Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA, Fla.) — After waiting a night, Aric Almirola won a rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
There were three red flags, two which caused serious accidents that knocked out almost all of the 43-car field and top contenders.
For Almirola, it’s his first Sprint Cup victory since 1999.
“The amount of effort that’s gone into this race team this year with everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports trying to build this race team back to a winning race team, the way it’s supposed to be,” an excited Almirola said.
Brian Vickers was second followed by Kurt Busch, Casey Mears, and standout rookie Austin Dillon.
“We’re in the Chase! This team deserves to be in the Chase,” Almirola said. “Man, I just took the 43 car to Victory Lane at Daytona!”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived the two crashes and finished in 14th. Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, and Kyle Busch were knocked out of contention after the crashes.
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