Lengthy red-flag period causes Daytona delay
February 23, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 56th running of the Daytona 500 is currently underway after being delayed by rain that struck the track after less than 35 laps of the 200-lap race had been completed.
The red-flag period lasted six hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds.
Earlier Sunday, the field had completed pit stops under caution for just the second time of the afternoon when the rain arrived. After three more circuits around the track, the cars were sent down pit road and covered up. The red flag was displayed at 2:13 p.m. ET on Lap 39.
The Air Titan track drying system first went out onto Daytona's 2.5-mile track at 4:17 p.m. ET., approximately two hours after the red flag was displayed. More showers came, though, before clearing up later Sunday evening.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, who started 37th, was the race leader at the time of the red flag, with Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers and Paul Menard completing the top five.
The race had been slowed by two cautions. The first yellow was waved for debris after Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson scrubbed the wall. No. 2 qualifier Martin Truex Jr., who had to start from the rear, suffered an engine failure to bring out the most recent yellow flag.