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Should Rainy, Crash-Filled Win at Daytona Earn Aric Almirola a 2014 Chase Spot?

Just like real Coke Zero, the Coke Zero 400 was a watered-down version of the original: truncated by rain and short by 120 miles. Aric Almirola earned his first career win Sunday while standing on two feet, outside his car, as the rain whipped across Daytona International Speedway. There may be no better headline, no snappier headline, than what posted when Sunday's Coke Zero 280 ended in a deluge: King for a Day. Almirola was the default winner of the race, but the No. 43 car he drives—once famously driven by Richard "The King" Petty—shared the spotlight with him in Victory Lane. This weekend commemorated the 30th anniversary of Petty winning his 200th and final race. The 30-year-old was leading when the red fl...

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