Monday, July 6, 2015

Earnhardt Jr. grabs fourth career Daytona win

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his second race of the season (both in plate races) and Denny Hamlin slides into third. 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated from the start of the Coke Zero 400 late Sunday until its early-morning finish Monday.

A wild weekend that saw qualifying canceled and a three-hour race delay ended with a massive wreck that sent Austin Dillon's car airborne over three rows of cars and into the fence on the final lap. By the time the smoke and debris cleared at the dampened Daytona finish line, Earnhardt emerged with his second win of the 2015 season.

MORE: Coke Zero 400 takes terrifying turn | 2015 Spring Cup winners | Powers rankings

Earnhardt, the pole sitter by default of the wet weather, led for 97 of the 161 laps. It was his fourth career win at Daytona.

Jimmie Johnson, who led for 35 laps, finished second. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Read More Here....Sporting News

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Final 2015 Coke Zero 400 Practice Notes & Driver Ratings: Guess Who is Driver to Beat?

Dale Jr. leads a wave a Hendrick cars that should fare very well Sunday.
LAS VEGAS -- With Saturday’s qualifying cancelled due to rain, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the pole in Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on the basis of topping the speed charts in Friday’s first practice session.

Regardless of what happened in Friday’s practices or where they started from, Earnhardt Jr. was going to be our top rated driver this week just because of what he’s done in restrictor-plate races this season where he finished third in the Daytona 500 and won his only race of the season at Talladega in May.

Between the four races at Daytona and Talladega each season, practices and start position mean the least to each drivers rating equation just because it doesn’t translate to race day like it does on 1.5-mile tracks or places like Martinsville or Phoenix.

The speed charts in plate races show who was fast, but times are aided by who they were running with in packs, and sometimes drivers aren't even putting in full efforts for fear of having their car damaged. And we already know that up to 35 drivers have a chance to win where cars are more equal than at any type of track. Bottom line is that these plate races are crap shoots.

Within 10 minutes of Friday’s first practice session there was a giant wreck that forced 10 cars into back-ups, and I won’t even mention who they were because it’s irrelevant. If the same type of thing happened at Richmond, it would absolutely be huge information and all 10 of the drivers would be downgraded.

In Friday’s second practice session, Danica Patrick laid down the fastest lap followed by all three of her teammates. If this happened at Kansas, Danica’s rating would be dramatically increased and considered one of the drivers to beat. But her rating was already increased for this race prior to practices just because we expect her to run well as plate racing presents her best opportunity to win a race.

So when you look our chart below, just know that the practice times listed account for very little to the rating and the most relevant piece of data comes from the Daytona 500 and Talladega Geico 500 already run this season mixed in with overall skills shown in past years plate races.

Micah Roberts’ Top-10 Driver Ratings
Coke Zero 400 
Daytona International Speedway
Sunday, July 5, 2015 -  5:06 pm (PT)

RATING    DRIVER   ODDS        PRAC 1  PRAC 2   DAYTONA*  TALLADEGA* 
 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8/1)   1st        7th          3rd               1st 
Three-time winner, active leader with 13th-place average; led 99 laps between Daytona and ’Dega. 
 2. Denny Hamlin (12/1)      36th      12th          4th               9th 
Runner-up in 2014 Daytona 500; averaged fourth-place finish in past three Daytona starts.
 3. Jimmie Johnson (10/1)   12th       8th          5th               2nd  
Three-time winner, including sweep of 2013 season; led 89 laps between Daytona and ‘Dega.
 4. Jeff Gordon (10/1)          24th       6th         33rd             31st 
Active leader with six wins; poor ‘15 restrictor-plate results, but led series-high 134 laps between two.
 5. Kevin Harvick (12/1)       35th       3rd          2nd               8th 
Two-time winner, the last in ‘10; maneuvers through traffic better than most with plates on.
 6. Joey Logano (12/1)         34th     20th          1st              33rd 
First career plate win in February -- that car is on display at Daytona USA; understands draft well.  
 7. Martin Truex Jr. (12/1)    20th     26th          8th                5th 
Career-best sixth-place in ‘10; all this guy does is finish in top-10 this year (14 in 16 starts)
 8. Jamie McMurray (30/1)    9th      28th         27th             11th 
Two-time winner, the last in 2010; four of his seven career wins have come in plate races. 
 9. Kurt Busch (12/1)           29th       2nd         DNP            12th  
He’s the best driver to never win a plate race with 11 top-five finishes in 28 Daytona starts.
10. Matt Kenseth (12/1)       19th     DNP        35th             25th 
Two-time winner -- all while driving for Roush, but he’s had dominant cars with Gibbs as well.

Note: Saturday’s qualifying session was rained out so the starting order will be set by order of finish from Friday’s first practice session.

* Results from the two previous restrictor-plate races run this season at Daytona (Feb. 22) and Talladega (May 3). The two tracks run different from each other, but are relevant for comparing plate performances.

Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book

Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas sports book director who has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Coke Zero 400 odds: Dale Jr. posted as the favorite for good reason

Earnhardt Jr. is 8-to-1 to win this week at Daytona.
LAS VEGAS -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't won the summer Daytona race since his magical, heavy-hearted win in 2001 a few months after his father's death. But there's been enough positive data on his restrictor plate track runs this season to force the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to install him as the 8-to-1 favorite to win Sunday night's Coke Zero 400.

In two plate races this season, Junior has been the best. He led 32 laps in the season-opening Daytona 500 and settled for third. In May's Geico 500 at Talladega, he led a race-high 67 laps and captured his only victory of the season. This comes one season after winning the 2014 Daytona 500, which gives him three Daytona wins overall.

MORE: Dale's defining moments | Dale and Amy through the years

One of the most important facets of Junior's career at Daytona has been his ability to run at a high level throughout. While several drivers have had their moments being considered one of the best at Daytona in short time frames, he's managed to pile up the best average finish (13.06) over his 31 career starts. It hasn't mattered whether his team was rolling well or not, or whether a new aero-package was in place, Junior just gets the job done in a fashion better than most on what is one of the most volatile tracks on the circuit.

And right now, Junior is rolling with a team — Hendrick Motorsports — that has things figured out the most in plate races this season. Joey Logano won the Daytona 500, but it was three Hendrick drivers that led the most laps. Jeff Gordon led the way by leading six different times for 87 laps and Jimmie Johnson was next by leading four times for 39 laps. And then of course Earnhardt Jr. ended up winning at Talladega and Johnson finished second. Six-time Daytona winner Jeff Gordon and three-time winner Johnson come in as the co-second favorites to win at 10-1.

Read More Here....complete list of odds

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is active leader with 13th-place average finish at Daytona

Earnhardt Jr. is 8/1 favorite to win Sunday night's Coke Zero 400.
No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet SS / Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Age: 40
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

NATIONWIDE STARS AND STRIPES: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS will feature a special patriotic paint scheme this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet SS features an American flag-themed design and was created to be part of NASCAR’s “An American Salute” campaign. The industry-wide program serves to recognize and thank current, retired and veteran members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

IN THE 400: Earnhardt has scored one win, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s during 15 appearances in the annual July event at Daytona. He has led a combined 243 laps during the summer race, including 116 during his win on July 7, 2001.

DAYTONA DOMINANCE: Earnhardt has 14 NASCAR wins at Daytona – three in the Sprint Cup Series, six in the XFINITY Series, three during qualifying events and two during exhibition events. He has won the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s and the 2001 Pepsi 400, as well as two Sprint Unlimiteds (2003 and 2008) and three Duel qualifying races (2003, 2004 and 2008). Earnhardt won the four straight XFINITY Series events that he entered at Daytona between 2002 and 2004.

STRONG ON SUPERSPEEDWAYS: In 62 combined Cup starts at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt has recorded nine wins, 23 top-five finishes and 33 top-10s. He won the most recent superspeedway race at Talladega in May. Earnhardt currently ranks second among active Cup drivers in the following categories at restrictor plate tracks: wins, top-fives, top-10s and laps led (1,381), trailing only leader and teammate Jeff Gordon. He has the best average finish among active drivers (14.06).

 
2015 Season
  • 5th in standings
  • 16 starts
  • 1 win
  • 0 pole positions
  • 8 top-five finishes
  • 10 top-10 finishes
  • 108 laps led
 
 
Career
  • 557 starts
  • 24 wins
  • 13 pole positions
  • 135 top-five finishes
  • 234 top-10 finishes
  • 7,955 laps led
 
 
Daytona Career 
  • 31 starts
  • 3 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 12 top-five finishes
  • 18 top-10 finishes
  • 482 laps led
 

- Hendrick Motorsports

2015 Coke Zero 400 Betting Preview: Up to 35 drivers have a shot at winning

Happy Fourth of July to all; fireworks at Daytona always occur.
Let's start out by shaking each others hands as a congratulatory sign of affection for all of us being fellow Americans as we pass another Independence Day. It really doesn't matter whether you're friends or not, or whether you like a particular person, it's simply about everyone having the freedom to be who they truly are -- both faults and greatness, and live it.

I often reflect back in time to Philadelphia and Boston from the late 18th century and how all our founding fathers risked treason for the betterment of our colonies. And everything we stand for now as the leader of the free world can be tied back to those great moments in our brief but glorious history.

Don't ask me how I'm going to tie all this into my weekly NASCAR piece, but NASCAR does have a pretty good fireworks display going on Sunday night at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, formerly known as the Firecracker 400.

What I can say about NASCAR as it relates to our country is it certainly has a place in a large portion of our hobbies. It's followed weekly from spring till fall -- not too hard to follow in the standings -- and has a certain element that has grown over time that does embody America, whether it's roots of old moonshine runners or political candidates using races as forums to say 'vote for me'.

To me NASCAR is every bit American as baseball and football. They're our sports. Americans created them and we've watched them intensely waiting for some type or drama to include both the thrills of victory and agony of defeats on a regular basis. No other country is so driven by sports, and so often, as Americans.

Anyway, Happy Fourth or July to all. Now let's talk about who is going win Sunday night's race.

I don't know whether I'm happy or sad to see racing at a restrictor-plate race because on one hand I love that anyone can win like no place elese. But on the other hand, I hate it because it's impossible to narrow down five to six drivers to win or bet driver matchups.

In fact, when plate races come around, I don't bet match-ups at all because practices in the four plate races don't tell any part of the story for race day like they do at the 32 other races. So the advantage plays on certain drivers and weeding those guys out before practices happen are completely gone which gives a huge advantage to the house.

Read More Here....Top-5 Finish Prediction

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Notes heading into Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

NBC You On Sunday: NASCAR Debuts On NBC With The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its triumphant return to NBC on Sunday, July 5 with the broadcast of the Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola.

Coverage starts with the pre-race show at 7 p.m. ET and the race broadcast begins at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Rick Allen (play-by-play), 21-time NSCS winner Jeff Burton (analyst) and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte (analyst) will commentate from the booth, while Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will report from pit road.

Krista Voda will host the pre-race show with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and eight-time NSCS winner Kyle Petty providing analysis.

Click here to learn more about NASCAR on NBC.

How Sweep It Is: Logano Looks To Follow-Up Daytona 500 Win With A Summer Checkered
Sweep dreams.

That’s what Joey Logano will be hoping for this weekend when he tries to become just the sixth driver to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Daytona July race in the same season.

The five drivers to accomplish the feat are Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).

Daytona Denouement: Gordon To Make Final Start At NASCAR’s Most Famous Track
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits its first repeat track of the season this Sunday for the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

Now, the Jeff Gordon farewell tour truly begins as he makes his final start at NASCAR’s most famous track.

Gordon leads active drivers with six wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s, four Coors Light Pole Awards and 710 laps led at Daytona.

Gordon’s first Daytona win came 20 years ago on July 1, 1995. That season, he captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Rowdy Revival: Kyle Busch Lands In Chase Contention With Sonoma Win
A mere four months have passed since Kyle Busch broke his leg and foot in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

And he already has a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.

Busch passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead on Lap 106 of 110 and held off his brother Kurt Busch for the checkered flag. The 1-2 finish was the first ever by the Busch brothers.

With the win, Busch is one step closer to a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup bid. Now, he needs to make his way into the top 30 in driver points at the conclusion of the Sept. 12 race at Richmond International Raceway. Currently 37th in driver points, Busch has 10 races left to close 30th-place Cole Whitt’s 136-point advantage. To eliminate the deficit by the start of the Chase, Busch needs to post an average finish around 14.0 the rest of the regular season. Since his rookie year of 2005, Busch has scored an average finish of 14th or better over the final 10 races of the regular season seven times.

On Sunday, the No. 18 Toyota driver returns to DIS for the first time since his February accident. Busch won the summer event at Daytona in 2008. He finished 28th in this race last season due to a wreck.

Daytona International Speedway … Where The Wild Cards Are
With only 10 races and five spots left in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, winless drivers are running out of time, and opportunities, to punch their tickets to NASCAR’s playoffs.

They get their next chance at the prestigious Daytona International Speedway in Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola.

Eight drivers still searching for Chase bids have previously visited Victory Lane at "The World Center of Racing," including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Trevor Bayne, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle.

Florida’s Finest: Almirola Aims For Coke Zero 400 Repeat
Last season, 30 years after Richard Petty won his 200th race, Aric Almirola piloted the famed Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car to Victory Lane for the first win and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup bid of his career.

Following the race, Almirola said: "It's real special for me to win here. This is not only the 30th anniversary of this team's last win at Daytona, it is my hometown and I remember growing up watching Daytona 500s and Firecracker 400s here. To win is real special."

Almirola’s victory also marked the first by the No. 43 car since John Andretti won at Martinsville Speedway in 1999.

Currently, Almirola sits four points behind Ryan Newman for the final spot on the Chase Grid, but can clinch a berth in NASCAR’s playoffs with a repeat July Daytona win in Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola.

Tony Stewart (2005-06) is the last driver to win consecutive July Daytona races.

Smoke Signals At Daytona?
NASCAR fans have been waiting for Tony Stewart to contend for a victory all season.

Will this be the weekend they finally see smoke signals?

Stewart boasts four victories at Daytona International Speedway – all in July – and is the active leader in laps led in the July Daytona race (369).

With his experience and the unpredictable nature of the 2.5-mile track, DIS could be the place his gets his first win since 2013 at Dover.

Currently 26th in points, Stewart needs a checkered flag to clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.
Martin Truex Jr. will make his 350th career start on Sunday. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. will attempt to win his second consecutive restrictor plate race after taking the checkered flag at Talladega in April.

History Lesson: Daytona, The Home Of The Pearson Slingshot
If you’ve ever wondered why David Pearson was nicknamed the "Silver Fox," just watch the end of the 1974 Firecracker 400.

Pearson, who won 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, was always fast, but it was strategy and guile that made him near impossible to beat. And nowhere was that more evident than at Daytona International Speedway, where the key to winning was the unstoppable "slingshot" move.

The 16th edition of the Fourth of July classic saw familiar names up front throughout the race – there was Pearson and "The King" Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker. As the laps ticked off, the race came down to Pearson and Petty, as races tended to do in that era.

All seemed normal as Pearson grabbed the white flag, signifying the final lap of the race. Suddenly, coming out of the tri-oval, Pearson dropped down to the bottom of the track and Petty went speeding by into the lead.

Even the MRN announcers didn’t know what was happening, exclaiming, "whether it’s a just a maneuver on David’s part or whether he has problems, we’ll know in a minute!"

Turns out it was the former.

Pearson knew he was a sitting duck with Petty just car lengths behind him, so he ‘flipped the script.’ By allowing Petty to pass him, Pearson put himself in the right position for a race-winning slingshot move. And true to his champion form, it was executed perfectly coming out of Turn 4 for a "Silver Fox" victory by no more than 10 feet.

- NASCAR

Daytona International Speedway Track Facts: 2015 Coke Zero 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 10 at Daytona International Speedway

Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kevin Harvick
28
1
2
7
12
3
16.2
81.6
 
2
Martin Truex Jr.
20
1
0
0
2
4
22.5
76.7
 
3
Joey Logano
13
0
1
3
4
2
18.3
85.8
 
4
Jimmie Johnson
27
2
3
10
13
6
17.5
87.9
 
5
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
31
1
3
12
18
3
13.1
91.9
 
6
Brad Keselowski
12
0
0
2
3
4
21.8
75.5
 
7
Jamie McMurray
25
0
2
3
5
8
23.7
79.5
 
8
Kasey Kahne
23
0
0
2
8
5
19.4
83.3
 
9
Matt Kenseth
31
1
2
6
14
5
17.8
89.9
 
10
Kurt Busch
28
0
0
11
14
1
17.5
90.5
 
* – Based on last 21 races at Daytona International Speedway.


Daytona International Speedway Data

Season Race #: 17 of 36 (07-05-15)
Track Size: 2.5-mile
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 31 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 31 degrees
Banking/Straights: 3 degrees
Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  3,800 feet
Backstretch Length:  3,000 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona
Kyle Busch................................. 96.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.9
Kurt Busch.................................. 90.5
Matt Kenseth.............................. 89.9
Jeff Gordon................................ 88.0
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 87.9
Denny Hamlin............................. 87.7
Tony Stewart............................... 86.6
Joey Logano.............................. 85.8
Clint Bowyer............................... 84.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2014 pole winner:
David Gilliland, Ford
199.322 mph, 45.153 secs 07-04-14

2014 race winner:
Aric Almirola, Ford
130.014 mph, (02:09:13), 07-06-14

Track qualifying record (July race):
Cale Yarborough, Ford
203.519 mph, 44.222 secs 07-02-86

Track race record (July race):
Bobby Allison, Mercury
173.473 mph, (02:18:21), 07-04-80


AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
History
·         Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959 – won by Bob Welborn.
·         The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 – won by Fireball Roberts(140.581 mph).
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
·         Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.
·         The track underwent a repave in 2010.

Starts
·         There have been 136 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959:  57 have been 500 miles, 52 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
·         445 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 277 in more than one.
·         Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 22 starts – this weekend will be Gordon’s final start at Daytona.
·         Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Tony Stewart (2/14/99), Casey Mears (2/16/03), Kasey Kahne (2/15/04), Brendan Gaughan (2/15/04) Danica Patrick (2/27/12), Alex Bowman (2/23/14), Michael Annett (2/23/14).

Poles

·         Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.  
·         38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarboroughwith eight.
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in Daytona July race poles, with two. Gordon started first in 2007 due to qualifying being cancelled as well.
·         Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1970-’71; 1980-’81, 1983-’84), Sterling Marlin (1991-’92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-’95).
·         Youngest Daytona July race pole winner: Jeff Gordon (07/06/1996 - 24 years, 11 months, 2 days); all-time track record belongs to Austin Dillon (02/23/2014 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
·         Oldest Daytona pole winner: Mark Martin (07/02/2011 – 52 years, 5 months, 23 days).
·         Six active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway: Greg Biffle (2/15/04), Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Paul Menard (7/5/08), Danica Patrick (2/24/13) and Austin Dillon (2/23/2014).       

Wins
·        
Drivers who have swept both races (Daytona 500 and the July race) at Daytona:
Fireball Roberts – 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250)
Cale Yarborough – 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
LeeRoy Yarborough – 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
Bobbie Allison – 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
Jimmie Johnson – 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola)
35 different drivers have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four; followed by Jeff Gordon with three.   
·         Five drivers have posted consecutive wins in the July race at Daytona International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (1972 - 1974).
·         Tony Stewart (2005-’06) is the only active driver to win consecutive July races at Daytona.
·         Youngest Daytona July race winner: Kyle Busch (07/01/2008 – 23 years, 2 months, 3 days); all-time track record - Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
·         Oldest Daytona July race winner: Bobby Allison (07/04/1987 – 49 years, 7 months, 1 day); all-time track record - Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).
·         The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 13.
·        
Seven different manufacturers have won the July NSCS race at Daytona:
Manufacturer
Daytona July Race Wins
Chevrolet
18
Ford
17
Mercury
7
Dodge
5
Pontiac
5
Buick
3
Toyota
1

Eight of the 56 (14.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2010.
·         The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (eight) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.    
·         15 of the 56 (26.7%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second-place.
·         41 of the 56 (73.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Four of the 56 (7.1%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
·         Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; two were during the July race: Trevor Bayne (2/20/11), Greg Biffle (7/5/03), David Ragan (7/2/11) and Michael Waltrip (2/18/01).
·         Greg Biffle won the July race at Daytona in his first appearance.     
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 710 laps led in 45 starts. 
·         Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 369; followed byJeff Gordon with 318 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 243.
·         Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona are one lap led by Jimmy Spencer in 1994. The fewest laps led by an active July race winner at Daytona are three laps led by Jamie McMurray in 2007.

Additional Finishing Position Stats
·         Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes in the July race at Daytona with five; followed by Richard Petty and Sterling Marlin with four. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead all active drivers with two each.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with 13; followed by Richard Petty with 12. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.   

Additional Finishing Position Stats
·         David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with 19; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 18. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 11.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona with a 9.926.
·         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 13.065.
·         Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 28.

Female Competitor Stats
·         Five female drivers have competed in the July event at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. Below they are ordered by best finish:
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
29
8
7/6/2014
Danica Patrick
11
14
7/6/2013
Shawna Robinson
27
40
7/6/2002
Patty Moise
35
39
7/1/1989
Patty Moise
33
26
7/2/1988
Janet Guthrie
36
11
7/4/1978
Christine Beckers
37
37
7/4/1977
Janet Guthrie
20
40
7/4/1977
Lella Lombardi
29
31
7/4/1977
Janet Guthrie
33
15
7/4/1976

Track Event Stats
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race was the July 7, 2007 race won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.005 second.
·         Four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at Daytona International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (160/162), 2010 (160/166), 2011 (160/170) and 2013 (160/161).
·         Only two of the 56 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: 1) July 6, 1996 – the race was called on Lap 117, 43 circuits shy of the 160 scheduled laps and 2) July 6, 2014 – the race was called on Lap 112.     
·         Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway three times: 2007, 2009, and 2010.    

NASCAR in Florida

·         There have been 178 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among eight tracks in the state of Florida.
·         The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course in 7/10/1949. The 40 lap event was by won Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).
Track Name
City
NSCS
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach
136
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead
16
Daytona Beach & Road Course
Daytona Beach
10
Palm Beach Speedway
W. Palm Beach
7
Speedway Park
Jacksonville
6
Five Flags Speedway
Pensacola
1
Golden Gate Speedway
Tampa
1
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway
Titusville
1

·         174 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida; 10 of the 174 (6.3%) have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
·         Of the eight Florida native drivers who have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts,LeeRoy Yarborough and Aric Almirola have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
Driver
NSCS
NXS
NCWTS
Fireball Roberts
33
0
0
LeeRoy Yarbrough
14
0
0
Marshall Teague
7
0
0
Joe Nemechek
4
16
0
Bobby Johns
2
0
0
David Reutimann
2
1
1
Aric Almirola
1
1
2
Shorty Rollins
1
0
0
Rick Wilson
0
2
0
Joey Coulter
0
0
1

MILESTONES – Daytona International Speedway



DRIVER
HAS
NEEDS
MILESTONE
DESCRIPTION
Aric Almirola
124
1
125th Consecutive NSCS Start 
Almirola is 18th on the active consecutive NSCS starts list. 
Landon Cassill
49
1
50th Consecutive NSCS Start 
Cassill is 25th on the active consecutive NSCS starts list.
Martin Truex Jr.
349
1
350th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start
Truex is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett for 67th on the all-time NSCS career starts list, eight starts behind Dick Brooks (357) in 66th.
Trevor Bayne
74
1
75th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start
Bayne is tied with Mike Alexander for 224th on the all-time NSCS career starts list, one start behind Casey Atwood (75) in 223rd.
Brendan Gaughan
49
1
50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start
Gaughan is ranked 277th on the all-time NSCS career starts list.
Jimmie Johnson
74
2
76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win
Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart
48
2
50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win
Stewart is 13th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 12th (50 wins).
Matt Kenseth
32
1
33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win
Kenseth is tied with Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Fireball Roberts in 21st (33 wins).
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
24
1
25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win
Earnhardt Jr. is tied with Carl Edwards for 30th on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Joe Weatherly and Denny Hamlin in 29th (25 wins).
Carl Edwards
24
1
25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win
Edwards is tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 30th on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Joe Weatherly and Denny Hamlin in 29th (25 wins).
Jeff Gordon
24,826
174
25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led
Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps.
Matt Kenseth
9,597
403
10,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led
Kenseth can become the 16th driver in series history to lead 10,000 or more laps. 
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7,954
46
8,000 NSCS Laps Led
Earnhardt can become the 23rd driver in series history to lead 8,000 or more laps. 
#43 car
199
1
200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins
The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (204). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.