July 6, 2015
By Bill Speros
NASCAR Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola early Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway.
The race finished at 2:41 a.m. and concluded with a hard crash featuring Austin Dillon’s No. 3 car going airborne and smashing to a stop in the catch-fence near Turn 1. Dillon walked away from the wreck, the fourth major crash of the night.
Earnhardt led the most laps of the race and had the convincing support of the fans remaining. It was his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory on the 2.5-mile Florida track.
The Sunday night start of the race was delayed 3 hours and 34 minutes due to rain that soaked Volusia County throughout Sunday afternoon and evening. The delay was a harbinger for the race itself, which included four major crashes and nine caution flags that covered 43 of the scheduled 160 laps before the first green-white checkered finish.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Kentucky Speedway this week where it will debut its new aerodynamic package in the NSCS Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network).