The Pepsi 400 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup race that takes place at the Daytona International Speedway on Fourth of July weekend annually.Click Here to Buy Pepsi 400 race NASCAR Tickets
A 160-lap race covering 400 miles, it was known as the Firecracker 250 from 1959 to 1962, the Firecracker 400 from 1963-84 and the Pepsi Firecracker 400 until 1988 when it became just the Pepsi 400. Originally the race was a USAC Championship Indy Car event. When open-wheel racing was cancelled in 1959 after a number of crashes at an April event, NASCAR replaced the schedule with a stock car race.
Though it has been held on the Saturday of Independence Day weekend since 1988, it was once held in October because of Florida wildfires. In 1998 the race began to be held at night, after a regular morning start to avoid high temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms. As July 4th falls on a Wednesday for the 2007 race, the race order will be disrupted as the race will be pushed back to the Saturday after July 4, July 7. It will be preceded by the New England 300 instead of the normal Toyota/Save Mart 350. Tony Stewart won for two consecutive years in 2005 and 2006, following Jeff Gordon's 2004 win.