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Justin Haley stayed out of trouble for more than 100 laps in Sunday's rain-delayed Coke Zero Sugar 400, cycling to the front of the field when Kurt Busch pitting for fuel. That move was fortunate as lightning then struck and ground the track action to a halt. As time passed, the race was nearing its resumption only for lightning to strike again, which then led to heavy rain. NASCAR called the race after some time, handing Haley his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series win and the first for Spire Motorsports since purchasing the Furniture Row Racing charter at the end of 2018. The team entered six different drivers so far this season, but it was Haley who handed them their greatest moment on Sunday.
Sunday's trip to Daytona will have given fantasy players very little information to help them next week or even when the series returns to Talladega later this season. It was an unpredictable weekend, hampered by poor weather and with jumbled results given the rain's arrival so soon after the biggest crash of the race. Next week, the series is likely to return to a more predictable form with Kentucky Speedway and the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night.
Justin Haley – Haley had the good fortune of Kurt Busch pitting under caution for fuel as lightning halted proceedings at Daytona on Sunday. After the lightning passed, rain eventually came and swamped the speedway putting Haley in position to win his first Monster Energy NASCAR