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Inclement Weather Forces Early Finish to Coke Zero 400

By Kevin Byrne AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
July 6, 2014; 6:50 PM ET

After being postponed Saturday night due to thunderstorms, rain caused more delays at the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday before officials ultimately decided to end the race early.

Aric Almirola was declared the winner after 112 of the 160 scheduled laps.

Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms developed over Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday afternoon and continued to dump rain on the track right into Saturday night.

This rain forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race until 11 a.m. EDT Sunday.

However, the weather did not cooperating for NASCAR officials, racers and spectators on Sunday.

After a dry morning, showers developed across Daytona Beach during the midday hours and forced yet another delay just 10 laps into the race.

Danica Patrick (10) drove out to the track just before a weather delay stopped a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

If a thunderstorm does move over the racetrack during the race, fans may be required to leave the grandstands until the storm has passed due to the danger of lightning.

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AccuWeather.com meteorologists Brian Lada and Kristina Pydynowski contributed content to this story.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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