NASCAR at Daytona summer 2023

Revving Up for Glory: NASCAR’s Culmination at Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400



As the NASCAR Cup Series approaches the conclusion of its regular season, the anticipation builds for the upcoming 10-race playoffs following 25 intense races.

In the wake of the Daytona 500, which kicked off the season six months ago, NASCAR returns to its renowned track for a Saturday night showdown, marking the Coke Zero Sugar 400. This race under the lights will put drivers’ skills to the test as they maneuver through the pack at high speeds on the famously banked superspeedway. The stakes are high, as this event marks the last opportunity to secure a coveted playoff spot within the 16-driver field. With just a single spot remaining after two drivers secured berths at Watkins Glen last weekend, the competition is fierce.

NASCAR at Daytona
NASCAR at Daytona

The situation is clear: if a driver without a win crosses the finish line first at Daytona International Speedway during the Coke Zero Sugar 400, that victory guarantees them the final playoff position, rendering regular-season points inconsequential. However, if one of the 15 drivers who have already clinched playoff spots emerges victorious, the remaining playoff berth will be awarded to the winless driver with the highest tally of regular-season points. Currently, this position is held by Bubba Wallace of 23XI Racing.


So, who will make a last-minute surge into the playoffs and celebrate a triumphant win at Daytona? Here’s all the essential information you need to gear up for the exhilarating Coke Zero Sugar 400:

🏁 What time does the Cup race at Daytona start?

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 is set to kick off at 7 p.m. ET at Daytona International Speedway.

πŸ“Ί What TV channel is the Cup race at Daytona on?

Tune in to NBC for the live broadcast of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Additionally, a post-race show will be available on Peacock.

πŸ“± Will there be a live stream of the Cup race at Daytona?

For those looking to stream the action, the NBC Sports website and the NBC Sports app, along with Peacock, offer live streaming of the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

πŸ”„ How many laps is the Cup race at Daytona?

A total of 160 laps around the 2.5-mile oval make up the Coke Zero Sugar 400, covering a distance of 400 miles. The race is divided into three segments: Stage 1 – 35 laps, Stage 2 – 60 laps, Stage 3 – 65 laps.

πŸ† Who claimed victory in the recent Daytona races?

In a dramatic double overtime finish under caution, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. triumphed in the Daytona 500 on February 19, 2023, leading the final 10 laps and surpassing Joey Logano. This victory marked Stenhouse’s third career Cup Series win and his first since his 2017 victory in the Daytona summer race.

Looking back a year ago, on August 28, 2022, Austin Dillon’s skillful maneuvering helped him narrowly edge out Tyler Reddick by 0.128 seconds, securing one of the final playoff spots. Dillon’s strategic moves, including a pass on Austin Cindric for the lead with three laps remaining after a weather-related red flag, earned him his fourth Cup Series win and second victory at the track, following his 2018 Daytona 500 win.


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