DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2009) -- It’s an Independence Day holiday tradition – hot dogs, hamburgers, fireworks and the exhilarating thrill of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

“The World Center of Racing” will host the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend on July 2-4 highlighted by the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights on Saturday night, July 4.

“The 2009 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola is going to be a special one as the race falls on July 4 – our nation’s birthday,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “The Independence Day holiday weekend at ‘The World Center of Racing’ is a great family tradition combining the stars of NASCAR under the lights with one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch will try to defend his Coke Zero 400 title and join Fireball Roberts, A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Tony Stewart as the sixth driver to notch back-to-back victories in the mid-summer classic.

Also part of the tripleheader of races scheduled on Independence Day weekend at DIS is the Brumos Porsche 250 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race, which will for the first time be held on Saturday, July 4 at 2 p.m. The 71-lap, 250-mile held on the 3.56-mile road course was traditionally scheduled for the Thursday of Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola.

The Daytona 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m., will feature NASCAR’s rising stars in the Nationwide Series as well as many moonlight Sprint Cup Series drivers.

In addition to all the racing on the track, there will be plenty of activities off the track for race fans to check out. From top notch entertainment to driver appearances and autograph sessions, the excitement of Daytona International Speedway will be non-stop.

It’s time to make your plans for the 2009 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola. For ticket information, visit or call 1-800-PITSHOP.