2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Race 26 of 36 in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series
Date August 29, 2020 (2020-08-29)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 164 laps, 410 mi (656 km)
Scheduled Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 153.766 miles per hour (247.462 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Grid positions set by competition-based formula
Most laps led
Driver Joey Logano Team Penske
Laps 36
Winner
No. 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 3.869 million[7]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden and Jeff Striegle
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)

The 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 was an NASCAR Cup Series race held on August 29, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 164 laps -- extended from 160 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 26th race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, and the final race of the regular season before the playoffs.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, the site of the race.

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 cost 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.[8][9] The project was completed before the start of Speedweeks.

Entry list[edit]

  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
  • (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.
No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Quin Houff (R) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Josh Bilicki (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Brennan Poole (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Cole Custer (R) Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 James Davison Petty Ware Racing Ford
53 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
77 Ross Chastain (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota
96 Daniel Suárez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

Qualifying[edit]

Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole for the race as determined by competition-based formula.

Starting Lineup[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
13 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
14 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford
16 41 Cole Custer (R) Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
17 17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
19 42 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
20 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 43 Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
22 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
23 95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota
24 38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
25 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
26 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
27 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
28 37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
30 96 Daniel Suárez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
31 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
32 15 Brennan Poole (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
33 27 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
34 00 Quin Houff (R) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
35 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
36 77 Ross Chastain (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
37 53 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
38 51 James Davison Petty Ware Racing Ford
39 7 Josh Bilicki (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
40 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

Race[edit]

Stage Results[edit]

Stage One Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10
2 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8
4 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 7
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota 5
7 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 3
9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10
2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 7
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 5
7 21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford 4
8 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 3
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 2
10 95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage Results[edit]

Stage Three Laps: 60

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 6 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 44
2 27 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 35
3 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 36
4 2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 42
5 21 43 Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 164 32
6 9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 164 40
7 8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 30
8 40 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 164 29
9 17 17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford 164 28
10 4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 164 32
11 24 38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 164 26
12 15 21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford 164 29
13 23 95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota 164 30
14 26 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 164 26
15 32 15 Brennan Poole (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 164 22
16 36 77 Ross Chastain (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 164 0
17 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 32
18 5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 19
19 14 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 26
20 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 17
21 25 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 163 16
22 29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 163 15
23 34 00 Quin Houff (R) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 162 14
24 35 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 161 0
25 12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 161 12
26 30 96 Daniel Suárez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 159 11
27 3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 158 30
28 19 42 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 158 9
29 18 8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 158 16
30 16 41 Cole Custer (R) Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 158 7
31 37 53 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 158 0
32 31 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 155 8
33 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 152 5
34 13 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 151 10
35 20 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 151 11
36 22 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 151 1
37 28 37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 151 1
38 39 7 Josh Bilicki (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 151 0
39 38 51 James Davison Petty Ware Racing Ford 139 1
40 33 27 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 3 0
Official race results

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 35 among 16 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 21
  • Red flags: 2 for 15 minutes and 47 seconds
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 39 minutes and 59 seconds
  • Average speed: 153.766 miles per hour (247.462 km/h)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 2000 Coke Zero 400 winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and two-time Coke Zero 400 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. covered the race from the booth at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman and Marty Snider handled the pit road duties on site, and Rutledge Wood handled the features from his home during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters Features Reporter
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Rutledge Wood

Radio[edit]

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was also simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN Radio
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: Jason Toy
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. January 17, 2020. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Daytona International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Entry List" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 24, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Starting Lineup". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Coke Zero Sugar 400 Results". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. August 29, 2020. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 29, 2020. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Archived from the original on September 3, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  8. ^ Reed, Steve (January 22, 2013). "Daytona International unveils plans for upgrade". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Daytona Rising". Daytona International Speedway. December 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2017.


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