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NASCAR at Dover: Rain postpones race to Monday

Rain delay at Dover International Speedway
Rain delay at Dover International Speedway
Modified 06 May 2019, 01:54 IST

Rain has postponed Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

The race will now be run Monday at noon. It will be broadcast on FS1.

The Gander RV 400 had been scheduled to begin at 2:10 p.m., but persistent rain throughout the morning and into the afternoon made getting the race started seem like a long shot. NASCAR had track dryers out on the racing surface as a misty rain fell, but ordered the dryers shut down at about 2:30 p.m. Then around 3 it stopped raining, and drying efforts began again.

The race was slated to go green at 4:01 p.m., and the cars ran pace laps but the rain returned, and NASCAR finally called the event.

NASCAR race results can become official if rain interrupts the event after it reaches the halfway point, but the sanctioning body has a policy of not starting a race unless officials believe there is a chance to complete the entire distance.

Given that there are no lights at Dover, NASCAR quickly ran out of time to dry the track and start the race Sunday afternoon.

But fans who braved the rain delay and dreary conditions were treated to some unexpected moments, such as a visit to the grandstands by reigning NASCAR Cup champion Joey Logano.

Chase Elliott will start on the pole after posting a new track record in qualifying.

Published 06 May 2019, 01:54 IST
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