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Brian France Happy With Direction Of NASCAR; Rain Mars Daytona Weekend
Published July 7, 2014
WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS: In Daytona Beach, Dinah Voyles Pulver noted rain "forced an early end to the Coke Zero 400 and interfered with much of the weekend’s racing action." The race, originally scheduled for Saturday night, was pushed to an 11:00am ET start yesterday and then was shortened due to more rain. DIS President Joie Chitwood III said, “We did the best we can and hopefully our fans understand that we want to see a lot of great racing, too, but we’ve got to make sure we’re good stewards of the sport and provide the right environment for that.” He added of not finishing the race due to the threat of more rain later in the day, “I think we had all the right information in front of us and made the best decision we could." But Chitwood said that "aside from the weather," he was "pleased with the weekend." Chitwood: "I think our fans got a little over three hours of some pretty good Cup racing." He added that he was "pleased they got the Lee Brice concert and the fireworks show in Saturday" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 7/7). Also in Daytona Beach, Ken Willis writes, "You're always risking a rain issue when you plan outdoor activities in summertime Florida. ... Still, let's keep beating the drum to move Daytona's 'other' race to September and the start of the Chase" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 7/7).