Crunching The Numbers: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Tony Stewart needed a miracle to get into the Chase in his final NASCAR season; and he did just that. NASCAR on Fox closed out their season with bringing up Tony Stewart’s first victory in 84 races and it was great to watch. But now, we head into the second half of the NASCAR season. The attention turns to NBC as they kick off their NASCAR coverage at Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Length: 2.5 Miles
    • Scheduled Laps: 160 (400 miles)
  • Configuration: Tri-Oval Restrictor Plate
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 31°
  • Frontstretch/Tri-Oval
    • Length: 3,800 feet
    • Banking: 18°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 3,000 feet
    • Banking: 6°


Trends of the Race

Daytona 2 Track Stats

  • 5 races have ended under caution (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2014)
    • 2014 was rain shortened
  • 5 races have gone into over time (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015)

In the last 5 July races, we have seen:

  • Margin of Victory 0.115 seconds
    • 3 caution finishes
  • 25 drivers on the lead lap (average)
  • 7 cautions (average)
    • Lap 25 for the first caution
    • Lap 151 for the final caution

In the last 10 July races, we have seen:

  • Margin of Victory 087 seconds
    • 5 caution finishes
  • 26 drivers on the lead lap (average)
  • 8 cautions (average)
    • Lap 19 for the first caution
    • Lap 151 for the final caution
Daytona 2 Metrics

2014 was rain shortened

 

Past Coke Zero 400 Pole Sitters

Daytona 2 Pole Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 05: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 12.67
  • Average laps lead: 22.67 laps (11.34% of the scheduled 200 laps)

 

 

 

 

Past Coke Zero 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 8.42
    • Tony Stewart won in 2012 from starting P42, which is the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 41.67% of pole winners have gone on to win the race
    • Jeff Gordon: 2004
    • Tony Stewart: 2005 and 2009
    • Kevin Harvick: 2010
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr: 2015
  • 58.33% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 75% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 57.25 laps (35.78% of the scheduled 160 lap race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jamie McMurray lead 3 laps (1.88% of the race) in 2007
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Tony Stewart led 151 laps (94.38% of the race) in 2005
  • There have been 9 different race winners from 6 different teams since 2004
    • Tony Stewart leads the field with 4 victories
    • Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing have the most victories with 4

download   Daytona 2 Past Top 5

 

denny-hamlin_1456107214738_344763_ver1.0   Daytona 2 Past Top 5 - 2016

 

Team & Manufacturer Stats

Datyoan 2 Team Stats

Daytona 2 Manufacturers

Joe Gibbs Racing is still the dominate team this season with 7 victories, but Team Penske is holding the fort with the best team average finish. In the Coke Zero 400, Stewart Haas Racing has the best average finish, and with their owner grabbing victory this past weekend, the organization is riding high! Will one of these 3 teams prevail? Will Daytona produce an underdog for the Chase?

 

Coke Zero 400 Predictions

Daytona 2 Predictions

Daytona 2Past Finishes

Denny Hamlin found success in the Daytona 500 earlier this year; can he repeat his Daytona success? Will we see Tony Stewart put together another fantastic performance at Daytona and add another victory to his resume? Or will we see another winner this season? Restrictor plate racing is anything but easy and the smartest driver will be the one standing in victory lane on Saturday evening.

 

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Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y'all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

When I am not crunching the numbers, I spend time with my hubby, 3 black cats (Ninja, Daytona, and Chronos), and I watch too much TV, especially Doctor Who. Why yes, I am a geek and proud! So join forces with me and follow my weekly Crunching The Numbers segment. Who knows, I may surprise you!

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