Situated right in the middle of the intense 2013 Sprint Cup Series, the Coke Zero 400 is bound to be an action-packed race at Daytona International Speedway.
Matt Kenseth picked up a crucial victory on the Sprint Cup Series circuit last week and will attempt to make it two wins in a row when he starts at the No. 2 spot on Saturday night.
But Kenseth isn't the only contender to watch for. The lineup is littered with a who's who of contenders that would love nothing more to pick up some midseason momentum as the drivers prepare for the last half of the season.
Tony Stewart also comes in as a four-time winner at Daytona trying to get his season back on track.
Here's a look at everything you need to know to catch the action, including the full starting lineup and drivers to keep an eye on.
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
When: Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 400 miles (160 laps)
|1||Kyle Busch||Toyota||18||193.723 mph|
|2||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||20||193.299 mph|
|3||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||15||193.158 mph|
|4||Kasey Kahne||Chevrolet||5||193.154 mph|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||56||193.129 mph|
|6||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||27||193.075 mph|
|7||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||55||193.058 mph|
|8||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||48||193.009 mph|
|9||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||17||192.984 mph|
|10||Greg Biffle||Ford||16||192.947 mph|
|11||Danica Patrick||Chevrolet||10||192.930 mph|
|12||Carl Edwards||Ford||99||192.901 mph|
|13||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||14||192.876 mph|
|14||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevrolet||42||192.864 mph|
|15||Brad Keselowski||Ford||2||192.802 mph|
|16||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||88||192.798 mph|
|17||Jeff Burton||Chevrolet||31||192.724 mph|
|18||Joey Logano||Ford||22||192.715 mph|
|19||Casey Mears||Ford||13||192.715 mph|
|20||Trevor Bayne||Ford||21||192.583 mph|
|21||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||39||192.522 mph|
|22||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||78||192.489 mph|
|23||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||24||192.448 mph|
|24||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||11||192.439 mph|
|25||Marcos Ambrose||Ford||9||192.197 mph|
|26||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||29||192.152 mph|
|27||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||1||191.877 mph|
|28||David Gilliland||Ford||38||191.755 mph|
|29||Dave Blaney||Chevrolet||7||191.546 mph|
|30||Aric Almirola||Ford||43||191.306 mph|
|31||Michael McDowell||Ford||98||190.795 mph|
|32||J.J. Yeley||Chevrolet||36||190.735 mph|
|33||AJ Allmendinger||Chevrolet||51||190.726 mph|
|34||Bobby Labonte||Toyota||47||190.375 mph|
|35||David Stremme||Toyota||30||190.202 mph|
|36||Scott Speed||Ford||95||189.853 mph|
|37||Josh Wise||Ford||35||189.825 mph|
|38||David Ragan||Ford||34||189.797 mph|
|39||Terry Labonte||Ford||32||189.633 mph|
|40||Travis Kvapil||Toyota||93||188.996 mph|
|41||David Reutimann||Toyota||83||188.731 mph|
|42||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||87||188.723 mph|
|43||Landon Cassill||Chevrolet||33||188.127 mph|
Drivers to Watch
Stewart isn't having the greatest of seasons. He's only finished in the top 10 five times in 17 starts this season with just one victory to his name.
However, counting him out at Daytona would be a huge mistake.
Regardless of his recent struggles, the Coke Zero 400 has been kind to Stewart in the past, and he'll be starting close enough to the front of the pack at No. 13 to be a threat throughout the race.
Stewart won last year's race and will be trying to become the second driver in history to win the race five times.
As successful as Busch has been in his career, he's always struggled in qualifying at speedways. Despite 10 years of experience now, this is the first time that the 28-year-old has ever won a pole on a speedway track.
Busch is putting together one of the strongest seasons of his career in seventh place in the Sprint Cup standings. He already has two wins and two pole starts on the season. He'll be looking to make it three.
Considering he's finished in the top five in over half of his starts this here, he'll definitely be in it contention down the stretch.
It's not very often that someone is in the top three of the Sprint Cup standings without a single victory to this point of the season, yet that's exactly the position that Bowyer finds himself in coming into the race.
Bowyer is in third place in the overall standings, thanks in large part to his incredible consistency. It doesn't seem Bowyer is capable of running a bad race.
He's finished in the top 10 in over half of his starts this season and rarely finishes outside of the top 15. Can he get his first win in Daytona?
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