Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sprint Cup 2018: Race 18 -- The Second Half Begins NOW!

The 2012 Sprint Cup Season crosses its halfway threshold with its return to Daytona for tonight’s running of the Coke Zero 400, the third restrictor plate race on the schedule. Certainly, Matt Kenseth, tonight’s pole sitter and points leader commands much attention as his future for 2012 remains unannounced and speculation has made it all but certain he will be running for Joe Gibbs racing, but does he replace Joey Logano? Does he take on Home Depot sponsorship? Could there be a surprise candidate who will field the former champion and perennial Chase contender?

Beyond that the field of cars likely to race in The Chase continues to tighten and while every could, should, or might is being given Jeff Gordon as a likely contender, viewing results so far this year, his position in the points and no wins, let’s be real, things need to start changing very soon, and that means winning multiple races – no easy feat.

The sheet metal carnage seen in the Subway Jalapeno 250 Nationwide Series race should set a somber tone for the 400 mile test that will play out tonight. Drivers will be carefully monitoring temperatures with the pop off valve designed to set very low tolerance for cooling system temperature build up. Watch out for large packs of cars and individual cars trying to change positions for cooling positions. It might be cliché to  say, but the drivers who avoid the big wreck will be the ones who advance their march on the Chase.

Tonight's Lineup:
117Matt KensethFordZest192.386
239Ryan NewmanChevroletAspen Dental192.353
35Kasey KahneChevroletHendrickCars.com192.291
416Greg BiffleFord3M192.139
524Jeff GordonChevroletPepsi Max192.061
650Bill ElliottChevroletWalmart192.012
713Casey MearsFordGEICO191.934
822AJ AllmendingerDodgeShell / Pennzoil191.894
92Brad KeselowskiDodgeMiller Lite191.857
109Marcos AmbroseFordDEWALT191.824
1129Kevin HarvickChevroletBudweiser Folds of Honor191.799
1299Carl EdwardsFordSubway191.71
1327Paul MenardChevroletQuaker State / Menards191.681
1442Juan MontoyaChevroletTarget191.579
1521Trevor BayneFordMotorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center191.497
1648Jimmie JohnsonChevroletLowe's191.477
1743Aric AlmirolaFordU.S. Air Force191.27
1856Martin Truex Jr.ToyotaNAPA Batteries191.245
1920Joey LoganoToyotaDollar General191.229
2031Jeff BurtonChevroletWheaties191.095
2198Mike BlissFordPhil Parsons Racing190.986
2218Kyle BuschToyotaInterstate Batteries190.945
2311Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx Office190.921
2488Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletNational Guard 'An American Salute' / Diet Mountain Dew190.848
2578Regan SmithChevroletFurniture Row / Farm American190.718
2630David StremmeToyotaStock Car Steel and Aluminum190.666
2734David RaganFordMHP / 8 Hour Alert190.617
2855Michael WaltripToyotaAaron's Dream Machine190.597
2915Clint BowyerToyota5-hour Energy190.557
301Jamie McMurrayChevroletBass Pro Shops / NRA Museum190.553
3126Josh Wise*FordMDS Transport190.174
3238David GillilandFordGlory Foods190.134
3336Dave BlaneyChevroletGolden Corral190.118
3432Terry LabonteFordC&J Energy190.046
3551Kurt BuschChevroletPhoenix Construction Services189.994
3687Joe NemechekToyotaAM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves189.673
3733Stephen Leicht*ChevroletLittle Joes Au5ow188.719
3883Landon CassillToyotaBurger King / Dr Pepper188.683
3910David ReutimannChevroletCarport Call Centers188.549
4093Travis KvapilToyotaBurger King187.939
4147Bobby Labonte+ToyotaKingsford186.505
4214Tony StewartChevroletMobil 1-
4349J.J. YeleyToyotaJay Robinson Inc.187.021

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