Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 6, 2014) – In what began in promising fashion, Sunday afternoon’s oft rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway proved a tough outing for the Roush Fenway Racing fleet. Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – while running inside the top 10 - were both claimed in the first ‘big one’, a multi-car crash that clamed 16 cars on lap 21.
Greg Biffle went onto to lead nine laps, before getting collected in one of the largest wrecks in recent memory, a massive multi-car pileup on lap 98 that claimed the majority of the field and put an effective end to Roush Fenway’s hopes of taking the checkered flag.
There appeared to be more action in the garage than on the track, as team’s worked feverishly to patch up mangled racecars and return to the track for valuable position. Edwards and Stenhouse were able to return to action; several laps down. Biffle, Edwards and Stenhouse went on to post finishes of 29th, 37th, and 41st. Fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola went on the win the rain-shortened race.
Persistent rainfall on Sunday forced the race to be postponed until Monday, with action delayed twice on Sunday for continuing rainfall across the famed 2.5-mile oval, before the event was called for good for wet weather after 112 of the schedule 160 laps.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.