Kenseth wins Daytona pole

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (TheSpread) – Matt Kenseth was the favorite to win the Coke Zero 400 entering the week and he strengthened those odds on Friday, winning the pole for Saturday’s race.

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According to oddsmakers, Kenseth has 10/1 odds to win this race while nine other drivers have been given 12/1 odds to win this race.

Kenseth is the points leader in the Sprint Cup standings. He is ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 11 points. Kenseth has one win and eight top 5’s on the year. At Daytona, Kenseth has two wins and five top 5’s in his career. His average finish there is 16.7, while his driver rating is 89.8, which ranks fourth in the series.

Kyle Busch is one of the driver’s with 12/1 odds to win and he comes into the race with the top driver rating at Daytona of 97.5. Busch has just one win at Daytona, but has five top 5’s. Busch is currently 12th in the point standings. He has one win this year. Busch will start 23rd in Saturday’s race.

Tony Stewart also has 12/1 odds and he has the second-best driver rating at Daytona. It is 97.1. Stewart has three wins and seven top 5’s in his career at this track. Stewart is currently ninth in the point standings. He has two wins this year. Stewart qualified second for this race.

The Coke Zero 400 will take place Saturday, July 7 from Daytona International Speedway at 7:49PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Coke Zero 400 – 2012 Coke Zero 400 – Daytona International Speedway – Saturday, July 7, 2012

Matt Kenseth 10/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1

Jimmie Johnson 12/1

Tony Stewart 12/1

Jeff Gordon 12/1

Greg Biffle 12/1

Brad Keselowski 12/1

Kevin Harvick 12/1

Carl Edwards 12/1

Kyle Busch 12/1

Kasey Kahne 15/1

Denny Hamlin 18/1

Clint Bowyer 18/1

Jeff Burton 25/1

Martin Truex Jr 25/1

Jamie McMurray 25/1

Marcos Ambrose 30/1

Ryan Newman 30/1

AJ Allmendinger 30/1

Joey Logano 30/1

Kurt Busch 30/1

Juan Montoya 40/1

Paul Menard 40/1

Michael Waltrip 40/1

Trevor Bayne 50/1

Aric Almirola 60/1

Regan Smith 100/1

Dave Blaney 100/1

Casey Mears 100/1

Landon Cassill 100/1

David Gilliland 100/1

Bobby Labonte 100/1

David Ragan 100/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

Qualifying Results

1 Matt Kenseth (17)

2 Tony Stewart (14)

3 Ryan Newman (39)

4 Kasey Kahne (5)

5 Greg Biffle (16)

6 Jeff Gordon (24)

7 Bill Elliott (50)

8 Casey Mears (13)

9 A J Allmendinger (22)

10 Brad Keselowski (2)

11 Marcos Ambrose (9)

12 Kevin Harvick (29)

13 Carl Edwards (99)

14 Paul Menard (27)

15 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

16 Trevor Bayne (21)

17 Jimmie Johnson (48)

18 Aric Almirola (43)

19 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

20 Joey Logano (20)

21 Jeff Burton (31)

22 Mike Bliss (98)

23 Kyle Busch (18)

24 Denny Hamlin (11)

25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

26 Regan Smith (78)

27 David Stremme (30)

28 David Ragan (34)

29 Michael Waltrip (55)

30 Clint Bowyer (15)

31 Jamie McMurray (1)

32 Josh Wise (26)

33 David Gilliland (38)

34 Dave Blaney (36)

35 Terry Labonte (32)

36 Kurt Busch (51)

37 Joe Nemechek (87)

38 Stephen Leicht (33)

39 Landon Cassill (83)

40 David Reutimann (10)

41 Travis Kvapil (93)

42 Bobby Labonte (47)

43 J.J. Yeley (249)

44 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) DNQ

2012 Coke Zero 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, July 7

Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL

Pre-Race: 7PM ET

Green Flag: 7:49PM ET

TV Coverage: TNT

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Speedway (160 laps)

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