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Live coverage: Saturday at Daytona

July 05, 2013, NASCAR.com

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Get a rundown of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

10:50 p.m. ET: Thanks for joining us for the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola. Head on over to Press Pass to see what Jimmie Johnson has to say about his win.

10:48 p.m. ET: Fireworks going off above the speedway as Jimmie Johnson heads to Victory Lane.

10:44 p.m. ET: Watch the final lap as Johnson takes the checkered flag while cars tangle behind him.

10:40 p.m. ET: Johnson wins the race as the back of the field wrecks.

10:36 p.m. ET: Restarting with 2 laps to go.

10:34 p.m. ET: Under caution, the top 10: Johnson, Harvick, Bowyer, Stewart, McMurray, Busch, Stenhouse, Gilliland, Patrick, Waltrip.

10:32 p.m. ET: Kasey Kahne takes a hard hit on the outside wall and brings out the caution flag. Marcos Ambrose also dragging smoke. Four laps to go.

10:28 p.m. ET: We've got seven laps to go on the restart. That was the race's sixth caution and first red flag. Johnson takes the high line.

10:24 p.m. ET: We're back to yellow with 10 laps left. Top 10: Johnson, Harvick, Stewart, Kahne, Busch, Ambrose, Patrick, Mears, Earnhardt.

10:18 p.m. ET: The red flag is out as officials clean up the debris. Hamlin's car being towed off the infield.

10:12 p.m. ET: Another big wreck hits, again involving Hamlin. Also: Gordon, Allmendinger, Kenseth. Watch the video below:

10:10 p.m. ET: With 15 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson still leads. Behind him are Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

10:04 p.m. ET: We'd take that view!

10 p.m. ET: Johnson, Keselowski battling for first on the restart.

9:58 p.m. ET: Lots of differing strategies on pit road.

9:54 p.m. ET: Some issues on pit road. Gordon gets into the grass, Waltrip pits backwards after getting turned around.

9:52 p.m. ET: Allmendinger, Biffle also see some damage in that incident. Final pit stops will be under yellow.

9:50 p.m. ET: 30, 43 involved in a wreck. Caution flag comes out.

9:47 p.m. ET: Some chatter on the radio via Twitter.

9:42 p.m. ET: A member of Carl Edwards' pit crew just missed serious injury after getting his shoe stuck in the car's splitter. See the near-miss below:

9:39 p.m. ET: Keep up with every change on the track with NASCAR.com's live leaderboard.

9:36 p.m. ET: With 50 laps to go, your top ten is: Johnson, McMurray, Keselowski, Gordon, Kurt Busch, Patrick, Stenhouse, Harvick, Kenseth, Stewart. Changing frequently.

9:32 p.m. ET: As we go back to green, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are in the top five.

9:30 p.m. ET: Lots of cars pitted on that caution.

9:26 p.m. ET: Here's video of the wreck:

9:24 p.m. ET: Under caution, top ten is Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger. Pit road is not yet open.

9:20 p.m. ET: McMurray takes the lead, followed by Johnson and Gordon, on the high line. Caution flag comes out for Martin Truex Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin as the three tangle.

9:18 p.m. ET: See Logano's meeting with the wall below.

9:15 p.m. ET: At Lap 90, top 10 are: Hamlin, Kenseth, McMurray, Earnhardt, Johnson, Montoya, Gordon, Allmendinger, Keselowski, Kahne.

9:12 p.m. ET: That's NASCAR for you!

9:08 p.m. ET: Some wisdom from a 18-time top-10 finisher at Daytona in the Cup Series.

9:05 p.m. ET: Joey Logano's team is in the garage working on his car; says he lost a right front tire.

9:03 p.m. ET: After the restart, Hamlin, McMurray, Kenseth, Montoya, Ambrose in the top five.

9 p.m. ET: Hope he is OK!

8:57 p.m. ET: Lots of cars pitting under caution. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. all pitted under green.

8:54 p.m. ET: Just as green-flag pit stops were starting, Joey Logano's car sends up sparks and a caution flag.

8:50 p.m. ET: We'll see green-flag pit stops soon if no caution flag comes out.

8:39 p.m. ET: At 50 laps, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are your top five.

8:39 p.m. ET: Watch as Paul Menard's car is engulfed in flames from below:

8:35 p.m. ET: As the sun goes down, drivers could be facing changes to the way their cars are driving.

8:31 p.m. ET: All drivers except for Paul Menard remain on the lead lap. We're 40 laps in.

8:26 p.m. ET: Taking the low lane, Jimmie Johnson makes his way to the lead, followed by Kasey Kahne.

8:24 p.m. ET: 30 laps in, a top 10 update: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose.

8:21 p.m. ET: Back to green, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne race for the lead.

8:20 p.m. ET: Menard heads to the garage. Hamlin gets trapped in his pit stall by Allmendinger, will restart towards the end of the pack.

8:17 p.m. ET: Teams pitting under caution. Here's what they're doing.

8:13 p.m. ET: Paul Menard has fire and smoke coming out from under his car. Caution flag is out.

8:13 p.m. ET: Here is an idea of what's going on over the radio.

8:09 p.m. ET: In case you missed it, or just want to see it again, here is the command, given by the stars of Grown Ups 2.

8:04 p.m. ET: Looks like we'll see a lot of teamwork tonight.

7:57 p.m. ET: 5 laps in, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Michael Waltrip are top five.

7:55 p.m. ET: We're green at Daytona International Speedway. Matt Kenseth gets a push from Kasey Kahne to take the lead. Kyle Busch fighting to take it back.

7:53 p.m. ET: Not for long. Sunset will hit Daytona Beach, Fla., at 8:27 p.m. ET.

7:46 p.m. ET: Cars are following the pace car onto the track. Here's what Ty Dillon had to see before getting into his car.

7:44 p.m. ET: Some stats ahead of the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola: The race is 400 miles, 160 laps. No cars will start in the rear. Pit road speed is 55 mph, pace car speed 70 mph.

7:41 p.m. ET: Engines have been fired after an enthusiastic, sung command by Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Shaq.

7:32 p.m. ET: It's time for the National Anthem, meaning we're almost to the green flag.

7:29 p.m. ET: Here's the starting lineup in Vine form, courtesy of Alan Cavanna. You can also see a non-moving lineup here.

7:23 p.m. ET: Boris for JGR, educating the NASCAR community.

7:16 p.m. ET: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 16th, just behind reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski.

7:10 p.m. ET: Two Joe Gibbs Racing cars sitting up front.

7:02 p.m. ET: Matt Kenseth made it to Victory Lane last night in the Nationwide race. Can he do it again tonight? He'll start in second, and led 86 laps in the season-opening race this year before an engine failure took him out of the race.

6:53 p.m. ET: Driver intros are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. Our live lap-by-lap updates have started! Follow them here.

6:46 p.m. ET: Chasing a toddler around could certainly classify as a workout.

6:39 p.m. ET: Little concern about weather tonight.

6:30 p.m. ET: We're an hour away from race time! Looks like Danica wasn't the only driver to meet Shaq today.

6:24 p.m. ET: Cars are heading out on to the track.

6:15 p.m. ET: Can they top their last command?

6:07 p.m. ET: Allmendinger will start 33rd tonight.

6:02 p.m. ET: On RaceBuddy tonight, we'll have in car cameras for car Nos. 14, 10, 88 and 99. Watch the in-car camera feeds here.

5:51 p.m. ET: For Fourth of July weekend, Sheryl Crow rocks out in red, white and blue.

5:42 p.m. ET: Looks like nobody missed this one!

5:35 p.m. ET: Sheryl Crow is playing a live pre-race concert. You can see some of the show on TNT's pre-race coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET.

5:31 p.m. ET: An interesting stat, especially considering David Caraviello's story on TRD engines published yesterday.

5:26 p.m. ET: Looks like a great way to spend the morning.

5:20 p.m. ET: The stands are filling up.

5:13 p.m. ET: Who knew they needed to practice?

5:04 p.m. ET: Danica has gained a few famous fans today!

MT @DanicaPatrick It was so special meeting you. You're just as beautiful in person. (Maybe even more so.) Kick [butt] tonight. — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 6, 2013

4:57 p.m. ET: The stars of Grown Ups 2 are live now on Press Pass.

4:56 p.m. ET: Alyssa Milano is getting quite the introduction at Daytona!

4:48 p.m. ET: You never know what will hapen at Daytona.

4:39 p.m. ET: Alyssa Milano meets Danica Patrick.

4:34 p.m. ET: When in Florida... Hope Shaq doesn't see this one!

4:21 p.m. ET: Well, we already knew Clint Bowyer was funny.

4:10 p.m. ET: Looks like a perfect day for racing!

4:03 p.m. ET: Fair point... Kevin James, Shaquille O'Neal and Adam Sandler will be in the media center for Press Pass at 5 p.m. ET. Follow live here.

3:56 p.m. ET: The top 10 starters tonight will be Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle.

3:50 p.m. ET: The morning off? Not for these drivers!

3:42 p.m. ET: Jimmie Johnson will roll off the starting grid in eighth.

3:35 p.m. ET: Lots to see for fans at the track today!

3:31 p.m. ET: NASCAR.com's Holly Cain sat down with Alyssa Milano. Look for her story on their meeting later today.

3:27 p.m. ET: Head over to Press Pass, where Alyssa Milano is live now speaking about her clothing line, Touch, coming to NASCAR.

3:15 p.m. ET: Congratulations to the latest recipient of NASCAR's awards for journalists covering the sport.

10:58 a.m. ET: As you get ready for the Coke Zero 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT), look who visited #NASCAR headquarters.

@MissSprintCup: How cool! Filming with @Alyssa_Milano for http://www.nascar.com, hearing all about @TouchByAM! -BW pic.twitter.com/wjY67GOVaP