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Dillon's Wreck Into Catchfence Mars Coke Zero 400, Prompts Fresh Safety Questions

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 06 / 15

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. at around 2:00am ET this morning took the checkered flag to capture the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int'l Speedway "in a race that ended with a scary crash in which Austin Dillon's car flew into the catchfence," according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com....

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