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