Nascar sprint cup

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Day­tona Coke Zero 400 Site: Day­tona Beach, Fla. Sched­ule: To­day, qual­i­fy­ing (Speed, 3-6:30 p.m.); Satur­day, race, 6:30 p.m. (TNT, 5:30-10 p.m.)

Track: Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles)

Fast facts: NASCAR’s an­nual Fourth of July week­end shootout should be a good one. Lots and lots of con­tenders at Day­tona, start­ing with sea­son points leader Kevin Har­vick, the 2007 Day­tona 500 win­ner. Har­vick also won the re­stric­tor plate race at Tal­ladega this spring. Jamie McMur­ray won this year’s Day­tona 500 and should con­tend. Tony Ste­wart is the de­fend­ing champ of this race. ... Don’t rule out Jim­mie John­son. The four­time se­ries champ has re­ally heated up in re­cent weeks. ... Even Dale Earn­hardt Jr. should be a threat here. He’s win­less in 74 races, but 13th in the stand­ings — three points be­hind Carl Ed­wards in the race for the fi­nal Chase spot. Ju­nior is usu­ally strong at Day­tona.

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