Rain delays Coca-Cola Firecracker 250
By Matt Courson
July 1, 2017
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.―The 16th Annual Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway has once again been delayed due to a typical summer-time rain shower in Florida.
The race began Friday evening, but was halted by rain after lap 11 with Blake Koch in the lead.
The start of the event was delayed by twenty minutes due to a rain shower that persisted in Turns 3 and 4.
After running 26 laps Saturday, lightning was reported within 8 miles of the track, and due to NASCAR policy, the cars were forced down pit road and the red flag was displayed. Minutes later, a cloud burst came down on the track, soaking the entire racing surface and stadium seating.
At the time of publication, the local National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida forecasts a 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon, dropping down to 30 percent this evening.
NASCAR Media Group