The world’s first motorsports stadium will welcome back the NASCAR XFINITY Series in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race on July 1st.

The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that is held at Daytona International Speedway. Scheduled as a 250-mile (400 km) race, it has been held the night before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Coke Zero 400 during Independence Day weekend since 2002.

This is the final restrictor plate race of held each season for the Xfinity Series. Until 2006, there had been a different winner in each race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first repeat winner when he won the 2006 event.

The 2010 running of the event marked the first of four races using the Nationwide Series version of the Car of Tomorrow, other three being at Michigan, Richmond (September), Charlotte (October).

The highlight of the race will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. as this will be his final ride at the legendary tri-oval, at least as a full-time driver, on Saturday Coke Zero race.

Junior has made many memories at the track, from his 2001 Pepsi 400 win just four months after the death of his father, to Daytona 500 wins in 2004 and 2014, up until his last win at the track in the 2015 summer race. Daytona International Speedway plans to honor Junior, who is still looking to clinch the playoffs, in multiple ways, including a No. 88 logo painted in the tri-oval grass, a special video during pre-race ceremonies and an #APPRECI88ION Lap on Lap 88.

Dale Jr.’s top moments at Daytona

2001, A day with Dad: Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Andy Pilgram, finished second in the Rolex 24.

2001, First Victory: Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed his first victory at Daytona in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Teammate Michael Waltrip joined him on the infield grass. It was 11 years to the day that Earnhardt Jr.’s father won his first race at Daytona.

2008: In his first year with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt won “The Clash” pre-season race (called “The Shootout” at the time).

2010: Earnhardt Jr. won an XFINITY Series race driving the No. 3, in a scheme that honored his father.

2015: His win in Duel 1 was a precursor for a spectacular year on restrictor-plate tracks. He won a rain-delayed summer race under the lights. The victory was Earnhardt’s second of the season and 25th of his career.


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