NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Coke Zero 400

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Daytona, FL

Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:08pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

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  • Radio: MRN Live Streaming

  • SiriusXM Internet Radio is available via any internet connected device, with a subscription.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, July 2
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 3
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
2:00 PM NSCS ROOKIES MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 - 3:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:00 - 5:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, July the 4th
10:30 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
4:35 PM NSCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND

Sunday, July 5
2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:45 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:15 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:45 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, July 3, 3:00 - 3:50pm/et. TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 3, 5:00 - 5:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, July the 4th at 4:35 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $6,343,472
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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 Marshal: Actor/Comedian David Spade
    Command to start engines: David Spade
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Terrell Sisk
    Color Guard: Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard
    Invocation: Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church, Daytona, FL
    National Anthem: U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast
    Flyover: "Tulsa Vipers" two F-16s, 125th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard.

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Daytona International Speedway Website
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Pinterest
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • February 2015: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2014: see the Daytona Race Info page

  • 2015 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 161.939mph, started 5th

  • 2014 July Race Winner: #43-Aric Almirola, 130.014mph, started 15th

  • 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

  • 2015 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293, finished 33rd

  • 2014 July Pole Winner: #38-David Gilliland, 199.322mph, finished 35th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (single car run): Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (group qualifying): #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293mph, February 2014

  • 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................................. 96.2
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.9
    #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 90.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 89.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 88.0
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 87.9
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 87.7
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 86.6
    #22-Joey Logano.............................. 85.8
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 84.0
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.
    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 Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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.
    (NASCAR)(7-2-2015)

  • Daytona Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    35 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.
    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.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 13.065.
    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).
    Greg Biffle won the July race at Daytona in his first appearance.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 710 laps led in 45 starts.
    Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 369; followed by Jeff Gordon with 318 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 243.
    Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona are one lap led by Jimmy Spencer in 1994. The fewest laps led by an active July race winner at Daytona are three laps led by Jamie McMurray in 2007.
    Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 28.
    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), Brendan Gaughan (2/15/04) Danica Patrick (2/27/12), Alex Bowman (2/23/14), Michael Annett (2/23/14).
    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)(7-3-2015)

  • Daytona Raceway Pole Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
    38 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 Daytona 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 56 (14.2%) 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.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona with a 9.926.
    15 of the 56 (26.7%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second-place.
    41 of the 56 (73.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Four of the 56 (7.1%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    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).
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 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.(NASCAR)(7-4-2015)

  • Daytona Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 136 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 57 have been 500 miles, 52 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
    445 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 277 in more than one.
    Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 22 starts - this weekend will be Gordon's final start 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.
    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 two of the 56 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: 1) July 6, 1996 - the race was called on Lap 117, 43 circuits shy of the 160 scheduled laps and 2) July 6, 2014 - the race was called on Lap 112.
    (NASCAR)(7-5-2015)

  • 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 & Links

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Daytona: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway in a Green-White-Checkered finish for his 2nd win of the season, 4th win at Daytona, 10th restrictor plate race win and 25th career win. Earnhardt Jr. led the most laps at 96.
    There was a big wreck at the end of the race when #11-Hamlin and #4-Harvick made contact, turning the #11. #3-Dillon's car hit the #11 and launched over the field of cars and into the catchfence. The catchefence was damaged but kept the car on the track. Reports had three fans suffering minor injuries. The #3 Chevy was destroyed, the engine ended up in the grass, but Dillon was uninjured, waving at the crowd after exiting the car.
    Unofficially #48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #24-Gordon, #3-Dillon, #31-Newman, #6-Bayne and #15-Bowyer.
    The race was rain delayed until it started 11:42pm/et.
    The first wreck was on lap 3 when #38-Gilliland, who was running 4th, came down in front of #15-Bowyer, touching the nose of the #15 and spinning the #38. Others involved trying to avoid the #38 were: #9-Hornish Jr., #10-Patrick, #16-Biffle, #22-Logano, #26-Burton, #32-Labonte, #46-Annett and #62-Gaughan.
    Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 63 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr., who moved to 2nd. #78-Truex Jr. who came into the race in 2nd place, fell to fifth, after wrecking and finishing 38th during one of the big wrecks.
    #18-Busch wrecked early but recovered got two free passes and finished 17th.
    Busch is 128 points out of 30th (to get in the Chase) and needs around a 13th average finish to crack the top 30 in the 9 races before the Chase.
    There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 134.941mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-5-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400, his 25th victory in 558 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his fourth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 32 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2015.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 20 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto (26th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 63 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-5-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 589, -67 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 656 (1st)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 593, -63 (2nd)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 508, -148 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 581, -75 (4th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 569, -87 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 520, -136 (7th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 501, -155 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 480, -176 (12th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 409, -248 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 526, -130 (6th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 500, -156 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 496, -160 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 496, -176 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 472, -184 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 465, -191 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    37) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 152, 128 pts out of 30th (needs 13 finish ave)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-5-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 656
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 593, -63
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 589, -67
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 581, -75
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 569, -87
    6) #1-Jamie McMurray, 526, -130
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 520, -136
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 508, -148
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 501, -155
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 500, -156
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-5-2015)

  • Daytona Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 26th, 11 rookie points
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 27th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 35th, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, not entered, Brian Scott ran the car
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race, not entered
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(7-5-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a free pass / lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #18-Busch, 17th
    Caution 3: #18-Busch(2), 17th
    Caution 4: #19-Edwards, 41st
    Caution 5: #62-Gaughan, 28th
    Caution 6: none, driver eligible involved in the wreck
    Caution 7: #20-Kenseth, 23rd
    Caution 8: #22-Logano, 22nd
    Caution 9: #2-Keselowski, 29th
    (7-5-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBC at 7:45 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 8:08pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, July 6 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN (called NASCAR 120)

  • Daytona Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday July 5th: (eastern time)
    -- 5:45:00 pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    -- 7:15:00 pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    -- 7:45:00 pm: Intro Presentation of Colors & Invocation: Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard
    -- 7:45:20 pm: Invocation by: Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida, Sonny Gallman
    -- 7:46:00 pm: National Anthem: US Navy Band of the Southeast
    -- 7:47:15 pm: Flyby TOT: (2) F-16's; 125th Fighter Squadron "Tulsa Vipers", Oklahoma Air National Guard
    -- 7:47:45 pm: Medal of Honor Recipients Presentation
    -- 7:55:00 pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by David Spade
    -- 8:08:00 pm: Start of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • 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.

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
    Starting 1st: #88-Earnhardt Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #3-Dillon took pit stall 21, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #15-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 3rd pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-4-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was cancelled due to weather/rain. The starting lineup was set by the rules book: Top 36 in owners points. 37-43 by race attempts. Teams with the least number of attempts miss the race. The 43 cars are then set by practice speeds from the 1st practice session from Friday.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start first [not credited with a pole award] followed by #3-ADillon, #15-Bowyer, #27-Menard, #6-Bayne, #38-Gilliland, #47-Allmendinger, #55-Ragan, #1-McMurray and #5-Kahne.
    Missing the race would be #95-McDowell (9 attempts) and #21-Blaney (6 attempts).
    See the starting lineup on Jayski.com's Daytona Starting Lineup Page.(7-4-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 4:35pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers lined up on pit road is #62-Gaughan
    The final driver lined up on pit road is #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Pit road lineup order for this race was set by 1st practice speed, slowest goes 1st, fastest goes last.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-3-2015)

  • Superspeedway Qualifying Format for Daytona/Talladega: The qualifying format at superspeedways will consist of the following:
    Qualifying for all Superspeedway Events will consist of two rounds with the first round's order based on the slowest to fastest single lap speed posted in the first practice session.
    Unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director, adjustments, or repairs may not be made to the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    Superspeedway Qualifying consists of one timed lap. The lap speed determines the vehicle's qualifying position. In all rounds, NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time.
    Any vehicle or driver not ready to compete within five minutes of the time called onto the track, may be sent to the rear of the line, repositioned within the order of the qualifying round, or left out of the remainder of the qualifying round, at the discretion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    Throughout Superspeedway Qualifying, each vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR.
    Upon the completion of each qualifying lap, NASCAR will impound each vehicle.
    Upon completion of the first Qualifying round, the 43 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicles for positions 1st - 43rd will be determined.
    The 12 eligible vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the final Qualifying round.
    The remaining vehicles will be sorted based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round in descending order to determine starting positions 13th - 43rd.
    There will be a ten-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the 12 remaining vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their speed reset.
    Only the following adjustments are permitted during the ten-minute break for the vehicles advancing to the final round; adjustment of tape and use of a cool-down unit.
    The order of releasing the vehicles for the final Qualifying round is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first Qualifying round.
    The final Qualifying round consists of one timed lap. The vehicle's fastest single lap speed will determine starting positions 1st- 12th in descending order.(NASCAR)
    Qualifying will be aired on NBCSN, scheduled for 4:30pm/et (no re-air scheduled) on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

  • Happy Hour practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #10-Patrick 198.133
    #41-Busch 197.950
    #4-Harvick 197.946
    #14-Stewart 197.898
    #5-Kahne 197.637
    slowest: #9-Hornish Jr. 188.155 & #26-Burton 188.648
    no speed: #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #47-Allmendinger, #55-Ragan.
    notes: no incidents or accidents. All teams that went to backup cars got some laps in those cars.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Daytona Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-3-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt 202.284
    #3-Dillon 202.066
    #15-Bowyer 201.993
    #27-Menard 201.970
    #6-Bayne 201.875 (before wreck)
    slowest: #83-DiBendetto 187.348 & #26-Burton 187.739
    no speed: #62-Gaughan, #98-Wise.
    notes: about 10 minutes into practice: #2-Keselowski and #18-Busch made contact in a turn, the #18 spun collecting #78-Truex Jr., #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #31-Newman, #9-Hornish Jr. and #46-Annett Just behind that wreck, #1-McMurray, #6-Bayne and #19-Edwards got together. Going to backup cars: #1, #6, #9, #11, #16, #18, #19, #31, #46, #78.
    The practice was aired on NBCSN. Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 5:00pm/et and be aired on NBCSN.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Daytona Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-3-2015)

  • Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #32-Bobby Labonte, #33-Brian Scott, #34-Moffitt, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #-62-Gaughan (46th in owners pts), #26-Burton(44th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney (6 attempts), #95-McDowell (9)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Daytona Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 545, -70 (4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 616 (1st)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 469, -147 (10th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 563, -53 (2nd)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 559, -57 (3rd)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 545, -71 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 505, -111 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 479, -137 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 438, -178 (13th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 405, -211 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 497, -119 (7th in driver points)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 483, -133 (8th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 462, -154 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 452, -164 (12th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 435, -181 (14th)
    16) #43-Aric Almirola, 431, -185 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    37) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 125, 136 pts out of 30th
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 616
    2) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 563, -53
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 559, -57
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 546, -70
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 545, -71
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 505, -111
    7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 497, -119
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 483, -133
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 479, -137
    10) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 469, -147
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently, six more teams (4 at Hendrick and 2 at MWR) have stopped posting chassis selections on their race preview.
    This leaves only 5-8 teams posting chassis selections.
    Two years ago 25-28 teams posted chassis selections in their race previews.
    It dropped to about 14 in the early part of 2015 and now just a few teams.
    Will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:

    Set limits: Sprint Cup: 3 sets for the practice/qualifying, and 6 sets for the race;

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . Xfinity teams have also run this tire set-up at Talladega the past two seasons . . . 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 & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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