Jul 06 | Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola early Monday, leading a race-high 96 laps en route to the 16th Daytona International Speedway victory of his career.

Earnhardt, driving the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, dominated much of the race, leading 40 of the race’s first 80 laps. He took the checkered flag ahead of runner-up Jimmie Johnson and third-place Denny Hamlin – and also ahead of a multi-car incident that began with Hamlin’s car turning sideways as it was crossing the line. It was the second Coke Zero 400 victory for Earnhardt, following up on his 2001 triumph.

A tightly packed sprint to the finish initially was set up by a late-race spin by David Ragan, after which the race was restarted on Lap 152 of the 160-lap event. But then, another set-up: a frontstretch spin by Sam Hornish Jr. with six laps remaining. That resulted in a two-lap, “green-white-checker” finish.

Earnhardt then alternated between pulling away and blocking Johnson to earn his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season. He also won at Talladega Superspeedway in May.

Despite the race start being delayed three hours, 34 minutes due to rain – the green flag waved at 11:42 p.m. Sunday – virtually all of the fans in attendance waited out the weather, taking advantage of new fan-friendly amenities that are part of the ongoing DAYTONA Rising renovation.

They didn’t have to wait long, however, for the first caution as nine cars were involved in a Lap 3 incident, including the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford driven by this year’s DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano. Logano’s hopes for a season sweep at Daytona vanished soon afterward, as consecutive pit stops to repair damage resulted in two penalties – both for having too many crewmen over the wall.

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Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news throughout the season. Fans also can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jul 05 | Austin Dillon Wins Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Puts Grandfather/Team Owner Richard Childress Back Into DIS Gatorade Victory Lane

Austin Dillon

Austin Dillon emerged from a frenzied late-race battle to win the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon, driving the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, outraced veteran Elliott Sadler and reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott in a two-lap “green-white-checkered” finish.  

Dillon is one of eight “double duty” drivers this weekend, competing in both the Subway Firecracker 250 and Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, in which he’ll start second alongside polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

A number of contenders were eliminated in a 12-car incident on Lap 91. That brought out a red flag that lasted 10 minutes and seven seconds. After a few laps run under caution, the race went back to green but only for two laps, as another 12-car incident caused the race’s final caution period. That set up the green-white-checkered sprint. 

Dillon steered clear of trouble both times en route to his first win at Daytona International Speedway, site of many victories for car owners Richard Childress – Dillon’s grandfather. 

“This is Daytona … so many family memories here,” Dillon said. “I’m just happy for my grandfather. This is the favorite win of my career.”

After a rain delay of a little more than an hour, the 100-lap/250-mile race – the 15th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season – took the green flag, with the field led by series rookie Daniel Suarez on the pole. Earlier Saturday, Suarez won the pole in the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota with a speed of 180.256 miles per hour on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. 

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Tickets for Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – set for 7:45 p.m. Sunday – can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #CokeZero400 and #SubwayFirecracker250. Fans also can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com

Jul 05 | Coke Zero 400 Qualifying Canceled Due To Rain, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Pole Based On Top Practice Speed

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Austin Dillon Will Start Second in RCR No. 3 Chevrolet

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Qualifying for Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca Cola was rained out Saturday, giving the pole position to Dale Earnhardt Jr., based on his chart-topping, 200 mph-plus practice speed. 

Earnhardt led the first of two practice sessions on Friday in the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, with a fast lap of 202.284 miles per hour – one of 14 drivers to post fast laps exceeding 200 mph. Austin Dillon will start second in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, on the strength of his 202.066 lap. 

Last season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure, setting fields based on speeds from a weekend’s first practice session, when qualifying is cancelled. Previously, fields were set based on season point standing. Earnhardt said that with rain in the Saturday forecast, there was extra effort to find serious speed in practice. 

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – set for 7:45 p.m. Sunday – can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #CokeZero400 and #SubwayFirecracker250. Fans also can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jul 03 | Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick Lead Practice Sessions For Coke Zero 400

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David Ragan Leads Subway Firecracker 250 Practice

Danica

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick led the two practice sessions Friday at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. 

In the first of two practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Earnhardt posted the day’s fastest lap of 202.284 miles per hour (44.492 seconds) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, driving the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet. Earnhardt won the Coke Zero 400 in 2001 and has 15 victories at Daytona overall. 

“We have a very fast car … a winning car,” Earnhardt said. 

Patrick – the 2013 polesitter for the DAYTONA 500 – led the second session chart at 198.133 (45.424), driving the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet. 

Early in the first practice there was an 11-car incident, including cars driven by former Coke Zero 400 champions Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle. Earnhardt established the session’s fastest lap prior to the incident, which started with Turn 2 contact involving Busch and Brad Keselowski. All drivers except Keselowski were forced to switch to back-up cars, as a result. 

There also were two practices on Friday for Saturday night’s Subway Firecracker 250, the annual summer DIS race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. David Ragan, driving the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota, topped the first session at 190.573 (47.226). The second session was led by Ty Dillon in the No. 3 Yuengling America’s Oldest Brewery Chevrolet (179.978/50.006). 

Qualifying for both of this weekend’s events will be held Saturday (NASCAR XFINITY Series at 2:35, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at 4:35), followed by the Subway Firecracker 250 at 7:45 p.m. (ET). Tickets for Saturday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola and Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #CokeZero400 and #SubwayFirecracker250. Fans also can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jul 03 | U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast to Perform National Anthem for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Number of Military-Themed Activities Planned for the Independence Day Holiday Weekend

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During the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 3-5, Daytona International Speedway will continue the tradition of saluting the nation’s military service men and women.

“From recognizing three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to having the U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast perform the national anthem, we’re honored to have the different branches of the military play an integral part in this weekend’s activities,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.  

Below are some of the different military-themed activities planned for this weekend at Daytona International Speedway:

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients:  Three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients – Gary Littrell, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army; Salvatore Giunta, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army; and Ryan Pitts, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army – will be introduced during pre-race on Saturday prior to the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race and on Sunday prior to the 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Immediately following the national anthem on Sunday is a special ceremony during which the recipients will be surrounded by 36 colorful feather flags, held by representatives of each branch of the military, which will create one large American flag. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.

National Anthem: Prior to Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast – a 23-member instrumental band – will perform the national anthem, with the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard presenting the colors. The U.S. Air Force will perform the flyover with two F-16s from the 125th Fighter Squadron, the “Tulsa Vipers”, a unit of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. The U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast will also perform a 20-minute pre-race concert on the pre-race stage. 

For Saturday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, the Patrol Squadron Thirty, stationed aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, will provide the color guard. 

Honorary Pace Car Driver: Petty Officer First Class Terrell Sisk will lead Sunday’s 43-car field to the green flag as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. Sisk serves in the U.S. Coast Guard on the Aids to Navigation team out of Ponce Inlet, Fla.

Borinqueneers: The U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment out of Puerto Rico will be visiting the “World Center of Racing” for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola as part of NASCAR: An American Salute, the sport’s seven-week tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. The Borinqueneers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year for their service during WWI, WWII and Korea. The Borinqueneers are named such after Puerto Rico’s original name, Borinquen. The group amassed 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, 250+ Silver Stars, 600+ Bronze Stars and almost 3,000 Purple Hearts.

Military Uniform Display:  On display in the Sprint FANZONE will be six uniforms representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps., U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force on loan from the Military Museum of North Florida. The uniforms will represent various wars from WWII through the War in Afghanistan. 

Fireworks: Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with fireworks shows both Saturday and Sunday nights over Lake Lloyd after the checkered flag in the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jul 01 | Chevrolet Becomes Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising Project

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Beginning in 2016, the multi-year agreement will provide Chevrolet with naming rights for one of five fan injectors.

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International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) and Chevrolet today announced a multi-year partnership that will make Chevrolet a Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. 

The historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s nearly one-mile long frontstretch, will be complete by January 2016. DAYTONA Rising will transform DIS into the world’s first motorsports stadium, with premium amenities and attractions. 

Beginning in 2016, the multi-year agreement will provide Chevrolet with naming rights for one of five fan injectors. The massive, new and redesigned entry includes over 20,000 square feet of Chevrolet new vehicle displays and a fan engagement experience that vertically spans four concourse levels. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

“Chevrolet has been an integral part of the ISC family for many years and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship,” said ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “As part of their activation at DAYTONA Rising and other ISC facilities, Chevrolet will represent its iconic automotive brand through interactive experiences with fans.” 

Chevrolet will also have branding rights for one of the “neighborhoods” located near its injector.

Each football field-sized neighborhood will be located throughout the new frontstretch and feature retail and dining areas, as well as dozens of video screens. 

Additionally, Chevrolet will serve as an official partner of “The Great American Race,” the DAYTONA 500®, and receive official pace car rights in select years. 

“Chevrolet’s commitment to racing originated more than a century ago with Louis Chevrolet and remains strong today as we solidify our presence at ‘The World Center of Racing’ by partnering with International Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and the DAYTONA Rising project,” said Alan Batey, president GM North America. “We look forward to enhancing the experience for race fans here in Daytona with the new Chevrolet injector entrance and neighborhood.” 

In addition to the Founding Partner status with DAYTONA Rising, Chevrolet extended its pace car rights at several ISC facilities including Darlington Raceway®, Phoenix International Raceway® and Watkins Glen International® for various NASCAR and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) events. 

“We’re excited to showcase Chevrolet’s legendary brand at DIS as part of DAYTONA Rising,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Their activation will elevate the race day experience at the new motorsports stadium, and continue to make them an integral part of the Speedway experience.” 

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. Construction of DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a primary source of expected growth in the Deltona, Fla., MSA as part of ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey.

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. 

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site. 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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