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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 5.

 
DAYTONA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota)
·         Three top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.4
·         Average Running Position of 17.3, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 83.5, ninth-best
·         77 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.524 mph, fourth-fastest
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         10 top fives, 13 top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.0
·         Average Running Position of 16.1, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.9, sixth-best
·         70 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         3,692 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         2,072 Laps in the Top 15 (60.3%), fifth-most
·         2,585 Quality Passes, third-most
 

Chase Outlook

 
Following Kentucky (Race #17 of 36):
                                                                               
Pos.
Driver
Wins
Points
1
 Jimmie Johnson
3
594
2
 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2
594
3
 Brad Keselowski
2
560
4
 Carl Edwards
2
536
5
 Joey Logano
2
519
6
 Kevin Harvick
2
509
7
 Jeff Gordon
1
618
8
 Kyle Busch
1
508
9
 Denny Hamlin
1
455
10
 Kurt Busch
1
379
11
 Matt Kenseth
0
555
12
 Ryan Newman
0
514
13
 Paul Menard
0
488
14
 Kyle Larson
0
474
15
 Greg Biffle
0
474
16
 Clint Bowyer
0
473
Outside Looking In:
Top Five Drivers Just Outside The Chase Cut Off
Pos.
Driver
Wins
Points
17
 Kasey Kahne
0
465
18
 Tony Stewart
0
460
19
 Austin Dillon
0
455
20
 Brian Vickers
0
442
21
 Marcos Ambrose
0
438

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.6
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 12.6
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 97.1
·         84 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         3,851 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.532 mph, second-fastest
·         Series-high 2,413 Laps in the Top 15 (70.2%)
·         Series-high 2,743 Quality Passes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.4
·         Average Running Position of 14.0, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.0, third-best
·         85 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         4,036 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.528 mph, third-fastest
·         2,245 Laps in the Top 15 (65.3%), second-most
·         2,710 Quality Passes, second-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)
·         Four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.1
·         Average Running Position of 17.6, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 82.1, 12th-best
·         72 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         4,026 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         1,815 Laps in the Top 15 (52.8%), eighth-most
·         2,549 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Pepsi Real Sugar Chevrolet)
·         Six wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 16.3
·         Average Running Position of 14.5, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, seventh-best
·         3,664 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         2,030 Laps in the Top 15 (59.1%), sixth-most
·         2,333 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
·         Three top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.4
·         Average Running Position of 16.1, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 85.5, eighth-best
·         79 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.471 mph, eighth-fastest
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Folds Of Honor Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.8
·         Driver Rating of 82.4, 11th-best
·         Series-high 87 Fastest Laps Run
·         3,578 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.509 mph, sixth-fastest
·         1,990 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 17.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.9, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.0, fifth-best
·         2,194 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8%), fourth-most
·         2,372 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 17.1
·         Average Running Position of 13.8, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.9, second-best
·         77 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         3,566 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         2,228 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), third-most
·         2,453 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet)
·         Four wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 17.1
·         Average Running Position of 16.5, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.0, fourth-best
·         76 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         1,898 Laps in the Top 15 (55.2%), seventh-most
 
 
 
 
 

Daytona International Speedway Data

Season Race #: 18 of 36 (07-05-14)
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…………………………… 97.1
Matt Kenseth………………………… 92.9
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 92.0
Tony Stewart…………………………. 90.0
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 89.0
Kurt Busch……………………………. 88.9
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 88.0
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 85.5
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 83.5
Kevin Harvick………………………… 83.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light pole winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
193.723 mph, 46.458 secs 07-05-13
 
2013 race winner:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
154.313 mph, (02:36:20), 07-06-13
 
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.
Notebook
·         There have been 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 56 have been 500 miles, 51 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
·         438 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 275 in more than one.
·         Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 21 starts.
·         Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
·         37 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 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 pole winner: 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).
·         34 different drivers have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of FamerDavid 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 winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
·         Oldest Daytona winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).
·         The Wood Brothershave 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; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford with 16.
·         A driver has swept both races (Daytona 500 and the July race) at Daytona five times:
o    Fireball Roberts – 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250)
o    Cale Yarborough – 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
o    LeeRoy Yarborough – 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
o    Bobbie Allison – 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
o    Jimmie Johnson – 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola)
·         Eight of the 55 (14.5%) 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 55 (27.2%) 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 55 (74.5%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Four of the 55 (7.2%) 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 was 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
·         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.
·         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 10.440.
·         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 13.379.
·         Greg Biffle won the July race at Daytona in his first appearance.
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 38.
·         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 one of the 55 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions – July 6, 1996 – the race was called on Lap 117, 43 circuits shy of the 160 scheduled laps.
·         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.
·         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), and Danica Patrick (2/27/12).
·         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).
·         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).
·         Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 665 laps led in 31 starts. Stewart also leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 366; followed by Jeff Gordon with 316 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 243.
·         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
Janet Guthrie
36
11
7/4/1978
Danica Patrick
11
14
7/6/2013
Janet Guthrie
33
15
7/4/1976
Patty Moise
33
26
7/2/1988
Lella Lombardi
29
31
7/4/1977
Christine Beckers
37
37
7/4/1977
Patty Moise
35
39
7/1/1989
Janet Guthrie
20
40
7/4/1977
Shawna Robinson
27
40
7/6/2002
NASCAR in Florida
·         There have been 175 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
134
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead
15
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
·         173 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida; 10 of the 173 (5.7%) have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
·         Of the seven Florida native drivers who have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts andLeeRoy Yarborough have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
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
Shorty Rollins
1
0
0
Rick Wilson
0
2
0
Aric Almirola
0
1
2
Joey Coulter
0
0
1

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 5.

 

DAYTONA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota)

·         Three top fives, seven top 10s

·         Average finish of 16.4

·         Average Running Position of 17.3, 11th-best

·         Driver Rating of 83.5, ninth-best

·         77 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.524 mph, fourth-fastest

 

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

·         10 top fives, 13 top 10s

·         Average finish of 18.0

·         Average Running Position of 16.1, seventh-best

·         Driver Rating of 88.9, sixth-best

·         70 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

·         3,692 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·         2,072 Laps in the Top 15 (60.3%), fifth-most

·         2,585 Quality Passes, third-most

 

 

Chase Outlook</p><br />
<p>Following Kentucky (Race #17 of 36): </p><br />
<p>Pos.	Driver	Wins	Points<br /><br />
1	 Jimmie Johnson	3	594<br /><br />
2	 Dale Earnhardt Jr.	2	594<br /><br />
3	 Brad Keselowski	2	560<br /><br />
4	 Carl Edwards	2	536<br /><br />
5	 Joey Logano	2	519<br /><br />
6	 Kevin Harvick	2	509<br /><br />
7	 Jeff Gordon	1	618<br /><br />
8	 Kyle Busch	1	508<br /><br />
9	 Denny Hamlin	1	455<br /><br />
10	 Kurt Busch	1	379<br /><br />
11	 Matt Kenseth	0	555<br /><br />
12	 Ryan Newman	0	514<br /><br />
13	 Paul Menard	0	488<br /><br />
14	 Kyle Larson 	0	474<br /><br />
15	 Greg Biffle	0	474<br /><br />
16	 Clint Bowyer	0	473<br /><br />
Outside Looking In:<br /><br />
Top Five Drivers Just Outside The Chase Cut Off<br /><br />
Pos.	Driver	Wins	Points<br /><br />
17	 Kasey Kahne	0	465<br /><br />
18	 Tony Stewart	0	460<br /><br />
19	 Austin Dillon 	0	455<br /><br />
20	 Brian Vickers	0	442<br /><br />
21	 Marcos Ambrose	0	438</p><br />
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<p style=Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 18.6

·         Series-best Average Running Position of 12.6

·         Series-best Driver Rating of 97.1

·         84 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·         3,851 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.532 mph, second-fastest

·         Series-high 2,413 Laps in the Top 15 (70.2%)

·         Series-high 2,743 Quality Passes

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)

·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.4

·         Average Running Position of 14.0, fourth-best

·         Driver Rating of 92.0, third-best

·         85 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·         4,036 Green Flag Passes, second-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 189.528 mph, third-fastest

·         2,245 Laps in the Top 15 (65.3%), second-most

·         2,710 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

·         Four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 18.1

·         Average Running Position of 17.6, 12th-best

·         Driver Rating of 82.1, 12th-best

·         72 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

·         4,026 Green Flag Passes, third-most

·         1,815 Laps in the Top 15 (52.8%), eighth-most

·         2,549 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Pepsi Real Sugar Chevrolet)

·         Six wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles

·         Average finish of 16.3

·         Average Running Position of 14.5, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 88.0, seventh-best

·         3,664 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

·         2,030 Laps in the Top 15 (59.1%), sixth-most

·         2,333 Quality Passes, eighth-most

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