Rain Postpones Coke Zero 400 To Sunday

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Alex Bowman during driver introductions for the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (HHP photo/Alan Marler)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. during driver introductions for the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.(HHP/Alan Marler photo)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. during driver introductions for the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.(HHP/Alan Marler photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s bid to pull off the Daytona sweep will have to wait a day.

NASCAR postponed the Sprint Cup Series’ Coke Zero 400 – scheduled to race Saturday night – to 11 a.m. Sunday morning after rain pelted Daytona Int’l Speedway all evening on Saturday.

Earnhardt, the Daytona 500 winner in February, seeks to be the sixth driver in NASCAR history to win both Daytona points races and the second to do it in two years. Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson pulled it off last year.

David Gilliland starts Sunday’s race from the pole. He isn’t the only one to have a fun weekend, though. Rookie BK Racing drivers Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex treated the driver introductions platform like a slip n’ slide, taking off and sliding through the soaked surface as fans cheered.

Sunday’s event will be the first July Sprint Cup race at Daytona during the day since NASCAR installed lights at the track in 1998.