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A tradition - The 4th of July and Daytona

The 4th of July and NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway is a long standing tradition. As a matter of fact the first Firecracker 400 took place back in 1959 and it has continued each year since.

So the ?tradition rolls on today through Saturday with both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series being showcased in primetime.

Tonight it will be the Nationwide series running the Subway Firecracker 250. We expect the unexpected as is always the case at Daytona. Elliot Sadler took the NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead once the dust settled last week in ?Kentucky, and valted himself to the top of the standings for the first time since the fall of 2012, when he entered the race at Phoenix International Raceway tied with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the points lead.

This is the first week of the season that someone outside the JR Motorsports camp has held the points lead; JRM teammates of Regan Smith and Chase Elliott have swapped the top spot over the course of the first 14 races. Now, Joe Gibbs Racing's Sadler is in command; four points ahead of Elliott and eight points ahead of Smith.

Sadler could very well expand on that lead this weekend. He has been very successful both at Talladega, where he won earlier this year but also at Daytonae-race driver rating (98.6) and average finish (13.3) at Daytona.

It was just a few short months ago at NASCAR?s season opening race, that Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag to win his second ever Daytona 500 at this very track. Can he win back to back races at Daytona International Speedway?

Below you will find the weekend schedule for Daytona.

Friday, July 4

? 3:10 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1

? 5:10 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1

? 7:30 p.m.: Subway Firecracker 250 (100 laps, 250 miles) Green Flag: 7:46 pm TV:? ESPN2


Saturday, July 5


? 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 (160 laps, 400 miles) Green Flag: 7:46 pm TV: TNT


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