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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Saturday, July 2, 2016 in Daytona, FL

Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:05pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBC - 7:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBC, 7:45pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 5:30pm/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    NASCAR 120, Sunday, July 3 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN;
    NASCAR 120, Monday, July 4 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

REVISED SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 30
9:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NSCS, NXS SPOTTERS MEETING
2:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 - 3:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE (RAINED OUT)
5:00 - 5:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (RAINED OUT)

Friday, July 1
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:45 - 10:30 AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (ADDED)
4:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND

Saturday, July 2
1:00 PM NSCS ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:45 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:15 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:45 PM NSCS RACE

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

  • Daytona Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Saturday, July 2: (eastern time)
    7:15pm: Drivers Introductions
    7:45pm: Intro Presentation of Colors & Invocation: Naval Air Station Jacksonville Honor Guard
    7:45:20pm: Invocation by First Baptist Church of South Daytona Pastor, Ronnie Barton
    7:46pm: National Anthem: U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band, Fort Benning, GA
    7:47:10pm: Flyby: (4) F-16's - 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL
    7:48pm: Medal of Honor Recipients Presentation
    7:56pm: Command to Start Engines by Victor Irland, Daytona Beach Fire Department; David Aiken, EMT with Volusia County EMS; Brett Whitson, Volusia County Sheriff Deputy; and Officer Ryan Forrest of the Daytona Beach Police Dept
    8:08pm: Green Flag for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practice: Thursday, June 30, 3:00 - 3:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, June 30, 5:00 - 5:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • ADDED Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 1, 9:45 - 10:30 am/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 1 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

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: 101,000 [was 147,000 and 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 Marshals: Victor Irland, Daytona Beach Fire Department; David Aiken, EMT with Volusia County EMS; Brett Whitson, Volusia County Sheriff Deputy; and Officer Ryan Forrest of the Daytona Beach Police Dept
    Command to start engines: Victor Irland, David Aiken, Brett Whitson, Ryan Forrest
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith
    Color Guard: Naval Air Station Jacksonville Honor Guard
    Invocation: First Baptist Church of South Daytona Pastor, Ronnie Barton
    National Anthem: U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band, Fort Benning, Ga
    Flyover: four F-16s, 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base

  • February 2016: see the Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • July 2015: see the Daytona Race Info page

  • 2016 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 157.549mph, started 11th

  • 2015 July Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 134.941mph, started 1st

  • 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

  • 2016 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #24-Chase Elliott, 196.314, finished 37th

  • 2015 July Pole Winner: none, qualifying cancelled due to rain

  • 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: Chase Elliott, 20 years, 2 months, 17 days, 2/14/2016

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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona:
    #18-Kyle Busch(1 win)............................... 95.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(4)....................... 95.3
    #11-Denny Hamlin (1)............................. 91.5
    Kurt Busch.................................. 90.5
    Matt Kenseth (2).............................. 90.1
    Jimmie Johnson (3).......................... 88.7
    Joey Logano (1)............................... 86.1
    Tony Stewart (4).............................. 85.4
    Kevin Harvick (2).............................. 83.4
    Kasey Kahne.............................. 82.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 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:
    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)

  • Daytona Driver Notes & Facts:
    Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 17 starts - this weekend will be Stewart's final start at Daytona.
    A total 176 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona; only 19 have made their first start during the July race.
    Five active series 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), Danica Patrick (2/27/12) and Michael Annett (2/23/14).
    59 different drivers have posted at least one series win at Daytona, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10.
    Of the 59 drivers, 35 of them 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.
    Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 30.
    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).
    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 leads all active drivers with three.
    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. Kurt Busch 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. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with nine.
    Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 1,286 laps led in 46 starts.
    Tony Stewart leads all active series drivers in laps led at Daytona with 668 in 34 starts. NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led in the July races at Daytona with 644 laps led in 22 starts.
    Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 369; followed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 339.
    Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona is 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.
    A total of six female drivers have competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. All six have competed in the July race.
    Janet Guthrie was the first female competitor to race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. She started 33rd and raced her way up to a 15th-place finish.
    (NASCAR)

  • Daytona Pole Notes & Facts:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
    A total of 59 drivers have posted at least one pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. 38 of the 59 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with eight.
    Only five active drivers have posted a pole for the Daytona July race: Kevin Harvick (2002), Tony Stewart (2005), Paul Menard (2008), Matt Kenseth (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
    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).
    16 different drivers have posted their first series career Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway - nine during Speedweeks in February and seven for the July races.
    Seven 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), Austin Dillon (2/23/14) and Chase Elliott (2/21/16).
    Eight of the 57 (14%) 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 first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway - most recent Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2015 July race)
    16 of the 57 (28.1%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: nine from the first starting position and seven from the second starting position.
    43 of the 57 (75.4%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Four of the 57 (7%) 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 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 four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.(NASCAR)

  • Daytona Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 138 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 58 have been 500 miles, 53 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
    449 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 284 in more than one.
    The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 14.
    The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course on 7/10/1949. The 40 lap event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).
    Seven different manufacturers have won the July NSCS race at Daytona: Chevrolet: 19; Ford: 17; Mercury: 7; Dodge: 5; Pontiac: 5; Buick: 3; Toyota: 1.
    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 is 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 57 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway have 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)

  • Race before Coke Zero 400 not an indicator of Daytona success: Just because #14-Tony Stewart won Sunday's Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway does not guarantee success in this Saturday's Coke Zero 400. Over the last 20 years, the driver winning the race just prior to Daytona's summer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has rarely won on the high-banked tri-oval. It has not happened in 10 years. Jeff Gordon, who is now retired, won those races back-to-back in 2004 and then Stewart, who will retire at season's end, did it the next season on the way to his second Cup Series championship. Since 2006 the races prior to the Coke Zero 400 have been staged at Sonoma Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Like this year, NASCAR competitors raced at Sonoma last year with Kyle Busch emerging as the surprise winner. When Busch got to Daytona for the summer run, he finished 17th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won last year's race. For example, in 2014 Brad Keselowski captured the race at Kentucky but finished 18th at Daytona. In 2013 Kenseth won Kentucky and wound up 33rd after being swept into a crash at DIS. The two-race matchup was particularly cruel to both Gordon and Denny Hamlin in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Gordon won Sonoma in 2006 and finished 40th in the Coke Zero 400. The following year Hamlin won at New Hampshire and in his very next start at Daytona finished dead last in a 43-car field.
    a look at the last 10 years of races.:
    2015, Sonoma: Kyle Busch, Daytona; Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Busch 17th)
    2014, Kentucky: Brad Keselowski; Daytona: Aric Almirola (Keselowski, 18th)
    2013, Kentucky: Matt Kenseth; Daytona: Jimmie Johnson (Kenseth, 33rd)
    2012, Kentucky: Brad Keselowski; Daytona: Tony Stewart (Keselowski, 8th)
    2011, Sonoma: Kurt Busch; Daytona: David Ragan (Busch, 14th)
    2010, New Hampshire: Jimmie Johnson; Daytona: Kevin Harvick (Johnson, 31st)
    2009, New Hampshire: Joey Logano; Daytona: Tony Stewart (Logano, 19th)
    2008, New Hampshire: Kurt Busch; Daytona: Kyle Busch (Kurt Busch, 4th)
    2007, New Hampshire: Denny Hamlin; Daytona: Jamie McMurray (Hamlin, 43rd)
    2006, Sonoma: Jeff Gordon; Daytona: Tony Stewart (Gordon 40th)
    (Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-28-2016)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Brad Keselowski wins at Daytona: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Daytona and 20th career win in his 250th start.
    The race's final caution flag set up NASCAR Overtime, adding a lap to the total.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #6-Bayne, #22-Logano, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #42-Larson, #3-Dillon, #16-Biffle (pole winner), #15-Bowyer and #95-McDowell.
    #98-Cole Whitt finished 11th, his career best finish. #21-Blaney was the highest finishing rookie at 14th.
    There was one 'big one' wreck with 19 cars involved including points leader #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #5-Kahne and #1-McMurray. Last weeks winner, #14-Stewart was running in the top ten late in the race when his car got loose and hit the wall and a couple other cars, ending his night, despite wrecking and finishing 26th, Stewart moved into 30th place in the series standings, the position he needs to maintain or improve to remain eligible for the Chase. #41-Busch was running in the top-five on the last lap when #22-Logano got into the #41, sending it spinning thru the infield grass, Busch finished 23rd.
    There were 26 lead changes among 13 drivers and 5 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 150.342 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    NASCAR 120, Sunday, July 3 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN;
    NASCAR 120, Monday, July 4 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN;
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-2-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway:
    #2-Brad Keselowski won the 58th Annual Coke Zero 400, his 20th victory in 250 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 15 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 23 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    #6-Trevor Bayne (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 12 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #21-Ryan Blaney (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 14 points over #2-Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-2-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [3 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [3], 6th in driver points
    2) #19-Edwards [2], 5th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    5) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    7) #22-Logano [1], 4th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    9) #11-Hamlin [1], 10th
    10) #20-Kenseth [1], 11th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 30th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 8th in drivers points
    13) #3-Dillon, 12th
    14) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 13th
    15) #31-Newman, 14th
    16) #21-Blaney, 15th
    (7-2-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 565
    2) #2-Keselowski [3], 551, -14
    3) #41-Busch [1], 545, -20
    4) #22-Logano [1], 531, -34
    5) #19-Edwards [2], 527, -38
    6) #18-Busch, [3], 492, -73
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 482, -83
    8) #24-Elliott, 482, -83
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 475, -90
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 446, -119
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #38-Cassill, 31st
    Caution 2: none a lap down on the track
    Caution 3: #31-Newman, 18th
    Caution 4: #32-Labonte, 24th
    Caution 5: #55-Sorenson, 22nd
    (7-2-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBC at 7:45 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 8:08pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    NASCAR 120, Sunday, July 3 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN;
    NASCAR 120, Monday, July 4 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Daytona Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Saturday, July 2: (eastern time)
    7:15pm: Drivers Introductions
    7:45pm: Intro Presentation of Colors & Invocation: Naval Air Station Jacksonville Honor Guard
    7:45:20pm: Invocation by First Baptist Church of South Daytona Pastor, Ronnie Barton
    7:46pm: National Anthem: U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band, Fort Benning, GA
    7:47:10pm: Flyby: (4) F-16's - 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL
    7:48pm: Medal of Honor Recipients Presentation
    7:56pm: Command to Start Engines by Victor Irland, Daytona Beach Fire Department; David Aiken, EMT with Volusia County EMS; Brett Whitson, Volusia County Sheriff Deputy; and Officer Ryan Forrest of the Daytona Beach Police Dept
    8:08pm: Green Flag for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • 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 #16-Biffle chose pit stall 4 (the 1st three are closed)[as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #19-Edwards took pit stall 21, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 5th pit stall, which is the 2nd stall, behind Biffle.
    The final pit stall was taken by #17-Stehnouse Jr., who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Greg Biffle wins Daytona pole: #16-Greg Biffle won the pole for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 192.955mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 2nd at Daytona and 13th of his career. It is Biffle's first pole since Charlotte in October 2012, 129 races ago. Biffle has never won from the pole in 12 previous tries.
    #19-Edwards will start 2nd, followed by #18-Busch (in a backup car), #17-Stenhouse Jr., #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #22-Logano and #21-Blaney.
    #16-Biffle was fastest in the first round with a speed of 192.629mph and will start 1st.
    41 cars were entered. The one driver/team to not qualify: #30-Wise.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Daytona qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Daytona Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-1-2016)

  • Daytona International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 58th Annual Coke Zero 400 with a lap of 46.643 seconds, 192.955 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 491 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #19-Carl Edwards (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2016 and his seventh in 24 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 11th in 17 races this season.
    #21-Ryan Blaney (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-1-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2016 at 4:10pm/et (delayed to 4:50pm/et).
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Superspeedway Qualifying Format for Daytona/Talladega: The qualifying format at superspeedways consists of the following:
    Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
    Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
    Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
    Qualifying order for the first round was be determined by practice speeds, slowest to fastest; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
    A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
    Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
    The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
    NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only.

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 41 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #32-Labonte (was slowest in practice).
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #44-Scott (was fastest in practice).
    The order is set by practice speeds (was only one practice).
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed from that round.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Daytona Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Happy Hour (only) Practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #44-Scott 199.349
    #3-Dillon 199.344
    #2-Keselowski 198.711
    #21-Blaney 198.649
    #35-Gilliland 198.623 (disallowed)
    slowest: #32-Labonte 188.739 & #83-DiBenedetto 193.582
    the best 10 consecutive lap ave: #2-Keselowski, 197.034
    The open teams in practice:
    #21-Blaney was 4th fastest
    #98-Whitt 13th
    #55-Sorenson 17th
    #30-Wise 9th
    (disallowed)
    #35-Gilliland 5th (disallowed)
    If qualifying gets rained out, Charter teams are set by owners points, and then the final four spots are set by fastest open teams, if qualifying is cancelled, #55-Sorenson would not make the race as he was the slowest in practice. #30-Wise and #35-Gilliland's times were disallowed after failing inspection after practice.
    Notes: #18-Busch had a rear tire go down towards the end of practice and went nose first into the SAFER wall, destroying the front end of the car, he will go to a backup car for qualifying. Both practices were rained out on Thursday, June 30th, this practice was added. Qualifying is scheduled of 4:10pm/et, TV=NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Daytona Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-1-2016)

  • Both Practices for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway were rained out on Thursday, June 30th. The 1st was scheduled to run from 3:00-3:55pm/et and Happy Hour (final) practice was scheduled for 5:00-5:55pm/et. NASCAR has scheduled one Sprint Cup Series practice from 9:45-10:30am/et, which will air on NBCSN. Qualifying is scheduled of 4:10pm/et on Friday, TV=NBCSN.(6-30-2016)

  • Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Bobby Labonte, #35-Gilliland*, #55-Sorenson*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #35-Gilliland, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Driver who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #35-Gilliland
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Daytona Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 9th in driver points
    2) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 4th
    4) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 7th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1 win], 2nd
    7) #22-Logano [1 win], 5th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1 win], 8th
    9) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 10th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 11th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    11) #24-Elliott, 6th in drivers points
    12) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 12th
    13) #31-Newman, 13th
    14) #3-Dillon, 14th
    15) #1-McMurray, 15th
    16) #5-Kahne, 16th
    has a win, needs to get into the top-30 of drivers points
    #14-Stewart [1 win], 32nd, 9 points out of top-30
    (6-26-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 562
    2) #41-Busch [1 win], 527, -35
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 510, -52
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 506, -56
    5) #22-Logano [1 win], 493, -69
    6) #24-Elliott, 473, -89
    7) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 469, -93
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1 win], 469, -93
    9) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 452, -110
    10) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 430, -132
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf).

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  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 3 sets for practice/qualifying, and 6 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 4 sets for the event

    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 . . . 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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