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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.


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


Cars are rolling off the grid.


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.


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.


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


Sonny Gallman, Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida

Intro Presentation of Colors & Invocation:

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard


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