Atlanta 500-mile race postponed until Tuesday

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will have to wait until at least Tuesday at 11 a.m. (et) to run the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway due to poor weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Lee.

The 500-mile race at Atlanta was scheduled to start Sunday at 7:30 p.m., but rain began falling on the 1.54-mile track late in the afternoon. There was a window of clear weather during the evening hours. Track-drying efforts had nearly concluded when another shower passed through the area, forcing NASCAR to postpone the event.

According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for the Atlanta area on Monday calls for a 100 percent chance of precipitation, with possible rainfall amounts between one to two inches.

Due to public safety concerns associated with the storm, NASCAR opted to reschedule the race until Tuesday.

The weather outlook on that day does not look promising, with a 70 percent chance of rain in the forecast.

NASCAR would likely remain at the track on Wednesday if needed.

Atlanta is the second-to-last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins. The series will run its last event of the regular season next Saturday night at Richmond.