UPDATE: NASCAR has officially been postponed due to rain. The race will re-start on Monday at 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX.
UPDATE: The delay continues with a chance a Sunday evening re-start maaaaaybe happens around 10pm, but depends on what NASCAR decides.
I’d listen to this guy. And if this is true, might want to get somewhere outside of the traffic pattern to wait it out. Otherwise you might be stuck, should they call it. https://t.co/Mra5bXXCnC— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 16, 2020
UPDATE: It’s still early, but there’s a rumor floating around of a 4 p.m. ET re-start time on Monday.
Please try to run this race even if it’s at midnight tonight.— Ryan Ellis (@ryanellisracing) February 16, 2020
4pm tomorrow (rumored time) is ridiculous for teams as we are supposed to be back at the shop finishing our cars for the West Coast and they have to leave TUESDAY MORNING.
The Daytona 500 had a delayed start, and 20 laps in, it’s looking at an even lengthier delay. The green flag got the race started at 4:22 p.m. ET, but the red flag came out at approximately 4:37 p.m. and the cars went into pit row to shut it down while the rain came in. Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led all 20 laps at the time of the delay.
NASCAR reporter Jeff Gluck tweeted that this could be a two hour delay just given the nature of the rain. Fans were hiding under the stands to avoid the rain, and the radar is not offering much in the way of good news. Even though the rain will break up for stretches, the radar shows another wave coming through in an hour.
It is entirely possible that at this rate the race ends up postponed into Monday. We’ll keep an eye on things and update as news comes in.
Radar 4:45 pm EST for @DISupdates cell cont. to push through w/ next wave just over an hour away (30 miles moving est 20-25 mph) will continue to monitor with @raceweather - may be breaks after that rain this evening but they also seem to become few and far between #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/Pljt65IgUY— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) February 16, 2020