Coke Zero Sugar 400 Preview: Fourth of July Fireworks
Coke Zero Sugar 400 Preview: Fourth of July Fireworks

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

We return to racing under the lights this week. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series travels back to where the season started at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400. The second Daytona race of the season is held July 4th week every year. Unlike the Daytona 500, the Monster Energy Cup Series races under the lights for this dramatic and entertaining racing event.

This will be the third restrictor-plate race of the 2018 season, so we should now begin to see some trends forming on these larger ovals. With the same aero-rules package being used for the second time this season at Daytona, we hope to see some the same racing that made the Daytona 500 a competitive and exciting affair. If the drivers can duplicate the action we saw in May at Talladega, we should be in for a thrilling ride this Saturday night. The 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season featured 25 lead changes and was one of the most competitive events since the season-opener at Daytona. The Daytona 500 also offered a similar 24 lead changes, so we should be in for a hotly-contested race this weekend. Despite the pack racing that super speedways create, we still have lots of lead changes and parity in these restrictor-plate events.

However, we also need to remember the 15 cars that DNF'd at Daytona is also a season high mark, and really illustrates the luck side of the equation in this style of racing too.

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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