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NASCAR Barometer: A Wet and Wild Start

C.J. Radune

C.J. Radune

Radune covers NASCAR, Formula 1 and soccer for RotoWire. He was named the 2012 Racing Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season's marquee event kicked off right on time Sunday afternoon, but it did not get too far before rain halted the proceedings. The interruption saw severe weather roll through Daytona International Speedway, causing some to remark that Kyle Busch caused a tornado when he took the lead. After more than six hours halted, however, it was time to run again. Thanks to the new Titan Air track drying system, the track was quickly dried and it was back to racing to decide this year's Daytona 500 champion.

The remainder of the race was run in prime time, under the lights, creating a great show. Since the heat of the afternoon had dissipated, and the track was washed ...

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