Just when you thought it couldn’t get more wild and crazy at Daytona International Speedway, it just did in Sunday’s Coke Zero 400.
What was a rescheduled race due to rain last night has become one of stop-and-go, now under the third red flag of today.
Following a massive 25-car wreck on Lap 98, the race resumed on Lap 104, with Aric Almirola and the legendary No. 43 Ford of Richard Petty Motorsports in the lead.
Almirola remained in the lead when caution was called five laps later on Lap 109, and then NASCAR redflagged the race on Lap 113 when a huge rainstorm enveloped the backstretch with heavy rainfall.
While NASCAR hopes to resume the race once the rain stops and the track is dried, count Almriola as one who doesn’t want the rain to stop, which would lead to his first career Sprint Cup victory and also on the 30th anniversary of team owner Richard Petty’s 200th and last Sprint Cup win in 1984.
“I’m not going to lie,” Almirola told TNT. “I just wish the Good Lord would dump a huge rain shower on us right now.”
The Air Titan track dryers are back on the 2.5-mile high-banked superspeedway.
We’ll be back shortly with more updates as they evolve.