Mid-day rain at Pocono Raceway will delay the scheduled start of Sunday afternoon’s Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup race.

Hard rains have soaked the speedway’s racing surface, also delaying pre-race ceremonies.

The race was scheduled to begin at 1:12 p.m. ET.

When the precipitation ends, jet dryers typically need at least two hours to dry the Pocono surface.

More rain is predicted for the afternoon, although there is a possibility that advancing showers could move north of the speedway area.

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.