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THE RACE: Coke Zero 400

Sprint Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, July 5, 2008 in Daytona Beach, FL

  • Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

  • Track: Daytona International Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:19pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TNT 8:00 pm/et

  • TNT's Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 6:30 - 8:00pm/et

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

  • Top Sponsors Fuel the Return of TNT's 'Wide Open Coverage': TNT announced its full lineup of sponsors for this year's highly-touted Wide Open Coverage race telecast, which will air once again during the primetime Coke Zero 400 race from Daytona International Speedway on Sat., July 5th. The ten national sponsors, which matches last year's sponsorship commitment, featured in this year's innovative telecast include Coke Zero, Coors Light, HP, Papa John's, Sprint, Subway, Toyota, US Army, Viagra and Warner Bros. TNT's exclusive Wide Open Coverage telecast is a groundbreaking television presentation format that provides continuous race coverage free of national commercial breaks and features 22% more unobstructed race action than that of a standard telecast by using a letterbox widescreen format. In place of the national ads, the telecast features a variety of animated sponsor messages, unique branded content and distinct on-screen graphic elements. Wide Open Coverage debuted on TNT during the 2007 Daytona 400 race and showcased extended non-stop green flag racing, missing only three laps of green flag racing. The network's race coverage begins at 6:30pm/et with the NASCAR Live pre-race show hosted by Marc Fein with analysts Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds, followed by the Allstate Countdown to Green at 7:30pm/et with Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach and Petty with reports from pit reporters Marty Snider, Matt Yocum, Ralph Sheheen and Lindsay Czarniak. The race will begin at 8:00pm/et with a brief Wide Open Coverage introduction by Sprint Cup Series drivers Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle.(Turner Sports PR)(6-30-2008)

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, July 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 10 at 1:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Thursday, July 3, 4:00 - 5:20pm/et, TV-SPEED;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Thursday, July 3, 6:35 - 7:45pm/et on TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Thursday, July 3, 3:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, July 4 at 4:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 2:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • THIS is an IMPOUND race

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  • Kyle Busch wins at Daytona: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his 6th win of 2008 and the 10th of his career. The race ended with a green-white-checkered finish with #24-Gordon getting spun by #99-Edwards on the restart, no caution was thrown as Gordon was out of the way and was able to get going THEN just after the white flag was waved, there was a big wreck behind the leaders and the yellow came out with the video showing #18-Busch ahead of #99-Edwards. The rest of the top-10 were #17-Kenseth, #2-Busch, #6-Ragan, #7-Gordon, #9-Kahne, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #07-Bowyer and #8-Martin. NOTE: the results are under review and could change a bit. There were 11 cautions for 33 laps and their were 21 lead changes among 10 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Daytona Race Results Awards Page.(7-5-2008)

  • REVISED Drivers Points Standings [after Daytona race 18 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2686 [6 wins]
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2504 -182 [1 win]
    3) #31-Jeff Burton 2484 -202 [1 win]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 2437 -249 [3 wins][would be 2nd w/out 100pts penalty]
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2319 -367 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2249 -437
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin 2240 -446 [1 win]
    8) #9-Kasey Kahne 2177 -509 [2 wins]
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth 2166 -520
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 2159 -527 [1 win][16 pts ahead of 13th]
    11) #16-Greg Biffle 2153 -533 [10 pts ahead of 13th]
    12) #20-Tony Stewart 2145 -541 [only 2 pts ahead of 13th
    CHASE contenders
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick 2143 -543 [only 2 pts out of the Chase]
    13) #6-David Ragan 2043 643 [-102]
    14) #83-Brian Vickers 2033 -653 [-112]
    18) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1907 -779 [-238 out of Chase after the penalty]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page.(7-5/8-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Chicago:
    no changes in the top 35, but the spread between 35th and 36th is now up to 70 points
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 1475 +175
    33) #01-Smith/DEI: 1436, +136
    34) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1382 +82
    35) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1370 70 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1300 70 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1170 -200
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1165 -205
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-5-2008)

  • Stewart Ill and replaced in car: #20-Stewart was ill before the race, had an IV in the infield care center at Daytona, and felt better, but as the Coke Zero 400 progressed, Stewart felt worst and was replaced by former teammate, J.J. Yeley on lap 73. Yeley drives the #96 DLP Toyota, but failed to make the race.(7-5-2008)

  • Daytona International Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #60 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 20
    2 #60 Running the stop & go sign/light OL 22
    3 #60 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 20
    4 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
    5 #01 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 71
    6 #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 71
    7 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 71
    8 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 71
    9 #16 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 70
    10 #31 Removing equipment from assigned pit area TE 72
    11 #09 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 110
    12 #6 Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) TE 125
    13 #26 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 131 14 #48 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 157 15 #11 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 157
    16 #01 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 157
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-5-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #21-Wood, still 7 laps down, 33rd
    Caution 2: #60-Said, 35th
    Caution 3: #09-Marlin, 41st
    Caution 4: #44-Reutimann, still 4 laps down, 21st
    Caution 5: #44-Reutimann, still 3 laps down, 21st
    Caution 6: #44-Reutimann, still 2 laps down, 21st
    Caution 7: #44-Reutimann, still 1 lap down, 21st
    Caution 8: #44-Reutimann, WOW back on the lead lap, 21st
    Caution 9: #26-McMurray, still 5 laps down, 32nd
    Caution 10: none awarded with 10 or less laps left in race
    Caution 11: none awarded with 10 or less laps left in race

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Kyle Busch won the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. Busch started ninth in the race. He scored his 10th-career series victory in 132 races. He remained first in the standings with an unofficial points lead of 182 points over second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., the largest points lead of the season. It was his sixth series victory in 2008, the most among all drivers. It was his first victory in eight races at Daytona and was his second career restrictor-plate win. He also won Talladega in April. Busch became the sixth different race winner in the last six races at Daytona. Busch scored his fourth top-5 finish in the last five races at Daytona. He led 31 of the 162 laps raced including the final seven. Busch's last win was at Infineon two races ago.
    * Toyota scored its seventh victory in 2008. Dodge and Chevrolet each have four while Ford has three.
    * This was Joe Gibbs Racing's fourth series victory at Daytona. Gibbs Racing has seven wins in 2008, the most of any team.
    * 15 of the 18 races in 2008 have been won from a top-10 starting position. The only three races in 2008 that were not won from a top-10 starting position were at Richmond when Clint Bowyer won from the 31st starting position, at Infineon with Kyle Busch winning from 30th and New Hampshire where Kurt Busch started 26th.
    * Carl Edwards finished second, scoring his eighth top-10 finish in the last nine races. He remained fourth in the standings.
    * Matt Kenseth finished third, posting his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight races.
    * Kenseth climbed from 13th to ninth in the points standings, his highest points position in 2008. He now is 23 points ahead of 13th-place Kevin Harvick. Kenseth ranked 22nd eight races ago after Richmond.
    * A mere 34 points separate eighth-place Kasey Kahne from 13th-place Harvick with eight races remaining in the race to the 12-driver Chase.
    * Harvick is just two points behind 12th-place Tony Stewart.
    * Martin Truex Jr. is 14th, 88 points behind 12th-place Stewart.
    * Kurt Busch finished fourth, posting his second top-5 finish in as many weeks. He only has four top-10 finishes this season.
    * David Ragan finished fifth, posting his second top-five restrictor-plate finish this season. He finished fourth at Talladega in April.
    * Robby Gordon (sixth) posted his best finish of the season. It was his best finish since he finished fifth at Watkins Glen last August.
    * Patrick Carpentier (14th) posted his career-best finish.
    * Pole winner Paul Menard led 19 laps in the s race. He had led just eight laps in his previous 56 career races.
    * Stewart became ill and did a driver change on Lap 73, being replaced by J.J. Yeley. Stewart was running ninth prior to the switch and Yeley restarted 33rd still on the lead lap.
    * Winner Kyle Busch had a "steering problem" on Lap 82 dropping from third to 37th which actually was the result of contact with teammate Denny Hamlin.
    * Jeff Burton spun on Lap 123 while running 11th and dropped to 36th, the last car on the lead lap and somehow never touched anyone as he spun down. He crashed again on Lap 139. Burton dropped from second to third in the points standings. Burton ended a streak of 23 straight top-15 finishes since Lowe's last October.
    * David Reutimann got the "free pass" -- earning his way up a lap -- five times tying the all-time record for the most free passes in a race set by Kyle Busch at Watkins Glen in 2006.
    * A last-lap crash ended the race under caution.
    * This was the sixth green-white-checkered finish in 2008.(

  • To The Back [0]: none

  • Race Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 5, 2008.
    TV: TNT at 6:30pm/et, pre-race; 8:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, July 10 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, July 10 at 1:30pm/et

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  • Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Pit Stall selections: pole sitter #15-Paul Menard's team chose the first pit stall selection for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Outside pole sitter, #8-Mark Martin chose the next stall with an opening in front of it, stall 21, #60-Boris Said chose the last pit stall. See the full pit stall selections on my Daytona Pit Stall Selection page.(7-5-2008)

  • Menard on pole at Daytona: #15-Paul Menard won the Coor's Light Pole for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 185.916mph for his first career pole in 57 Sprint Cup races. Menard's DEI teammate, #8-Martin will start 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #78-Nemechek, #70-Sauter, #6-Ragan, #60-Said, #01-Smith, #18-Busch, and #10-Carpentier..
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #78-Nemechek, #70-Sauter, #60-Said, #10-Carpentier, #84-Allmendinger, #09-Marlin, and #21-Wood. Missing the race are #66-Riggs and #96-Yeley.
    For the starting linup, qualifying results, order, pole progression, see my Daytona Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-4-2008)

  • Daytona International Speedway Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Paul Menard won the Coors Light Pole for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, turning a lap of 185.916 mph/48.409 seconds.
    .. This is Menard’s first pole in 57 career Sprint Cup Series starts. His previous best career start was 13th at this season’s Dover race.
    .. Menard’s previous best start at Daytona was 21st at this season’s Daytona 500.
    .. Menard is the second first-time pole winner this season (Patrick Carpentier, New Hampshire).
    .. Mark Martin (second) notched his seventh top-10 start of the season, and 19th at Daytona.
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) registered his 11th top-10 start of the season, and 13th at Daytona.
    .. Regan Smith (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    .. Joe Nemechek (fourth) was the fastest of those drivers who were required to make the field on time.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-4-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-Michael McDowell, 184.362mph, starts 21st
    #01-Regan Smith, 184.976mph, starts 8th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (X), 184.676mph, starts 10th
    #77-Sam Hornish, 181.734mph, starts 42nd

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #15-Menard, 185.916, starts 1st
    Ford: #6-Ragan, 185.246, starts 6th
    Toyota: #18-Busch, 184.828, starts 9th
    Dodge: #10-Carpentier, 1184.676, starts 10th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 4, 2008 at 4:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 4:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 2:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #07-Bowyer, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #31-Burton. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #45-Labonte, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #84-Allmendinger. See the full qualifying order on my Daytona Qualifying Page.(7-3-2008)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway was rained out and cancelled.

  • 1st Thursday practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    #2-Busch 189.633
    #9-Kahne 189.143
    #20-Stewart 188.846
    #6-Ragan 188.513
    #31-Burton 188.450
    slowest: #21-Wood 182.741 and #00-McDowell 182.867
    no speed listed: #1-Truex Jr.
    incident: #2-Busch lost a right front tire and slammed the wall and will have to go to a backup car
    For the speeds and laps run, see my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(7-3-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Daytona International Speedway
    these speeds do not really mean much as these teams will tape it up and run a qualifying setup to get in the race
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 27th fastest
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 35th
    #60-Boris Said, 36th
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 37th
    #66-Scott Riggs, 38th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 39th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 40th
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 41st
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 42nd
    #21-Jon Wood, 44th
    For the speeds and laps run, see my Daytona Practice Speeds page.(7-3-2008)

  • Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #09-Sterling Marlin (3/49)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (17/41)
    #21-Jon Wood (17/43)
    #45-Terry Labonte (17/42)[champ prov 1]
    #60-Boris Said (2/51)
    #66-Scott Riggs (17/36)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (17/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (17/39)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (17/38)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (17/37)
    removed from entry list
    #40-Dario Franchitti (17/40)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,66,96,84,78,10,21,70
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 09,60
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Daytona Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
    no changes in the top 35, but the #00 and #77 drop to 25 points ahead
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    30) #22-Blaney/Davis Racing: 1394 +125
    31) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 1378 +109
    32) #01-Smith/DEI: 1345, +76
    33) #7-Gordon/Gordon: 1329 +60
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1294 +25
    35) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1294 20 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1269 25 points out of 35th
    37) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1137 -157
    38) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1133 -159
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-29-2008)

  • IMPOUND: the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway will be the 3rd IMPOUND race of 2008, there are five impound races in 2008, both Talladega races [April & Oct], both Richmond races [May & Sept] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint Cup Race Results 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


  • 2007 Race Winner: #26-Jamie McMurray, 138.963mph, started 26th

  • 2008 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 152.672mph, started 7th

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

  • 2007 Pole Sitter: none rained out, set by points, #24-Jeff Gordon started 1st, finished 5th

  • 2008 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 187.078, finished 27th

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

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

  • Most Wins - All-time: 10 - Richard Petty

  • Most Wins - Active: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Wins - 2nd race: 5 - David Pearson

  • Most Poles - All-time: 13 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Poles - 2nd race: 8 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/88

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/95

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/74

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Leaders: 18 - 2/19/2006

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/89

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/68

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/2003

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/1976

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, 7/7/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/1965

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 151, Tony Stewart, 7/2/2005

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/1964

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/1994

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 122 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 19
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1 [July Race]
  • Races won from the top 5: 67 of 122 [55.0%]
  • Races won from the top 10: 97 of 122 [79.5%]

  • Races won from the top 15: 112 of 122 [91.8%]

  • The July 4th weekend NASCAR tradition continues this weekend at Daytona International Speedway – the 50th running of what is now known as the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. The milestone lends itself perfectly to a By the Numbers:

    2 – Margins of Victory in this race that rank in the top five closest since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993. In 1994, Jimmy Spencer beat Ernie Irvan to the line by .008 seconds, which is tied for the fifth-closest MOV since 1993. Last year, Jamie McMurray nipped Kyle Busch by .005 seconds, tying the second-closest MOV ever.

    7 – Passes for the lead on the final lap of last year’s July Daytona race. McMurray and Kyle Busch battled back and forth last year, exchanging the lead seven times over the final 2.5 miles.

    22 – Races without a win by Jeff Gordon. Gordon, who is still looking for win No. 82, has been without a victory since race No. 31 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last season. But, the drought could end this weekend – he has six wins at Daytona.

    31 – Races without a win by Tony Stewart. Stewart owns the top Driver Rating at Daytona (108.1) and has two career series wins at DIS, both in the July race.
    1982 – The last time a driver swept at Daytona. Bobby Allison won both Daytona races that year, and the feat has not occurred again in the 25 years since. That string could end this year, as Ryan Newman owns strong stats at DIS. The 2008 Daytona 500 winner has a Driver Rating of 98.6 (second-best) and an Average Running Position of 11.3 (second-best).(NASCAR Statistics)(6-30-2008)

  • At Daytona International Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was on November 25, 1957.
    • The first Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
    • The first Nationwide Series race at Daytona was held on Feb. 13, 1982.
    • 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.
    • The first Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona was held on Feb. 18, 2000.
    • There have been 122 Sprint Cup races at the Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 50 have been 500 miles, 45 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races (one in 1959; two from 1960-1971).
    • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole.
    • Bob Welborn won the first race, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
    • Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    • Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, in 1963.
    • 50 drivers have posted poles; 19 have more than one.
    • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 13 poles.
    • Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles.
    • 52 drivers have won; 24 have won more than once.
    • Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories at Daytona with 10.
    • Jeff Gordon has six victories at Daytona, more than any other active driver.
    • The Wood Brothers have won 14 races at Daytona, more than any other organization.
    • 15 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole. Thirteen have been won from the second starting position, for a total of 28 race winners from the front row.
    • A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.
    • Bill Elliott won the 1988 summer race from 38th, the deepest in the field that a Daytona race winner has started.
    • Tony Stewart has led 531 laps in 19 races at Daytona, more than any other active driver. He is 10th all-time in laps led there. Jeff Gordon is 12th all-time in Daytona laps led with 511 – but Gordon has competed in 12 more races there than Stewart.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-30-2008)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-Michael McDowell Champion Mortgage #00 Team Schemes Page
    #1-Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Swing Vote [movie] #1 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Auto Value #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R&L Carriers #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Jon Wood U.S. Air Force #21 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Irwin Marathon with WeldTec #26 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Ford Driven #28 Team Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Reese's #29 Team Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenson Polaroid #41 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Juicy Fruit Gum #42 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Betty Crocker/Cinnabom #43 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Richard Petty Driving Experience #45 Team Schemes Page
    #60-Boris Said No Fear - Advance Auto Parts #60 Team Schemes
    #66-Scott Riggs Hunt Brothers Pizza #66 Team Schemes
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Trucking #77 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Defending Freedom #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-J.J. Yeley DLP/Journey to the Center of the Earth #96 Team Schemes
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Reese's on the #29 at Daytona: Reese's, a major associate sponsor of RCR's #29 Chevy of Kevin Harvick kicks into high gear this weekend in Daytona as Harvick and the #29 team transform their bright yellow-and-red Shell-Pennzoil Chevy into a bright orange Reese's racing machine for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Reese's has become the No. 1 selling candy bar in the United States and the Reese's brand is the most successful brand owned by The Hershey Company. On Thursday, July 3, Harvick will officially wave the green flag on the Pennzoil Clean Change Challenge, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the need to properly dispose of used motor oil. Harvick will join Pennzoil and Wal-Mart's finest team members in an attempt to collect 200 gallons of used motor oil in just two hours. The two-hour event, which will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Wal-Mart located at 1101 Beville Rd, in Daytona Beach, Fla., is designed to help ensure that used motor oil is properly recycled and that Florida's drinking water stays clean. In honor of Harvick's commitment, and to help motivate the local residents to participate Pennzoil is proud to donate $29 to the Central Florida Boy Scouts Council for each gallon of used oil collected.(RCR PR), see images of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(7-3-2008)

  • Special scheme for #26 at Daytona: Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 IRWIN Marathon with WeldTec Ford at Daytona Interntional Speedway this weekend in the Coke Zero 400, the same winning paint scheme from last July. This is a special paint scheme promoting IRWIN’s Marathon saw blades.(Roush Racing), see image of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(7-3-2008)

  • Yeley goes for a journey ay Daytona: In Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, J.J. Yeley’s #96 DLP HDTV Toyota will have a special paint scheme featuring the film “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” which is set to be released July 11. The film, based on the Jules Verne novel, is a co-venture between New Line Cinema and Walden Media and is the first live-action feature film to be shot and released entirely in digital 3-D. What does this have to do with DLP? Given that more than 700 theaters throughout the United States offer the digital 3-D experience powered by DLP Cinema technology, several Americans will watch this historic movie thanks to DLP products.(True Comminications/JGR PR)(7-3-2008)

  • Polaroid on the #41: Polaroid will be returning to the track on Reed Sorenson's #41 Dodge this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Polaroid is proud to introduce its new POGO printer which prints pictures on the go in 60 seconds. This portable printer and other Polaroid products are available at Target.(Ganassi Racing PR)(7-3-2008)

  • Special scheme for Truex at Daytona UPDATE: #1-Martin Truex Jr. will run a special paint scheme at Daytona next week in the Coke Zero 400. It promotes 'Swing Vote', in theaters August 1st. In addition, Kevin Costner will be on the pit box as the honorary crew chief. See an image of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(6-27-2008)
    UPDATE: Martin Truex's car will carry a special paint scheme this weekend to promote Kevin Costner's new movie, "Swing Vote", opening in theaters August 1. The actor will also serve as honorary crew chief for the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy. "We don't run that many special paint schemes in a season, so it's really cool to be doing this with Kevin," Truex said with a laugh. "I'll have to make a deal with him, though. I won't try to act if he doesn't try to make the calls for us on pit road."(DEI PR)(7-3-2008)

  • Special scheme for Dale Jr at Daytona: To honor the National Guard and this weekend's Fourth of July holiday, the #88 Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run a special, hand-painted camouflage ACU (Army Combat Uniform) scheme. The National Guard Defending Freedom (ACU)/AMP Energy Chevy took two days and 10 coats of DuPont paint to finish. The scheme was unveiled to National Guard soldiers at North Carolina's Camp Butner on June 18 by Earnhardt and the #88 team.(HMS PR), see the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2008)

  • Hunt Brothers Pizza Extends Sponsorship with HAAS CNC Racing: HAAS CNC Racing announced today that it has extended its sponsorship agreement with Hunt Brothers Pizza for the 2008 Sprint Cup season. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company will serve as a primary sponsor of the #66 and #70 Chevys in multiple races and will be an associate sponsor on the #66 in each of the remaining races. "We are very excited to have Hunt Brothers Pizza as a continued partner," said HAAS CNC Racing general manager Joe Custer. "This is a great step ahead for our race team. We're looking forward to representing Hunt Brothers well, both on and off the track." The #70 Chevy Impala SS first featured the Hunt Brothers Pizza brand at Talladega in April where the team qualified third. "NASCAR is a natural fit for Hunt Brothers Pizza," said company executive Scott Hunt. "NASCAR fans are known to be the most brand-loyal fans among all of the major sports and we're proud to have many NASCAR fans in our existing customer base. We look forward to taking our message nationally to the millions of fans across the country." Next up for Hunt Brothers Pizza is the July 5, Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway where the company will be primary sponsor of the #66 HAAS CNC Racing Chevy driven by Scott Riggs. For more information about Hunt Brothers Pizza, please visit or call 1-800-453-3675.(Haas CNC Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on the #70 Team Schemes page.(6-30-2008) Comment here

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor #10 for TWOraces: Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper has contracted with Gillett Evernham Motorsports as the primary sponsor for six 2008 races. The Auto Value logo will decorate the Dodge race car for three races during the season while the other three races will showcase the Bumper to Bumper logo on the renowned Gillett Evernham Dodge racecar. Taking the wheel of the #10 Dodge in 2008 Sprint Cup races will be new GEM teammate Patrick Carpentier. He will drive the #10 Bumper to Bumper Dodge on June 1 at the Dover International Speedway and the #10 Auto Value Dodge at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2008. Auto Value will be making their first appearance in international racing during the Nationwide Series race with the #9 Auto Value Dodge on the track in Mexico at the Autodromo in Mexico City, April 20, 2008 with Carpentier taking the wheel. A driver, yet to be announced, will be at the Kentucky Speedway on June 15, 2008 behind the wheel of the #9 Bumper to Bumper Dodge for another Nationwide Series race. Elliott Sadler will begin his second year of driving for Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper in two Nationwide Series races in 2008. Sadler will be racing the #9 Auto Value Dodge July 11, 2008 at the Chicagoland Speedway and the #9 Bumper to Bumper Dodge August 22, 2008 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be an associate sponsor of the Gillett Evernham Dodges for all other Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races in 2008 and will receive branding on Gillett Evernham team uniforms, team haulers and pit equipment.(Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper site)(1-23-2008), see images of the schemes on the #10 Team Schemes page

  • Reeses back on the #29 in 2008: Reese's/Hershey's will be the primary sponsor for #29-Kevin Harvick for two races; at Phoenix in May and at Daytona in July. See images of the scheme on the #29 Team Schemes page.(1-22-2008)

  • Aflac to sponsor Edwards in 2008 UPDATE: Aflac is close to announcing a 2008 NASCAR limited sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing. Aflac will sponsor a #99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards. An Aflac executive would not confirm the deal with Edwards on Tuesday, but the company did not deny it either when asked about Edwards. "We are still working through the details," said Al Johnson, a second vice president responsible for sponsorships. "We like Carl and what he has done this year -- and what we expect him to do next year. We're very excited." The final terms of the deal could be announced in the next two weeks. The deal with Edwards is expected to be for eight races and could possibly include an associate sponsorship that would put the Aflac duck logo somewhere on the car for the entire season, said a source familiar with the deal. Edwards' primary sponsor is Office Depot. The eight races that Aflac will be the primary sponsor with the corporate logo on the hood have not been determined. Terms of the deal are not available. It is believed Aflac spent between $2 million and $3 million for the 2007 deal. Aflac broke into NASCAR racing this summer with an eight-race deal with Roush Fenway. That deal included four Sprint Cup races in California, New Hampshire, Chicago and Kansas City and four Busch Series races. #16-Greg Biffle drove the Aflac car on the Sprint Cup circuit, winning the race in Kansas City. Roush Fenway drivers Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray split the Busch races. Biffle, Edwards' Roush Fenway teammate, will be sponsored by 3M next year. In July, Aflac announced a deal with NASCAR to serve as the sport's exclusive supplemental insurance sponsor and provider through the 2010 season. It is not known what Aflac paid for that designation.(Ledger-Enquirer)(10-24-2007)
    UPDATE: Aflac Incorporated and Office Depot announced a new business relationship within the sport of NASCAR that will help both companies reach new customers, engage the loyal NASCAR fan base and leverage opportunities to grow their businesses. Building on its successful entry into NASCAR in 2007, Aflac will serve as the primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion for eight races. In addition, Aflac will be onboard the Office Depot #99 Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for all other races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. At the core of the affiliation are Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion from Roush Fenway Racing.
    Aflac will be Edwards’ primary sponsor for the following 2008 Sprint Cup Series races:
    Atlanta [March]
    Texas [April]
    Phoenix [April]
    Pocono [June]
    Daytona [July]
    Indy [July]
    California [Aug] and
    Charlotte [Oct]
    . More information can be found at Racing PR)(11-2-2007)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet
    Opened: 1959

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Dale Jarrett
    Command to start engines: Dale Jarrett
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: ?
    National Anthem: Lady Antebellum
    Military Flyover: F-15's 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, FL
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Daytona International Speedway

  • This Year: see my Feb Daytona Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the July Daytona Race Info page

  • Kyle Petty Honorary Pace Car driver at Daytona: Kyle Petty will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the 50th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday at Daytona. Petty, who is a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family of Drivers, will pace the 43-car field in a Chevrolet Corvette Z08 before the 160-lap, 400-mile race goes green.(Daytona Speedway PR)(7-5-2008)

  • Flyover at Coke Zero 400: The "Mighty Gorillas," of the 58th Fighter Squadron, part of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., will perform the flyover at the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, July 5, Speedway. It is the second time in two years the four-ship, F-15s have performed a flyover at DIS. The squadron, which flies the F-15C Eagle that can reach speeds of 1,875 mph, also did the flyover for the 2007 Daytona 500. "It is a great opportunity to be a part of Daytona International Speedway events again," said Lt. Col. Todd Jaax, 58th FS commander. "What better way to celebrate our nation's birthday that than by showing NASCAR fans the awesome capabilities of the F-15 and the United States Air Force." The squadron has a long and distinguished history an as air superiority fighter squadron that dates back to World War II. They scored the first aerial victory in Desert Storm as well as the most aerial victories (16). Tickets to see the "Mighty Gorillas" in action prior to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(7-3-2008)

  • Lady Antebellum to perform Pre-Race Concert and National Anthem at Daytona: Newly crowned ACM's Top New Vocal Group and Capitol Nashville recording artists Lady Antebellum will perform a 50-minute Pre-Race Concert and the National Anthem prior to the start of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Sprint Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5th. Lady Antebellum will take the Driver's Introduction stage at the start/finish line on Pit Road at 6:20 pm for the performance. A Sprint FANZONE admission will provide access to the concert, driver introductions and all activities in the Sprint FANZONE prior to and during the race. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and Sprint FANZONE admissions are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(7-1-2008)

  • Jarrett Named Grand Marshal For Coke Zero 400: Three-time Daytona 500 champion and founding member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family Dale Jarrett has been named Grand Marshal for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, July 5 Speedway. Outback Steakhouse President Jeff Smith will serve as Honorary Starter. Jarrett will give the starting command "Gentlemen, start your engines" for Coke Zero's inaugural sponsored race at "The World Center of Racing." Smith, who will wave the Green Flag to get action started, began his career in 1989 at the original Outback Steakhouse restaurant on Henderson Boulevard in Tampa, Fla. Outback Steakhouse was one of the first restaurants to serve Coke Zero across its national operations. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and all other weekend activities are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-30-2008)

  • Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, May 17: Tickets for the NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the 51st annual Daytona 500 - will go on sale on Saturday, May 17, at 8am/et. Prior to Saturday, May 17, only renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the 51st annual Daytona 500 were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. To order call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(5-16-2008)

  • Harley J. Earl trophy, who was Earl? The Daytona 500? Its trophy is named after Harley J. Earl. Who was Earl? No drivers asked knew about Earl. None of these responses come as a surprise to Richard Earl, Harley's grandson. The 48-year-old West Palm Beach resident is determined to put his late grandfather's prize on a figurative mantel alongside the most-recognized prizes in sports. Richard Earl believes Daytona's annual Speed Weeks, which culminate in Sunday's 50th running of the Daytona 500, should be a perfect platform for a Harley Earl renaissance. He had hoped to do much to educate the public about his grandfather's legacy, but his plans haven't materialized. He's disillusioned, not sure he'll even accept Daytona International Speedway's invitation to attend the race. "When you look at all their promotion for the upcoming race, there's very little mention of Harley," Richard Earl said. "This guy did a lot. His name's on this trophy for a reason. He's a real icon." Harley Earl was an automotive pioneer, the father of car design. He has been called the "Da Vinci of Detroit." When he began in the 1920s American cars were basically boxes on wheels. By the time he retired in 1958, he and his designers had created many "concept cars" that looked more like spacecraft. See the full story at the Palm Beach Post. Richard Earl, a former Wall Street broker, makes his living selling Harley Earl-designed cars. " 'Motoramic masterpieces' is how I like to refer to them," he said. He maintains the official Harley Earl Web site,, and is working on a biography of his grandfather.(2-14-2008) Comment here.

  • Coke Zero to sponsor Daytona race in July: Coke Zero is taking the driver’s seat as the new title sponsor of the July Sprint Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. Officially, the race will be entitled the “Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.” To bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport they love and create excitement about the race, Coke Zero and Daytona International Speedway are hosting an online voting contest that allows fans to choose the official race logo. Beginning in conjunction with the 50th running of the Daytona 500, fans can visit to vote for their favorite from two logo options. The winning logo, determined solely by fan votes, will be revealed on immediately after the contest concludes on March 1, 2008. Scheduled for July 5, the 2008 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, concludes a holiday weekend of racing at Daytona International Speedway. The Nationwide Series takes to the speedway for the running of the Winn-Dixie 250 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 4. The debut of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola is part of a new 10-year sponsorship agreement between Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) and International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Through a variety of track partnerships, brands from CCNA will be refreshing fans at 12 race tracks in 2008 before expanding to 16 race tracks by 2012.(

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Daytona International Speedway


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,000; Right-side -- 1,000

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4180; Right-side -- D-4182

    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 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought these tire codes to the race track . . . after bringing different codes to run in the Daytona 500 in February, Goodyear tested here with Bobby Labonte, Mike Skinner and Jamie McMurray in May . . . compared to February, this left-side tire (D-4180) features a new construction and softer compound . . . this right-side tire (D-4182) features a slightly tougher compound with a revised mold shape . . . this is the only track at which these tire codes will be run in 2008 . . . teams in Nationwide Series will run different tire codes than those in the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona this week . . . as on all NASCAR's 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.


  • Free Coke Zero for fans if a Coke Driver wins at Daytona: For members of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, each victory in a Sprint Cup Series race is traditionally followed by a thirst-quenching chug of an ice cold Coke Zero in the winner’s circle. This weekend, 13 of the sport’s top drivers will attempt to give fans around the country their own “taste of victory” by taking the checkered flag in the inaugural Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. The Coke Zero “Taste of Victory” program will give fans an added incentive to pull for their favorite Coca-Cola Racing Family members during this weekend’s race. If any one of 13 drivers sponsored by Coca-Cola wins, people across the United States will be able to enjoy the Real Coke Taste and Zero Calories of Coke Zero for free. Participating Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers include #20-Tony Stewart, #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton, #11-Denny Hamlin, #8-Mark Martin, #16-Greg Biffle, #19-Elliott Sadler, #26-Jamie McMurray, #43-Bobby Labonte, #55-Michael Waltrip, #07-Clint Bowyer and #6-David Ragan. #45-Terry Labonte also is eligible as the driver of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge and substitute for Coca-Cola Racing Family member Kyle Petty, who is in the TNT broadcast booth this weekend. If a Coca-Cola Racing Family driver takes the checkered flag Saturday night, fans will be able to visit July 5 through July 13 and follow the instructions to receive a coupon for a free 20-ounce bottle of Coke Zero. The debut of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola is part of a 10-year sponsorship agreement between Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) and International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Coupons for free 20-ounce bottles of Coke Zero will be redeemable until September 1, 2008 at participating retailers across the country where Coca-Cola products are sold. Limit is one coupon per person. All U.S. residents 13 years of age or older are eligible.(PR)(7-1-2008) Comment here

  • Elliott testing #21 at Nashville; Wood to run Daytona: Wood Brothers Racing is set to test Nashville Superspeedway on Wednesday, July 2nd.  Coming off of a strong performance in Sonoma, the team experienced disappointment last weekend when they did not make the race in New Hampshire.  The #21 team and driver Marcos Ambrose found that the Little Debbie #21 Ford did not respond to any changes that were made and the handling issues persisted during the practice sessions and qualifying on Friday afternoon.  Driver Marcos Ambrose stated that after such a fantastic run at Infineon, not making the race was disheartening. He said, “It’s really disappointing.  I just feel bad for the Wood Brothers.  I’ve had limited experience in the COT and we just didn’t roll off the truck that great and I haven’t had enough experience to really give them direction to tune on it.  I tried as hard as I could there, but it just wasn’t to be.”
    Taking a proactive stance, the team and Bill Elliott will be testing a new car at Nashville.  Ford Racing Engineer, Dave Cimba, commented on the team’s goals for the test, “It was time to put that [New Hampshire] chassis away and start from scratch. We believed that we had fixed previous issues, but it wasn’t the case, new issues would develop, so it’s time to cut it down and start over. The goal of this test is to make things better on the cars week in and week out and to try new ideas that will make performance and handling better overall. Bill [Elliott] is the best candidate to drive because he’s been in the #21 for most of the season and can give us good feedback for tracks that we race on similar to Nashville [Superspeedway]. As we test new ideas and find that they work we will incorporate them into the rotation of the fleet of cars that we have built.” The team also plans to step up the testing program for the rest of the season on intermediate tracks where the most improvement is needed. Wood Brothers Racing will head to Daytona International Speedway for July 4th weekend in the patriotic #21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion with Jon Wood once again behind the wheel for the Coke Zero 400 on July 5th.(Wood Brothers Racing PR)(7-1-2008) Comment here

  • Newman To Have His Space In Daytona 500 Champion's Walk Of Fame: Ryan Newman's signature, right footprint and hand prints will now have their place in the history of Daytona International Speedway. During the Coke Zero 400 Weekend, Newman on Friday, July 4 at 1:30 p.m. will participate in a question and answer session with the race fans inside Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction and then proceed outside where he will have his 3x3 cement block with his signature, hand prints and right foot print placed into the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame. Newman, the winner of the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 earlier this year, put his right foot, autograph and handprints into the cement during his post-race Gatorade Victory Lane celebration. Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig and Daytona 500 Experience General Manager Kim Isemann will assist Newman in placing the block into Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame, which is located just outside the "Official Attraction of NASCAR." Winning drivers of the Daytona 500 since 1996, the first year of operation for Daytona 500 Experience, have their hands, right foot and signature immortalized in cement in the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Weekend are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-30-2008)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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