Aric Almirola wins chaotic, rain shortened race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 06:  Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 06: Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There were two winners at Daytona International Speedway Sunday; Mother Nature and Aric Almirola.  Almirola took the iconic No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Racing to victory lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 not only delayed by rain by shortened by rain as well.

Almirola worked his way to the front of the field and took over the lead after a round of pit stops on lap 103. From there he led the way until lap 111 when the second rain delay of the race hit sending the field down pit road and bringing out the red flag.  NASCAR waited for nearly an hour before declaring the race over and giving Almirola his first career win.

“I grew up two hours away from here in Tampa,” Almirola said. “I grew up in those stands watching Daytona 500s and Firecracker 400s and grew up dreaming about what it would be like to win here. I can’t believe I just took the 43 car to victory lane here at Daytona. This is amazing.”  MORE>>>

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