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How the Lengthy Weather Delay Completely Changed the 2014 Daytona 500

“After the rain stopped and we started racing again, it’s like everybody lost their head,” said veteran driver Jeff Gordon in an interview on Fox television after finishing fourth in Sunday’s rain-delayed Daytona 500. Sunday’s 56th running of “The Great American Race” was a tale of two races.  The first was quiet and unassuming. It was made up of single-file, almost polite racing, with very little passing. It was not what fans had expected to see. Thankfully it lasted a mere 38 laps and with the exception of Martin Truex Jr.’s engine blowing up, it was almost forgettable. Then the rains came, soaking the Daytona International Speedway. At times it was heavy. Other times it was light and s...

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