Statistical Advance: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway

June 29, 2011 No Comments

Daytona International Speedway Data

Track Size: 2.5 miles
· Race Length: 400 miles (160 laps)
· Banking/Corners: 31 degrees
· Banking/Straights: 3 degrees
· Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees

History

· Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
· Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under lights ever since.
· For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway was repaved in 2010. The project began on Monday, July 5, 2010 (First night race on the new pavement).
· There have been 128 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 53 have been 500 miles, 48 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifying races that were points races.
· A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison, in 1982.
· The last 11 Daytona races that finished under green have had a margin of victory under a half second.

Driver Rating at Daytona

Trevor Bayne** 108.2
Tony Stewart 100.6
Kyle Busch 98.3
Kurt Busch 96.4
Jeff Gordon 89.6
Clint Bowyer 89.1
Matt Kenseth 87.9
Jimmie Johnson 87.9
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 87.3
Carl Edwards 85.7

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Daytona.
** Indicates the driver has only competed in one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner: None (inclement weather)
2010 race winner: Kevin Harvick (135.719 mph, 7-3-10)
Qualifying record: Bill Elliott (210.364 mph, 42.783 seconds, 2-9-87)
Race record: Bobby Allison (173.473 mph, 7-4-80)

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