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Rain forces postponement of Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

July 5th, 2014 9:15 pm by Associated Press

Rain forces postponement of Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Ryan Truex dives on the rain-slick runway Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Steady rain forced NASCAR to postpone Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The Coke Zero 400 will start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The race was supposed to start at 7:57 p.m. Saturday, but showers soaked the 2.5-mile superspeedway and forced officials to delay the green flag and eventually postpone the race.

This is the fourth Cup race affected by rain this season and the second to be postponed a day. The Daytona 500 at Daytona was delayed more than six hours. Bristol also was affected, and Texas was delayed a day.

Sprint Cup rookies Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex entertained fellow drivers and rain-soaked fans Saturday by turning the introduction stage into a slip-and-slide.

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