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Rains postpones Coke Zero 400 until Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH — Maybe the $400 million Daytona International Speedway renovation should include a dome.

Rain fell on the 21/2-mile trioval Saturday night, forcing the postponement of NASCAR Sprint Cup's Coke Zero 400 until 11 a.m. today.

"We had a tough day with rain most of the day and the radar perspective," track president Joie Chitwood said. "It was popping up around us."

Not even the 19 Air Titan dryers could fix that as rain began long before the 7:30 p.m. scheduled start and was still going two hours later.

Rain has caused the delay of or cut short five of the past 11 Sprint Cup races at Daytona. The 2012 Daytona 500 was pushed back by a day, and this year's race was delayed by more than six hours.

"We seem to have a little bit of bad luck right now," Chitwood said. "We had it in February. We have it now."

TNT, which is airing the Coke Zero 400, learned a lesson from the last delay.

In February, Fox, airing the Daytona 500, replayed the 2013 race during the delay. Some viewers mistakenly thought that the broadcast was live and that Jimmie Johnson had won for the second year in a row. Saturday night, TNT replayed last year's July race during the delay and had a clear label on the screen saying it was a repeat.

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