RACE PREVIEW:DAYTONA

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COKE ZERO (Firecracker) 400

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

JULY 1st, 7:30PM on NBC-TV

2.5 MILES, 31 Degrees of Banking

If it is 4th of July it must be time for the Firecracker 400 – oops make that the Coke Zero 400. Whatever you call it, nothing says summer like this race. I remember many a 4th listening to this race on the radio wherever I was. I remember even more vividly sweating profusely in the stands at Daytona on a couple of very hot July race weekends. As much as I revere tradition, I fully supported the idea to change this to a night race. Not only does it add to any holiday weekend to have a night race, it makes it a much more comfortable race to attend. This year we are back to Saturday night and under the lights, this race shines. This is our third restrictor plate race of the year and we have eleven different winners in sixteen races run this season. There is a very good chance that we’ll have a first-time winner at this race – after all it was six years ago that Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in a partial-season ride and David Ragan had his first win later that year at the 400. Trevor’s win was the start of a three-race streak for Ford and Roush Yates Motors. In the last ten years Ford has had nine wins. The most from Roush Fenway Racing-four wins.  Very impressive, close behind are the eight Chevrolet wins. Hendrick Motorsports has four of those wins. Toyota has only had two wins in the last 20 races. In the last six races run here Ford has four wins including a big win from Kurt Busch in his Stewart Haas Ford debut. Will Ford dominance continue? And will we see a 12th different winner for the season or a return victor to Victory Lane? We’ll know Saturday night.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on restrictor plate tracks in advance of the Coke Zero 400, Thursday we’ll rank the Top 30 drivers for that race.

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