NASCAR Xfinity race postponed due to rain

NASCAR has delayed the running of the 16th annual Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 until Saturday at noon.

NASCAR Xfinity race postponed due to rain

The Xfinity Series completed 11 laps in the first stage prior to NASCAR red-flagging the race for rain on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Blake Koch held the point when caution was called.

Polesitter Ben Kennedy led the field to green. After leading the first lap, he relinquished the point to Brennan Poole but regained the spot on Lap 3. Blake Koch moved up to the lead at the line from second place on the next circuit with Kennedy second, Daniel Suarez, Poole and Ryan Reed rounding out the top five.

At Lap 5, there were reports of rain on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile track. As Koch brought the field to the line after seven laps, NASCAR called a caution for rain. Kennedy was second followed by Poole, Daniel Hemric, Suarez, Elliott Sadler, Reed, Erik Jones, Joey Logano and Ty Dillon.

At the time of the caution, there were four lead changes among three drivers. NASCAR red-flagged the race after 10 laps and brought the cars down pit road at 15:01. Koch led eight laps.

“My race car is fast, man,” Koch told MRN. “I felt like we had a really fast car, the outside line couldn’t get a run on us. It was pretty neutral. The dirtiest air I was in was fourth. Hopefully, we’ll be up front all night.”

Brendan Gaughan, Casey Mears, Dakoda Armstrong, Scott Legasse Jr., Brandon Brown, Michael Annett, Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements and Jeff Green rounded out the top 20.

Five cars started at the rear of the field: Justin Allgaier, William Byron, Jeb Burton, Mike Harmon and Matt Tifft. The Nos. 7, 9, 24 and 74 had unapproved adjustments. The No. 19 had unapproved body modifications.

Click on image to watch formal announcement made by NBC Sports during broadcast. 

 

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