Rain delays start of Subway Firecracker 250
July 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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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.
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.