2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 127 laps, 317.5 mi (511 km)
Scheduled Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 141.146 miles per hour (227.152 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
Laps 46
Winner
No. 77 Justin Haley Spire Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (booth) and Steve Letarte (NBC Peacock Pitbox)
Nielsen Ratings 3.285 million[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)

The 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on July 7, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 127 of the scheduled 160 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 18th race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The race was postponed from Saturday, July 6 to Sunday, July 7, due to rain. 20-year-old Justin Haley won the race, recording his first career Cup Series win and the first for Spire Motorsports after the race was called due to rain.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, the site of the race.

The race was held at Daytona International Speedway, a race track located in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, the track is the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. It features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5 miles (4.0 km) high speed tri-oval, a 3.56 miles (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95 miles (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a .25 miles (0.40 km) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

The track was built in 1959 by NASCAR founder William "Bill" France, Sr. to host racing held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course. His banked design permitted higher speeds and gave fans a better view of the cars. Lights were installed around the track in 1998 and today, it is the third-largest single lit outdoor sports facility. The speedway has been renovated three times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved twice — in 1978 and in 2010.

On January 22, 2013, the track unveiled artist depictions of a renovated speedway. On July 5 of that year, ground was broken for a project that would remove the backstretch seating and completely redevelop the frontstretch seating. The renovation to the speedway is being worked on by Rossetti Architects. The project, named "Daytona Rising", was completed in January 2016, and it costed US $400 million, placing emphasis on improving fan experience with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances (called "injectors") as well as wider and more comfortable seating with more restrooms and concession stands. After the renovations, the track's grandstands include 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000.[10][11] The project was completed before the start of Speedweeks 2016.

Entry list[edit]

  • (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.
  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Quin Houff (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Ford
52 J. J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing Ford
53 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Justin Haley (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota
96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

Practice[edit]

First practice[edit]

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 44.831 seconds and a speed of 200.754 mph (323.082 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 44.831 200.754
2 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 44.847 200.682
3 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 44.857 200.638
Official first practice results

Final practice[edit]

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 43.703 seconds and a speed of 205.936 mph (331.422 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 43.703 205.936
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 43.745 205.738
3 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 43.748 205.724
Official final practice results

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying for Friday was cancelled due to inclement weather and Joey Logano, the point leader, was awarded the pole as a result.[14]

Starting Lineup[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
11 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
12 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
13 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
15 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
17 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
23 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
24 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
25 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
26 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
28 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
29 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
30 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
31 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
32 15 Quin Houff (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
33 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
34 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
35 77 Justin Haley (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
36 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
37 52 J. J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing Ford
38 27 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
39 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
40 53 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

Race[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage One Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 9 Chase Elliott Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 2
10 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 10
2 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3
9 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final stage results[edit]

Stage Three Laps: 27

The Big One occurred on lap 119 when Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon battled for the lead in intense drafting packs, leading to a 17-car crash. Kurt Busch was the leader when most leaders pitted, but when at the end of Lap 127, officials gave the signal the race would restart on the ensuing lap, Busch pitted. Justin Haley took the lead, and when lightning was detected while the cars were on the backstretch working Lap 128, the safety truck turned on its lights after lightning was detected and immediately sent the cars to pit lane before the start-finish line. After two attempts to restart the race were aborted because of lightning, further rain ended all activity. Haley was declared the winner. NASCAR then spent considerable time to score all penalties assessed for pitting before pit lane was opened before an official result was declared.

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 34 77 Justin Haley (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 127 0
2 12 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 127 43
3 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 127 38
4 23 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 127 33
5 18 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 127 32
6 30 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 127 31
7 11 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 127 30
8 25 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 127 29
9 31 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 127 28
10 8 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 127 27
11 33 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 127 0
12 37 52 J. J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing Ford 127 25
13 28 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 127 24
14 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 127 23
15 29 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 127 24
16 20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 127 21
17 22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 127 20
18 24 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 127 19
19 39 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 126 0
20 13 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 126 22
21 9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 126 25
22 5 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 126 16
23 17 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 125 14
24 19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 125 25
25 1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 125 23
26 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 125 14
27 40 53 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 125 0
28 35 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Ford 124 0
29 4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 124 15
30 38 27 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 122 0
31 36 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 121 0
32 26 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 119 5
33 21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 118 14
34 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 118 13
35 7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 118 15
36 10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 118 9
37 32 15 Quin Houff (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 108 1
38 27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 86 1
39 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 85 3
40 15 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 83 6
Official race results

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 24 among 14 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 25
  • Red flags: 1
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 14 minutes and 58 seconds
  • Average speed: 141.146 miles per hour (227.152 km/h)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 2000 Coke Zero 400 winner Jeff Burton and two-time Coke Zero 400 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. called in the booth for the race. Steve Letarte called from the NBC Peacock Pit Box on pit road. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race. During the lengthy red flag for lightning, television coverage eventually switched over to NBCSN, where the official announcement of the end of the race was made.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NBC Peacock Pitbox: Steve Letarte
Guest Analyst Reporter Jesse Iwuji
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

Radio[edit]

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Kurt Becker
Winston Kelley
Kim Coon
Steve Post
Dillon Welch

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 schedule". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Daytona International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 5, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Coke Zero Sugar 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 7, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 7, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Coke Zero Sugar 400 ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ Reed, Steve (January 22, 2013). "Daytona International unveils plans for upgrade". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Daytona Rising". Daytona International Speedway. December 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (July 4, 2019). "Kyle Busch gets some Ford help to lead first practice at Daytona". Motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (July 4, 2019). "Truex fastest in final Cup practice; Keselowski and Byron tangle". Motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (July 5, 2019). "Logano will start on pole at Daytona after qualifying cancelled". Motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 5, 2019.


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