Rain postpones Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 8:27 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The day race at Daytona International Speedway ended up at night.

And now the night race will go off during the day.

Steady rain forced NASCAR to postpone the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. It's the second race at Daytona this year delayed by rain. The season-opening Daytona 500 was stopped for more than six hours because of rain and ended under the lights.

"We seem to have a little bad luck with the weather," said Joie Chitwood III, the track president. "We had it in February and we have it right now."

The Coke Zero 400 will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, about 14 hours after officials postponed the event. The forecast calls for more rain Sunday, but Chitwood said scheduling an early start gives NASCAR a "bigger window of time to get it in."

The race was supposed to start at 7:57 p.m. Saturday, but showers soaked the 2 ½-mile superspeedway and forced officials to delay the green flag and eventually postpone the race.

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