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Post-race:

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Post-race:

This marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s second summer victory at Daytona and fourth win at the storied superspeedway.

Checkered flag:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Coke Zero 400.

Lap 160:

Junior blocks Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 159:

Dale Jr. goes low to block the rest of the field.

Lap 158:

Green flag: First attempt at a green-white checkered finish.

Lap 158:

NASCAR will attempt a green-white-checkered finish.

Lap 157:

Sam Hornish Jr. heads to the infield care center.

Lap 154:

Caution: Sam Hornish Jr. spins out.

Lap 152:

Earnhardt gets a great restart, working both lines to block the rest of the field.

Lap 150:

Green flag: Dale Jr. leads.

Lap 148:

Caution: David Ragan gets sideways and spins out into the grass. Joey Logano is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 147:

Justin Allgaier has broken into the top 10 and is running seventh.

Lap 146:

The Hendrick Motorsports cars are now 1-2-3 (Earnhardt, Johnson, Gordon).

Lap 144:

Trevor Bayne gets sideways and makes slight contact with Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 142:

Junior moves to the bottom of the race track to block Trevor Bayne.

Lap 138:

Sam Hornish Jr. has made his way into the top five.

Lap 135:

Jeff Gordon makes a move, going down to the bottom.

Lap 133:

David Ragan tries to make a move, but is alone and falls back after losing the draft.

Lap 132:

Green flag: Junior leads.

Lap 129:

Aric Almirola returns to the race.

Lap 128:

The No. 88 crew tells Dale Jr. he's good on fuel. Earnhardt stays off pit road.

Lap 127:

Caution: Danica Patrick hits the wall in Turn 2. Matt Kenseth is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 126:

Top five: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan.

Lap 121:

Jimmie Johnson loses the draft and falls back. Junior continues to lead.

Lap 120:

Trevor Bayne goes three-wide to take the fourth position.

Lap 117:

Dale Jr. takes back the lead.

Lap 117:

Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. are officially out of the race.

Lap 116:

Jimmie Johnson takes the lead.

Lap 114:

No. 83 car is penalized for driving through too many pit boxes on exit.

Lap 114:

Green flag: Dale Jr. leads.

Lap 113:

Jamie McMurray is penalized for too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 112:

J.J. Yeley returns to the race track.

Lap 111:

Race off pit road: 88, 48, 27, 41, 24, 40, 14, 4, 3, 11.

Lap 110:

Pit road is open. Leaders come down.

Lap 107:

Cars involved in the wreck: 1 2 5 6 9 20 22 42 43 55 78.

Lap 105:

Caution: Big one. Multiple cars involved.

Lap 103:

Jeb Burton comes down pit road.

Lap 102:

Dale Jr. makes several aggressive moves to retake the lead.

Lap 100:

The top cars are running single file again, with Denny Hamlin continuing to lead.

Lap 98:

Cars go three-wide, as we near the 100-lap mark.

Lap 94:

Denny Hamlin takes the lead from Kasey Kahne.

Lap 92:

Kevin Harvick gives a push to leader Kasey Kahne.

Lap 91:

Green flag: Kasey Kahne leads.

Lap 90:

Carl Edwards is officially out of the race.

Lap 88:

Race off pit road: 11, 5, 4, 24, 48, 78, 27, 1, 88, 13. Dale Jr. takes four tires, while everyone else takes two.

Lap 86:

Caution: Big One. Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards, Brian Scott, Brad Keselowski, J.J. Yeley and Austin Dillon involved.

Lap 84:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets by Matt Kenseth for second and will race with leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 79:

Matt Kenseth fights Jimmie Johnson for the lead and is credited with leading a lap.

Lap 76:

Johnson takes the lead, as Earnhardt falls back to fourth.

Lap 74:

Kevin Harvick has made tremendous ground since the drop of the green to start the race. After starting outside the top 30, he's up to fourth.

Lap 72:

David Gilliland returns to the race track.

Lap 67:

After starting outside the top 30, last year's Coke Zero 400 winner Aric Almirola is up to eighth.

Lap 66:

Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin jump to the bottom from the single file line. The JGR teammates are running ninth and 11th, respectively.

Lap 63:

The top cars are lined up single file.

Lap 63:

Green flag: Junior leads.

Lap 61:

Greg Biffle is penalized for too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 59:

Carl Edwards is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 59:

Caution: David Gilliland cuts a tire.

Lap 58:

Green flag: Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads.

Lap 56:

Casey Mears is penalized for driving through more than three pit boxes on pit road.

Lap 55:

Race off pit road: 48 88 3 5 42 24 20 1 2 78.

Lap 55:

Edwards is on pit road.

Lap 53:

Caution: Carl Edwards gets loose. Kyle Busch the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 50:

After racing three-wide, Brian Scott is slipping back. The No. 33 is currently 14th.

Lap 46:

Leader and second-place car Johnson and Truex Jr. were the only cars in the field not to take right-side tires.

Lap 44:

Martin Truex Jr. battles Kasey Kahne for second.

Lap 39:

Kasey Kahne battles teammate Jimmie Johnson for the lead.

Lap 34:

Jeff Gordon is making his way back toward the front after falling back a few laps earlier. The No. 24 is currently 12th.

Lap 34:

Jimmie Johnson is back in the lead.

Lap 31:

Dale Jr. takes the lead again.

Lap 30:

Green flag: Jimmie Johnson leads.

Lap 30:

Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch are penalized for too many men over the wall.

Lap 27:

Race off pit road: 48 88 5 24 78 11 19 20 42 33.

Lap 26:

Pit road is now open.

Lap 25:

Caution: Competition caution scheduled for Lap 25.

Lap 24:

After starting second and briefly leading, Austin Dillon has dropped to 15th.

Lap 22:

The leaders are now riding the high line.

Lap 21:

The top four are running single file.

Lap 19:

Landon Cassill has made his way into the top three.

Lap 17:

Kyle Busch gets into the wall, but the track stays green. Busch comes down pit road.

Lap 16:

Jimmie Johnson goes low to block Keselowski, but the No. 2 is able to get by for fourth.

Lap 15:

The leaders are working the bottom of the race track.

Lap 12:

The Hendrick Motorsports cars currently occupy the top-four spots: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (first), Kasey Kahne (second), Jimmie Johnson (third), Jeff Gordon (fourth).

Lap 11:

Joey Logano is blackflagged, as the damage of the No. 22 is too extensive to be on the track. Logano comes down pit road as a result.

Lap 9:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes the lead again, with help from teammate Kasey Kahne behind him.

Lap 9:

Green flag: Austin Dillon leads.

Lap 9:

Joey Logano is penalized again for too many men over the wall.

Lap 5:

Sam Hornish Jr. is penalized for too many men over the wall. Michael Annett is also penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 5:

Cars involved: 9 10 15 16 22 26 32 38 46.

Lap 4:

Joey Logano is on pit road.

Lap 3:

Jeb Burton heads to the garage after receiving damage to his No. 26 ride.

Lap 3:

Caution: Crash at the entrance of pit road. Several cars involved.

Lap 1:

Austin Dillon takes the lead from pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 1:

Kyle Larson, currently running 16th, was the first car to make a move, taking it three-wide.

Green flag:

Coke Zero 400 (160 laps, 400 miles).

Reigning race winner:

Aric Almirola, last year's Coke Zero 400, will start 36th.

On the pole:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Warm-up:

Brad Keselowski was having a radio problem. It appears to be fixed and he gets back on the track to start 32nd.

Pre-race:

Cars are rolling off the grid.

Command:

Executive Director, Greater Jacksonville Area USO, Mike O’Brien (filling in for David Spade) delivers "Drivers, start your engines."

Competition caution:

Lap 25. Command at 11:27 p.m. ET.

11:18 p.m. ET

Drivers are climbing into their cars.

11:16 p.m. ET

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman hopped in the pace car to get a good look at the track.

11:06 p.m. ET

The drivers are being called to their cars.

11:01 p.m. ET:

The teams are beginning to uncover the cars.

10:05 p.m. ET:

The air titans and jet dryers continue to dry to track at Daytona.

Update:

The air titans are beginning to dry the track.

Rain delay:

The Coke Zero 400 is currently in a holding pattern due to inclement weather. The air titans are staged when it stops raining.

Track-side:

Medal of Honor Recipients Presentation

Flyby TOT:

F-16’s; 125th Fighter Squadron “Tulsa Vipers”, Oklahoma Air National Guard

National Anthem:

US Navy Band of the Southeast

Invocation:

Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida

Intro Presentation of Colors & Invocation:

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard

Welcome:

It's Lap-By-Lap coverage for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (160 laps, 400 miles)