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CUP: Rain Delays Daytona 500 Start

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After a Speedweeks largely untouched by poor weather, the Daytona 500 has been delayed by rain.

Rain began falling in the Daytona International Speedway area late Sunday morning. NASCAR officials said the race start is “in a holding pattern” until the weather clears and the track can be dried.

Weather radar shows more rain cells moving west to east and approaching the Daytona Beach area, but officials said they are optimistic the race can be run today. If it is postponed, it would be rescheduled Monday, when the forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.

The speedway has lights, so the race could be started into the evening hours, but tonight’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain.

Although the 500 has been shortened by rain and the start has been delayed over the years, it has never been postponed beyond its scheduled day.

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 30 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.