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Rain delays start of Subway Firecracker 250

July 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Daytona

Wet weather delayed start of Daytona Nationwide Series race

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Rain delayed the start of Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The green flag for the race dropped at 9:11 p.m. ET, after a delay of one hour and 21 minutes.

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Showers curtailed Coors Light Pole Qualifying for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series earlier Friday. The latest round of wet weather at the 2.5-mile track placed the 7 p.m. ET driver introductions and the approximately 7:50 p.m. ET green flag on hold.

Driver introductions were eventually moved to 8 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Air Titan track-drying system was making rounds under overcast skies as the scheduled green flag time neared.

First-time pole winner Dakoda Armstrong led the 40-car field to green in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford. He shared the front row with Trevor Bayne, second-fastest in the abbreviated qualifying session. Points leader Elliott Sadler started sixth.

Nationwide Series qualifying was stopped after 17 minutes of the scheduled opening, 25-minute session of the three-round format. A sudden rain shower sprang up on the backstretch of the massive facility, igniting a nine-car wreck among a close-knit pack of cars.

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