by Tom Morgan
The rain-delayed 2015 Coke Zero 400 ended in the wee hours of Monday morning with a firey crash.
Pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off the pack to win the race at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt led 96 laps en route to his second win of the season. Jimmie Johnson finished second with Denny Hamlin coming in third.
The big story of the race was a scary wreck on the final lap. Austin Dillon's car flipped into a catch fence at the start-finish line.
Miraculously, Dillon was able to walk away after his number-3 car came apart and destroyed the fence.
Dillon sustained a bruised tailbone and bruised forearm, but that was about it.
Several fans were injured but none were considered serious.
A lengthy rain delay caused the race to end after 2:30 a.m. Eastern.
In other state sports news...
- Miami's Mat Latos pitched a one-hitter on Sunday - and lost. Latos allowed one hit and one run in seven innings, but was on the losing end of a 2-0 decision to the Cubs. Chicago's Kyle Hendricks was a little bit better, blanking the Marlins on a seven inning five-hitter. He struck out six. Latos finished with seven strikeouts and his sixth loss in nine decisions.
- Tampa Bay ended a seven-game losing streak, pounding the New York Yankees 8-1 on Sunday. Erasmo Ramirez cruised through six innings and gave up only one run - an Alex Rodriguez solo homer. James Loney and Logan Forsythe each drove in two runs for the Rays. Ivan Nova took the loss giving up three earned runs in five innings.
- The starters for the Major League All-Star game were announced on Sunday. Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was named a starter, but won't play in the game because of a broken hand.
- Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic after a 13 under par 267. It was his first PGA Tour victory. Jupiter's Tiger Woods finished play at 7-under after a 3-under-67 in the final round. He finished six shots back.