When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Defending Champion: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola is scheduled for July 7, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. The weekend of action includes the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday night.
Get ready for some fireworks this weekend at the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, as drivers make their way back to Daytona International Speedway. With the race being held on the first weekend of July every year, racing fans get to enjoy a great weekend of action.
This race is the second of two races held at Daytona in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the other being the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
The Coke Zero 400 is known for close finishes as the margin of victory in the last 21 races is less than a second.
Last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. passed leader David Ragan with two laps remaining, then held on to win the Cup Series race at Daytona.
It was Stenhouse’s second win of the season, with his previous victory coming in May at Talladega Superspeedway, the other restrictor-plate track on the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule.
David Pearson holds the record for the most wins in this race with five, while Tony Stewart and Cale Yarborough have four wins. Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty have three wins while four drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. have won this race twice.
Wood Brothers Racing holds the record for most team wins with nine, while Hendrick Motorsports has six wins. Rousch Fenway Racing has four wins, while three teams, including Joe Gibbs Racing have three wins.
Chevrolet and Ford have dominated this race with 18 wins each, while Mercury has seven wins. Dodge and Pontiac have five wins, while Buick has four.
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What was once called the Pepsi 400 is now the Coke Zero 400. Coca-Cola is the driving force behind the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race. This race consists of 160 laps totaling about 400 miles.
Dayton's 2.5-mile tri-oval is one of the storied tracks in NASCAR's history. When the race was started in 1959, it was only 250 miles and scheduled for the morning of July 4.
This led to it gaining its original name, the Firecracker 250. In 1963 it was expanded to 400 miles, and with time, it's moved to being a night race. In 1989, Pepsi became the race's sponsor.
Pepsi was the title sponsor through 2006 but the name was changed again to reflect this. It became the Pepsi 400. In 2009, Coke took over as the official drink of all the ISC tracks and thus the name became Coke Zero 400.
Because it's just 400 miles and run over one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, the Coke Zero 400 is known for speed. The race is often over in just 2 ½ hours and the average speed is sometimes as high as 170 mph.
That makes for great racing action, heart-pounding moves and exciting finishes. Not to mention a few high-speed crashes.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, leading a race-high 96 laps en route to the 16th Daytona International Speedway victory of his career.
Earnhardt, driving the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, dominated much of the race, leading 40 of the race’s first 80 laps. He took the checkered flag ahead of runner-up Jimmie Johnson and third-place Denny Hamlin – and also ahead of a multi-car incident that began with Hamlin’s car turning sideways as it was crossing the line. It was the second Coke Zero 400 victory for Earnhardt, following up on his 2001 triumph.
A tightly packed sprint to the finish initially was set up by a late-race spin by David Ragan, after which the race was restarted on Lap 152 of the 160-lap event. But then, another set-up: a frontstretch spin by Sam Hornish Jr. with six laps remaining. That resulted in a two-lap, “green-white-checker” finish.
Earnhardt then alternated between pulling away and blocking Johnson to earn his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season. He also won at Talladega Superspeedway in May.
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