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Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored a commanding victory in the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway by leading 96 of 161 laps in his No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet SS en route to his 25th Cup career victory. It was his second win of the season, and vaulted him to second place in the point standings. He started from the pole position.
The start of the 160-lap race was delayed nearly four hours because of thunderstorms in the area and ran into the early hours of Sunday, July 5.
"Dale Earnhardt Jr. was dominant from practice through the last lap of the race," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. "Congratulations to Dale Jr., Greg Ives, and the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevy SS team on their second win of the season."
Dale Earnhardt celebrates with his crew.
Jimmie Johnson powered his No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet SS to the runner-up spot in the 400-mile event, giving Hendrick Motorsports one-two finish on the high banks of Daytona.
Team Chevy took seven of the top eight in the final finishing order: Kevin Harvick brought his No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS home in fourth place, extending his top five finishing record in 2015 to 12 in 17 starts. Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch made a valiant charge to the front in the waning laps to come home in fifth position in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS.
Jeff Gordon finished sixth in his No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS in his final race at Daytona.