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THE RACE: Coke Zero 400

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, July 2, 2011 in Daytona Beach, FL

Title Sponsor: Coca Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:48pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT's Countdown to Green - 6:30pm/et

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

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

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

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Thursday, June 30th

4:00 - 5:20 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
6:35 - 8:00 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice

Friday, July 1st

4:10 pm NCSC Coke Zero 400 Qualifying

Saturday, July 2nd

7:30 pm NSCS Coke Zero 400

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


Purse/Race Awards

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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher
    Command to start engines: Jimbo Fisher
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: US Navy Commander/Astronaut Dominic "Tony" Antonelli
    Invocation: Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
    National Anthem: United States Navy Band of the Southeast
    Military Flyover: 4 F-15's, 122nd Fighter Squadron, Louisiana Air National Guard

  • Websites:
    Daytona International Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
    Facebook - Daytona International Speedway
    Twitter - Daytona International Speedway
    Daytona 500 Browser Theme

  • July 2010: see my Daytona Race Info page

  • February 2011: see my Daytona 500 Race Info page

  • Numbers for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona:
    0  fewest cautions (seven times, most recent 2/18/62)
    1  fewest laps led by race winner (four times, most recent 7/2/94, Jimmy Spencer)
    1  fewest on lead lap at finish (eight times, most recent 2/15/76)
    1  fewest leaders (four times, most recent 2/22/63)
    6  fewest lead changes (twice, most recent 7/16/02)
    7  races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    9  wins by Dodge at DIS (last win in 2008)
    10  most wins (Richard Petty); most Coke Zero 400 wins (5, David Pearson)
    11  fewest cars running at finish (7/4/63)
    12  most poles (Cale Yarborough, eight for the Coke Zero 400)
    16  most cautions (2/20/11)
    20  drivers with more than one pole
    22  most leaders (2/20/11)
    26  drivers with more than one win
    34  most cars on lead lap at finish (7/1/06)
    39  worst starting position for race winner (Matt Kenseth, 2/15/09)
    41  most cars running at finish (twice, most recent 7/7/07)
    44  races won from the front row, 25 from the pole
    53  different pole winners
    55  different winners in 105 races
    60  most caution laps (twice, most recent 2/20/11)
    74  most lead changes (2/20/11)
    151  most laps led by Coke Zero 400 winner (Tony Stewart, 2005)
    184  most laps led by race winner (Richard Petty, 2/23/64)
    2011 Caution Update
    3  number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    4  fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono)
    16  most cautions this season (Daytona)
    125  number of cautions in the first 16 races of 2011; includes 57 for accidents, 29 for debris and 20 for spins
    600 of 4,858  number of laps under caution in 2011
    815.259 of 6,490.900  miles under caution in the first 16 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(6-29-2011)

  • At Daytona International Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
    • Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
    • Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under lights ever since.
    • For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway was repaved in 2010. The project began on Monday, July 5, 2010.
    • There have been 128 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 53 have been 500 miles, 48 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifying races that were points races.
    • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.
    • Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
    • Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    • Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    • 53 drivers have posted poles; 20 have more than one.
    • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles.
    • Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles; followed by Jeff Gordon and Ken Schrader, with three.
    • 55 drivers have won a race; 26 have won more than once.
    • Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories, with 10.
    • Jeff Gordon has six victories, more than any other active driver.
    • The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
    • 17 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole, including last year's Coke Zero 400, won by polesitter Kevin Harvick.
    • A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison, in 1982.
    • The last 11 Daytona races that finished under green have had a margin of victory under a half second.
    (NASCAR)(6-28-2011)


  • Four Current Race Tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Pocono: 0 for 49 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Daytona: 0 for 52 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    Indianapolis: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Homestead: 0 for 12 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    (plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win)(6-12-2011)

  • 2011 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #21-Trevor Bayne, 130.326mph, started 32nd

  • 2010 July Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 135.719mph, started 1st [rained out]

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2011 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 186.089, finished 24th

  • 2010 July Pole Sitter: none, rained out, set by points, #29-Harvick started 1st, finished 1st

  • 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, 51 years, 0 months, 27 days, 2/6/2010

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

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


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, June 30, 4:00 - 5:20pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Thursday, June 30, 6:35 - 8:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by the 1st practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 1 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled for 11:00pm/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • David Ragan wins at Daytona: #6-David Ragan won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st career win. With the win, Ragan now moves into 17th in the drivers points and is currently in the 2nd Chase Wild Card spot. The win is the first for a UPS sponsored car since Dale Jarrett won at Talladega in Oct. 2005.
    #17-Kenseth finished second followed by #20-Logano, #4-Kahne, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #27-Menard, #42-Montoya and #43-Allmendinger.
    Pole Sitter #5-Martin was inovled in the first 'big one' late in the race and finished 33rd. Daytona 500 winner and outside pole sitter, #21-Bayne, wrecked on lap 5 and finished 41st.
    The points leader going in to the race, #99-Edwards, wrecked early in the race and finished 37th and lost the points lead to #29-Kevin Harvick, who leads the points by 5 points.
    There were 57 lead changes among 25 drivers; 6 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 115,000 same as last July.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Daytona Race Results/Awards page.(7-2-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #6-David Ragan won the 53rd Annual COKE ZERO 400 Powered By Coca-Cola , his first victory in 163 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Daytona International Speedway.
    There was a track record 25 different leaders. The previous record was 22 set in this season's Daytona 500.
    There was a race record 57 lead changes. The previous record was 49 set in 1974.
    #17-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 24 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2011
    . Joey Logano (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-2-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 586
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 581, -5
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 576, -10
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 570, -16
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 564, -22
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 564, -22
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 534, -52
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 519, -67
    9) #33-Clint Bowyer, 505, -81
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 498, -88
    wild cards
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 495, -91 [11th in points]
    12) #6-David Ragan [1 win], 457, -129 [17th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 23rd, 19 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 28th, 69 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-2-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kentucky:
    No changes in the top-35, the #7 increases it's pts lead over the #21 to 10 pts.
    32) #32-TLabonte/FAS Lane, 251, +47
    33) #36-Blaney/TBR, 249, +45
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 242, +38
    35) #7-RGordon/RGM, 214, 10 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 204, 10 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 202, -12
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 189, -25
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-2-2011)

  • Penalty Report / Infraction Sheet - Daytona:
    Car#, Lap, Infraction, Flag, Penalty, Lap Assessed
    #47 Pre-Race to the rear W tail end engine change
    #36 Pre-Race to the rear W tail end adjustments outside the impound procedure
    #7 Pre-Race to the rear W tail end driver change
    #60 4 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #1 5 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 8
    #32 5 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 8
    #47 5 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 8
    #21 5 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end garage
    #35 6 Speed-Exiting pits Y tail end 8
    #47 6 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y tail end 8
    #99 23 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 26
    #47 24 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 26
    #9 24 Removing equipment from assigned pit area Y stop and go / tail end 25
    #47 24 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y tail end 26
    #47 24 Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires Y tail end 26
    #16 26 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y tail end 26
    #7 135 Removing equipment from assigned pit area G stop and go 136
    #87 163 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #38 163 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #78 163 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #51 163 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #5 163 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #13 163 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #22 164 Safety violation Y pit 165
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-2-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap on the track
    Caution 2: #2-Keselowski, 15th
    Caution 3: #47-Labonte, 31st
    Caution 4: #43-Allmendinger, 10th
    Caution 5: #9-Ambrose, 17th
    Caution 6: none awarded.
    (7-2-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Daytona International Speedway
    53rd Annual Coke Zero 400
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sat, July 02, 2011 @ 11:08 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    29 4 Kevin Harvick 170 02:05.5 125.526 31.382
    27 4 Paul Menard 170 02:10.4 130.393 32.598
    17 4 Matt Kenseth 170 02:23.8 143.796 35.949
    6 4 David Ragan 170 02:26.5 146.490 36.623
    2 4 Brad Keselowski 170 02:38.3 158.271 39.568
    34 4 David Gilliland 170 02:40.7 160.749 40.187
    4 5 Kasey Kahne 170 02:55.0 175.028 35.006
    42 5 Juan Pablo Montoya 170 03:29.4 209.423 41.885
    39 6 Ryan Newman 170 03:34.5 214.471 35.745
    88 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 170 03:41.6 221.571 36.929
    48 6 Jimmie Johnson 170 03:46.7 226.671 37.779
    20 6 Joey Logano 170 03:46.8 226.835 37.806
    31 6 Jeff Burton 170 04:12.8 252.796 42.133
    18 6 Kyle Busch 170 04:13.2 253.196 42.199
    24 5 Jeff Gordon 170 04:17.9 257.875 51.575
    14 5 Tony Stewart 170 04:43.0 283.005 56.601
    43 8 A J Allmendinger 170 05:03.5 303.458 37.932
    83 6 Brian Vickers 170 05:06.1 306.122 51.020
    9 8 Marcos Ambrose 170 05:20.6 320.600 40.075
    22 6 Kurt Busch 170 05:59.5 359.472 59.912
    11 6 Denny Hamlin 170 06:03.4 363.436 60.573
    78 7 Regan Smith 170 06:28.7 388.678 55.525
    00 7 David Reutimann 170 06:41.0 401.035 57.291
    16 7 Greg Biffle 170 06:59.6 419.559 59.937
    1 7 Jamie McMurray 170 09:57.5 597.482 85.355
    71 6 Andy Lally # 169 04:21.7 261.733 43.622
    32 7 Terry Labonte 169 05:38.7 338.728 48.390
    51 8 Landon Cassill(i) 169 07:08.6 428.624 53.578
    87 8* Joe Nemechek(i) 169 07:37.6 457.598 57.200
    38 10 Travis Kvapil(i) 169 08:57.1 537.142 53.714
    47 9 Bobby Labonte 168 09:50.2 590.177 65.575
    13 6* Casey Mears 164 10:58.7 658.720 109.787
    5 6* Mark Martin 164 13:01.4 781.410 130.235
    7 9* Robby Gordon 163 09:47.9 587.860 65.318
    56 5 Martin Truex Jr. 162 02:41.9 161.912 32.382
    33 6 Clint Bowyer 162 07:29.9 449.890 74.982
    99 7* Carl Edwards 144 25:47.4 1547.426 221.061
    35 7 Geoff Bodine 143 04:17.7 257.736 36.819
    36 2 Dave Blaney 47 01:28.0 87.962 43.981
    60 1 Mike Skinner(i) 5 00:27.7 27.689 27.689

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    # Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series.(7-2-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, 2011.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:45pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #21-Bayne took pit stall 21, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    #33-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 16th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-1-2011)

  • Some 'dancing' partner pairings at Daytona: Like it or not, the two-car draft is a must at Daytona International Speedway and will be a huge storyline in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400. According to Jeff Gordon, he picked his partner long before he arrived in Daytona and suspected most other drivers did, too. Here is the list of drivers who will pair up:
    Teammates:
    " #24-Jeff Gordon and #5-Mark Martin
    " #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Jimmie Johnson
    " #18-Kyle Busch and #20-Joey Logano
    " #83-Brian Vickers and #4-Kasey Kahne
    " #9-Marcos Ambrose and #43-AJ Allmendinger
    " #22-Kurt Busch and #2-Brad Keselowski
    " #1-Jamie McMurray and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya
    " #29-Kevin Harvick and #27-Paul Menard
    " #6-David Ragan and #17-Matt Kenseth
    " #31-Jeff Burton and #33-Clint Bowyer
    " #16-Greg Biffle and #99-Carl Edwards
    " #56-Martin Truex Jr. and #00-David Reutimann
    Non-teammates:
    " #11-Denny Hamlin and #39-Ryan Newman
    " #14-Tony Stewart and #34-David Gilliland
    " #47-Bobby Labonte and #32-Terry Labonte
    (see full story at Yahoo Sports)
    other drivers expected to pair up:
    #13-Casey Mears and #60-Mike Skinner
    #36-Dave Blaney and #35-Geoff Bodine
    #87-Joe Nemechek and #97-Kevin Conway
    drivers not listed with a partner:
    #7-Mike Bliss, #21-Travor Bayne, #38-Travis Kvapil, #51-Landon Cassill, #71-Andy Lally, #78-Regan Smith, , #66-Michael McDowell.(7-2-2011)

  • 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.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


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

  • Martin wins Daytona pole: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light pole for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 182.065mph. It is Martin's 1st pole of the season and the 50th of his career which is 8th all time, Martin has won 7 races from the pole. Martin breaks his own record for the oldest driver to win a pole [set in Feb 2010], now 52 years, 5 months, 23 days old. 2011 Daytona 500 winner, #21-Bayne starts 2nd followed by #33-Bowyer, #24-Gordon, #6-Ragan, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #71-Lally, #48-Johnson, #43-Allmendinger and #27-Menard.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #71-Lally, #97-Conway, #38-Kvapil, #60-Skinner, #66-McDowell, #35-GBodine and #87-Nemechek.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #37-Raines & #46-Yeley.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Jayski's Daytona Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-1-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 53rd Annual COKE ZERO 400 Powered By Coca-Cola with a lap of 49.433 seconds, 182.065 mph.
    This is his 50th pole in 811 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his third pole in 53 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #21-Trevor Bayne (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2011 and his first in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #33-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his third top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his seventh in 17 races this season.
    #71-Andy Lally (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-1-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2011 at 4:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN), via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Daytona Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: re-air scheduled at 11:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #87-Nemechek, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #9-Ambrose, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(6-30-2011)

  • Happy Hour and the only one practice for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after45 scheduled minutes, the top 6, slowest and some notes:
    Cars are hooked up 2-by-2 as they were in the Daytona 500 and at Talladega.
    #9-Ambrose 199.411
    #43-Allmendinger 199.402
    #22-Busch 198.474
    #2-Keselowski 198.470
    #24-Gordon 198.085
    #5-Martin 198.085
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 178.554 & #36-Blaney 179.501
    Notes: #97-Conway spun off the turn 2 apron.
    #4-Kahne and #83-Vickers got high with the #4 scraping the side of the car.
    First practice was cancelled due to rain at the track and Happy Hour shortened to approx 45 minutes.
    Qualifying order (Saturday 4:10pm/et) will be set by this one and only practice.
    For fastest speeds. average speeds, best 10 lap average, laps run see the Daytona Practice Speeds Page.
    For weather links, see the Daytona Racing Info page - weather section.(6-30-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers at Daytona:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 33rd fastest overall
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 34th
    #71-Andy Lally, 35th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 36th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 38th
    #97-Kevin Conway, 39th
    #35-Geoff Bodine, 41st
    #37-Tony Raines, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #66-Michael McDowell, 43rd
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 45th/last

  • Rain delay at Daytona: as of 5:35 pm/et, it rained at Daytona International Speedway most of the afternoon, cancelling the first Nationwide and Sprint Cup practices. Sprint Cup practice was scheduled for 4:00pm/et and Happy Hour Practice is scheduled for 6:35pm/et. Jet dryers are out on the track as rain has stopped, the radar looks decent and the track is reportedly close to dry. Been told that once the track is dry [approx 6:15pm/et], Nationwide Series will practice for 45 minutes, then a 15 minute break, followed by Sprint Cup for 45 minutes [approx 7:15pm/et]. For weather links, see the Daytona Racing Info page - weather section.(6-30-2011)

  • The Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Terry Labonte is in the #32, #7-Robby Gordon is back in top-35 of owners pts.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #21-Trevor Bayne (36/10)(2011 race winner)
    #35-Geoffrey Bodine (51/1)
    #37-Tony Raines (39/16)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (38/16)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/16)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/16)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/16)
    #71-Andy Lally (37/16)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/169)
    #97-Kevin Conway (52/2)
    withdrew from the event:
    #81-Scott Riggs (47/7)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,71,38,37,46,66,87,60
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 81,97,35
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List.(6-27-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
    With the #21 team skipping Infineon, they fell out of the top 35. #7-Gordon is now locked in at Daytona and Bayne will have to qualify on time.
    31) #51-Cassill/Phoenix, 272, +86
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 244, +71
    33) #32-TLabonte/FAS Lane, 235, +34
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 229, +28
    35) #7-RGordon/RGM, 204, +3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 201, 3 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 185, -19
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 173, -31
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-26-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 573
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 548, -25
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 540, -33
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 539, -34
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 536, -37
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 521, -52
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 503, -65
    8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 496, -77
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 480, -93
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 475, -98
    wild cards
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 463, -110
    12) #14-Tony Stewart, 460, -113 [12th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 12 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 28th, 59 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-26-2011)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Burger King #14 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Affliction Clothing #17 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch Interstate Battery Gold Special #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi Max #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Quaker State Oil / Menards #27 Team Schemes Page
#33-Clint Bowyer Wheaties Fuel 'Smoke & Mirrors' #33 Team Schemes Page
#37-Tony Raines Blackcat Fireworks #37 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Bass Pro Shops / NRA #39 Team Schemes Page
#43-A.J. Allmendinger U.S. Air Force #43 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Kingsford Charcoal #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Summer Salute #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Heritage #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Subway #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Daytona: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Daytona International Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin Manion and the McDonald's team have elected to bring Chassis number #1109 to Daytona. This chassis was last raced earlier this year to a 21stplace finish at Talladega Superspeedway. It was also used in this season's Daytona 500, finishing 18th, and both Talladega races last season, where it came home second and 36th.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-639 during Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-632 for Saturday's race at Daytona. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to top-10 finishes at Daytona and Talladega earlier this season. The #5 Chevy will sport the red, white and blue colors of Carquest Auto Parts this weekend at Daytona. Carquest, a longtime partner of Hendrick Motorsports, is on the hood of the #5 Chevy for eight races this season.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary Chassis RK-691 last ran the Duel at Daytona  finished 20th. The backup chassis RK-717 is a brand new chassis. Jacksonville UPS employee, Russell Taylor, will serve as the green flag delivery driver for Saturday night's race in Daytona. Taylor recently celebrated 40 years of safe driving and his name will be featured on the C-Post of David Ragan's UPS Ford.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 721 for this weekend's 400-mile race. This is a brand new DEWALT Ford Fusion and has not been run previously this season.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-779 a brand new chassis, this weekend Kenseth will pilot the #17 Affliction Clothing Live Fast Ford.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 296 is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.A new twist on the familiar Interstate Batteries paint scheme returns to the #18 Toyota for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400. The Interstate All Battery Center green-and-gold scheme will adorn Busch's #18 Toyota.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led Shell-Pennzoil "Double-Deuce" Dodge Team will be racing their "PRS-632" Penske Racing Dodge Charger at Daytona this weekend. The car debuted in Busch's 2010 Daytona qualifying race where Busch started third and finished fourth. It is the same Dodge Charger that Busch raced in February's qualifying race (started sixth and won) and Daytona 500 (started third and finished fifth). The "PRS-641" will serve as the backup car this weekend. Busch is entertaining suggestions as for the name for the "PRS-742" chassis, his Sonoma race-winning "Double-Deuce" Dodge Charger.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 338 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Quaker State Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on the track at Talladega Superspeedway when Menard brought home a 12th-place result after starting from the fifth position. Menard also drove this racer at DIS in February, where he turned the fourth-fastest lap during qualifying for the Duel 150's. He started on the front row for the first of the two qualifier races and finished ninth. He then started 19th in the 53rd running of the famed Daytona 500 and finished ninth, his career-best finish at Daytona.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 343 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Harvick has competed in this car twice so far in 2011: he led five laps before finishing 42nd when the car's engine expired at Daytona in February and scored a fifth-place finish at Talladega in April.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 331 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Coke Zero 400. Built new for the 2011 season, this #31 Chevy first competed in the second Duel 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway where Burton drove it to victory. He then raced this Caterpillar Chevrolet in the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 that ended eight laps shy of the halfway mark when the engine suddenly expired, crediting the #31 team with a 36th-place finish. Burton also drove this RCR racer to a 16th-place result at Talladega Superspeedway after starting 27th earlier this season.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 294 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet Impala, built in 2010 specifically for restrictor-place racing, has seen action at four races over the last two seasons, never finishing outside of the top 10. This includes a trip to Talladega Superspeedway's Victory Lane last October, a fourth-place finish in the 2010 Daytona 500 and a ninth-place finish in this year's edition of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Most recently, it was on track for a second-place effort in the April Talladega event where Bowyer finished a record-tying 0.002 seconds behind race winner Jimmie Johnson.
    #35-Geoff Bodine: will pilot the No. 19 chassis this weekend. TBR ran the No. 19 chassis with Steve Park at Talladega Superspeedway this season. Park started 33rd before and electrical issue ended his day early.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will run the No. 27 chassis this weekend. He most recently piloted the chassis at Talladega Superspeedway in April where he led 21 laps before a late-race spin spoiled a solid run. TBR also ran the No. 27 chassis in the Daytona 500 this season. Golden Corral returns to the #36 Golden Corral Chevy. If the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top-10 in the Coke Zero 400, kids eat free (with an adult purchase) on Monday, July 4th. Golden Corral will also donate $5,000 to the DAV.
    #39-Ryan Newman This will be the first start for Chassis No. 39-664. The new chassis for the #39 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team was wind-tunnel tested just a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Coke Zero 400.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Team Target Crew Chief Brian Pattie has elected to bring chassis #902 to Daytona and was run three times during the 2010 season, finishing 10th at the Daytona 500 and third in both Talladega races. The Target team also used this chassis in all four restrictor plate events in 2009 with a best finish of ninth in the July race at Daytona.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 722 for this weekend's event at Daytona International Speedway. This U.S. Air Force Ford has been run previously this year at Daytona and Talladega.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 628 at Daytona. Johnson won at Talladega Superspeeway earlier this year in this chassis. Backup chassis No. 618 crossed the finish line fourth at in this year's Bud Shootout in Daytona.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-629. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a fourth-place finish after pushing his teammate Jimmie Johnson to the win at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Subway will be unloading chassis RK-677 this weekend at Daytona which last ran at Talladega, finished sixth.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-30-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,050, Right-side -- 1,050;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

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

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Daytona in February, as well as at Talladega in April . . . they also ran this right-side tire code (D-4412) at Las Vegas in March . . . this left-side code (D-4138) has been run at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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Next Race: IRWIN Tools Night Race

Countdown to Race Time: 8/23/2014 ~7:43pm/et

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Happy Hour Practice:
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