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Statistical Advance: Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway

 

Daytona Beach, Florida (June 27, 2011) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway going into the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 2.

 

DAYTONA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Trevor Bayne (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford)

 

· One the Daytona 500 in February in his first Daytona start

 

· Average Running Position of 11.8

 

· Driver Rating of 108.2

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 187.270 mph

 

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet)

 

· Two top fives, six top 10s

 

· Average finish of 13.2

 

· Average Running Position of 15.1, eighth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 89.1, sixth-best

 

· 2,327 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.193 mph, 12th-fastest

 

 

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

 

· One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole

 

· Average finish of 17.7

 

· Average Running Position of 15.8, 12th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 84.8, 11th-best

 

· 49 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

 

· 2,685 Green Flag Passes, third-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.360 mph, third-fastest

 

· 1,295 Laps in the Top 15 (55.2%), ninth-most

 

· 1,632 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

 

· 10 top fives, 12 top 10s

 

· Average finish of 16.4

 

· Average Running Position of 13.6, fifth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 96.4, fourth-best

 

· 54 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

 

· 2,450 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.279 mph, sixth-fastest

 

· 1,599 Laps in the Top 15 (68.2%), second-most

 

· 1,787 Quality Passes, second-most

 

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

 

· One win, four top fives, five top 10s

 

· Average finish of 18.6

 

· Average Running Position of 12.4, second-best

 

· Driver Rating of 98.3, third-best

 

· 60 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

 

· 2,190 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.241 mph, seventh-fastest

 

· Series-high 1,679 Laps in the Top 15 (71.6%)

 

· 1,660 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Heritage/AMP Energy Chevrolet)

 

· Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

 

· Average finish of 14.8

 

· Average Running Position of 15.1, seventh-best

 

· Driver Rating of 87.3, ninth-best

 

· 59 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

 

· 2,384 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.195 mph, 11th-fastest

 

· 1,449 Laps in the Top 15 (61.8%), fifth-most

 

· 1,593 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

 

· Four top fives, six top 10s

 

· Average finish of 16.5

 

· Average Running Position of 15.7, 11th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 85.7, 10th-best

 

· 51 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

 

· 2,741 Green Flag Passes, second-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.390 mph, second-fastest

 

· 1,428 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), seventh-most

 

· Series-high 1,875 Quality Passes

 

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet)

 

· Six wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles

 

· Average finish of 15.8

 

· Average Running Position of 13.6, sixth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 89.6, fifth-best

 

· 48 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

 

· 1,445 Laps in the Top 15 (61.6%), sixth-most

 

· 1,477 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

 

· Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

 

· Average finish of 15.9

 

· Driver Rating of 84.7, 12th-best

 

· 63 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

 

· 2,477 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.215 mph, eighth-fastest

 

· 1,302 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Summer Salute Chevrolet)

 

· One win, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles

 

· Average finish of 16.8

 

· Average Running Position of 12.5, third-best

 

· Driver Rating of 87.9, eighth-best

 

· 2,285 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

 

· 1,568 Laps in the Top 15 (66.9%), fourth-most

 

· 1,610 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Affliction Clothing Ford)

 

· One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s

 

· Average finish of 18.0

 

· Average Running Position of 15.5, 10th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 87.9, seventh-best

 

· Series-high 64 Fastest Laps Run

 

· 1,389 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), eighth-most

 

· 1,464 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

 

· One win, two top fives, three top 10s

 

· Average finish of 21.9

 

· Average Running Position of 16.7, 13th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 82.9, 13th-best

 

· 48 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

 

· 2,481 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

 

· 1,274 Laps in the Top 15 (54.4%), 11th-most

 

· 1,427 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet)

 

· Three wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

 

· Average finish of 16.9

 

· Average Running Position of 12.9, fourth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 100.6, second-best

 

· 63 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 186.297 mph, fourth-fastest

 

· 1,582 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5%), third-most

 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 10 Following Race 16 of 36

 

Rank Season

 

Last Driver

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating

 

 

 

1. Carl Edwards 573 1 2 1 103.8

2. Kevin Harvick 548 3 0 2 91.8

3. Jimmie Johnson 540 1 0 5 96.0

4. Kurt Busch 539 1 3 7 97.4

5. Kyle Busch 536 2 0 4 110.2

6. Matt Kenseth 521 2 1 6 94.4

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 508 0 1 3 87.4

8. Clint Bowyer 496 0 0 10 93.0

9. Jeff Gordon 480 2 1 12 91.5

10. Ryan Newman 475 0 0 8 86.7

 

 

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.

 

· Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.

 

· Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under lights ever since.

 

· For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway was repaved in 2010. The project began on Monday, July 5, 2010.

 

Notebook

 

· There have been 128 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 53 have been 500 miles, 48 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifying races that were points races.

 

· Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.

 

· Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.

 

· Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.

 

· Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.

 

· 53 drivers have posted poles; 20 have more than one.

 

· Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles.

 

· Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles; followed by Jeff Gordon and Ken Schrader, with three.

 

· 55 drivers have won a race; 26 have won more than once.

 

· Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories, with 10.

 

· Jeff Gordon has six victories, more than any other active driver.

 

· The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.

 

· 17 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole, including last year’s Coke Zero 400, won by polesitter Kevin Harvick.

 

· A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison, in 1982.

 

· The last 11 Daytona races that finished under green have had a margin of victory under a half second.

 

NASCAR in Florida

 

· There have been 166 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.

 

· 161 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Florida.

 

· There have been nine race winners from Florida in NASCAR’s three national series

 

 

Daytona International Speedway Data

 

Race #: 17 of 36 (7-2-11)

 

Track Size: 2.5 miles

 

Race Length: 400 miles (160 laps)

 

Banking/Corners: 31 degrees

 

Banking/Straights: 3 degrees

 

Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees

 

 

 

Driver Rating at Daytona

 

Trevor Bayne** 108.2

 

Tony Stewart 100.6

 

Kyle Busch 98.3

 

Kurt Busch 96.4

 

Jeff Gordon 89.6

 

Clint Bowyer 89.1

 

Matt Kenseth 87.9

 

Jimmie Johnson 87.9

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 87.3

 

Carl Edwards 85.7

 

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Daytona.

** Indicates the driver has only competed in one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

 

2010 pole winner: None (inclement weather)

 

2010 race winner: Kevin Harvick (135.719 mph, 7-3-10)

 

Qualifying record: Bill Elliott (210.364 mph, 42.783 seconds, 2-9-87)

 

Race record: Bobby Allison (173.473 mph, 7-4-80)

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