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Tickets for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola On Sale Thursday, Oct. 29
Tickets for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola On Sale Thursday, Oct. 29 ~ Independence Day Holiday Weekend Classic To Be Held In New Motorsports Stadium For The First Time ~ DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the first following the completion of the $ 400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, will officially go on sale Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. EDT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic scheduled for Saturday, July 2 in one of three convenient ways: • Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com • By calling 1-800-PITSHOP • Visiting the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building The new motorsports stadium will feature 101,500 new, wider more comfortable seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social “neighborhoods” and three concourse levels that will span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Reserved stadium seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $55. Reserved stadium seats for children ages 12 and under are $20 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE. The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will feature 43 stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling for a coveted victory in the 160-lap, 400 -mile race, which will be capped off by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. 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 101,500 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 trackside 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 $85 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. Toyota, Florida Hospital, Chevrolet and Sunoco are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 80,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for four of the injectors/entrances and four of the new neighborhoods. 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 is the architect for DAYTONA Rising. ROSSETTI is an award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 46 years of expertise in sports and entertainment projects including the Green Bay Packers Titletown, renovations for the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, a new headquarters for the LA Lakers, five MLS stadiums and the new retractable roof over the USTA’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. 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 , Pinterest , Instagram and YouTube . 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. About Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. ###
NASCAR TV schedule: June 27-July 3
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area All times ET Monday, June 27 6 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Linemen 200 (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/SaveMart 350 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, June 28 2:30 a.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 4 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/SaveMart 350 (re-air), FS1 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, June 29 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Linemen 200 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 8 p.m., #NASCARThrowback: 2001 July Daytona race, NBCSN 8 p.m., #NASCARThrowback: 2001 July Daytona race (re-air), NBCSN Thursday, June 30 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), NBCSN 9 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 10 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Sonoma Raceway (taped), NBCSN Friday, July 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Special (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN Noon, NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola , NBCSN 10 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 10:30 p.m., Building 43 (re-air), NBCSN Saturday, July 2 2 p.m., Building 43 (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Countdown, NBC 7:45 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola , NBC 11 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Sunday, July 3 1:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR The List: Greatest Finishes (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 10 a.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Watkins Glen, FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Weather delays Friday's on-track action at Daytona
RELATED: Live weather updates from Daytona Inclement weather rolled into Daytona International Speedway on Friday, interrupting NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying midway through the first of two scheduled rounds. Twenty-two cars attempted laps before NASCAR halted the session for lightning with David Ragan atop the leaderboard. Qualifying did resume shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying got underway at 4:50 p.m. ET (NBCSN, Live Extra). Weather washed out most of Thursday's on-track activity, as only one NASCAR XFINITY Series practice was completed. Two Sprint Cup practices and XFINITY final practice were canceled on Thursday. The Sprint Cup cars were on the track Friday morning for a rescheduled practice, the only practice before Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Brian Scott t led that practice, a 45-minute session during which Kyle Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch was evaluated and released from the infield care center, but he will have to go to a backup car. The XFINITY Series' Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
NASCAR shows support for Orlando victims and families
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series compete in Daytona Beach, Florida this weekend, cars in both series will feature decals showing support for the victims of the June 12 tragedy at Orlando's Pulse nightclub and their families. Decals with "#OrlandoUnited" will be placed on cars running in both Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 Presented by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Daytona International Speedway . In addition, the NASCAR Foundation has made a $25,000 donation to OneOrlando, an organization that is providing support to the victims' families. "For our country, it was devastating for all the families involved," team owner Joe Gibbs said Thursday morning. "… We're (honored) to be a part of this program to honor those that lost their lives."
Zipadelli: Stewart win 'unbelievable,' huge for SHR
RELATED: Recap all of Stewart's wins Greg Zipadelli sat high atop Tony Stewart 's pit box, nervously watching his long-time friend and teammate work the field over the final laps of Sunday's Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Zipadelli spent 10 years as Stewart's crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing , and together they won 33 races and a pair of Sprint Cup championships. Now, he is the vice president of competition at Stewart's own Stewart-Haas Racing team. As he watched Stewart lead the field in the closing laps, then get passed by Denny Hamlin midway through the last lap and then see Stewart dramatically re-take the lead in the final corner, Zipadelli was visibly balancing that deep and long friendship with Stewart with his genuine excitement for the organization's success. When it was over, it was time to exhale and reflect -- and be genuinely happy. After three years of Stewart's off-track challenges, including a serious back injury the three-time champ suffered in January, this victory was as emotional as it was validating. "Personally, it's just unbelievable to me he did it," Zipadelli said while watching Stewart take photos in Sonoma 's Victory Lane. "I'm just so proud of him and his effort, especially in the last three to four weeks. You've seen him turn a corner with his efforts, his attitude, learning these cars and running up front. "I've been telling these guys forever: He'll turn it on like a switch and you'll sit back and go, 'What in the hell?' It just happens. I've seen it for 18 years. Hopefully this is the switch and he'll have a good, strong run the rest of his career." RELATED: Stewart in his own words post-victory Stewart is coming off his first back-to-back, top-10 runs since 2014 with a seventh-place finish at Michigan in the previous race. He now has that required victory for an automatic position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, but is still nine points out of the necessary top-30 points position as the series heads to Daytona International Speedway for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). But Stewart – who missed the first eight races this year recovering from that back injury suffered in an off-season all-terrain vehicle accident -- has until the final race of the regular season Sept. 10 at Richmond (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to get into the top 30 in points. Zipadelli couldn't be more encouraged. "I'm really proud of this group," Zipadelli said. "[Stewart's crew chief] Mike [Bugarewicz] has done a great job this year keeping this group together and slowly picking away at it, unloading with race cars with more speed, learning what Tony wants. "They got a little bit behind, but played the pit calls right. We had a bad pit stop, we took it away from him and he went back and got it back for us. "We think about [Stewart winning] every day, we talk about it. It's huge for our company having three cars most likely going into the Chase. "It's a big hats-off to all the guys back at Stewart-Haas, building these cars and allowing us to race. They're back there grinding sun up to sun down. We've got a lot going on with our company and they haven't taken their eye off the ball, so I couldn't be prouder of our people." RELATED: Rookie crew chief Bugarewicz reflects on Stewart's win
Kentucky: The missing track for Chevrolet drivers
Of the 23 tracks that currently host one or more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Kentucky Speedway remains the only venue that hasn't seen a Chevrolet driver celebrating in Victory Lane. The 1.5-mile track, which will host Saturday night's Quaker State 400 Presented (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) held its first Sprint Cup race in 2011. This weekend's race will be just the sixth premier series event at the facility, which is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota) has a pair of victories there, as does Brad Keselowski (Team Penske No. 2 Ford). Matt Kenseth (JGR No. 20 Toyota) is also a former Kentucky winner. Keselowski, last week's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola winner at Daytona International Speedway, won at Kentucky in a Dodge (in 2012) as well as a Ford (2014). The lack of success at the track isn't something Chevrolet officials and teams take lightly. "Our teams are very aware that we haven't won at this race track," said Alba Colon, program manager for Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "It's a big deal." Chevrolet drivers have finished second twice, Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) in 2012 and Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) the following year. But perhaps the automaker's most difficult loss to swallow was the '13 race, one that saw Jimmie Johnson dominate only to lose the lead, and the race, following a late caution. Johnson (HMS) led 182 of 267 laps before a fuel-only stop by Kenseth put the JGR driver out front on a restart; Johnson's chances faded when the No. 48 entry spun moments later. There are tracks where Chevrolet teams have been dominant. They have won six straight at Phoenix International Raceway, for example, and 12 of the past 13 events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thus far, Kentucky has been a tougher nut to crack. “We have had only five races so far (at Kentucky)," Colon said, noting runnerup finishes by McMurray and Kahne. "We've won the pole three times. Top-five and top-10 finishes. We haven't been able to close it." That could change this weekend. For just the second, and final, time this season teams will be competing with a lower downforce aerodynamic package. The track has been repaved and Turns 1 and 2 have been reconfigured with the banking increased three degrees. "I really believe that with the new rules and everything being so equal right now … this is a great chance for us to do it," Colon said. Fourteen teams tested at Kentucky June 13-14. Fastest through the two days of practice was the Chevrolet entry of 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Harvick has yet to lead a lap at the track, but has finished 10th or higher in his last three starts there. It's one of only four tracks, along with Pocono, Sonoma and Texas, where he has yet to win. Ditto for Johnson, who counts Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Homestead and Chicagoland as tracks where he has yet to visit Victory Lane. And three-time champ Tony Stewart is winless at only two current tracks – Kentucky and Darlington. The three-times series champion will close the book on his Sprint Cup Series career at season's end. Going out with a win at each track, he said, would make his departure all the more memorable. Chevrolet teams have 758 wins in NASCAR through the years, most of any automaker. "But it's a goal," Colon said, "to have a win at every track. "We have been very successful. And we still have one more track to win."
Tony Stewart wrecks late in final race at Daytona
RELATED: 'Big One' takes out big names Tony Stewart wrecked with 12 laps remaining in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway . In an event that led to the race's fourth caution, it appeared last week's race winner at Sonoma Raceway had a tire go down on his No. 14 Chevrolet, causing him to get loose and spin into the wall. Stewart was running fifth at the time, but had to bring his ride to the garage. This story will be updated.
Tony Stewart Chase Watch
RELATED: Full Daytona results " Standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Stewart gear Tony Stewart returned from a back injury in April, and the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion is in pursuit of one of the 16 spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in his final season. Here's a look at where the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet stands in his hunt after Saturday's 26th-place-finish in the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway , the season's 17th of 26 regular-season races. WHAT JUST HAPPENED The Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner/wheelman had an above-average night at Daytona run afoul after wrecking out with 12 laps remaining. Running in the top five as the race wound down, Stewart got loose before getting into the wall and taking major damage. A promising points run ended in a disappointing way for the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, but he will leave Daytona higher in the standings than when he arrived. "I just got loose ... definitely my fault," Stewart told NBC. "I don't know why I got loose." He now sits three points inside of the top 30 -- which is where he needs to be in order to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and compete for his fourth championship. As it stands now, he's in. RELATED: Stewart wrecks out of final Daytona race WHAT HE NEEDS Stewart received a waiver from NASCAR for Chase eligibility. The surest way into the Chase is by winning before the end of regular season (at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 10) -- which Stewart did at Sonoma -- and remain in the top 30 in the points standings. En route to his 2015 championship, Kyle Busch faced a similar path after missing the first 11 races with a leg injury. With the win now in the bank, Stewart can focus on reaching the top 30. He sits 30th in the standings with 212 points, three points ahead of Brian Scott 's 209 points. WHAT'S NEXT "Smoke" heads to Kentucky Speedway (July 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), where he's never won. In his five starts there, Stewart has led just one lap and has never finished in the top 10. RELATED: See all of Stewart's wins " "Smoke" granted Chase waiver