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Denny Hamlin remains the only driver to advance to the final round of qualification in every NASCAR race this year. He qualified ninth for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

This is a good starting position for the winner of the 2016 Daytona 500. No one has swept Victory Lane on this track since Johnson did so in 2013, but Hamlin has a good shot at putting his name in that record book.
Jul 1 - 6:25 PM

Greg Biffle posted a lap of 192.955 mph to win the pole for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

This is the feel-good story of Friday afternoon, but it is unlikely Biffle will remain in the lead pack for long in race trim. He will cost fantasy owners place-differential points and should be avoided in games that offer them.
Jul 1 - 6:21 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted a lap of 192.320 mph in the final round of qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and will line up fourth on the grid—his career best start on this track.

Stenhouse has one previous top-10 finish at Daytona, but that came after he started 34th on the grid. He also has a previous top-10 start that ended in an 11th in this race in 2013.
Jul 1 - 6:19 PM

As an open driver, Ryan Blaney needed to make the Coke Zero 400 on time. He did so with a lot of miles per hour in the bank, advancing to the final 12 and qualifying 12th with a lap of 191.253 mph.

Blaney is still a rookie, however, and as such he is unpredictable in race trim. Start him at your own risk.
Jul 1 - 6:15 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. notably failed to advance to the final round of qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. His lap of 191.071 mph was good enough for only 16th on the grid.

This is the first time in six races that Junior has failed to qualify on one of the first five rows. The last time he started outside the top 10 came in the 2013 edition of this race. He started 16th en route to an eighth-place finish.
Jul 1 - 5:57 PM

Josh Wise was the slowest of the open drivers at Daytona International Speedway and will not start the Coke Zero 400. His lap of 184.106 mph was the slowest of the drivers who took a timed lap.

NASCAR has not had more than 40 drivers most weeks in 2016 so this is unaccustomed territory. Make certain Wise was not your dark horse of choice.
Jul 1 - 5:55 PM

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.

The only race in which DiBenedetto did not struggle was last year’s Coke Zero 400. He finished 26th after starting 41st. Last May he scored his career best plate result, however, with an 18th at ‘Dega despite having a damaged car.
Jul 1 - 12:46 PM

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.

The last time McMurray was at the top of the order, he scored back-to-back top-10s at Daytona and Talladega. In fact, all but one of his 13 career top-10s on this track type came as back-to-back successes.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

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.

In these five races, Kenseth averaged a finish of 22.2 with an average start of 7.4. In addition to banking very few points for his finishing position, Kenseth lost 14.8 place-differential markers.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

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.

Mears finished one lap off the pace in two of those events and was slowed by crash damage in another. The last time he went the distance on a plate track was at Daytona in this race last year and he nearly cracked the top 10 with an 11th.
Jul 1 - 12:44 PM

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.

The 22 place-differential points that Gilliland posted, coupled with the reward for 17th made him a top-10 value in most salary cap games for a very modest price. .
Jul 1 - 12:43 PM

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.

Busch will most likely be qualifying for pit position only as the team rolls out the backup and will probably change to the engine to insure it was not damaged. The good news is that the Coke Zero 400 can be won from any starting position.
Jul 1 - 12:19 PM

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.

Scott was not overly impressive in last year’s edition of this race with a 42nd-place finish, but he was close to the middle of the pack in the Daytona 500 with a 24th. He is among the cheapest drivers in the game and should be on a number of rosters as a way to extend the salary cap at the top.
Jul 1 - 12:12 PM

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.

His average of 188.277 mph was best of the 13 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #42 Justin Marks, #33 Brandon Jones, #98 Aric Almirola and #39 Ryan Sieg are the rest of the top five on this list.
Jun 30 - 5:30 PM

Erik Jones (#20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The lap of 193.353 mph was the best of the 29 cars completing laps in this session. #18 David Ragan, #3 Ty Dillon, #33 Brandon Jones and #42 Justin Marks are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Garrett Smithley in the #0 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Jun 30 - 5:27 PM


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