DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has been cancelled due to rain.
The 43-car field will be finalized by owner's points and Tony Stewart, a two-time winner of the mid-summer classic, will start on the pole in the No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet.
Said Stewart about Saturday night's race: "I’m excited about it and I think handling is always a big issue here at Daytona so that is what makes racing here so much fun is because it’s a handing issue and it’s not just necessarily strategy of being in the right place at the right time as much as you have to have a good, balanced car to get to the front and stay at the front."
Jeff Gordon will start on the outside pole while his teammate Jimmie Johnson will start third.
“Obviously we are in a great position in the points and starting where we are starting is certainly going to make a big difference," said Gordon. "I felt like yesterday in practice we tried to run in traffic a lot more because we were anticipating that we weren’t going to qualify well with the impound. And then this kind of happened so we feel like it's going to be a really intense, exciting race tomorrow with the double-file restarts and starting outside front row is a really great place and a great pit stall and we are going to try and take advantage of it because we felt like the car wasn’t quite as good as we were hoping but I felt really positive about some of the changes we were making in the last couple of runs we made there last night.”
Serving as a prelude to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday will be the Brumos Porsche 250 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at 2 p.m. NASCAR stars Scott Speed and Kyle Busch will attempt double duty on Saturday competing in both the Brumos Porsche 250 and the Coke Zero 400.
Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 4 are available on your web-enabled phone at mobile.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.