Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Daytona International Speedway for Coke Zero Sugar 400 event, which will mark the 18th race of the cum schedule. The race is set to take place on Sunday, July 6th at 7:30 pm, with fireworks afterwards to conclude the 160 laps, 400 miles (640km) race on one of the most famous NASCAR track in the world.
All the spotlight on Daytona International
Home of NASCAR's richest race of the year (the Daytona 500), alongside Coke Zero Sugar 400, the Daytona International track understandably is the most famous track in the NASCAR world. Opened in 1959 by the former racing driver, William France, Sr, this tri-oval 2.5 miles (4,02 km) long superspeedway is widely considered to be one of the best motorsport tracks in the world. On July 6th, the NASCAR fans will gather at Daytona International to watch the Coke Zero Sugar 400 race, which will be contested over 160 laps (400 miles). Looking forward to July 6th, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 will mark the 61st time the race will be held at Daytona International, which is not only known as the “NASCAR's Jewel” and its incredible display of fireworks during post-race celebrations, but also as a track that sees its fair share of close finishes, with the average margin of victory for the last 21 races at 0.154s. The track also holds the tied 4th closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at 0.005s.
In the whole history of this race, David Pearson still holds the record for the most wins at Coke Zero Sugar 400 with 5 including 3 consecutive wins from 1972 to 1974. Below him are Tony Steward and Cale Yarborough, who both won 4 times. However, there are no active racers who have won Coke Zero Sugar 400 more than once. As it stands now Rick Stenhouse Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, David Ragan, Aric Almirola and Erik Jones are the only active racers who won here once and will look for their 2nd win at this historic race track. Last year we saw Erik Jones winning the race, which was a close one from the start to finish, with a total of 16 lead changes. At the 2nd and 3rd place, we saw Martin Truex Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger.
Driver to watch: Joey Logano
Current leader in the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series standings, Logano has 2 wins to his name, including 12 top 10 finish and 9 top 5 finish this season. Looking back at the most recent race, which took place on June 30th at Chicagoland Speedway, Logano finished 3rd, fixing his impression from Toyota/Save Mart 350 a week prior, when the last year's Monster Energy Cup series champion finished 23rd. Despite his rather disappointing finish in Illinois, Joey Logano has finished in the top 3 in three out of his last five starts. While he finished 39th here last year and 35th a year prior, Joey Logano will look to repeat his success from 2016, when he finished 4th and get himself in a strong position to keep ahold of the 1st place in NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series standings.
Coke Zero Sugar 400 is known for many things, however, one of those things is that there are no racers that dominate here and consistently win the race. The fact that no active NASCAR racer has won here more than once, while there are 8 different racers that managed to win here one time only proves that Coke Zero Sugar 400 is a very open contest. Another interesting fact about Coke Zero Sugar 400 is that it seems to be a race where the top racers underperform. At least that was the case in the last two events. When it comes to picking out a winner here, Martin Truex, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano all look strong ahead of the race. They all performed well in the recent matches and we believe their form can translate into Coke Zero Sugar 400. Out of the three, Kyle Busch is in my mind the most attractive bet to win Coke Zero Sugar 400. With 4 wins to his name this season alongside 10 top 5 finishes, Kyle Busch has proven his worth this season. While he did not impress on June 30th when he finished 22nd, I still believe he has what it takes to win Coke Zero Sugar 400 next weekend. Another racer we could consider is Erik Jones, who has finished 7th in Chicagoland Speedway and 8th in Sonoma Raceway, meaning he finished in top 10 in the last two races. Additionally, he has finished 3rd in Daytona 500 in February and won Coke Zero Sugar 400 in 2018. With several good results behind him, Erik Jones is a racer that is capable of winning the Coke Zero Sugar 400 for the 2nd time
Prediction: Kyle Busch to win
Prediction 2: Erik Jones to win
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