1998 NASCAR Auto Racing Pepsi 400 Inaugural Night Race October 17 at Daytona 1.5 x 1 in. Pin
The Coke Zero Sugar 400 is an annual NASCAR Cup Series stock car race at Daytona International Speedway. First held in 1959, the event consists of 160 laps, 400-mile (640 km), and is the second of two major stock car events held at Daytona on the Cup Series circuit, the other being the Daytona 500. From its inception to 2019, it was traditionally held on or around the United States’ Independence Day. From 1988 until 2019, the race has been scheduled for the first Saturday of July – that closest to July 4. In 1998, it became the first restrictor plate and Daytona race to be held at night. Since 2020, the race was moved to late August and is the final race of the Cup Series’ regular season.
From 1984 to 2007, the race was sponsored by PepsiCo, and for many years was known as the Pepsi 400. In 2008, as part of a multi-year deal between ISC and The Coca-Cola Company which made it the exclusive beverage supplier of ISC’s tracks, including Daytona, Coca-Cola was granted the title sponsorship rights for the race. It was subsequently named the Coke Zero 400 for the Coca-Cola Zero brand. With Coke Zero becoming Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in 2018, the race will now be known as the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
The event is recently known for its close finishes, posting a 0.154s-average margin of victory in its last 21 races, including the tied fourth-closest margin of victory in NASCAR Cup Series history at 0.005s and high-speed, high-density crashes under the lights and a broad display of fireworks during post-race celebrations.
Pepsi 400 details courtesy of Wikipedia.