2014 Coke Zero 400

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2014 Coke Zero 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Images Coke 400 Logo B.jpg
Date July 6, 2014 (2014-07-06)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance 112 laps, 280 mi (450.62 km)
Scheduled Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Partly cloudy with temperatures up to 83 °F (28 °C); wind out of the south at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 130.014 mph (209.237 km/h)
Pole position
Driver David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports
Time 45.153
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 36
Winner
No. 43
Aric Almirola
Richard Petty Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network TNT & MRN
Announcers Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty (Television)
Joe Moore and Barney Hall (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Jeff Striegle (3 & 4) (Turns) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 2.4/5
4.0 Million viewers[9]

The 2014 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was scheduled to be held on July 5, 2014 but was pushed to July 6, 2014, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 112 laps, it was the 18th race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Aric Almirola was leading when the race was called for rain and scored his first career win. Brian Vickers was second, while Kurt Busch, Casey Mears, and top rookie Austin Dillon rounded out the top five. Behind Dillon, the top rookies of the race were Alex Bowman in 13th, and Michael Annett in 21st.

Previous week's race[edit]

In what was an absolutely dominating performance from Team Penske, Brad Keselowski led 199 of the 267 laps to win the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. He described his car as "awesome" and that his crew did a "great job".[10]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, where the race was held.

Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[11] The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.[11] The backstretch, which has a length of 3,000 ft (910 m), has minimal banking that is used for drainage.[11] Jimmie Johnson was the defending race winner from the 2013 event.

Following the Daytona 500 in February, 2,400 ft (730 m) of additional SAFER barriers were added to the circuit, in order to improve safety. The additional barriers were added from the exit of turn four, through the tri-oval and to the entrance of turn one; this left only the super stretch outside walls with concrete barriers. "We're always looking at ways to enhance our safety and it is a priority for us," said Lenny Santiago, senior director of public relations for Daytona International Speedway. "Whenever we have an incident on track, we always take a look in consultation with NASCAR, the University of Nebraska and other experts that are a part of the Motorsports Technology Group and take their recommendations. In consultation with them, we made sure we added additional safer barriers to these areas."[12]

Prior to the start of the race, Barney Hall announced that this race would be his last in the booth for the Motor Racing Network. "The years have gone by so quick, it's just so hard to believe," Hall said with a smile during a break at Daytona International Speedway. "The voice of NASCAR is the voice of MRN and that's Barney Hall," said David Hyatt, president and executive producer of Motor Racing Network. "To have him still be a part of what we do in a way that highlights all the memories that he has, all the history he's brought to the sport, everything that he's done, not just for this MRN brand but for the NASCAR brand is an important part of this transition. MRN isn't MRN without Barney Hall."[13]

Entry list[edit]

The entry list for the Coke Zero 400 was released on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-four cars were entered for the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Trevor Bayne (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
29 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Terry Labonte (PC8) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Circle Sport Chevrolet
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Circle Sport Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
66 Michael Waltrip Racing Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet
99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford
Official entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

Practice[edit]

Two practice sessions were scheduled for the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. The first practice session was delayed an hour by weather and shortened to 45 minutes. Jamie McMurray was the fastest with a lap time of 44.565 and a speed of 201.952 mph (325.010 km/h). The final practice session was cancelled due to weather.[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 44.565 201.952
2 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 44.579 201.889
3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 44.590 201.839
Official practice results

Qualifying[edit]

David Gilliland won the pole with a lap time of 45.531 and a speed of 199.322 mph (320.778 km/h) after only one round of knockout qualifying was completed due to weather. Gilliland stated that his pole position would be a "morale booster" for his Front Row Motorsports team.[15] Joe Nemechek was the one driver that failed to qualify.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Lap Time
1 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 45.153
2 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 45.176
3 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 45.182
4 33 Bobby Labonte Richard Childress Racing-Circle Sport Chevrolet 45.233
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 45.274
6 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.277
7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 45.295
8 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 45.298
9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 45.303
10 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 45.323
11 99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 45.333
12 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45.346
13 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45.347
14 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 45.369
15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 45.401
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 45.402
17 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 45.428
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 45.431
19 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 45.439
20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 45.441
21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 45.442
22 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 45.445
23 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 45.447
24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 45.451
25 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 45.456
26 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 45.489
27 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 45.496
28 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 45.514
29 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45.518
30 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 45.601
31 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 45.622
32 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 45.635
33 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 45.650
34 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 45.691
35 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 45.757
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 45.764
37 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.902
38 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 45.923
39 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.925
40 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45.971
41 66 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46.066
42 83 Ryan Truex (R)[N 1] BK Racing Toyota 46.588
43 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 46.636
Did not qualify
44 29 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 45.974
Official qualifying results

Race[edit]

First half[edit]

Start[edit]

The race was scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday evening, but the start was delayed by rain and finally pushed to the next day at 11:13 a.m.[16] The start was pushed a pace lap due to light sprinkles in turns one and two and then another lap. After a total of seven pace laps, David Gilliland finally led the field to the green at 11:21 a.m. Matt Kenseth took the lead from Gilliland on lap six, before the caution flew for rain, which ultimately led to a 25-minute delay under red flag conditions.

The Big One[edit]

Kenseth led the field to the restart on lap 13, before Tony Stewart took the lead on lap 18. A competition caution was planned upon the completion of lap 20, but the caution flew for a multi-car pileup in the tri-oval. A total of 16 cars were involved, including points leader Jeff Gordon, defending race winner Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the Daytona 500 winner. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. – who was also involved in the incident – stated that he had been "heading straight...had it saved and had it straight again and got caught in the left rear."[17] Only Johnson and A. J. Allmendinger were eliminated from the race due to the pileup. David Ragan led the field to the restart on lap 29, before Reed Sorenson, Landon Cassill and Jamie McMurray took turns at the head of the race, prior to the third caution of the race, on lap 41, due to debris in turn 1. The race restarted on lap 45 with McMurray leading the way. Greg Biffle took the lead on lap 53, while Kurt Busch took the lead on lap 62. Biffle retook the lead on lap 87, before the start of the pit cycle, coming under green flag conditions. Gordon took the lead before it cycled back to Kurt Busch on lap 90. Debris on the backstretch brought out the caution for the fourth time on lap 94.

Second half[edit]

The Huge One[edit]

The race restarted on lap 98 and the big one happened again on the backstretch, in which Kyle Busch's car ended upside down. The race was red flagged for a short period, in order to facilitate a cleanup of the track, as 26 cars were collected in the wreck. Gilliland described the incident as "all heck broke loose all at once", while Kyle Busch had drove through the grass before his car dug in and sent him back towards traffic; he described his roll as "real slow".[18]

Mother Nature finally wins[edit]

Aric Almirola led the field to the restart on lap 105, before the sixth caution on lap 108, again for rain. The cars were brought down pit road as the race was red flagged for the third time. Eventually, NASCAR called the race and Almirola scored his first career win. Almirola's victory was the first for a car numbered 43, since John Andretti did so in the 1999 Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville Speedway.[19] For the first time since the 2007 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, all top ten starting drivers failed to finish within the top ten positions.

Post-race infractions[edit]

On the Tuesday following the race, Kurt Busch was penalized 10 points for a technical infraction following post-race inspection.[20] The infraction was a P2 level penalty and a violation of section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20–12 (l) (for events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, at all times, the Delta (or difference) of the Z-height measurement between the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket, must not exceed three inches) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.[21]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 112 47
2 30 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 112 42
3 40 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 112 33[N 2]
4 22 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 112 41
5 23 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 112 39
6 37 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 112 38
7 27 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 112 37
8 29 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 112 36
9 34 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 112 36
10 18 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 112 34
11 38 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 112 33
12 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 112 33
13 43 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 112 31
14 7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 112 30
15 19 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 112 29
16 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 112 28
17 28 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 112 27
18 26 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 111 26
19 41 66 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 111 25
20 6 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 111 25
21 32 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 104 24
22 8 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 102 23
23 33 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 101 21
24 20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 100 20
25 31 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 98 19
26 4 33 Bobby Labonte Richard Childress Racing-Circle Sport Chevrolet 98 18
27 14 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 97 17
28 39 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 97 16
29 10 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 97 16
30 36 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 97 15
31 3 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 97 0
32 42 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 97 12
33 2 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 97 12
34 17 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 97 10
35 1 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 97 10
36 35 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 69 8
37 11 99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 66 7
38 25 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 46 0
39 13 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46 5
40 12 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45 5
41 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 37 3
42 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20 2
43 24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19 1

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

TNT Sports
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Adam Alexander
Color-commentator: Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Color commentator: Kyle Petty
Matt Yocum
Marty Snider
Chris Neville
Ralph Sheheen

Radio[edit]

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Barney Hall
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Jeff Striegle
Winston Kelly
Steve Post
Alex Hayden
Woody Cain

Standings after the race[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Truex started last for unapproved changes post-qualifying.
  2. ^ Kurt Busch was penalized 10 points for a technical infraction following post-race inspection.[20]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Daytona International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Entry List". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Coke Zero 400 Results". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Points Standings". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Manufacturer Standings". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Paulsen (July 10, 2014). "Sprint Cup TV Ratings: Postponed Daytona Race Low, But Not That Bad". SportsMediaWatch.com. Sports Media Watch. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ Knight, Chris (June 28, 2014). "Keselowski conquers Kentucky again". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Wire Service. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Daytona International Speedway Track Facts". Daytona International Speedway. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Long, Dustin (July 2, 2014). "Daytona Adds More SAFER Barriers". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Long, Dustin (July 5, 2014). "Hall's Role Changing at MRN". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ Report, Staff (July 3, 2014). "Recapping Thursday's practices at Daytona". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ Long, Dustin (July 4, 2014). "Gilliland Grabs Daytona Pole". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ Long, Dustin (July 5, 2014). "Daytona Race Postponed". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ Long, Dustin (July 6, 2014). "Early Crash Collects Contenders". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ Long, Dustin (July 6, 2014). "Busch Goes on 'Slow Carnival Ride'". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ Long, Dustin (July 6, 2014). "Almirola Scores First Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "No. 41 team penalized for Daytona infraction". NASCAR.com. Official NASCAR release. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  21. ^ Long, Dustin (July 8, 2014). "NASCAR Penalizes Kurt Busch And Team". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 


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