Rain Pospones Daytona 500 to Mon 27 @ 7 p.m. ET
Are you ready for some racing – some Monday night racing?
Heavy rain all day Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the event for the first time in its 54-year history
NASCAR officials have announced they will attempt to run the Daytona 500 at 7:02 p.m. ET Monday. The race will air at 7 p.m. ET live on FOX. Originally, the planned restart of the rain-postponed race was at noon Monday.
NASCAR president Mike Helton said that officials would be drying the track all day long and would be working on preparing it for the start “whenever feasible.” Track president Joie Chitwood III added the group considered the fan in trying to make this decision as early as possible.
“Through the evening and as we collaborated this morning with all the stakeholders, Joie from the racetrack, weather experts and other industry folks, including the broadcast partners and other representatives, based on the weather forecast that everybody has convinced us of from here through mid afternoon, 60, 70, 80 percent chances of rain, we’re going to wait in announcing right now that the effort to run the Daytona is now shifting from noon until 7 p.m. this afternoon,” Helton said.
He added that he believes the planned 7:02 start command is a “reasonable expectation.”
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