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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Coke Zero 400 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, July 6
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
ANNUAL: 55th
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: TNT
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, July 5/4:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Burton
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 3)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (210.364 mph)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Allison, 1980 (173.473 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Tony Stewart426Carl Edwards12
2Jeff Burton207Kasey Kahne3
3Matt Kenseth18Brad Keselowski9
4Joey Logano199Michael Waltrip28
5Ryan Newman210Bobby Labonte41
2012 Coke Zero 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 157.653 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 32 mins., 14 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (192.386 mph)
Past Coke Zero 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Tony Stewart (42) -- Chevrolet -- 157.653 mph
2011 -- David Ragan (5) -- Ford -- 159.491 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (1) -- Chevrolet -- 135.719 mph
2009 -- Tony Stewart (1) -- Chevrolet -- 142.461 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (9) -- Toyota -- 138.554 mph
2007 -- Jamie McMurray (15) -- Ford -- 138.983 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (2) -- Chevrolet -- 153.143 mph
2005 -- Tony Stewart (1) -- Chevrolet -- 131.016 mph
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 145.117 mph
2003 -- Greg Biffle (30) -- Ford -- 166.109 mph
2002 -- Michael Waltrip (17) -- Chevrolet -- 135.952 mph
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (13) -- Chevrolet -- 157.601 mph
2000 -- Jeff Burton (9) -- Ford -- 148.576 mph
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (12) -- Ford -- 169.213 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (8) -- Chevrolet -- 144.549 mph
1997 -- John Andretti (3) -- Ford -- 157.791 mph
1996 -- Sterling Marlin (2) -- Chevrolet -- 161.602 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 166.976 mph
1994 -- Jimmy Spencer (3) -- Ford -- 155.558 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Chevrolet -- 151.755 mph
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (6) -- Chevrolet -- 170.457 mph
1991 -- Bill Elliott (10) -- Ford -- 159.116 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 160.894 mph
1989 -- Davey Allison (8) -- Ford -- 132.207 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (38) -- Ford-- 163.302 mph
1987 -- Bobby Allison (11) -- Buick -- 161.074 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (9) -- Chevrolet -- 131.916 mph
1985 -- Greg Sacks (9) -- Chevrolet -- 158.730 mph
1984 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Pontiac -- 171.204 mph
1983 -- Buddy Baker (8) -- Ford -- 167.442 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (9) -- Buick -- 163.099 mph
1981 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Buick -- 142.588 mph
1980 -- Bobby Allison (14) -- Buick -- 173.473 mph
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (2) -- Mercury -- 172.890 mph
1978 -- David Pearson (3) -- Mercury -- 154.340 mph
1977 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Dodge -- 142.716 mph
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 160.966 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (13) -- Dodge -- 158.381 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 138.301 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (6) -- Mercury -- 158.468 mph
1972 -- David Pearson (2) -- Mercury -- 160.821 mph
1971 -- Bobby Isaac (21) -- Dodge -- 161.947 mph
1970 -- Donnie Allison (15) -- Ford -- 162.235 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (9) -- Ford)-- 160.875 mph
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (4) -- Mercury -- 167.247 mph
1967 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Ford -- 143.583 mph
1966 -- Sam McQuagg (4) -- Dodge -- 153.813 mph
1965 -- A.J. Foyt (11) -- Ford -- 150.046 mph
1964 -- A.J. Foyt (19) -- Dodge -- 151.451 mph
1963 -- Fireball Roberts (3) -- Ford -- 150.927 mph
1962 -- Fireball Roberts (4) -- Pontiac -- 153.688 mph
1961 -- David Pearson (2) -- Pontiac -- 154.294 mph
1960 -- Jack Smith (1) -- Pontiac -- 146.842 mph
1959 -- Fireball Roberts (1) -- Pontiac -- 140.581 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Firecracker 250 (1959-1962), Firecracker 400 (1963-83),
Pepsi Firecracker 400 (1984-88), Pepsi 400 (1989-2007). Race changed
from 250 miles to 400 (1963).
 
Past Coke Zero 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3
2011 -- Mark Martin -- 33
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Paul Menard -- 15
2007 -- None -- Weather
2006 -- Boris Said -- 4
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 1
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2003 -- Steve Park -- 39
2002 -- Kevin Harvick -- 11
2001 -- Sterling Marlin -- 39
2000 -- Dale Jarrett -- 2
1999 -- Joe Nemechek -- 16
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1997 -- Mike Skinner -- 41
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 3
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 3
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 7
1992 -- Sterling Marlin -- 2
1991 -- Sterling Marlin -- 8
1990 -- Greg Sacks -- 37
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 16
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 5
1987 -- Davey Allison -- 20
1986 -- Cale Yarborough -- 17
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 3
1983 -- Cale Yarborough -- 40
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 6
1981 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 40
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 34
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 2
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 8
1976 -- A.J. Foyt -- 4
1975 -- Donnie Allison -- 5
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 30
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 27
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 5
1970 -- Cale Yarborough -- 35
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 37
1968 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 9
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 3
1966 -- LeeRoy Yarbrough -- 24
1965 -- Marvin Panch -- 12
1964 -- Darel Dieringer -- 9
1963 -- Junior Johnson -- 17
1962 -- Banjo Matthews -- 21
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 5
1960 -- Jack Smith -- 1
1959 -- Fireball Roberts -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Quaker State 400 (June 30)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Ky.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Jamie McMurray
THIRD: Clint Bowyer
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 12)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 2 mins., 7 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.948 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.699 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Earnhardt Jr-pole, Edwards 1-31, Earnhardt Jr 32, Gilliland 33,
Earnhardt Jr 34-42, Johnson 43-94, Kenseth 95-108, Johnson
109-149, Mears 150, Edwards 151-154, Johnson 155-243, Kenseth
244-267.
Coke Zero 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Florida Lottery
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14 *Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Blue DEF Diesel Exhaust
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta Coating Systems
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Rheem
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Kwikset
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/United States Air Force
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Batteries
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row/Sealy
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Royal Teak Collection
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Tony Stewart5WonWon3820Won2511Won
Jeff Burton2311151637165212
Matt Kenseth39958381523
Joey Logano---------------192934
Ryan Newman12141114362026235
Carl Edwards---33394246376
Kasey Kahne2516259715247
Brad Keselowski---------------2430158
Michael Waltrip134038---2737------9
Jeff GordonWon740530283612
Jamie McMurray3728Won3211392213
Paul Menard---------21152318814
Dale Earnhardt Jr33133683941915
Martin Truex Jr------29131725353517
Greg Biffle31363164318201821
Kevin Harvick14249341226Won723
Kyle Busch---3122Won1440524
Denny Hamlin------1743263241325
David Ragan---------1251328Won26
Juan Pablo Montoya---------3238927928
Clint Bowyer------107929173629
Kurt Busch437334571435
Jimmie Johnson263210232312036
 
Mover of the Week
Jamie McMurray - started 23 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 9
 
NOTES:
The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is the 18th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Groundbreaking for DIS took place on 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.

Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July Cup Series race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race of the season has been held under the lights since then.

Daytona has 31 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 18 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 3 degrees on the straights. The length of the frontstretch is 3,800 feet, and the backstretch measures 3,000 feet. The track was repaved in 2010.

There have been 132 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Daytona. Fifty- five of the races have been the Daytona 500, while 50 were 400-mile events and four were 250-mile events. There also have been 23 Daytona 500 qualifier races that were points paying.

The first Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying event for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959. Bob Welborn won that race.

The first summer race at Daytona was held on July 4, 1959, with Fireball Roberts taking the checkered flag.

Richard Petty won a Cup points-paying race at Daytona 10 times, which is more than any other driver. Seven of his victories came in the Daytona 500. Petty won his 200th and final career race in Cup on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.

Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 29 starts in this event. Labonte is scheduled to compete in this year's race.

Trevor Bayne is the youngest race winner at Daytona. Bayne won the Daytona 500 one day after he celebrated his 20th birthday on Feb. 20, 2011. When he was 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old, Bobby Allison became the oldest driver to win at this track on Feb. 14, 1988.

Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver to win a pole at Daytona. Gordon earned the top starting position for the July 1996 race at Daytona when he was 24 years, 11 months and 2 days old. When Mark Martin won the pole for the July 2011 event at Daytona, he became the oldest driver to grab the first starting spot there when he was 52 years, 5 months and 23 days old.

A driver has won both races (Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400) at Daytona in the same season just four times, most recently by Allison in 1982. Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 earlier this year.

Thirty-three different drivers have won the July race at Daytona, led by David Pearson with five victories in it. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four wins in this race. Stewart picked up the victory at Daytona one year ago. He won it from the 42nd starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won at this track.

The July 1980 race at Daytona, won by Allison, was completed in a record time of 2 hrs., 18 mins., 21 seconds and ran at a pace of 173.473 mph.

Two drivers entered in this weekend's race scored their first career Cup Series victories in the July event at Daytona: Greg Biffle (July 5, 2003) and David Ragan (July 2, 2011).

Two drivers on the entry list posted their first career poles in the series in July at Daytona: Kevin Harvick (July 6, 2002) and Paul Menard (July 5, 2008).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Daytona occurred on July 7, 2007 when Jamie McMurray beat Kyle Busch by only 0.005 seconds, making it one of the closest finishes in series history.

The next race is the July 14 Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne won last year's race there.

07/02 18:02:02 ET

As of July 2, 2013, at 06:02 PM ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1
 
Final
TAM 4
BOS 3
Final
MIA 9
NYM 6
Final
ATL 0
PHI 7
Final
BAL 4
MIN 6
Final
STL 5
PIT 4
Final
CHC 4
MIL 2
Final
CLE 1
DET 12
Final
OAK 6
SEA 1
Final
SDP 3
ARI 1
Final
COL 10
SFG 9
Final
KAN 4
TEX 3
Final
LOS 4
WAS 6
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NYY
BOS
 
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BAL
CIN
 
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CLE
DET
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
NYM
 
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ATL
PHI
 
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TAM
TOR
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
MIL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
CWS
 
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HOU
ANA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
TEX
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PIT
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
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OAK
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
ARI
 
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LOS
WAS
 
Final
LOU 31
MIAMI 13
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1