(July 10, 2008) – When it comes to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Daytona International Speedway, one thing race fans can count on is that the finishes will be close.
“The World Center of Racing,” which produced two photo finishes with last year’s Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400, delivered another nail-biting finish in the 50th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola last Saturday.
After finishing second in the past two Coke Zero 400s, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch was the runner-up no more. He captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win by nosing out Carl Edwards during the green-white-checkered finish.
Busch earned his first Sprint Cup points-paying victory at DIS as he was just ahead of Carl Edwards when the caution came out during the green-white-checkered thus freezing the field and ending the race.
“I did see the yellow light come on,” Busch said. “I could barely see the nose of the 99 car up my right front fender. I was hoping we were the winners and it ended up being that way.”
Busch’s victory at DIS was his sixth of the season and he now owns a 182-point lead in the championship standings. He also completed the sweep of NASCAR events at Daytona International Speedway during the Independence Day holiday weekend. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin won Friday night’s Winn-Dixie 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
“Man, I can’t believe that we’re here right now,” said Busch, who made an amazing save of his No. 18 Toyota earlier in the race. “We didn’t have the best car tonight but these guys never gave up and we never game up out there on the race track.”
The competition was strong in the 50th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. The mid-summer classic produced 21 lead changes at the start/finish line and 49 green flag passes for the lead according to the Loop Data gathering.
In addition to the NASCAR racing, fans enjoyed entertainment throughout the day at the historic motorsports facility with pre-race concerts by Kevin Costner and his band “Modern West” and American of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group Lady Antebellum. After the race, fans witnessed one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast.