Matt DiBenedetto has made five starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways at the Cup level and has had problems in four of those events. He suffered crash damage in the 2015 Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, had fuel problems later that fall, crashed at Daytona International Speedway this spring, and blew an engine at Talladega in May.
Jamie McMurray won the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and then went nine races without another top-10 finish on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway until this May’s fourth in the Geico 500. Fantasy owners are interested in whether he will keep that momentum at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400.
Matt Kenseth has finished worse than he started in his last five restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. Four of these attempts began on the first four rows, but his best result was a 14th.
Casey Mears has finished in the 30s in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races with a 31st at Talladega SuperSpeedway last fall, a 32nd at Daytona International Speedway this spring, and a 33rd at ‘Dega in May.
David Gilliland failed to race his way into the Daytona 500, but that is unremarkable because of NASCAR’s new franchise system that limited so few spots to open drivers. In the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, he finished 17th after starting deep in the pack in 39th.
Kyle Busch crashed in Friday morning’s practice session and will be forced to roll out a backup car for qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. A right rear tire blew and sent him heavily into the wall—nose first. No other cars were involved as he was drafting along with his teammates.
Brian Scott posted the fastest single lap of 199.349 mph in the first practice session for the Coke Zero 400. His time was recorded in the draft.
Ty Dillon (#3 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet Camaro) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Erik Jones (#20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Michael McDowell finished 15th in the Daytona 500, which made him one of the better fantasy values this spring. In the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, he barely missed sweeping the top 20 with a result of 21st.
Cole Whitt failed to qualify or race his way into this year’s Daytona 500, so he is looking for a little redemption on this course.
Kyle Busch is the only driver to finish in the top five in both plate races this season. He was third in the Daytona 500 and second in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Ryan Blaney has a pair of top-10s on the restrictor-plate Talladega SuperSpeedway, but on the sister Daytona International Speedway he is still seeking his first top-15.
Landon Cassill is batting 0.500 in his last four starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways in regard to top-15s. He finished 11th this May at Talladega SuperSpeedway and was 13th in last year’s edition of the Coke Zero 400.
Bobby Labonte inherited the No. 32 ride on restrictor-plate, superspeedways from his brother Terry and he has done fairly well in it. In six previous starts in that car his best result was a 19th this May on Talladega SuperSpeedway. The Coke Zero 400 will mark his lucky seventh start for Frank Stoddard.