Friday, 7/1, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 7pm, MRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 7/2, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 6:30pm, MRN
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NEXT STOP … DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, the seventeenth round of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Although there were two practice sessions scheduled for Thursday, thunderstorms moved into the area which red flagged the first session and canceled the second. Only eight cars were able to make it on track before the rain fell. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest lap of the eight drivers, with a speed of 191.014 miles per hour. Kurt Busch (6th) was the only driver to record more than one lap on the speedway before the weather moved over the track. Following a long battle of drying the track and waiting for lightning to clear the area, NASCAR was forced to postpone Sprint Cup Series final practice until today at 9:30 A.M.
THE NASCAR X-FINITY SERIES … also runs at Daytona this weekend with tonight’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. The weather also impacted practice for the XFINITY series. Drivers took the track for about twenty-five minutes before lightning sent the cars back to the garage. Erik Jones was the fastest of the twenty-nine cars that made a lap with a speed of 193.353. David Ragan, who is replacing Matt Tifft this weekend, is the only other driver to top 193 miles per hour with a speed of 193.307. Ty Dillon (192.102), Brandon Jones (192.045) and Justin Marks (192.004) rounded out the top five. The second of two practices was canceled due to persistent thunderstorms in the area. Thursday also saw Chevrolet announce that the sixth-generation Camaro SS will serve as the model for Chevrolet racecars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, starting next season in 2017. The fifth-generation Camaro was introduced into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2013.
THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … is idle this weekend and will return to action next Thursday night in Sparta, Kentucky. Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).
► Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports finished two spots in front of Ryan Blaney last weekend in Sonoma, California, and has moved out to a fifty-point lead in the Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings. Brian Scott remains third in the rookie standings, thirty-seven points behind second-place Blaney with Chris Buescher and Jeffrey Earnhardt completing the top five.
► In the X-FINITY Series rookie chase, Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing holds a commanding forty-three-point lead over Brandon Jones (no relation) early in the second half of the regular season. Brennan Poole, Ryan Preece and Garrett Smithley complete the top five.
► With his victory last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, Christopher Bell has climbed to within sixteen points of William Byron in the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings. Byron finished seventeenth in the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Ben Rhodes remains third, twenty-one points off the pace.
TRACK INFORMATION: Daytona International Speedway in Central Florida is a two-point-five-mile oval with thirty-one degrees of banking in the turns, three degrees on the straights and eighteen degrees through the frontstretch tri-oval. The length of the frontstretch is thirty-eight hundred feet, the backstretch three thousand feet.
54th RUNNING OF THE COKE ZERO 400 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Dale Earnhardt Junior finished the Coke Zero 400 on Monday morning in the same spot he started Sunday night – at the front of the field. His Number-88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet dominated the race, leading ninety-six laps including the final forty-five trips around the two-point-five-mile Daytona International Speedway oval. As Earnhardt took the checkered flag, contact between Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick triggered a multi-car crash that sent Austin Dillon’s Chevrolet hurtling into the catch fence along the frontstretch. The impact separated the engine block from his racecar, which landed upside down back on the track. Dillon climbed out and walked away from the scene … Rain delayed the start of the race by some four hours and it ended after 2:30 a.m. (local time). Earnhardt started from the pole and after briefly yielding the lead to Dillon – who started second, he moved in front at Lap-9. Earnhardt passed teammate Jimmie Johnson to take his final lead of the night forty-five laps from the finish and kept his Hendrick Chevrolet in front the rest of the way in posting his second win of the season and his fourth career Cup Series victory at “The World Center of Racing.” The winning margin over runner-up Johnson was twelve one-hundredths of a second. Hamlin was credited with third place, Harvick fourth and Kurt Busch was fifth. Dillon finished seventh despite his spectacular crash at the end of the race.
This Year’s First Race at Daytona: On February 21st, Denny Hamlin charged from fourth to first on the final lap of the Daytona 500, passing teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead and then surviving a dramatic side-by-side duel down the stretch with Martin Truex Junior that ended with Hamlin scratching out the victory by a mere one one-hundredths of a second. It’s the closest finish in the fifty-eight-year history of the Daytona 500. After taking the white flag, race leader Kenseth went to the high side to block a fast-closing Hamlin and when he did, the Number-11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota darted into the middle lane and into the lead. Truex briefly got a nose in front before Hamlin then inched ahead to win by an estimated four inches … Kyle Busch finished third and Carl Edwards was fifth, giving Joe Gibbs Racing three of the top five finishing positions … This Weekend’s Qualifying: TODAY at 4:10 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying was rained out last year.
15th RUNNING OF THE SUBWAY FIRECRACKER 250 X-FINITY SERIES RACE
AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … TODAY, 7 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Austin Dillon got the best of Elliott Sadler and Chase Elliott on an overtime restart, driving off to his third win of the season. Dillon started seventh in the forty-car field and led just nine laps, but he kept the Number-33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet out front for the final eight trips around the two-point-five-mile oval in notching his fifth career victory. The race ended under caution after rookie Daniel Suarez’s accident along the frontstretch on the final lap. Sadler took second place and Elliott was third with Kasey Kahne and Benny Gordon completing the top five. Suarez started from the pole and led only six laps, finishing fifteenth after his last-lap mishap … The race included seven cautions for twenty-four laps. There were two twelve-car accidents in the final fifteen laps. Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon – who entered the weekend running first and second, respectively, in the standings – were among the victims. Buescher came out of it with a twelfth-place finish, fourteen spots ahead of Dillon.
Qualifying: TODAY at 2:10 p.m. (ET).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Saturday, 7/9, Quaker State presented by Advance Auto Parts 400, Kentucky Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/17, New Hampshire 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/24, Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 12 noon, IMS
Sunday, 7/31, Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 8/7, Cheeze-It 355 at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/20, Irwin Tools Night Race 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 8/28, Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 6pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/10, Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/18, myAFibRisk.com 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 4:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/25, Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN
NASCAR X-Finity Series
Friday, 7/8, Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway, 7pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/16, Sta-Green 200, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/30, US Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/6, Zippo 200 at the Glen, Watkins-Glen International, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/13, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/27, Road America 180 fired up by Johnsonville, Road America, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/3, VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/17, Furious 7 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300 Nationwide, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Thursday, 7/7, UNOH 225, Kentucky Speedway, 8pm (JIP), MRN
Wednesday 7/20, 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic, Eldora Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/30, Pocono Mountains 150, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Wednesday, 8/17, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, Bristol Motor Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Indy Car Series
Sunday, 7/10, Iowa Corn 300, Iowa Speedway, 5pm, IMS
Sunday, 8/21, Pocono, Pocono Raceway, 3pm IMS