UPDATE: Daytona 500 postponed until Monday

February 26, 2012 No Comments

Photo Credit: David Graham/ AP

The Daytona 500 has been postponed for the first time in its 54-year history.

NASCAR postponed the Great American Race after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Officials spent more than four hours attempting to dry the track, but were unsuccessful. When the last storm cell came through Daytona Beach, NASCAR officials had no other choice but to reschedule.

The race was rescheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Monday. It will be aired on FOX.

But Monday could also prove to be a challenge for both the drivers and teams, as rain will be even more persistent throughout the day.

“The longer runway we have tomorrow to get in the Daytona 500, the greater the likelihood for us to start and finish the event on Monday,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. “There are certainly a lot of considerations that go into the start time decision, and we believe scheduling it for noon gives us the best opportunity for us to get the race in tomorrow.”

Estimated Green Flag Wave: 12:01 p.m. ET


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