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Posted by: newsla on Jul 02, 2014 - 06:55 AM
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2014 Daytona II (Coke Zero 400): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


In 2013 Jimmie Johnson debuted the new Chevy SS at Daytona International Speedway in spectacular fashion winning the prestigious Daytona 500 in the SS’ first points paying race. Johnson followed up that success by completing the ‘Daytona Sweep’ winning the Coke Zero 400 in July at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. This season Chevrolet has the opportunity to do it again. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. piloting the No. 88 National Guard Chevy SS won the season opening Daytona 500 and is poised to complete the sweep by pulling into Victory Lane this weekend at Daytona. Earnhardt, Jr. a three-time Daytona winner is no stranger to success at restrictor-plate racing. Of his 21 career victories eight (8) (38.1%) of those have come at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway the two tracks on the circuit that feature large pack racing and depend on aerodynamic superiority as well as a set-up for handling conditions have been one of Earnhardt, Jr.’s career strong suits.

 

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Over the years Chevrolet has been the most successful manufacturer at Daytona winning 18 races in July and 44 total at the birthplace of NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Florida. Chevrolet has won the last four races at Daytona. Since the beginning of racing at the superspeedway the Bowtie brand has swept Daytona 11 times beginning with the first sweep in 1986 when Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 and his teammate Tim Richmond followed up with a victory in the Firecracker 400. This weekend Chevrolet teams and drivers will once again compete under the lights over July 4th weekend celebrating the independence of the United States America and the freedom to compete in a sport built on heritage and history.

Not only will the drivers and teams be busy so will the staff at the Team Chevy display. Fans visiting Daytona International Speedway for the July 4th holiday weekend will have the opportunity to stop by the Team Chevy display located in the midway area. The display will feature a number of Chevrolet production cars including: Malibu, Impala, Traverse, Silverado Double Cab, Silverado HC, Camaro, Cruze, Silverado HD, Suburban and Equinox.

Several Team Chevy drivers will also make appearances at the Chevy display including: Reed Sorenson, Michael Annett, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne. As a special treat this weekend the Chevrolet Florida Fishing Report team of Captain Rick Murphy and crew will be on site doing demonstrations and signing autographs at the Chevy display.

In support of NASCAR’s American Salute initiative Chevrolet has partnered with Tommy Baldwin racing writing letters to soldiers. Chevrolet has donated phone cars to mail with those letters so soldiers fighting overseas can call their families back home. This weekend is the last weekend fans can write letters to soldiers. There are letter bins located in the Team Chevy display where fans can drop of their letters this Fourth of July weekend.

A fun filled holiday weekend is in store for fans, drivers and teams alike. Chevrolet looks to sweep the races at Daytona for the 12th time in the manufacturers’ history. On both Friday and Saturday night the fields for both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be led down to the green flag by Chevrolet productions vehicles. The Chevrolet Camaro will lead the Nationwide field to the green flag and on Sunday the all-new Chevrolet SS will set the pace as the 18th race of the 2014 season gets underway. All of the Bowite branded drivers and teams will hope to beat the heat, miss the ‘big one’ and make their way to Victory Lane to celebrate under the lights at the historic Daytona International Speedway.

The Coke Zero 400 is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday July 5th. Live coverage will be available on TNT, MRN Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com.

TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS) COMPETITION:
· Chevrolet has won 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Manufacturers’ Championships

· Team Chevy drivers have scored 727 wins and 655 poles in NSCS competition


CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
Chevrolet drivers have won 44 of 134 races at Daytona International Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Pepsi REAL.BIG.SUMMER Chevrolet SS, has six (6) victories at Daytona International Speedway (’95, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’04 & ‘05)
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet SS, has made four (4) trips to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway (’05, ’06, ’09 & ‘12)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has three (3) wins at Daytona International Speedway (’01, ’04 & ’14)
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS, has three (3) trophies from Daytona International Speedway (’06 & ’13 - TWICE)
Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS, has two (2) wins at Daytona International Speedway (’07 &’10)
Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS, has gone to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway twice (2) (’07 & ’10)
Ryan Newman, No. 31 WIX Filters Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Daytona International Speedway (’08)


A Chevrolet driver has won four (4) of the last four (4) races at Daytona International Speedway
A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Daytona International Speedway 42 times
Team Chevy drivers have scored 189 top-five and 373 top-10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway
A Chevrolet has led 7,189 laps (35.3% of possible 20,326 laps) at Daytona International Speedway

TEAM CHEVY FOR THE FANS AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
· Fans can check out great Chevrolet vehicles including: Malibu, Impala, Traverse, Silverado Double Cab, Silverado HC, Camaro, Cruze, Silverado Heavy Duty, Suburban and Equinox
· At the display fans can see a variety of show cars and specialty vehicles including the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS show car, Corvette Z06, the Silverado Rally and the T4 Bumblebee from the movie Transformers
Fans can see a sample of engines, parts and accessories in the Team Chevy Display available for purchase from Chevrolet at their local Chevrolet dealer
· Other activities at the Team Chevy Racing Display include a variety of interactive games for adults and kids

DRIVER FAN Q/A APPEARANCES:
· Friday July 4th – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will kick things off at the Team Chevy display at 4:10 p.m. with a question and answer session at the Team Chevy stage
· Saturday July 5th – The Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report team featuring Captain Rick Murphy will have two demonstrations at the Team Chevy Stage from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Chevy Florida Insider Fishing team will also sign autographs at the Team Chevy stage from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tommy Baldwin Racing teammates Reed Sorenson and Michael Annett will stop by the Team Chevy stage at 1:30 pm followed by two-time Daytona winner Kevin Harvick at 4:05 p.m. and Kasey Kahne at 5:00 p.m.
· Hours of operation: Fri. July 4th – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sat. July 5th – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

CHEVROLET SPOTLIGHT: Seven different manufacturers have won the July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories.

BOWTIE BULLET: Last season (2013) Jimmie Johnson became one of only five drivers to complete the ‘Daytona Sweep’ winning both the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400. It marked the first time the Chevrolet brand went to Victory Lane at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races twice in the same season.

DID YOU KNOW? General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) dealers delivered 267,461 vehicles in the United States in June. Total sales were up 1 percent compared to a year ago. Retail sales were up 1 percent and fleet sales were up 2 percent. There were two fewer selling days in June compared with a year ago. On a selling- day adjusted basis, GM’s total sales were up 9 percent. Retail deliveries were up 9 percent and fleet sales were up 10 percent.

ENGINEER EXPERTISE FROM THE GARAGE AREA –– ALBA COLON, PROGRAM MANAGER, NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES - CHEVROLET RACING:
“Team Chevy is really looking forward to being back at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night under the lights. Earlier this year we had a great race with great result at this place. We are looking forward to the same excitement this time around.

“There is nothing quite like celebrating the July 4th weekend at this beloved race track. It is a great tradition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that the fans and teams enjoy. For the drivers, anything can happen that is out of their control, so it’s one of those races they all fear in some way.

“This race marks the traditional halfway point of the season, the 18th of 36 points races on the circuit. So far, it has been a very interesting year with a lot of highs and lows for each and every team on the tour. In reviewing our scorecard, we have done well; but there still a lot of work to do. Consistency is vital in order to succeed, and that’s something as a group we keep working on every day.

“The key to success at this track is to have the right combination of aerodynamics and speed, and we have been working very hard on those two areas. You also need to have the right drafting partners and just stay out of trouble. It is always important to have the best cars, the best engines, the best teams and the best drivers. We have strength in all those areas, plus a strong success record at this track. Restrictor-plate racing is always a thrill, and this weekend’s action at Daytona promises to be nothing less. Watch out, we are looking forward to a fireworks celebration with one of our beloved Chevrolets on Saturday night!"

WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE THE CHEVROLET SS RACE CARS?
This weeks’ race is at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. 21 Chevrolet SS race cars will attempt to qualify at the 2.5-mile track. Fans can watch and/or listen to all the action under the lights on Saturday July 5th on TNT, MRN Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 PEPSI REAL.BIG.SUMMER CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER
(ON WHAT IT TAKES TO HAVE A GOOD FINISH AT DAYTONA.): “Luck. We were fortunate there earlier this year to not get caught up in any wrecks and finished in the top five. That’s our plan again this weekend. Hopefully we’re battling our teammates for the win again, as well. The July race is different because the track is hot and slick and you need a good-handling car. But you still need to avoid the ‘big one’ – or ‘big ones.’”

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S PATRIOTIC CHEVROLET SS – 2ND IN STANDINGS
"We had a tough weekend in Kentucky; we have some things to work on and we know it. I commend everyone for keeping their composure through a frustrating night. I'm looking forward to Daytona this weekend. We are taking the car we had at Talladega, and it was pretty fast. We had a good outing last time at Daytona and hope for a good night with the Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 WIX FILTERS CHEVROLET SS – 8TH IN STANDINGS
"Daytona is just so much different than it used to be, which is how I liked it when you could slip and slide around. But you have to have a fast race car and you have to put yourself in position for that last little section. And you have to have a good enough car to not get shuffled out of line. It all depends. It could end up being a fuel mileage race. It could end up being a multiple green-white-checkered race. You just never know there."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER FOLDS OF HONOR CHEVROLET SS – 9TH IN STANDINGS
“The track becomes a little bit slicker, especially with the increased temperatures. Plus, the asphalt ages just a bit from all of the other racing that takes place at this particular track. Usually it’s about 95 degrees with 90 percent humidity in July, so the slick track condition is the biggest change we deal with when racing at Daytona International Speedway in July compared to February.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 SPLASH/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 11TH IN STANDINGS
"You just have to survive. You know, Daytona and Talladega we've always had really fast Chevrolets. We can qualify up front, it's just a matter of getting through the race and to the end in one piece so you can go race the last 20 laps. Restrictor-plate racing the last couple of years has been harder to pass, so you have to make your move earlier than you used to. You have to position yourself with 20 to 30 laps to go to be in that lead pack and make a move. A lot of it is just biding your time, trying to make decisions so you can be there at the end."

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 12TH IN STANDINGS
"Daytona is a special track, and a great place to be on the Fourth as we thank all the military members for what they do day in and day out. Our team will be looking for a rebound this weekend after a couple of tough races, and I think we'll have the car to get a good result. Daytona is one of those places where anything can happen, so we'll look to keep the Target Chevy out of trouble and hopefully have a good point’s day”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS/DUCKS UNLIMITED CHEVROLET SS – 16TH IN STANDINGS
“They’re different tracks with their own characteristics, but it’s plate racing and that really doesn’t change. Daytona has always been billed as being more of the handling track, but we’re still drafting and we’ll be in a pack where you’ve got cars on top of each other. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time, and that’s the same whether we’re racing at Daytona or Talladega.”

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO/NRA MUSEUM CHEVROLET SS – 18TH IN STANDINGS
"Daytona International Speedway in July is always fun. It will be hot. It will be slicker and I think your handling will come a little bit more into play. I'm looking forward to it. I've learned a lot drafting the last couple of races. We're getting better at it, I have a great spotter and we'll work hard to do what we can to get to the front."

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS – 21ST IN STANDINGS
“I don’t think a lot about superspeedway races like Daytona until we get to the track that week. There really isn’t a lot that you can do to the car once you get to the track, so the team prepares the car in the shop, then we just fine-tune at the track. When I look at Daytona for the races, it kind of is-what-it-is, you just have to hope that you can avoid trouble and be in a position to race to the front in the closing laps. I am thinking more about qualifying right now than I am the race. Just trying to get in a good position to do better than we did at Talladega. It will be all about getting it the right pack for qualifying. I think we are probably not far from having a big wreck in qualifying at a superspeedway. It is so different from what we have anywhere else. I think it is close to being a big wreck or very organized by manufacturer or teams.”

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 SCOTTS PRODUCTS CHEVROLET SS – 22ND IN STANDINGS
“Daytona is tough compared to Talladega in a certain extend. Talladega is only .16 longer but it just seems so much wider. I feel like you can hide a little bit more, get away from the pack a little bit and have more options on lanes to run. Daytona it almost feels like a little short track when you get in that big pack. Overall it’s a tougher place to race and you’ve just got to try to make the right decisions and as I always say at those places be the one not to cause it and just if you are in it you are in it and if not then you are very fortunate for the night.”

CASEY MEARS, NO. 13 GEICO CHEVROLET SS – 24TH IN STANDINGS
"We've had a couple of strong runs here and had good finishes even though we were forced to overcome some adversity. I'm proud of everyone on this GEICO team and we're all looking forward to getting to Daytona this week and having some fun. The guys work really hard on our restrictor-plate program, so we always head to Daytona with high expectations. We finished 10th in the Daytona 500 and are looking to improve on that. We feel like the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will be strong when we unload on Friday. Also, on Saturday, I will be signing autographs at the GEICO display from 4-4:20 PM."

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET SS – 25TH IN STANDINGS
“Daytona is a place where I think we can get that first win. We had good speed with our Furniture Row Chevrolet at Daytona back in February, but a broken oil pump belt put us out of the race early. Daytona is a cerebral race, with mostly two-wide racing. You have to be totally aware of openings and drafting partners the entire race, especially in the closing laps when it gets pretty hairy. It’s a fun track and I really enjoy it there in July when the track surface is slippery. The Daytona night race is always exciting. I am sure it will be the same come Saturday night.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 41 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET SS – 26TH IN STANDINGS
CREW CHIEF DANIEL KNOST: “I would say I’m more comfortable. At this point I have more of an expectation for the way that practices lay out and how the week lays out. I’m more comfortable with making decisions. As far as Daytona goes, there is a lot that’s out of your control. I guess I knew that going in, but now I really know that. From that perspective I guess I would say that I just have more of an idea in terms of expectations.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 FLORIDA LOTTERY/GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 28TH IN STANDINGS
“I always like going there. It’s were my first stock car start was in 2010 and I actually have a lot of experience there. I think (crew chief) Tony Gibson and the Florida Lottery/GoDaddy guys build really good cars. They know how to go fast. At the end of the day, you just need to be in the right place at the right time. A lot of it is out of your control. But I think we’ll be good and hopefully have a car that can compete and win.”

JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 51 ACCUDOC SOLUTIONS CHEVROLET SS – 29TH IN STANDINGS
“Daytona [International Speedway] really gives any team the opportunity to win because it’s a superspeedway. We have a great car this weekend from Hendrick Motorsports and they’ve been pretty dominate there. The guys at HScott Motorsports have done a great job of preparing the car and I’m looking forward to finishing all of the laps this weekend. Unfortunately, we got caught up in a wreck with just a few laps to go in the Daytona 500."

MICHAEL ANNETT, NO. 7 PILOT FLYING J CHEVROLET SS – 30TH IN STANDINGS
"I thought for sure that we had a better car than we showed at Daytona back in February. It handled really well on the bottom, but the top groove, with the side-draft, just wasn't that good for us. I think the longest I stayed on the top was around the time I got caught up in the accident. Now with a race under our belt there, we know more of what to expect."

REED SORENSON, NO. 36 GOLDEN CORRAL CHEVROLET SS – 33RD IN STANDINGS
"It's good to have Golden Corral back on board my No. 36 Chevrolet. I am looking forward to getting back out on the track and doing some restrictor plate racing. We had a really great car in February when we were here, and stayed up towards the front for most of the race. It would be nice to get a top 10, and all kids could eat free on Monday. This weekend is a big weekend for everyone here at Tommy Baldwin Racing, as we wrap up our Salute the Troops campaign. I can't thank Chevrolet and Theme Park Connection enough for all their support these past couple of weeks. Thank you to all of the fans who sent in Thank You letters for our troops overseas. Hopefully the money we raised will go towards helping out more military families through the Armed Forces Foundation."

Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics

Manufacturers Championships
Total (1949 – 2013): 37
First title for Chevrolet: 1958
Highest number of consecutive titles: 11 (2003-2013)

Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Drivers Championships
Total (1949 – 2013): 29
First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)
Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005 – ’11)

Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Event Victories
Record for total race wins in single season: 26 – (in 2007)

2014 STATISTICS:
Wins: 9
Poles: 8
Laps led: 2842
Top-five finishes: 43
Top-10 finishes: 97

CHEVROLET IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:
Total Chevrolet race wins: 727(1949 – to date); (2,406 possible = 30.0%)
Poles Won to Date: 655
Laps Lead to Date: 216,502
Top-Five Finishes to Date: 3,658
Top-10 Finishes to Date: 7,478

Total NASCAR Cup wins by Corporation, 1949 – To-Date

GM: 1,062
Chevrolet: 727
Pontiac: 155
Oldsmobile: 115
Buick: 65

Ford: 724
Ford: 624
Mercury: 96
Lincoln: 4

Chrysler: 466
Dodge: 217
Plymouth: 190
Chrysler: 59

Toyota: 65

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