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Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Statistical Advance

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2012) - 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 on July 7.

Chase Contenders

The Top 10

Following Race 17 of 36

Rank Season Last Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating

1. Matt Kenseth 633 1 0 1 104.6

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 622 1 0 3 101.4

3. Jimmie Johnson 610 2 1 4 108.8

4. Greg Biffle 608 1 2 2 104.5

5. Denny Hamlin 565 2 1 8 98.5

6. Kevin Harvick 565 0 0 6 93.7

7. Clint Bowyer 557 1 0 7 92.2

8. Martin Truex Jr. 556 0 1 9 96.2

9. Tony Stewart 545 2 0 5 91.7

10. Brad Keselowski 537 3 0 10 94.0

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Carl Edwards 503 34. David Reutimann 219

12. Kyle Busch (1 win) 495 35. J.J. Yeley 117

13. Paul Menard 477 36. David Stremme 111

14. Ryan Newman (1 win) 463 37. Brian Vickers 106

15. Kasey Kahne (1 win) 463 38. Michael McDowell 89

16. Joey Logano (1 win) 463 39. Ken Schrader 73

17. Marcos Ambrose 456 40. Josh Wise 66

18. Jeff Gordon 453 41. Tony Raines 61

19. Jamie McMurray 431 42. Brendan Gaughan 50

20. Jeff Burton 428 43. Terry Labonte 42

21. Juan Pablo Montoya 417 44. Michael Waltrip 40

22. Aric Almirola 406 45. Stephen Leicht 40

23. AJ Allmendinger 400 46. Scott Speed 36

24. Kurt Busch 356 47. Scott Riggs 28

25. Bobby Labonte 353 48. Boris Said 15

26. Regan Smith 349 49. Hermie Sadler III 13

27. Mark Martin 341 50. Robby Gordon 11

28. Casey Mears 323 51. Bill Elliott 7

29. David Ragan 293 52. Tomy Drissi 6

30. David Gilliland 280 53. Stacy Compton 5

31. Travis Kvapil 256 54. David Mayhew 4

32. Landon Cassill 246 55. Chris Cook 2

33. Dave Blaney 228

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 - the Wild Cards - will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

DAYTONA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • Two top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, seventh-best
  • 2,785 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.533 mph, seventh-fastest

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet)

  • One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.5
  • Average Running Position of 15.6, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.0, ninth-best
  • 56 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 3,142 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 187.713 mph
  • 1,549 Laps in the Top 15 (57.0%), seventh-most
  • 1,912 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • 10 top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.3
  • Average Running Position of 15.5, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.4, third-best
  • 58 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 1,693 Laps in the Top 15 (62.3%), third-most
  • 1,927 Quality Passes, third-most

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Statistical Advance

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

  • One win, five top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.6
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 12.4
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 97.5
  • Series-high 72 Fastest Laps Run
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.588 mph, fourth-fastest
  • Series-high 1,932 Laps in the Top 15 (71.1%)
  • Series-high 2,098 Quality Passes

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard - An American Salute / Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.0, fifth-best
  • 65 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 2,867 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.560 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,674 Laps in the Top 15 (61.6%), fourth-most
  • 1,910 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • Four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.3
  • Average Running Position of 17.1, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.1, 12th-best
  • 3,015 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 1,512 Laps in the Top 15 (55.7%), ninth-most
  • 2,042 Quality Passes, second-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Pepsi MAX Chevrolet)

  • Six wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.2
  • Average Running Position of 15.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.9, sixth-best
  • 1,548 Laps in the Top 15 (57.0%), eighth-most
  • 1,665 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.7
  • Average Running Position of 16.8, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.5, 11th-best
  • 61 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.515 mph, ninth-fastest

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Statistical Advance

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor / Rheem Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.0
  • Driver Rating of 86.1, eighth-best
  • 70 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 2,869 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.583 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,400 Laps in the Top 15 (51.5%), 11th-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 18.2
  • Average Running Position of 14.9, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.5, 10th-best
  • 1,613 Laps in the Top 15 (59.4%), sixth-most
  • 1,680 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Zest Ford)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.8, fourth-best
  • 70 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 1,656 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), fifth-most
  • 1,816 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet)

  • One win, two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 22.0
  • Driver Rating of 81.7, 13th-best
  • 58 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 2,796 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • 1,406 Laps in the Top 15 (51.8%), 10th-most
  • 1,603 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.1, second-best
  • 66 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.605 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,760 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), second-most

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Statistical Advance

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Daytona International Speedway

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating



1

Matt Kenseth

25

0

2

5

12

4

16.7

89.8


2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

1

2

9

14

3

14.5

88.0


3

Jimmie Johnson

21

2

1

6

9

4

18.2

83.5


4

Greg Biffle

19

1

1

3

5

2

20.5

75.4


5

Denny Hamlin

13

0

0

2

2

0

20.7

83.5


6

Kevin Harvick

22

1

2

5

10

2

15.0

86.1


7

Clint Bowyer

13

0

0

2

6

1

14.8

87.4


8

Martin Truex Jr.

14

1

0

0

1

2

21.5

79.4


9

Tony Stewart

27

1

3

7

12

4

16.7

97.1


10

Brad Keselowski

6

0

0

0

0

3

27.7

66.3


11

Carl Edwards

15

1

0

4

7

2

17.3

83.1


12

Kyle Busch

15

0

1

5

6

3

17.6

97.5


* - Based on last 15 races at Daytona International Speedway in 2011.

The Wild Card Standings Following: Kentucky Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kyle Busch

1

12

495

-42

2

Kasey Kahne

1

14

463

-74

3

Ryan Newman

1

15

463

-74

4

Joey Logano

1

16

463

-74

5

Carl Edwards

0

11

503

-34

6

Paul Menard

0

13

477

-60

7

Marcos Ambrose

0

17

456

-81

8

Jeff Gordon

0

18

453

-84

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

431

-106

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

428

-109

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.


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Statistical Advance

Daytona International Speedway Data

Race #: 18 of 36 (07-07-12)

Track Size: 2.5 miles

Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles

  • Banking/Turns: 31 degrees
  • Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
  • Banking/Straights: 3 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 3,800 feet
  • Backstretch: 3,000 feet

Top 12 Driver Rating at Daytona

Kyle Busch................................. 97.5

Tony Stewart............................... 97.1

Kurt Busch.................................. 91.4

Matt Kenseth.............................. 89.8

Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 88.0

Jeff Gordon................................ 87.9

Clint Bowyer............................... 87.4

Kevin Harvick.............................. 86.1

Jeff Burton................................. 86.0

Jimmie Johnson.......................... 83.5

Denny Hamlin............................. 83.5

Carl Edwards.............................. 83.1

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (15 total) at Daytona.

Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner:

Mark Martin, Chevrolet

(182.065 mph, 49.433 seconds)

2011 race winner:

David Ragan, Ford

(159.491 mph, 2:39:53, 07-02-11)

Track qualifying record:

Bill Elliott, Ford

(210.364 mph, 42.783 seconds)

Track race record:

Bobby Allison, Mercury

(173.473 mph, 2:48:55, 02-17-80)

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.
  • 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 130 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 54 have been 500 miles, 49 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier 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.
  • 54 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, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader with three.
  • 56 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.

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Statistical Advance

  • 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, most recently 2010'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 - this event last season ended under caution.
  • Last season's July race set the track record for the most leaders with 25 and the February event set the record for the most lead changes with 74.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona International Speedway winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 - 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona International Speedway winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 - 50 years, 2 months, 11 days).

NASCAR in Florida

  • There have been 169 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach

130

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Homestead

13

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

  • 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:

Driver

Hometown

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Fireball Roberts

Daytona Beach

33

0

0

LeeRoy Yarbrough

Jacksonville

14

0

0

Marshall Teague

Daytona Beach

7

0

0

Joe Nemechek

Lakeland

4

16

0

Bobby Johns

Miami

2

0

0

David Reutimann

Zephyrhills

2

1

1

Shorty Rollins

Pensacola

1

0

0

Rick Wilson

Bartow

0

2

0

Aric Almirola

Tampa

0

1

2

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