The No. 43 car’s journey back to Victory Lane has been anything but easy for Richard Petty Motorsports, but on a historic weekend in Daytona the iconic car was a winner once again.
@aric_almirola drove the famed car number to its first win in 15 years in Sunday’s unusual crash-marred, rain-shortened Coke Zero 400. The victory came on the 30th anniversary of team owner Richard Petty’s 200th career win in the same race,
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After a soggy and wreck-filled weekend at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR decided to end the drawn-out ordeal early – much to some drivers’ chagrin.
With 48 laps to go in the Coke Zero 400, NASCAR declared Sunday’s postponed race official under a red flag due to inclement weather.
“This sucks,” fifth place finisher @AustinDillon3 muttered to @BrianLVickers as they took the podium in the press room after the race.
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It may have come about under unusual circumstances, but Aric Almirola’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory coming at Daytona was something he had imagined for a long time.
“I couldn’t have dreamed of a better place to get my first win,” Almirola said after taking home the checkers in the weather postponed, rain-shortened event. “Of all the places I could pick to win, I would pick Daytona.”
The Saturday night race began on Sunday morning thanks to weather,
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The Coke Zero 400 Saturday night race will become a Sunday morning race after rain post-poned the traditional Fourth of July weekend event.
This isn’t the first time this year Daytona has been jinxed by bad weather. Oddly enough, as this night race turns into a day one, February’s daytime Daytona 500 turned into a night race after a six hour rain delay.
The race has been rescheduled for 11:00 am on Sunday morning.
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With this year’s Chase format, NASCAR Sprint Cup victories become more and more precious as the opportunities to earn them dwindle with every race, and victory lane real estate at the Coke Zero 400 is looking pretty valuable. This track plays to the strengths of a few drivers who excel at superspeedways, but in stark contrast, is also known for elevating some of the weaker ones with its unexpected nature.
While Daytona is always a prime chance for lower-tier teams to make waves with a win and a Chase berth,
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That’s what many teams and drivers chalk up Daytona to be, but at Hillman Racing, they’re not settling for the luck of the draw that is characteristic of this superspeedway. Driver @LandonCassill will start third in the Coke Zero 400 after qualifying was cut short due to rain, but he thinks it’s no coincidence his team will be at the top of the heap come green flag on Saturday.
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Tori co-hosts the July episode of My Ocala TV with fellow host Daniel Link at Ocala Comic Con 2014. In this episode, the Modern Muscle segment takes you paddle boarding, Louisa Barton gives you an inside look at Ocala Breeder’s Sales in the heart of Horse Country, and Tori has a surprise for her co-host at the end of the show.
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A 2,400-mile, 9-day, 12-state journey of nearly 100 antique cars known as “The Great Race” ended in The Villages on Sunday.
In a vintage car show meets rally race spectacle, this year’s Great Race followed a route of back roads from Maine to Florida, and thousands of spectators showed out to see the competitors from around the country cross the finish line at Lake Sumter Landing.
“I knew it was a car-crazy place,
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Sunday afternoon I went to the finale of The Great Race, a cross-country antique car rally, in The Villages to talk with some of the drivers about the 9 day drive down the eastern seaboard. Legendary NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler was there after driving the Fabulous Hudson Hornet tribute car in the race, and I got to talk with him about talks about running the car in honor of his late friend Paul Newman,
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The Florida Sports Talk live race broadcast at Citrus County Speedway two weeks ago didn’t exactly go as planned. Technical difficulties at the track forced us to go off air early on, but fortunately, it takes more than that to get the Racin’ Nation crew down! We managed to squeeze in part of my front stretch interviews during the autograph session before we shut down our operation for the night, and it was a blast.
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