It’s been a rough year for racing at Daytona – from the horrific crash that nearly killed two drivers at the Rolex 24, to the severe weather that overtook the track and it’s 200,000 fans at the Daytona 500, to this weekend’s never ending deluge that threatened to completely cancel the Coke Zero 400. Thankfully, the race was able to get underway a day late, but even still, those pesky showers managed to end the race early. But, despite the bad weather, the 2014 NASCAR racing at Daytona has been full of action – three and four wide racing – and as such, some rather spectacular pile-ups. Yesterday was no exception – with two big wrecks, the second of which involved over 75% of the field.
When the dust had settled and the rain moved in, the winner of this year’s running of the Coke Zero 400 was Aric Almirola, racing the #43 emblazoned Ford of Richard Petty Motorsports. What makes this victory all the sweeter you ask? 30 years ago, on this very same weekend and on the very same track, Richard Petty won his 200th NASCAR race.
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