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DATE: Sunday, July 5
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
ANNUAL: 57th
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: NBC
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:45 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, July 4/4:35 p.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Aric Almirola
RUNNER-UP: Brian Vickers
POLE WINNER: David Gilliland (finished 35)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (210.364 mph)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Allison, 1980 (173.473 mph)
 
2014 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Aric Almirola156Denny Hamlin37
2Brian Vickers307Michael McDowell27
3Kurt Busch408Danica Patrick29
4Casey Mears229Clint Bowyer34
5Austin Dillon2310Marcos Ambrose18
2014 Coke Zero 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.104 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 9 mins., 13 secs. (rain-shortened/ended after 112 laps)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 29 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 14 drivers
POLE WINNER: David Gilliland (199.322 mph)
Past Coke Zero 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2014 -- Aric Almirola (15) -- Ford -- 130.014 mph
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 154.313 mph
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)
2014 -- David Gilliland -- 35
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 12
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: Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 28)
SITE: Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, California
MILES: 219 (350 kilometers)
LAPS: 110
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
THIRD: Clint Bowyer
FOURTH: Kevin Harvick
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: A.J. Allmendinger (finished 37)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 55 mins., 39 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 74.774 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.532 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: A. Allmendinger - pole; Ku. Busch 1-22; A. Allmendinger 23-23; C.
Bowyer 24-27; Ky. Busch 28-39; Ku. Busch 40-52; J. Johnson 53-66;
Ku. Busch 67-74; J. Johnson 75-105; Ky. Busch 106-110.
Coke Zero 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips-Shark Week
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
9Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Twisted Tea
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Cheez-It
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third Bank
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Toyota/Subway
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/DeWalt
21Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Maxim
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Nibco
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Grainger
32Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/TBA
34Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Ford/CSX Play It Safe
35Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Ford/Speed Stick
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Florida Lottery
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Coca-Cola
43 *Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
46Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Kroger
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
55David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Dustless Blasting
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Nationwide
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/KLove Radio
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200620072008200920102011201220132014
Aric Almirola------------------1938Won
Kurt Busch33457143563
Casey Mears7193434---321894
Austin Dillon------------------------5
Denny Hamlin1743263241325366
Danica Patrick---------------------148
Clint Bowyer10792917362949
Jeff Gordon405302836123412
Dale Earnhardt Jr.133683941915814
Martin Truex Jr291317253535174115
Paul Menard---211523188144316
Joey Logano---------1929344017
Brad Keselowski---------24301582118
Matt Kenseth583815233320
David Ragan---1251328Won262222
Ryan Newman11143620262351024
Kasey Kahne2597152473227
Kyle Busch22Won14405241228
Greg Biffle31643182018211729
Jamie McMurray8Won3211392213730
Kyle Larson------------------------36
Carl Edwards3942463762937
Kevin Harvick9341226Won723339
Tony StewartWon3820Won2511Won240
Jimmie Johnson3210232312036Won42
 
Mover of the Week
Paul Menard - started 32 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kurt Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - finished 16
 
NOTES:
The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is the 17th race on the 2015 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 136 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Daytona. Fifty- seven of the races have been the Daytona 500, while 52 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 this famed track was a 100-mile qualifying event for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959. Bob Welborn won that event.

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 this track 10 times, which is more than any other driver. Seven of his victories occurred in the Daytona 500. Petty won his 200th and final career race in NASCAR's top series on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.

Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 23 starts in this event. This is Gordon's final season in the series.

Trevor Bayne is the youngest Sprint Cup race winner at this track. 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 Daytona on Feb. 14, 1988.

A driver has won both points-paying races at Daytona (Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400) in the same season five times. In 2013, Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag for the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400, becoming the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to score a season-sweep at this track.

Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 earlier this year.

Thirty-five different drivers have won the July race at this track, 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 three years ago. He won it from the 42nd starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won there.

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

Three drivers entered in this weekend's race scored their first career Cup Series victories in the July event at this track: Greg Biffle (July 5, 2003), David Ragan (July 2, 2011) and Aric Almirola (July 6, 2014). Last year's race was shortened to 112 laps due to rain. It was also delayed one day because of inclement weather.

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 11 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.

06/30 15:10:14 ET

As of June 30, 2015, at 03:11 PM ET