38-Gilliland was caught in the wreck on lap 98. He finished 35th.
    #24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 12th and extends his points lead over to 27 points. #88-Earnhardt, Jr is now in 2nd.
    #48-Johnson leads the Chase Grid with three wins, 3rd in points. #88-Earnhardt Jr. is second with 2 wins, 2nd in points then #2-Keselowski 2 & 4th, #22-Logano 2 & 6th, #99-Edwards 2 & 7th, and #4-Harvick 2 and 11th.
    There were 21 lead changes among 14 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 130.014mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-6-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway:
    Aric Almirola won the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400 , his first victory in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in seven races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Brian Vickers (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 16 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 27 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    Aric Almirola is the 43rd driver to drive the famed No. 43 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    Prior to today's win, the last time the No. 43 car visited Victory Lane at Daytona was 7/4/1984 with NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty behind the wheel.
    The last time the No. 43 car won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at Martinsville Speedway (4/18/1999) with driver John Andretti.
    This is the No. 43 car's 199th win (second-most all-time) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    This is the No. 43 car's 11th points-paying win at Daytona among two drivers - Richard Petty (10 wins) and Aric Almirola (1 win).(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-6-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 651
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 624, -27
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 596, -55
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 586, -65
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 580, -71
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 546, -105
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 5436, -108
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 534, -117
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 524, -127
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 516, -135
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 514, -137
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 493, -158
    21) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 452, -199
    24) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 422, -229 (166 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-6-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid Outlook:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 3rd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 2nd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins, 4th
    4) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 7th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 11th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 9th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 14th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 24th
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 21st
    (no wins, in by points)
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 10th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 12th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 13th
    See the Chase Grid Outlook page (pdf).(7-6-2014)

  • Daytona Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, finished 5th, 17 rookie points
    #23-Bowman, 13th, 10
    #7-Annett, 21st, 9
    #51-Allgaier, 25th, 8
    #83-Truex, 32nd, 7
    #26-Whitt, 34th, 6
    #42-Larson, 36th, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See more on the 2014 Rookie of the Year page.(7-6-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 3: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 14th
    Caution 4: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. (2), 14th
    Caution 5: #20-Kenseth, 19th
    Caution 6: race ended
    (7-5-2014)

  • Daytona race postponed to Sunday: Rain at Daytona International Speedway has forced NASCAR to postpone the Coke Zero 400 until 11:00am/et Sunday. TNT's TV coverage will start at 11:00am/et. The forecast for Sunday calls for a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms, with an increased chance of rain later in the afternoon. NASCAR will have a competition caution on lap 20 of the race. See weather links on the Daytona race page - weather section.
    Tickets for Saturday's race will be honored on Sunday. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 will also be on sale at the gate or the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.
    Grandstand gates will open at 9:00am and the parking lots will open at 7:00am.(7-5-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 5, 2014.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:30pm/et; green flag approx. 7:50pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none

  • 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 #38-Gilliland chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #36-Sorenson took pit stall 21, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #40-Cassill, who starts 3rd took the 9th pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-4-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Chase Grid Outlook
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Gilliland wins Daytona pole: #38-David Gilliland won the Coors Light pole for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 199.322mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 2nd at Daytona and 3rd of his career.
    #36-Sorenson is on the outside pole, followed by #40-Cassill, #33-Bobby Labonte, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #34-Ragan, #24-Gordon, #16-Biffle, #99-Edwards, and #14-Stewart.
    Missing the race was: #29-Nemechek.
    Qualifying was cancelled after the first round because of rain.
    See the starting lineup, full qualifying results and more on the Daytona Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(7-4-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona:
    David Gilliland won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400 with a lap of 45.153 seconds, 199.322 mph.
    This is his third pole in 276 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his second pole in 13 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Reed Sorenson (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2014 and his second in 11 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Landon Cassill(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first in 16 races this season.
    Cole Whitt (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-4-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 25 minutes.
    #38-Gilliland 199.322
    #36-Sorenson 199.221
    #40-Cassill 199.194
    #33-BLabonte 198.970
    #48-Johnson 198.790
    the rest of the top 24: 20 88 34 24 16 99 14 4 5 43 17 26 9 78 31 27 13 3 47.
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 21 2 95 22 10 55 51 7 98 15 42 1 11 32 18 41 29 66 83 23.
    Driver who will miss the race: #29-Nemechek.
    (7-4-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 4, 2014 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 3:00am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #18-Busch.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #27-Menard.
    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.(7-4-2014)

  • Final practice: for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been cancelled due to rain.(7-3-2014)

  • First Thursday practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over after 45 minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #1-McMurray 201.952
    #42-Larson 201.889
    #15-Bowyer 201.839
    #2-Keselowski 201.771
    #24-Gordon 201.712
    slowest: #66-Waltrip 191.010 & #32-Labonte 190.678.
    notes: Practice started an hour later than schedule after rain showers at the track. This session was cut to 45 minutes. A second and final practice session is scheduled for 6:30-8:00pm/et.
    Qualifying is scheduled to be held on Friday at 5:10pm/et. It will be shown on FoxSports1 (FS1). Should qualifying be rained out, speeds from this practice session would set the field for the race.
    Fastest speeds, laps run, best ten lap average on the Daytona Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-3-2014)

  • 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: #21-Bayne, #29-Nemechek, #32-Terry Labonte, #33-Bobby Labonte, #66-Waltrip, #95-McDowell.
    Driver who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #29-Nemechek
    Driver who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #29-Nemechek
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 618
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 594, -24
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 594, -24
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 560, -58
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 555, -63
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 536, -82
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 519, -99
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 514, -104
    9) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 509, -109
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 408, -110
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    17) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 455, -163
    26) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 379, -239 (133 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    (6-28-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins, 4th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 6th
    5) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 9th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 17th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #27-Paul Menard, 11th
    14) #42-Kyle Larson, 12th
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    (6-28-2014)


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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 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: PRS-653. Last Raced: Sprint Unlimited (finished 2nd). Backup Chassis: PRS-649. Last Raced: Talladega backup.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 468 in the Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time under race conditions.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will utilize Chassis No. 834 in Sunday's race. Harvick raced the car to a 13th-place finish in this year's Daytona 500.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-856 for Saturday night's race at Daytona. Kahne last drove this car to an eighth-place finish at Talladega in May.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-758: This car was wind-tunnel tested in January 2013 before being used by Patrick in the 55th Daytona 500. Patrick qualified the car on the pole with a speed of 196.434 mph and then started first and finished 17th in the first Budweiser Duel. She started on the pole and led five laps in the Daytona 500 before finishing eighth - the best finish ever for a woman in the "Great American Race." Patrick next drove Chassis 10-758 in May at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 33rd after being involved in a late-race accident. The car was rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested throughout the summer and then Patrick drove it in October at Talladega, where she finished 33rd after a pit-road speeding penalty cost her any chance of a good finish. Patrick drove chassis No. 10-758 in January 2014 testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway before piloting it once again in the non-points-paying Sprint Unlimited at Daytona in February. Patrick, who ran as high as fourth in the early part of the event, was caught up in a multicar accident on lap 35, relegating her to a 16th-place finish. The car has been rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested since that race and was used in May at Talladega, where she started seventh, led six laps and finished 22nd.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-762: This car made its debut during 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona. It qualified fifth in time trials for the Daytona 500, which slotted it third in its Budweiser Duel qualifying race. Chassis No. 14-762 ran well in the Duel, finishing sixth to place it 13th in the 55th Daytona 500. But just 34 laps into the season-opening race, Chassis No. 14-762 was collected in a multicar crash. The team made extensive repairs and 82 laps later, returned Stewart to the 2.5-mile superspeedway to log laps and earn the best finish possible, which was 41st in the 43-car field. It served as backup for the remainder of the 2013 season, but was tested Jan. 9-10, 2014 at Daytona in preparation for the Sprint Unlimited. In that non-points race, Chassis No. 14-762 started ninth and ran as high as third before a multicar crash on lap 35 dropped it to 11th. With fresh sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-762
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 811 serves as the primary chassis. It is a new chassis for the 2014 season and has not been raced. Chassis No. 754 serves as the back-up chassis. Bowyer drove this Toyota to a third-place finish at Talladega in April. Martin Truex Jr. also finished 24th in the 2013 Daytona 500 and eighth in the May 2013 Talladega race in this chassis.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-798 last raced at Talladega where Biffle led 58 laps and crossed the finish line second. Backup Chassis: RK-852 Last ran Talladega in 2013 - finished 11th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 909 - new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-872 - new chassis.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-651. Last Raced Daytona 500 backup. Backup Chassis: PRS-654. Last Raced: Talladega backup.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: No. 24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-887 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis is new and has never been raced.
    #27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 447. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced at this year's Daytona 500, where Menard led 29 laps of competition. The team's great run was ended short when Menard was collected in an on-track incident and had to take the No. 27 Chevrolet to the garage for repairs.
    #29-Joe Nemechek: will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 061 in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 436 in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS competed earlier this season in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway and the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 817 in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Chassis No. 817 was built in 2014 and started 10th and finished 14th in the Sprint Unlimited during 2014 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona. Busch was collected in a seven-car pileup on lap 35 and was unable to finish the race.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-871 for this weekend's race, which Johnson most recently raced at Talladega in May. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-853, which Johnson cruised to a fifth-place finish in the Daytona 500 in February.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 810 finished fourth at Talladega. Backup: 753 finished 30th in the Daytona 500
    #66-Michael Waltrip: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-872 for Saturday's race. Earnhardt first raced this chassis at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Earnhardt's winning 2014 Daytona 500 chassis currently resides in the Daytona Experience on the track property.
    #95-Michael McDowell: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-913 is a new chassis. Backup chassis RK-870 was last brought to Talladega in 2014 as a backup.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(7-3-2014)


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

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.99 in. (2,235 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.50 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 codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that major NASCAR teams have run at both Daytona and Talladega since last October . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds


Vegas Insider
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Daytona Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Crown Royal/Brickyard 400

Countdown to Race Time: 7/27/2014 ~1:19pm/et

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Qualifying:
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:10pm/et
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Saturday, July 27, 2014, 9:00am/et
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