Alec Almirola put the Number 43 back in victory lane for Richard Petty Motorsports Sunday afternoon winning a rain shortened race at Daytona. Almirola benefited from the rain that plagued the running of the race, the Coke Zero 400 throughout the weekend. The race originially scheduled for Saturday night was postponed until Sunday afternoon and then the rain finally stopped the race completly after 112 of the scheduled 160 laps with Almirola leading. It was the first win of Almirola’s career and earned him a spot in the Chase for the Cup Playoffs. It was the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty’s victory in the 1984 summer race at Daytona that was the final triumph of his driving career that was also witnessed by President Ronald Reagan. There were two major accidents in the race that stopped the race, one that involved 26 cars on lap 99. After Almirola, it was Brian Vickers second, Kurt Busch third, Casey Mears fourth, and Austin Dillon. Points leader, Jeff Gordon, finished twelfth and actually added to his points lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was 14th. Gordon leads now by 27. Jimmie Johnson was one of those affected by the wrecks and finished 42nd, dropping to 55 points below Gordon with the poor finish. This weekend the Cup series moved on to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World Series RV Sales 301 Sunay afternoon at 1:00PM.