Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Daytona 500
(CNN) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 in a race delayed by weather and several wrecks.
Racing resumed Sunday night under a yellow flag after the race was stopped for more than six hours due to rain and severe weather.
The race was delayed because of rain, and NASCAR officials told spectators to leave the stands because of the potential for a tornado near the track in northeastern Florida.
The 150,000 fans were told to take necessary precautions after weather radar indicated conditions were favorable for an imminent tornado.
The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, later canceled the tornado warning for parts of Volusia County, including the area around the Daytona International Speedway.
“The safety of our race fans is always a primary concern. We have a detailed plan in place to monitor weather and if necessary, communicate to our fans,” said Lenny Santiago, spokesman at Daytona International Speedway.
“NASCAR’s Air Titan is currently on-track attempting to dry the racing surface, and we’re hopeful to have the Daytona 500 back to green flag racing later today,” he added.
The race was stopped after 38 of the 200 laps were completed.
Fans tuning in on Fox Sports, however, were shown a replay of last year’s race, causing some confusion.
Jimmie Johnson won in 2013, edging out Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a host of others down the stretch. Some saw his “win,” but thought it was actually during this year’s race.