Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Coke Zero 400

The 2017 Coke Zero 400 marks just shy of half way in the season. It also marks the first race for the NBC crew of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, and Steve Letarte.

Daytona International Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 2.5 Mile Tri-Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 160 (400 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 40
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 80
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 31°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 3,800 feet
    • Banking: 18°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 3,000 feet
    • Banking: 6°

Coke Zero 400 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 6 (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, & 2016)
  • Caution Finishes: 5 (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, & 2014)
  • Rain Shortened: 1 (2014)

Trending of the past 5 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.129 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 28
    • Final Caution: Lap 148 (12 laps to go)
  • 24 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.099 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 20
    • Final Caution: Lap 154 (6 laps to go)
  • 25 drivers on the lead lap

Coke Zero 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 12.2
  • Average laps lead: 45.8 laps (28.7% of the race)
  • 38.5% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 151 (94.4% of the race) by Tony Stewart in 2005
    • He went on to win that race

Coke Zero 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 8.2
    • Tony Stewart started from P42 in 2012, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 7.69% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 61.7 laps (38.6% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jamie McMurray lead 3 laps (1.9% of the race) in 2007
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Tony Stewart led 151 laps (94.4% of the race) in 2005
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 7 different teams since 2004
    • Tony Stewart lead the field in active wins before his retirement; all other past winners have been different
    • Joe Gibbs Racing & Hendrick Motorsports lead the field with 3 wins each

Coke Zero 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Kevin Harvick finally got his first victory of the season, which just decreases the odds of non-winners making their way into the playoffs in a few months. So, who will win their way into the playoffs in at the second visit to Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400? Will we see another first time winner this year; or will a repeat winner emerge victorious?

Coke Zero 400 Predictions & Analysis

Austin Dillon might have a short history at Daytona International speedway, but his short tenure is quite outstanding. Looking for a more veteran driver? Look no further than Clint Bowyer to breakthrough this year with a win this July 4th weekend. How about the fan favorite; Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one last chance to win at Daytona. Who will you put your money on?

Ashley Hobbs

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

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