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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona: Coke Zero 400 at a glance

Workers assemble the Chevrolet fan experience venue at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's running of the 57th Coke Zero 400 race.
Workers assemble the Chevrolet fan experience venue at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's running of the 57th Coke Zero 400 race. AP

This week’s race

Coke Zero 400

What: 160 laps (400 miles)

Where: Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile banked oval in Daytona Beach, Fla.

When: 7:45 p.m. Sunday

TV: NBC

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Aric Almirola

Also this week: Subway Firecracker 250, Xfinity Series, Daytona International Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN.

Worth mentioning: The official debut of the “Daytona Rising” track redesign is in February so there will be some visible signs of construction. The main grandstands will include about 50,000 of the new seats in the areas of Turn 1 and Turn 4. The middle of the stands is virtually empty now with another 50,000 seats yet to be put in place.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Kyle Busch: The hard part is over. Now begins the slightly less-hard part of getting in the top 30 in points.

Clint Bowyer: Close generally doesn’t mean much in racing, but Bowyer did earn Michael Waltrip Racing its first top-five finish of the season.

Jimmie Johnson: Had a chance to win a road-course race – something he has done only once in his incredible career.

Sam Hornish Jr.: Just his second top-10 finish of the season.

David Mayhew: Led the first two and last two laps in his K&N Pro Series West win at Sonoma.

NOT

AJ Allmendinger: Sonoma’s pole winner sounded particularly frustrated with his car’s performance in the race.

Jeff Gordon: Gordon’s team swapped setups in the middle of the race – you don’t see that every day.

Martin Truex Jr.: Wrecked and finished 42nd. His first really bad race of the year.

Confederate flag: Hopefully, its appearance at NASCAR races soon will be a thing of the past.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick616

2. Martin Truex Jr.563

3. Joey Logano559

4. Jimmie Johnson546

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.545

6. Brad Keselowski505

7. Jamie McMurray497

8. Kasey Kahne483

9. Matt Kenseth479

10. Kurt Busch469.

11. Jeff Gordon462

12. Paul Menard452

13. Denny Hamlin438

14. Ryan Newman435

15. Aric Almirola431

16. Clint Bowyer430

17. Carl Edwards405

18. Kyle Larson390

19. Danica Patrick377

20. Greg Biffle368.

21. Casey Mears345

22. Austin Dillon341

23. AJ Allmendinger329

24. Sam Hornish Jr.307

25. David Ragan304

26. Tony Stewart301

27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.286

28. Trevor Bayne284

29. David Gilliland263

30. Cole Whitt261.

31. Justin Allgaier260

32. Brett Moffitt215

33. Alex Bowman208

Xfinity

1. Chris Buescher 528

2. Ty Dillon 499

3. Chase Elliott 485

4. Regan Smith 466

5. Darrell Wallace Jr. 462

6. Elliott Sadler 447

7. Brian Scott 430

8. Brendan Gaughan 419

9. Ryan Reed 410

10. Daniel Suarez 407

Truck

1. Matt Crafton370

2. Tyler Reddick 358

3. Erik Jones 344

4. Johnny Sauter 327

5. John Wes Townley 294

6. Spencer Gallagher 288

7. Timothy Peters 283

8. Daniel Hemric 282

9. Cameron Hayley 280

10. Ben Kennedy 269

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