2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400
|Race 18 of 36 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Date||July 7, 2019|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida|
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4 km)
|Distance||127 laps, 317.5 mi (511 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)|
|Average speed||141.146 miles per hour (227.152 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|No. 77||Justin Haley||Spire Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (booth) and Steve Letarte (NBC Peacock Pitbox)|
|Nielsen Ratings||3.285 million|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)|
The 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on July 7, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 127 of the scheduled 160 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 18th race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The race was postponed from Saturday, July 6 to Sunday, July 7, due to rain. 20-year-old Justin Haley won the race, recording his first career Cup Series win and the first for Spire Motorsports after the race was called due to rain.
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. The project was completed before the start of Speedweeks 2016.
- (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.
- (R) denotes rookie driver.
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||44.831||200.754|
|2||13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||44.847||200.682|
|3||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||44.857||200.638|
|Official first practice results|
|1||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||43.703||205.936|
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||43.745||205.738|
|3||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||43.748||205.724|
|Official final practice results|
Stage One Laps: 50
|1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||9|
|3||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||8|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||7|
|5||9||Chase Elliott||Hendricks Motorsports||Chevrolet||6|
|6||41||Daniel Suárez||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||5|
|7||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||4|
|8||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||3|
|9||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||2|
|10||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage Two Laps: 50
|1||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||10|
|2||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||9|
|3||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||8|
|4||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||7|
|5||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||6|
|6||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||5|
|7||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||4|
|8||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||3|
|9||43||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||2|
|10||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final stage results
Stage Three Laps: 27
The Big One occurred on lap 119 when Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon battled for the lead in intense drafting packs, leading to a 17-car crash. Kurt Busch was the leader when most leaders pitted, but when at the end of Lap 127, officials gave the signal the race would restart on the ensuing lap, Busch pitted. Justin Haley took the lead, and when lightning was detected while the cars were on the backstretch working Lap 128, the safety truck turned on its lights after lightning was detected and immediately sent the cars to pit lane before the start-finish line. After two attempts to restart the race were aborted because of lightning, further rain ended all activity. Haley was declared the winner. NASCAR then spent considerable time to score all penalties assessed for pitting before pit lane was opened before an official result was declared.
|1||34||77||Justin Haley (i)||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||127||0|
|2||12||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||127||43|
|3||14||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||127||38|
|4||23||13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||127||33|
|5||18||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||127||32|
|6||30||32||Corey LaJoie||Go Fas Racing||Ford||127||31|
|7||11||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||127||30|
|8||25||95||Matt DiBenedetto||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota||127||29|
|9||31||36||Matt Tifft (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||127||28|
|10||8||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||127||27|
|11||33||00||Landon Cassill (i)||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||127||0|
|12||37||52||J. J. Yeley||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||127||25|
|13||28||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||127||24|
|14||2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||127||23|
|15||29||43||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||127||24|
|16||20||21||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||127||21|
|17||22||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||127||20|
|18||24||8||Daniel Hemric (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||127||19|
|19||39||62||Brendan Gaughan (i)||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet||126||0|
|20||13||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||126||22|
|21||9||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||126||25|
|22||5||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||126||16|
|23||17||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||125||14|
|24||19||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||125||25|
|25||1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||125||23|
|26||6||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||125||14|
|27||40||53||Joey Gase (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||125||0|
|28||35||51||B. J. McLeod (i)||Petty Ware Racing||Ford||124||0|
|29||4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||124||15|
|30||38||27||Ross Chastain (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||122||0|
|31||36||96||Parker Kligerman (i)||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||121||0|
|32||26||47||Ryan Preece (R)||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||119||5|
|33||21||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||118||14|
|34||16||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||118||13|
|35||7||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||118||15|
|36||10||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||118||9|
|37||32||15||Quin Houff (R)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||108||1|
|38||27||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||86||1|
|39||3||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||85||3|
|40||15||41||Daniel Suárez||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||83||6|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 24 among 14 different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 6 for 25
- Red flags: 1
- Time of race: 2 hours, 14 minutes and 58 seconds
- Average speed: 141.146 miles per hour (227.152 km/h)
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. Steve Letarte called from the NBC Peacock Pit Box on pit road. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race. During the lengthy red flag for lightning, television coverage eventually switched over to NBCSN, where the official announcement of the end of the race was made.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NBC Peacock Pitbox: Steve Letarte
Guest Analyst Reporter Jesse Iwuji
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
|Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Kurt Becker
Standings after the race
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