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The 2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on July 7, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 168 laps -- extended from 160 laps due to an overtime finish with two attempts for the first time since 2011, on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 18th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Erik Jones scored his first career win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and for the first time in a decade, Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing had won a July race at Daytona.

2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date July 7, 2018 (2018-07-07)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 168 laps, 420 mi (672 km)
Scheduled Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 130.435 miles per hour (209.915 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 46.381
Most laps led
Driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 51
Winner
No. 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (booth)
Mike Tirico and Steve Letarte (NBC Peacock Pitbox)
Nielsen Ratings 2.7/2.72 (Overnight)[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
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 listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray 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 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Jeffrey Earnhardt Premium Motorsports 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 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
92 Timothy Peters (i) RBR Enterprises Ford
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
99 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 44.821 seconds and a speed of 200.799 mph (323.155 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 44.821 200.799
2 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 44.845 200.691
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 44.876 200.553
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Final practice session for Thursday was cancelled due to rain.

QualifyingEdit

Chase Elliott scored the pole for the race with a time of 46.381 and a speed of 194.045 mph (312.285 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.394 46.381
2 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.647 46.621
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 46.778 46.680
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.708 46.787
5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.777 46.791
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.832 46.835
7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.931 46.921
8 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 46.938 46.956
9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.987 47.011
10 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 47.054 47.047
11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 47.045 47.083
12 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 47.038 47.125
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 47.069
14 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 47.086
15 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 47.142
16 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 47.145
17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 47.151
18 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 47.153
19 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 47.162
20 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 47.165
21 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 47.211
22 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 47.228
23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 47.270
24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 47.284
25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 47.358
26 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 47.360
27 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 47.424
28 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 47.456
29 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 47.510
30 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 47.568
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 47.787
32 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 47.872
33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 48.033
34 7 Jeffrey Earnhardt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 48.045
35 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 48.306
36 00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 48.554
37 99 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 48.640
38 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 48.655
39 51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 49.141
40 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 49.253
Did not qualify
41 92 Timothy Peters (i) RBR Enterprises Ford 49.705
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 40

 
Polesitter Chase Elliott leads early in the race
Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3
9 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 40

 
Clint Bowyer leads during the final stage of the race
Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 10
2 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 9
3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 7
5 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 6
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 4
8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2
10 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 80

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 29 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 168 40
2 13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 168 35
3 24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 168 34
4 28 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 168 40
5 25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 168 32
6 19 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 168 37
7 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 168 30
8 7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 168 34
9 10 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 168 33
10 2 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 168 36
11 34 7 Jeffrey Earnhardt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 168 26
12 16 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 168 25
13 35 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 168 24
14 22 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 167 23
15 21 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 167 22
16 39 51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 167 0
17 6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 167 40
18 40 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 166 0
19 5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 162 18
20 20 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 162 19
21 33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 162 0
22 9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 162 15
23 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 162 19
24 37 99 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 162 13
25 36 00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 161 0
26 8 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 155 20
27 26 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 155 10
28 30 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 152 9
29 14 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 123 20
30 27 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 68 7
31 38 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 65 6
32 18 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 64 12
33 15 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 64 13
34 1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 54 9
35 32 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 54 2
36 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 53 4
37 23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 53 6
38 17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 53 1
39 11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 53 1
40 12 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 53 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 16 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 10 for 46
  • Red flags: 1 for 5 minutes and 1 second
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 13 minutes and 12 seconds
  • Average speed: 130.435 miles per hour (209.915 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

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. Mike Tirico and Steve Letarte called from the NBC Peacock Pit Box on pit road. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NBC Peacock Pitbox: Mike Tirico
NBC Peacock Pitbox: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

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: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Kurt Becker
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Kim Coon
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Daytona International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Coke Zero Sugar 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 9, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 9, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Daytona final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  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 5, 2018). "Clint Bowyer leads Ford armada in first Cup practice at Daytona". Motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Elliott gives Hendrick, Chevy needed boost with Daytona pole". Associated Press. Daytona Beach, Florida: AP Sports. Associated Press. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.

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