Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daytona International Speedway Track Facts: 2017 Coke Zero 400

Up to 32 cars can win Saturday night at Daytona.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 At Daytona International Speedway
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kyle Larson
7
0
0
0
2
3
24.6
70.4
 
2
Martin Truex Jr
24
1
0
1
3
5
22.1
78.6
 
3
Kevin Harvick
32
1
2
9
14
4
16.3
82.3
 
4
Kyle Busch
24
1
1
7
8
6
18.4
94.7
 
5
Brad Keselowski
16
0
1
3
4
5
21.1
79.6
 
6
Chase Elliott
3
2
0
0
0
0
27.7
65.5
 
7
Jimmie Johnson
31
2
3
11
14
8
18
87.6
 
8
Jamie McMurray
29
0
2
3
5
10
23.7
80.3
 
9
Denny Hamlin
23
0
1
6
7
1
17.1
89.7
 
10
Joey Logano
17
0
1
4
7
2
16.2
87.8
 
11
Clint Bowyer
23
0
0
3
11
4
16.4
77.9
 
12
Matt Kenseth
35
1
2
6
14
6
18.8
86.8
 
13
Ryan Blaney
4
0
0
1
1
1
18.5
82.7
 
14
Kurt Busch
32
0
1
13
17
1
16.5
90.6
 
15
Ryan Newman
31
0
1
4
7
5
20.1
74.8
 
16
Erik Jones
1
0
0
0
0
1
39
50.6
 
* – Based on last 25 races at Daytona International Speedway (2005 – 2017).


2017 Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points
Track
Stage 1 Winner
Stage 2 Winner
Stage 3 Winner
Race Winner
 
Following Race #16
Daytona
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kurt Busch
 
Drivers
Points
Atlanta
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Brad Keselowski
 
Martin Truex Jr.
21
Las Vegas
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Martin Truex Jr.
 
Jimmie Johnson
16
Phoenix
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
N/A
Ryan Newman
 
Kyle Larson
13
Auto Club
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Kyle Larson
 
Brad Keselowski
12
Martinsville
Martin Truex Jr.
Chase Elliott
N/A
Brad Keselowski
 
Ryan Blaney
8
Texas
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
N/A
Jimmie Johnson
 
Kevin Harvick
8
Bristol
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Jimmie Johnson
 
Ryan Newman
5
Richmond
Matt Kenseth
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Joey Logano
 
Kurt Busch
5
Talladega
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
N/A
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
5
Kansas
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
N/A
Martin Truex Jr.
 
Austin Dillon
5
Charlotte
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr.
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
 
Kyle Busch
4
Dover
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Jimmie Johnson
 
Chase Elliott
2
Pocono
Kyle Busch 
Kyle Larson 
N/A 
Ryan Blaney 
 
Denny Hamlin
2
Michigan
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Kyle Larson
 
Joey Logano
1
Sonoma
Martin Truex Jr.
Jimmie Johnson
N/A
Kevin Harvick
 
Matt Kenseth
1

Daytona International Speedway Data
Season Race #: 17 of 36 (07-01-17)
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
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 40 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 80 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona
Kyle Busch................................. 94.7
Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 94.2
Kurt Busch................................. 90.6
Denny Hamlin............................. 89.7
Joey Logano............................... 87.8
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 87.6
Matt Kenseth.............................. 86.8
Ryan Blaney............................... 82.7
Kevin Harvick............................. 82.3
Kasey Kahne.............................. 81.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (25 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 pole winner:
Greg Biffle, Ford
192.955 mph, 46.643 secs., 06-30-16

2016 race winner:
Brad Keselowski, Ford
150.342 mph, (02:40:30), 07-02-16

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


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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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.
·        There have been 140 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959:  59 have been 500 miles, 54 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.

Starts
·        452 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 286 in more than one.
·        Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 17 starts – this weekend will be Earnhardt’s final MENCS start at Daytona as a full-time driver.
·        A total 177 drivers have made their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona; only 19 have made their first start during the July race.
·        Three active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Kasey Kahne (2/15/04), Danica Patrick (2/27/12) and Daniel Su├írez (2/26/17).
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts leads the series in average starting position at Daytona with a 5.412. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the series with a 10.200.

Poles
·        A total of 59 drivers have posted at least one pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona; led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with 12 poles. Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with two each.
·        38 of the 59 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with eight.
·        Only four active drivers have posted a pole for the Daytona July race: Kevin Harvick (2002), Paul Menard (2008), Matt Kenseth (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
·        Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph. 
·        Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1969-’70; 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 Chase Elliott (02/21/2016 – 20 years, 2 months, 24 days).
·        Oldest Daytona pole winner: Mark Martin (07/02/2011 – 52 years, 5 months, 23 days).
·        16 different drivers have posted their first series career Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway – nine during Speedweeks in February and seven for the July race.  
·        Six active drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway: Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Paul Menard (7/5/08), Danica Patrick (2/24/13), Austin Dillon (2/23/14) and Chase Elliott (2/21/16).

Wins
·        61 different drivers have posted at least one series win at Daytona, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with four wins.
·        Of the 61 drivers, 36 of them have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with two.   
·        Five drivers have posted consecutive July race wins at Daytona International Speedway: Fireball Roberts (1962-1963), A.J. Foyt (1964-1965), Cale Yarborough (1967-1968) David Pearson (1972 - 1974) and Tony Stewart (2005-2006).
·        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).
·       
Seven different manufacturers have won the July MENCS race at Daytona:
Manufacturer
Daytona July Race Wins
Chevrolet
19
Ford
18
Mercury
7
Dodge
5
Pontiac
5
Buick
3
Toyota
1

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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 14.
·        Nine of the 58 (15.5%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the first starting position; the most recent was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015.
·       Six of nine July race winners from the first starting position won from the Coors Light pole – the most recent to win from the Coors Light pole was Tony Stewart (July, 2005).
 
Drivers that 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)

·        The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
·        16 of the 58 (27.5%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: nine from the first starting position and seven from the second starting position.
·        29 of the 58 (50%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been won from a top five starting position. 
·        44 of the 58 (75.9%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        Four of the 58 (6.8%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – Tony Stewart (2012), Greg Biffle (2003), Bill Elliott (1988) and Bobby Isaac (1971).
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
·        A total of 18 drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona.
·        Three active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; two were during the July race: Aric Almirola (07/06/2014), David Ragan (07/02/2011) and Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011).
·        Kasey Kahne leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 30.

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 three each.
·        David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with 13; followed by Richard Petty with 12. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with seven.   
·        David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with 19; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers with nine each.
·        Darel Dieringer leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona with an 8.545.
·        Austin Dillon leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 12.625. He also leads all active drivers in average finish in the July race with a 6.333.

Track / Event Stats
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race is the July 7, 2007 event won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.005 second.
·        Below are the top five closest MOVs in the MENCS July race at Daytona
Margin of Victory
Date
Winner
Runner-Up
0.005
7/7/2007
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Busch
0.008
7/2/1994
Jimmy Spencer
Ernie Irvan
0.029
7/5/1997
John Andretti
Terry Labonte
0.092
7/3/2010
Kevin Harvick
Kasey Kahne
0.104
7/6/1996
Sterling Marlin
Terry Labonte

·        Six of the MENCS July races at Daytona have resulted with NASCAR Overtime:
Date
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
NASCAR Overtime Laps
Winner
7/2/2016
160
161
1
Brad Keselowski
7/5/2015
160
161
1
Dale Earnhardt Jr
7/6/2013
160
161
1
Jimmie Johnson
7/2/2011
160
170
10
David Ragan
7/3/2010
160
166
6
Kevin Harvick
7/5/2008
160
162
2
Kyle Busch

·        Only two of the 58 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:
Date
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
No. of Laps Less
Winner
7/6/2014
160
112
-48
Aric Almirola
7/6/1996
160
117
-43
Sterling Marlin

·        Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.   
·        Dale Earnhardt leads the series in laps led at Daytona with 1,286 laps led in 46 starts.
·        Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active series drivers in laps led at Daytona with 601 in 35 starts. 
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led in the July races at Daytona with 644 laps led in 22 starts.
·        Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 339; followed Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch with 137 laps led each.
·        Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona is one lap led by Jimmy Spencer in 1994.
·        The fewest laps led by an active July race winner at Daytona are three laps led by Jamie McMurray in 2007.

Female Competitor Stats At Daytona
·        A total of six female drivers have competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. All six have competed in the July race.
·        Janet Guthrie was the first female competitor to race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. She started 33rd and raced her way up to a 15th-place finish.
·        Below is a look at the female drivers in the July race at DIS.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
Date
Danica Patrick
22
27
44.7
7/2/2016
Danica Patrick
27
35
50.5
7/5/2015
Danica Patrick
29
8
86.8
7/6/2014
Danica Patrick
11
14
80.9
7/6/2013
Averages
22.3
21.0
65.7
 
     
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
 
Shawna Robinson
27
40
7/6/2002
 
     
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
 
Patty Moise
35
39
7/1/1989
 
Patty Moise
33
26
7/2/1988
 
Averages
34
32.5
  
     
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
 
Janet Guthrie
36
11
7/4/1978
 
Janet Guthrie
20
40
7/4/1977
 
Janet Guthrie
33
15
7/4/1976
 
Averages
29.7
22
  
     
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
 
Christine Beckers
37
37
7/4/1977
 
     
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
 
Lella Lombardi
29
31
7/4/1977
 


NASCAR in Florida
·        There has been a total of 317 NASCAR national series races in the state of Florida among 10 different tracks.
Track Name
City
MENCS
NXS
NCWTS
Total Races
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach
140
51
18
272
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead
18
22
21
67
Daytona Beach & Road Course
Daytona Beach
10
0
0
10
Palm Beach Speedway
W. Palm Beach
7
0
0
7
Speedway Park
Jacksonville
6
0
0
6
Volusia County Speedway
Barberville
0
4
0
4
Walt Disney World Speedway
Orlando
0
0
2
2
Five Flags Speedway
Pensacola
1
0
0
1
Golden Gate Speedway
Tampa
1
0
0
1
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway
Titusville
1
0
0
1
Totals

184
77
41
371
·        The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course on 7/10/1949. The 40 lap event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).

Florida Drivers In NASCAR
·        177 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida; 11 of the 177 (6.5%) have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
·        Eight Florida drivers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; led by Fireball Roberts with 33.
·        Of the eight Florida native drivers who have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarborough and Aric Almirola have won the July race at Daytona.
 
Driver
MENCS
NXS
NCWTS
1
Fireball Roberts
33
0
0
2
LeeRoy Yarbrough
14
0
0
3
Marshall Teague
7
0
0
4
Joe Nemechek
4
16
0
5
Bobby Johns
2
0
0
6
David Reutimann
2
1
1
7
Aric Almirola
1
3
2
8
Shorty Rollins
1
0
0
9
Rick Wilson
0
2
0
10
Joey Coulter
0
0
1
11
Ben Kennedy
0
0
1



Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Milestones
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Dale Earnhardt Jr
748
2
To become the 29th driver to start 750 or more NASCAR national series races
Jimmie Johnson
83
1
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on MENCS all-time wins list
Kyle Busch
38
1
Tie Tim Flock (39) for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Matt Kenseth
38
1
Tie Tim Flock (39) for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kevin Harvick
36
1
Tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 21st on MENCS all-time wins list
Kurt Busch
29
3
Tie Dale Jarrett (32) for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Denny Hamlin
29
3
Tie Dale Jarrett (32) for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Brad Keselowski
23
2
Tie Joe Weatherly, Jim Paschal (25) for 31st on all-time MENCS wins list
Ryan Newman
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time MENCS poles list
Jimmie Johnson
35
1
Tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 17th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kasey Kahne
27
1
Break the tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 25th on all-time MENCS poles list
Denny Hamlin
24
1
Break the tie with Alan Kulwicki to become solely 28th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kevin Harvick
49
1
Become the 10th MENCS driver to post 50 or more second-place finishes
Jimmie Johnson
46
2
Tie Lee Petty for 11th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Matt Kenseth
29
1
Tie Ricky Rudd for 25th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Matt Kenseth
174
2
Tie Bill Elliott for 19th on the all-time MENCS top-five finishes list
Dale Earnhardt Jr
149
1
To become the 24th driver to post 150 or more MENCS top-five finishes
AJ Allmendinger
49
1
To post his 50th career MENCS top-10 finish
Jimmie Johnson
18,630
370
To become the ninth driver in series history to lead 19,000 or more laps
Matt Kenseth
11,498
502
To become the 15th MENCS driver all-time to lead 12,000 or more laps
Kevin Harvick
10,779
221
To become 17th MENCS driver all-time to lead 11,000 or more laps
Kurt Busch
8,867
133
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Ryan Newman
4,739
261
To become 40th MENCS driver all-time to lead 5,000 or more laps


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