Daytona 500 Start Time Postponed Until Monday -- Rain Remains in Forecast

 
on February 26 2012 5:33 PM
Kenseth takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Gatorade Duel #2 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach
The Daytona 500 was postponed on Sunday due to a wet track. The race is scheduled for Monday at noon Eastern Time, but rain is in the forecast again. Many ticket holders are wondering about refunds and exchanges for their tickets to the race. Reuters

The Daytona 500 was postponed on Sunday for the first time in the history of the racing event. It will now begin on Monday at noon Eastern Time, weather permitting.

Fox will broadcast the race.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup race was scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. But a rain shower delayed the start initially as staff used dryers to try and get the 2.5-mile track ready.

But just before officials planned to get the Daytona 500 under way at 5 p.m. ET, rain began to fall again. Officials said it can take about two hours for the track to dry and rain was expected to fall in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area for another few hours. So the race was postponed until Monday at noon.

Starting it then may prove to be another challenge, however. The Weather Channel forecasts an 80 percent chance of rain on Monday for Daytona Beach. Rain showers are likely in the morning, according to the forecast, with numerous thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.

When the race finally does get under way, Carl Edwards will start from the pole position.

This is one of the toughest things for us drivers, pole-sitter Carl Edwards said, according to The Associated Press. It's now who can really stay focused. That's not just the drivers, that's the pit crews, the crew chiefs, everyone, the officials. But I think we'll be just fine. 

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