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  • Rain postpones Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The day race at Daytona International Speedway ended up at night.
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  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The day race at Daytona International Speedway ended up at night.
    And now the night race will go off during the day.
    Steady rain forced NASCAR to postpone the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. It's the second race at Daytona this year delayed by rain. The season-opening Daytona 500 was stopped for more than six hours because of rain and ended under the lights.
    "We seem to have a little bad luck with the weather," said Joie Chitwood III, the track president. "We had it in February and we have it right now."
    The Coke Zero 400 will start at 8 a.m. PDT today, about 14 hours after officials postponed the event. The forecast calls for more rain Sunday, but Chitwood said scheduling an early start gives NASCAR a "bigger window of time to get it in."
    The race was supposed to start at 7:57 p.m. Saturday, but showers soaked the 21/2-mile superspeedway and forced officials to delay the green flag and eventually postpone the race.
    This is the fourth Cup race affected by rain this season and the second to be postponed a day. Bristol also was affected by rain, and Texas was delayed a day.
    Despite the latest washout, Chitwood does not want the race moved from its traditional Saturday night spot around the July Fourth holiday. The race has been run in that spot for 27 years, and prior to that, it went on the annual holiday itself.
    Chitwood was reminded of what a rain-free event looked like as he watched a replay of last year's Coke Zero 400 during Saturday's delay.
    "The crowd was fantastic and the weather was good and we gave the fans a heck of a show," he said. "I think July Fourth weekend is a great time."
    IndyCar
    At Long Pond, Pa., Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for Team Penske in his open-wheel return after seven years in NASCAR, knocked off teammate Will Power on the final qualifying run at Pocono Raceway.
    Montoya had a two-lap average of 223.871 mph for both a track record and his first career IndyCar pole.
    Montoya won a Pocono pole in NASCAR in August 2012. He also won 14 open-wheel poles in CART in 1999-2000.
    Carlos Munoz joined Montoya and points leader Power on the front row. Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe completed the second row.
    Formula One
    At Silverstone, England, Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix, surpassing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of a rain-hit qualifying session.
    The German secured the pole by persevering on his final lap in drying conditions as Hamilton — who had the fastest time up to that point — aborted his lap and pulled into the pits. The Briton qualified a disappointing sixth for his home race.
    Defending four-time champion Sebastian Vettel qualified second for Red Bull and McLaren's Jenson Button a surprising third.
    Both Ferraris and both Williams were eliminated in the opening Q1 session and will start near the back of the grid.
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