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Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Coke Zero 400

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 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 2

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona:
#18-Kyle Busch................................. 94.7
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 94.2
#41-Kurt Busch................................. 90.6
#11-Denny Hamlin............................. 89.7
#22-Joey Logano............................... 87.8
#48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 87.6
#20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 86.8
#21-Ryan Blaney............................... 82.7
#4-Kevin Harvick............................. 82.3
#5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 81.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (25 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.
Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.


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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959 - won by Bob Welborn.

· The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 - won by Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph).

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

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

· The track underwent a repave in 2010.

· There have been 140 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 59 have been 500 miles, 54 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.


Starts

· 452 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 286 in more than one.

· Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 17 starts - this weekend will be Earnhardt's final MENCS start at Daytona as a full-time driver.

· A total 177 drivers have made their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona; only 19 have made their first start during the July race.

· Three active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Kasey Kahne (2/15/04), Danica Patrick (2/27/12) and Daniel Suárez (2/26/17).

· NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts leads the series in average starting position at Daytona with a 5.412. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the series with a 10.200.


Poles

· A total of 59 drivers have posted at least one pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona; led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with 12 poles. Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with two each.

· 38 of the 59 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with eight.

· Only four active drivers have posted a pole for the Daytona July race: Kevin Harvick (2002), Paul Menard (2008), Matt Kenseth (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).

· Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.

· Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1969-'70; 1980-'81, 1983-'84), Sterling Marlin (1991-'92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-'95).

· Youngest Daytona July race pole winner: Jeff Gordon (07/06/1996 - 24 years, 11 months, 2 days); all-time track record belongs to Chase Elliott (02/21/2016 - 20 years, 2 months, 24 days).

· Oldest Daytona pole winner: Mark Martin (07/02/2011 - 52 years, 5 months, 23 days).

· 16 different drivers have posted their first series career Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway - nine during Speedweeks in February and seven for the July race.

· Six active drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway: Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Paul Menard (7/5/08), Danica Patrick (2/24/13), Austin Dillon (2/23/14) and Chase Elliott (2/21/16).


Wins

· 61 different drivers have posted at least one series win at Daytona, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with four wins.

· Of the 61 drivers, 36 of them have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with two.

· Five drivers have posted consecutive July race wins at Daytona International Speedway: Fireball Roberts (1962-1963), A.J. Foyt (1964-1965), Cale Yarborough (1967-1968) David Pearson (1972 - 1974) and Tony Stewart (2005-2006).

· Youngest Daytona July race winner: Kyle Busch (07/01/2008 - 23 years, 2 months, 3 days); all-time track record - Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 - 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).

Seven different manufacturers have won the July MENCS race at Daytona: Chevrolet, 19; Ford, 18; Mercury, 7; Dodge, 5; Pontiac, 5; Buick, 3; Toyota, 1

Oldest Daytona July race winner: Bobby Allison (07/04/1987 - 49 years, 7 months, 1 day); all-time track record - Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 - 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).

· The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 14.

· Nine of the 58 (15.5%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the first starting position; the most recent was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015.

· Six of nine July race winners from the first starting position won from the Coors Light pole - the most recent to win from the Coors Light pole was Tony Stewart (July, 2005).

· Drivers that have swept both races (Daytona 500 and the July race) at Daytona:
Fireball Roberts - 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250)
Cale Yarborough - 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
LeeRoy Yarborough - 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
Bobbie Allison - 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400)
Jimmie Johnson - 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola)

· The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.

· 16 of the 58 (27.5%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: nine from the first starting position and seven from the second starting position.

· 29 of the 58 (50%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been won from a top five starting position.

· 44 of the 58 (75.9%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.

· Four of the 58 (6.8%) July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - Tony Stewart (2012), Greg Biffle (2003), Bill Elliott (1988) and Bobby Isaac (1971).

· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.

· A total of 18 drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona.

· Three active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; two were during the July race: Aric Almirola (07/06/2014), David Ragan (07/02/2011) and Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011).

· Kasey Kahne leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 30.


Additional Finishing Position Stats

· Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes in the July race at Daytona with five; followed by Richard Petty and Sterling Marlin with four. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead all active drivers with three each.

· David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with 13; followed by Richard Petty with 12. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with seven.

· David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with 19; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers with nine each.

· Darel Dieringer leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona with an 8.545.

· Austin Dillon leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 12.625. He also leads all active drivers in average finish in the July race with a 6.333.


Track / Event Stats

· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race is the July 7, 2007 event won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.005 second.

· Six of the MENCS July races at Daytona have resulted with NASCAR Overtime

· Only two of the 58 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions

· Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.

· Dale Earnhardt leads the series in laps led at Daytona with 1,286 laps led in 46 starts.

· Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active series drivers in laps led at Daytona with 601 in 35 starts.

· NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led in the July races at Daytona with 644 laps led in 22 starts.

· Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 339; followed Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch with 137 laps led each.

· Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona is one lap led by Jimmy Spencer in 1994.

· The fewest laps led by an active July race winner at Daytona are three laps led by Jamie McMurray in 2007.


Female Competitor Stats At Daytona

· A total of six female drivers have competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. All six have competed in the July race.

· Janet Guthrie was the first female competitor to race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. She started 33rd and raced her way up to a 15th-place finish.

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