Jones Leads 1 Lap But Wins Saturday Night’s Wild Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – For the second race in as many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points paying races at the Daytona International Speedway in 2018, the race winner led just one lap. In February, Austin Dillon led really just a 1/2 of a lap en route to a Daytona 500 victory. On Saturday night, Erik Jones got by his former Furniture Row Racing teammate of Martin Truex Jr. in Turn 2 on the final lap around the 2.5-mile track and won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 as a result. It…

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Truex, Toyota’s In General Shock The Fords At Daytona On Saturday Night

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Former Furniture Row Racing teammates worked well together in the final laps of Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Erik Jones was a rookie last season with FRR and he pushed his former teammate Martin Truex Jr. to the lead on Lap 161. After he did so, a caution flew making this race extend to a second overtime. Instead of Truex and Jones finishing 1-2, they’d have to do it all over again. But, on that final restart, Jones made a great move to the lead and…

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Crucial Pit Stop Penalty Costs Johnson Shot At Coke Zero Sugar 400 Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – When Jimmie Johnson narrowly missed the Lap 53 melee in Turn 3, I instantly thought then that this could be his night in his No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson, is in the midst of his longest winless drought of his storied career and unfortunately for him, that streak extends to 41 long races. Johnson, led 10 laps in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 and looked well on his way to earning his fourth career points paying victory at the Daytona International Speedway. I mean, when all the big…

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Bowman Does Just Enough To Keep Playoff Standings Advantage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Alex Bowman did what he needed to do last weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway in bringing his No. 88 Chevrolet home with a 10th place finish. The week prior, he came away with a ninth place run in Sonoma. After a 10th place run in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, Bowman is not only showing that he’s finding his stride, but he’s also showing that he’s doing just enough to keep his playoff advantage going. Heading into tonight’s race, Bowman narrowly…

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Kahne, Both JTG Daugherty Cars Land In Unlikely Top 5 Finishing Positions In Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – When you see several big crashes throughout the entire Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, you get unlikely drivers finishing in the top spots. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and others were all involved in crashes that ended their nights early on Saturday night. When those heavy hitters don’t finish, that leaves some good finishing positions open for the taking. 

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Lap 53 “Big One” Takes Out Half The Field, Including All 3 Penske Cars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – We expect big crashes at the Daytona International Speedway. They go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly. What we don’t expect though, is for them to occur as early and as often as they did in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Just 53 laps into Saturday night’s 160 Lap race, we saw a crash take out nearly half of the field in Turn 3. In fact, 25 of the 40 starters in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race were collected in the melee. 

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Kyle Busch Taken Out In Lap 64 Crash In Coke Zero Sugar 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Kyle Busch just wanted to get through Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway and walk away. Unfortunately, he’s walking away before the race was even half way over. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into Busch’s left rear quarter panel on Lap 63 of the 160 Lap event which sent Busch into race leader William Byron then into the Turn 4 SAFER barrier as a result. Busch’s No. 18 Toyota made hard right side contact with the wall then came off and back up…

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Stenhouse Saturday Night’s Villan In Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – You know you are a villain when you crash at a track like the Daytona International Speedway and the crowd cheers. That’s exactly what happened when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was collected in a two car crash on Lap 123 of Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Kyle Larson appeared to lose a tire in Turn 3 and he spun in front of his friend, Stenhouse as a result of that. The Roush/Fenway Racing driver had no where to go and ran into Larson, suffering damage to his…

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Michael McDowell Sees Big Night End In Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Michael McDowell looked to be among the best drivers in terms of skill for this weekend’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. He avoided several crashes all night and his position in the top 10 for most of the race at the Daytona International Speedway was on merit, not luck. McDowell, did a great job of staying up front and narrowly escaped carnage in both early race melees. He started eighth and led the race for 20 Laps on Saturday night overall. Only one driver led more. Unfortunately, the…

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5 Favorites For Saturday Night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Predicting a winner for a race on a restrictor plate track is like trying to predict the winning numbers of the lottery. But, I’ll take a stab at it for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

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