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Weekend wrap-up: Almirola wins first at rain-soaked Daytona

The numbers aligned for Aric Almirola, who won in the No. 43 30 years after Richard Petty's 200th win
The numbers aligned for Aric Almirola, who won in the No. 43 30 years after Richard Petty's 200th win
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Sprint Cup Series – Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Aric Almirola, who picked up his first career Sprint Cup Series victory in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, postponed one day due to rain on Saturday night. The win came on the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty’s 200th Cup Series win, which also came at Daytona; Almirola is the 43rd driver to drive Petty’s famous No. 43. Brian Vickers finished second in the race, which went only 112 of the scheduled 160 laps; Kurt Busch, Casey Mears and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.

Nationwide Series – Kasey Kahne didn’t really lead the last lap of Friday nights Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 – he led the last few feet. Kahne, with a push from Ryan Sieg, sneaked past Regan Smith in the final few feet of the race to pick up his first Nationwide Series win since 2007. Following Kahne, Smith and Sieg across the finish line were Ryan Reed in fourth and Kyle Larson in fifth.

Verizon IndyCar Series – Juan Pablo Montoya took the win in the Pocono Indy 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania Sunday, beating fellow Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves; it was Montoya’s first IndyCar win in nearly 14 years. Rookie Carlos Munoz finished third, followed by Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Defending NHRA Funny Car champ John Force picked up the 140th win of his career Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took home Wallys from the event.

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