In 2021, join millions of other NASCAR fans tuning into the 61st running of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 with TV coverage on NBC beginning at 7:00PM ET on Saturday night, August 28, 2021.
Excitement is high as this is the last race of the regular season, with the winner earning a coveted spot in the NASCAR playoffs.
All about the Coke Zero Sugar 400
Coke Zero Sugar 400 is the only other race besides the Daytona 500 to be held at Daytona International Raceway.
Why all the fuss? Coke Zero's designation as a restrictor-plate Cup Series race means that cars are allowed to race bumper-to-bumper and only inches apart -- at speeds up to 200 mph.
Of course, the need-for-speed means that car wrecks are almost guaranteed!
The race also just happens to be the last of the NASCAR regular season with a final chance for the winner to secure a spot in the NASCAR playoffs.
Competition much? You bet! Stay tuned -- because you never know what's going to happen at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 ...
Coke Zero Sugar 400 fun facts & history
Ronald Reagan becomes the first ever
President to attend a NASCAR race
at the 1984 Coke Zero Sugar 400.
• The very first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was called the Firecracker 250 – the forerunner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 – and held on July 4, 1959. Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite helmed the pace car.
• The 1984 race became a standout when President Ronald Reagan became the first sitting President ever to attend a NASCAR race. Ever the showman, he gave the starting command from Air Force One, then arrived at Daytona to watch Richard Petty claim his 200th and final career victory.
• Jamie McMurray clinched a razor-edge win in 2007 with the closest finish ever in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 - at .005 seconds.
• In the 55th annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 in 2013, Jimmie Johnson swept the Daytona 500 AND the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in the same season. He joined Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968), LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969) and Bobby Allison (1982) in accomplishing the "Double Daytona" feat.
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