Coke Zero 400 resumes after weather delay
July 06, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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The Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway was delayed by rain on Sunday, with a red-flag period lasting 26 minutes. The race, which was postponed Saturday after heavy storms, was put under caution after six laps were completed. Then, the red flag was brought out after Lap 11 when sight of the race track was lost.
But drivers were quickly called back to their cars and engines were re-fired at 12:01 p.m. ET. A competition caution to check track conditions was still planned for Lap 20.
Matt Kenseth had taken over the lead in Lap 5 from pole-sitter David Gilliland. But the caution came out for wetness in Turn 2.
After several caution laps, it was determined to bring the red flag out and send the cars to pit road when they lost the track at 11:33 a.m. ET. Air Titans were on hand to help dry the track.
The Coke Zero 400 is the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this season that was started a day late because of weather, joining the Duck Commander 500 in April at Texas Motor Speedway.
Four Sprint Cup Series races have been affected by weather this season, including the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway and the season-opening Daytona 500.