Itâs race day at Daytona International Speedway, and we’ve got all the informationÂ you need to get ready for Saturday night’s Coke Zero SugarÂ 400, the 18th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 7:30Â p.m. ET.Â GREEN FLAG: 7:40Â p.m. ET.
U.S. Air Force General John Raymond, Commander of the Air Force Space Command, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 7:28Â p.m. ET.
TV:Â NBC. Pre-race broadcast begins at 7Â p.m. ET.Â
RACE DISTANCE: 160Â laps around the 2.5-mile oval for a total of 400Â miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage):Â Stage 1: 40, Stage 2: 40, Stage 3: 80.
NATIONAL ANTHEM:Â United States Air Force Captain John McKinneyÂ will perform the national anthem at 7:18Â p.m. ET, followed by a flyover byÂ two F-22âs from the 43rd Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Florida.
WEATHER: The Weather Channel is forecasting cloudy skies with temperatures around 80 degrees for the green flag and dipping into the mid 70s after sundown. There is a 15-20% chance of rain and the humidity will be sweltering at around 90%.Â
LAST TIME: Erik Jones scored his first career NASCAR Cup Series win after leading only one lap, the final lap of the second overtime. Jones edged Martin Truex Jr. by 0.125 seconds. Back in February in the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin led 30 laps to nip Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch by 0.138 seconds to win the season opener.
CELEBRATION: Bowman hosts syrup-chugging contest after first win
LINEUP:Â Joey Logano will start on the pole after qualifying was canceled when lightning was detected near the 2Â˝-mile track, shutting down car inspections and other track activities. Officials set the lineup by owner points.
Here is the lineup for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (car number in parentheses):
1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
3. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
4. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
5. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
7. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
8. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
9. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
10. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
11. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
12. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
13. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
14. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
15. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford
16. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
17. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
18. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
19. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
20. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
22. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
23. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
24. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet
25. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota
26. (47) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
27. (38) David Ragan, Ford
28. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
29. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
30. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford
31. (36) Matt Tifft, Ford
32. (15) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
33. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
34. (77) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
35. (51) BJ McLeod, Ford
36. (96) Parker Kligerman, Toyota
37. (52) JJ Yeley, Ford
38. (27) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
39. (62) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet
40. (53) Joey Gase, Chevrolet
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