Next stop Daytona International Speedway for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, the seventeenth round of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Although there were two practice sessions scheduled for Thursday, thunderstorms moved into the area which red flagged the first session and canceled the second. Only eight cars were able to make it on track before the rain fell. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest lap of the eight drivers, with a speed of 191.014 miles per hour. Kurt Busch (6th) was the only driver to record more than one lap on the speedway before the weather moved over the track. Following a long battle of drying the track and waiting for lightning to clear the area, NASCAR was forced to postpone Sprint Cup Series final practice until today at 8:30 am.
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Stewart’s Sonoma Victory Bumps Cup Series Win List To Eleven
With Tony Stewart’s victory Sunday in Sonoma, California, the list of Sprint Cup Series winners this season grows to eleven. If there are six more drivers who reach Victory Lane over the final ten regular-season races, then there’ll be one driver with a victory to his credit that will not get a spot on the 2016 Chase Grid – which will include only the sixteen top eligible drivers based primarily on race wins.
The lone remaining driver who won last year but is still without a victory in 2016 is Dale Earnhardt Junior … who will arrive at Daytona International Speedway later this week as defending winner of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.
Stewart’s the last driver to win back-to-back July races there, in 2005 and 2006.
No Serious Injuries Among Fans In Last-Lap Crash At Daytona
According to Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood the Third, thirteen individuals were assessed for injuries following the last-lap crash Monday that sent Austin Dillon’s Chevrolet hurtling into the front-stretch catch fence at the conclusion of the Coke Zero 400.
Eight declined medical attention and four were treated on the property. One individual was transported to a local hospital, treated and released less than two hours later.
Dale Earnhardt Junior won the race and Dillon was credited with seventh place despite the last-lap crash.
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