Crunching the Numbers: Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400

Which NASCAR driver will be celebrating in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 fireworks at Daytona International Speedway this July 4th weekend? Could we see a first time winner this season, or will the dominate trio continue their success? We break down the race and the driver statistics below for this weekend’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 from Daytona International Speedway.

 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 180
  • 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: 7 (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015-2017)
  • Caution Finishes: 5 (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, & 2014)
  • Rain Shortened: 1 (2014)
  • 2017 Coke Zero 400 Winners
    • Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
      • No top 10 results in the stages
    • Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski
      • Finished P31
    • Stage 2 Winner: Matt Kenseth
      • Finished P27

Trending of the past 5 Coke Zero Sugar 400 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.150 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 14
    • Final Caution: Lap 148 (12 laps to go)
  • 24 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Coke Zero Sugar 400 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.134 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 21
    • Final Caution: Lap 154 (6 laps to go)
  • 24 drivers on the lead lap

Coke Zero 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 13.6
  • Average laps lead: 42.6 laps (26.7 of the race)
  • 35.7% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 151 (94.4% of the race) by Tony Stewart in 2005
    • Stewart won that race

Coke Zero 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 8.0
    • The median race winner’s starting position is P5
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1
    • Tony Stewart (Stewart Haas Racing) started from P42 in 2012, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 57.1% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 78.6% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 58.5 laps (36.6% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing) led 3 laps (1.9% of the race) in 20107
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Tony Stewart (Joe Gibbs Racing) led 151 laps (94.4% of the race) in 2005
  • There have been 11 different race winners from 7 different teams since 2004
    • Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Roush Fenway Racing lead the field with 3 wins each
  • Fun Fact
    • Of the past 14 races, no active driver has more than one victory in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway
    • Roush Fenway Racing has won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 with 3 different drivers

Coke Zero Sugar 400 & Manufacturer Statistics

It was this race track, Daytona International Speedway, where Chevrolet has their sole victory this season. It has been 3 races in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 since Chevrolet has been to victory lane. Team Chevy has a great record in this race, and they need to flex their muscles at some point to contend with Ford and Toyota.

 

Coke Zero 400 Predictions

With two victories this season on two different tracks, Clint Bowyer knows how to find victory lane, but not in the Coke Zero Sugar 400. He is in the top 5 for best average finish in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and with his success this year, he might just turn that goose egg into something else this July 4th weekend.

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