THE RACE: Coke Zero 400
TRACK: Daytona International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #17 of 36
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Daytona Beach, FL
Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:55pm/et
NASCAR America: at 5:00pm/et on NBCSN (NBC Sports Network)
Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 7:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 7:30pm/et
Thursday, June 29, 3:00 - 3:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Thursday, June 29, 5:00 - 5:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, June 30 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, July 2 at 5:00am/et on NBCSN;
Monday, July 3 at 2:00pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, June 29
8:00 - 9:30 AM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
9:30 AM - 7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM MENCS, NXS SPOTTERS MEETING
1:30 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 - 3:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:00 - 5:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Friday, June 30
9:30 AM - 7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
4:10 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND
Saturday, July 1
1:00 PM MENCS ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
5:45 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
Race segments/stages: Laps 40, 80 and 160 (with overtime possible only at end of race)
2.5 mile tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Grandstand Seating: 101,000 [was 147,000, 168,000], with 124 suites
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet
Grand Marshal: General Wesley Clark
Command to start engines: General Wesley Clark
Color Guard: Florida Army National Guard Color Guard
Invocation: Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
National Anthem: Navy Band Southeast, Jacksonville, FL
Flyover: F-5s VCF-111 Sun Downers, Naval Air Station, Key West, FL
Medal of Honor recipients: During the Coke Zero 400 Weekend, three Medal of Honor recipients will be honored, a tradition that began in the 1970s by Bill France Sr., the founder of Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR. Being recognized this year are Captain Thomas Kelley, U.S. Navy (Vietnam), Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell, U.S. Army (Vietnam) and Colonel Walter Joseph Marm, U.S. Army (Vietnam). Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend these three recipients will also be honored at a luncheon, attend the drivers' meetings, participate in pre-race ceremonies for both Friday night's Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 and Saturday night's Coke Zero 400. In addition, they will participate in an autograph session in the UNOH Fanzone prior to Saturday night's race. This will be the ninth straight year that DIS has recognized Medal of Honor recipients during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend.
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Daytona International Speedway
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Daytona International Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Daytona page
W2W4 Daytona: Stats and Facts by ESPN Who's Hot and Who's Not - Daytona Edition; This is Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final Daytona race as a full-time driver. However, Earnhardt has not ruled out future races in NASCAR or at Daytona, just not as a full-time driver. With 17 wins at the track in all major races (points and non-points events), Junior is 3rd all-time, trailing his father's 34 wins and Tony Stewart's 19. But Junior has done something that neither of those 2 did, win multiple Daytona 500s. Among those wins are several that are especially memorable. Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits 22nd in the playoff standings with 10 races remaining in the regular season, with only 16 playoff spots available. Although he's just 6 spots away from the playoff cutoff, Junior's 134 points back of Clint Bowyer, 16th in the playoff standings, and any new race winner will grab a guaranteed spot (wins are the first priority for making the playoffs, with the remaining spots going to the non-winners highest in the points). Earnhardt Jr. might be the sentimental pick, but he's the 2nd-favorite for Saturday's race at Daytona, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Defending winner Brad Keselowski opened as a 7-1 favorite for the race. Keselowski has won 5 restrictor-plate races in his career (Daytona and Talladega), tied with Jimmie Johnson for the 2nd-most among active driver behind Earnhardt Jr., whose win percentage is slightly behind that of Keselowski's in plate races. Kurt Busch won the season-opening Daytona 500, his first win in 32 career Cup Series starts at Daytona and 64 career restrictor-plate races. He led only the final lap of the race, the first driver to do that in Daytona 500 history. Now he'll try to become the 6th driver to sweep both Cup races at Daytona in a season. Of the previous 5, only 2 came in the Modern Era (since 1972) and ran for the championship - both finished in the top 2 in points. Since NASCAR began electronic scoring in 1993, 3 of the 10 closest race finishes have taken place at Daytona, all being decided by .01 second or less. The closest at Daytona came in the 2007 July race, when Jamie McMurray beat Kyle Busch by .005 second.(ESPN Stats & Research)[Read More Here](7-1-2017)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins second straight plate race in wild Coke Zero 400 The major story of Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola - Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final run at his beloved Daytona International Speedway in the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet - turned out to be a footnote to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s masterful victory in a war of attrition that produced a race-record 14 cautions. The driver of the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, who got his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 158th career start two months ago at Talladega, established himself as a restrictor-plate wizard with his second straight superspeedway win, this one after three laps of overtime. Stenhouse lined up behind race leader #38-David Ragan for a restart on Lap 162, after a caution for a backstretch collision involving #1-Jamie McMurray, #11-Denny Hamlin and #77-Erik Jones slowed the action for the 14th time and sent the race to overtime. Ragan pulled out to a two-car-length lead after the restart, but Stenhouse surged past him near the end of the backstretch and protected the top spot the rest of the way. #14-Clint Bowyer charged into the runner-up position at the finish, beating third-place finisher #27-Paul Menard to the stripe.(NASCAR Wire Service / Daytona International Speedway)[Read More Here](7-1-2017)
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd win of 2017, 1st win at Daytona and 2nd career win.
The race was run in NASCAR Overtime and extended 3 laps when #77-Jones and #11-Hamlin spun on the backstretch with two laps left in the race.
#38-Ragan led at the start of NASCAR Overtime, but Stenhouse Jr. went to the lead and held on to the win.
Stage 1 was won by #2-Keselowski (who wrecked and finished 31st)
Stage 2 was won by #20-Kenseth (who wrecked and finished 27th)
#14-Bowyer (for the 2nd race in a row) finished 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #95-McDowell, #31-Newman, #38-Ragan, #75-Gaughan, #47-Allmendinger, #77-Jones and #37-Buescher.
Pole winner #88-Earnhardt Jr. led two laps and ran up front until he lost a tire and hit the wall.
The team made repairs and went down two laps. Earnhardt Jr. made up the two laps and got back on the lead lap and was up into the top-10 when #4-Harvick lost a tire and collected Earnhardt Jr. ending his day.
There was a mini-big one (wreck) that involved eight cars ending the race for #78-Truex Jr., #22-Logano, #3-Dillon.
#42-Larson maintains the Driver Points lead by 18 points over #78-Truex Jr.
There were only 24 cars running at the end of the race.
There were 33 lead changes among 16 drivers and a record 14 cautions for 51 yellow flag laps and one red flag.
The average speed of the race was: 123.986mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Daytona Recap from ESPN Research Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 2nd win in last 8 Cup Series races; winless in his first 157 races. Stenhouse Jr.: 5th driver with multiple wins this season. 3rd straight year a driver has won multiple plate restrictor-plate races in a season (2015: Dale Earnhardt Jr.; 2016: Brad Keselowski). Stenhouse Jr.: 126th driver in series history with multiple wins. Stenhouse Jr.: 1st Roush Fenway Racing driver with multiple wins in a season since Carl Edwards in 2014. Clint Bowyer: finished 2nd; 6th runner-up finish since last win in October 2012.(ESPN)[Read More Here](7-2-2017)
Race Fast Facts - Daytona International Speedway
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, his second victory in 165 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 11 races at Daytona International Speedway.
#14-Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 24 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2017.
#27-Paul Menard (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 21 races at Daytona International Speedway.
#77-Erik Jones (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
#42-Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 18 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-1-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [2 wins], 667
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr , 649, -18
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 559, -108
4) #4-Kevin Harvick , 557, -110
5) #2-Brad Keselowski , 536, -132
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Unofficial Playoff Standings:
[after Daytona, race 17 of 26, then the playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [2 wins], 2031
2) #42-Kyle Larson , 2028
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson , 2019
4) #2-Brad Keselowski , 2019
5) #4-Kevin Harvick , 2015
the other 11 playoff drivers would be: 21 41 31 17 3 18 24 1 11 14 20
(reset to 2000, add playoff points accrued, then playoff points for driver standings)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 80) of the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway (lap 80/160):
#20-Kenseth, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#43-Wallace Jr., 2pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 40) of the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway (lap 40/160):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 9pts
Lucky Dogs: drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: no driver a lap down
Caution 2: no driver a lap down
Caution 3: #33-JEarnhardt, 37th
Caution 4: #42-Larson, 29th
Caution 5: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 32nd
Caution 6: #42-Larson(2), 29th
Caution 7: #88-Earnhardt Jr.(2), 32nd
Caution 8: #18-Busch, 20th
Caution 9: #18-Busch(2), 20th
Caution 10: none awarded
Caution 11: #6-Bayne, 23rd, still many laps down
Caution 12: #6-Bayne(2), 23rd, still many laps down
Caution 13: #6-Bayne(3), 23rd, still 4 laps down
Caution 14: #6-Bayne(4), 23rd, finished 3 laps down
Daytona Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Saturday, July 1: (eastern time)
7:30pm Presentation of colors by Florida Army National Guard Color Guard
7:30:20pm Invocation by Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
7:31pm National anthem by Navy Band Southeast
7:32:15pm Fly-by F-5s VCF-111 Sun Downers, Naval Air Station, Key West, FL
7:41:00 Command to start engines by General Wesley Clark, United States Army, Retired
7:55pm Scheduled Green flag
See the starting lineup for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: none reported
NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (1,2,3) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr. chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #24-Elliott took pit stall 43, the final pit stall.
#2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd, took the 5th stall, which is right behind the pole winner.
The final pit stall was taken by #24-Elliott, who starts 2nd.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-30-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 190.973mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 2nd at Daytona and 14th of his career. Earnhardt Jr has never won from 13 previous poles.
#24-Elliott will start 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #5-Kahne, #4-Harvick, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #21-Blaney, #10-Patrick, #14-Bowyer & #48-Johnson
#88-Earnhardt Jr. was fastest in the first round with a speed of 190.852mph, will start on the pole
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-30-2017)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. edges teammate Chase Elliott for Coke Zero 400 pole #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have just extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career by one exhibition race with Friday's pole-winning effort at Daytona International Speedway. The driver who will step away from the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at the end of the season will start first in that car in Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, after edging teammate #24-Chase Elliott by .044 seconds for the top spot on the grid. The Coors Light Pole Award was Earnhardt's first of the season, his second at Daytona and the 14th of his career. In touring the 2.5-mile speedway in 47.127 seconds (190.973 mph), Earnhardt also qualified for the 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, and that's what raised the prospect of another race at "The Birthplace of Speed" for NASCAR's most popular driver. "Yeah, I'll talk to my boss man Rick (Hendrick) and see if we can make some arrangement and come back and have some fun," Earnhardt said after climbing from his car. "I'll see what he's got in the shed." Elliott (190.795 mph on Friday) has won the last two poles for the Daytona 500, knocking Earnhardt out of the top spot this past February. On Friday, it was turn-about for Earnhardt, who credited Elliott and his #24 team for pushing the #88 group to the limit.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read Full Report](6-30-2017)
Daytona International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola with a lap of 47.127 seconds, 190.973 mph.
This is his 14th pole in 612 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 36 races at Daytona International Speedway.
#24-Chase Elliott (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2017 and his third in four races at Daytona International Speedway.
#2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 13th in 17 races this season.
#77-Erik Jones (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
First Round of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after each driver ran a lap.
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 190.852
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 190.???
the rest of the top 12: 2 21 10 4 14 1 48
out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round:
20 6 41 18 77 11 3 19 42 31 95 27 78 34 47 32 37 38 43 75 7 13 72 23 55 15 83 33
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 cars entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2017 at 4:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Superspeedway Qualifying Format for Daytona/Talladega: The qualifying format at superspeedways consists of the following:
· Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
· Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
· Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
· Qualifying order for the first round was be determined by practice speeds, slowest to fastest; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
· A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
· Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
· The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
· NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only.
Qualifying Order for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted.
The qualifying order for the two restrictor plates races (Daytona/Talladega) is different.
The order for the 1st round is set by practice speeds (both practices combined) from Thursday, slowest to fastest.
The first driver scheduled to make an attempt is in round 1 is #33-Earnhardt (slowest overall).
The final driver scheduled to make an attempt is in round 1 is #18-Busch (fastest overall).
For the 2nd round, the remaining 12 cars line up by speed, slowest to fastest.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 193.328
slowest: #72-Whitt 184.385 & #38-Ragan 187.500
best 10 consecutive lap ave #48-Johnson 192.349 (3 drivers)
notes: no accidents or incidents, only 19 cars ran laps
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-29-2017)
First Thursday practice for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #6-Bayne 196.073 (21 drivers)
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 182.960 & #55-Sorenson 184.790
most laps run: #13-Dillon 37
notes: most cars ran in packs, some did single car runs.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 1 speeds page (pdf) (6-29-2017)
Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Sadler*, #15-Kennington, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #43-Bubba Wallace, #55-Sorenson*, #75-Gaughan*, #83-Sieg*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: none, only 40 cars, all make the race.
Not entered: #51-Ware Racing*,
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 17 - Coke Zero 400
NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race No. 15 - Coca-Cola Firecracker 250
Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) - Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fast Facts for June 29-July 1, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Cup: 2 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4738; Right-side -- D-4740
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 88.07 in. (2,237 mm); Right-side -- 88.46 in. (2,247 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi
Storyline - New Tire Set-up Adds Stability at Daytona: Daytona International Speedway was one of the NASCAR tracks on a busy Goodyear spring testing schedule this year. After running the same successful tire combination at Daytona since July 2013, Goodyear returned to the "World Center of Speed" in April with a focus of exploring options for increased grip. For this week's races, Goodyear's new tire combination features new tread compounds on both sides of the car. These new compounds will add grip, not necessarily with a goal to increase speeds, but to enhance the stability of the cars. With restrictor plate-style racing, being within inches of other cars virtually all the way around the track is a reality, and enhanced stability is a welcome feature to combat the buffeting of the air caused by the close-quarters racing.
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Daytona this week . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Daytona on April 12 . . . drivers participating in that test were Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Erik Jones and Alex Bowman . . . compared to what was run at Daytona in February, there is a compound change to both the left- and right-side tires to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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