|Race 17 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||July 2, 2011|
|Official name||Coke Zero 400|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.|
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4 km)
|Distance||170 laps, 425 mi (683.971 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures between 69.8 °F (21.0 °C) and 78.2 °F (25.7 °C) were observed locally during race; only 1.28 inches (3.3 cm) of precipitation recorded within 24 hours of event|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|No. 6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||Turner Network Television|
|Announcers||Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty|
The 2011 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on July 2, 2011 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 160 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) asphalt tri-oval, it was the 17th race of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by David Ragan of Roush Fenway Racing, his first in the series. Ragan's teammate Matt Kenseth finished second and Joey Logano finished third.
Daytona International Speedway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway. The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees. Kevin Harvick was the defending race winner.
Prior to the race, Carl Edwards led the Drivers' Championship with 573 points, and Harvick stood in second with 548 points. Jimmie Johnson was third in the Drivers' Championship with 540 points in a Chevrolet, Kurt Busch was fourth with 539 points, and Kyle Busch was in fifth with 536 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 108 points, 15 points ahead of Ford. Toyota, with 84 points, was 17 ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.
Practice and qualifying
Two practice sessions were scheduled before the race on Thursday. The sessions were scheduled to be 80 and 85 minutes long. However, because of wet weather the first practice session was cancelled, and the following session was shortened to 45 minutes long. In the only practice session for the race, Marcos Ambrose was the quickest with a time of 45.133 seconds. A. J. Allmendinger followed in the second position, two hundredths of a second slower than Ambrose. Kurt Busch was scored third ahead of Brad Keselowski, and Mark Martin in fourth and fifth.
During qualifying, forty-five cars were entered, but only forty-three were able to race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Martin clinched his 50th career pole position, with a time of 49.433. He was joined on the front row of the grid by 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. Clint Bowyer qualified third, Jeff Gordon took fourth, and David Ragan started fifth. The two drivers that failed to qualify were Tony Raines and J. J. Yeley.
- 6-David Ragan, Led 15 of 170 Laps
- 17-Matt Kenseth, Led 14 Laps
- 20-Joey Logano
- 4-Kasey Kahne, Led 19 Laps
- 18-Kyle Busch, Led 11 Laps
- 24-Jeff Gordon, Led 1 Lap
- 29-Kevin Harvick, Led 16 Laps
- 27-Paul Menard, Led 5 Laps
- 42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Led 2 Laps
- 43-A. J. Allmendinger
- 14-Tony Stewart, Led 1 Lap
- 83-Brian Vickers
- 11-Denny Hamlin, Led 4 Laps
- 22-Kurt Busch, Led 6 Laps
- 2-Brad Keselowski, Led 1 Lap
- 34-David Gilliland
- 9-Marcos Ambrose
- 16-Greg Biffle, Led 1 Lap
- 88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Led 1 Lap
- 48-Jimmie Johnson
- 31-Jeff Burton, Led 3 Laps
- 1-Jamie McMurray, Led 1 Lap
- 39-Ryan Newman, Led 25 Laps
- 78-Regan Smith, Led 4 Laps
- 00-David Reutimann
- 51-Landon Cassill, 1 Lap Down
- 71-Andy Lally, 1 Lap Down
- 32-Terry Labonte, 1 Lap Down
- 38-Travis Kvapil, 1 Lap Down; Led 1 Lap
- 87-Joe Nemechek, 1 Lap Down; Led 1 Lap
- 47-Bobby Labonte, 2 Laps Down
- 13-Casey Mears, 6 Laps Down (Led 3 Laps)
- 5-Mark Martin, 6 Laps Down; Led 15 Laps
- 7-Robby Gordon, 7 Laps Down
- 56-Martin Truex, Jr., Completed 162 Laps (Accident); Led 16 Laps
- 33-Clint Bowyer, 162 Laps (Accident); Led 3 Laps
- 99-Carl Edwards, 26 Laps Down; Led 1 Lap
- 35-Geoffrey Bodine, 143 Laps (Wheel Bearing)
- 36-Dave Blaney, 47 Laps (Accident)
- 60-Mike Skinner, 5 Laps (Wheel Bearing)
- 21-Trevor Bayne, 4 Laps (Accident)
- 66-Michael McDowell, 2 Laps (Electrical Malfunction)
- 97-Kevin Conway, 1 Lap (Rear Gear)
Failed to qualify
Standings after the race
|7||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||534|
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