NASCAR Cup race start at Atlanta delayed by rain
The start of Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been delayed by rain.
On Saturday, NASCAR had moved the start time up more than an hour, from 1:06 p.m. ET to 2:16 p.m. ET, hoping to work around rain projected to hit the area Sunday afternoon.
But it's been raining most of the morning at AMS, and despite an armada of track dryers and blowers, it takes at least two hours to dry the racing surface.
More rain is projected throughout the afternoon.
AMS President Ed Clark told the drivers at their prerace meeting Sunday morning he was optimistic they could race later in the day.
“Hopefully we get to see you guys out on the track today," Clark said. "There’s a window there and we hope to exercise that.”
NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said track-drying operations need to begin by 5 p.m. for the race to be run under the lights Sunday night, if necessary.
If NASCAR can't get the race in Sunday, Monday's forecast in Atlanta calls for rain in the early morning, but clearing by late morning.