DAYTONA BEACH — The Great American Race turned into the Great American Rain. Again.
Sunday’s Daytona 500 will become Monday’s Daytona 500 after rain postponed the 62nd running of NASCAR’s biggest race.
The race will resume at 4:05 p.m. Monday and be shown on Fox.
The rain started before the race even began. Just before the green flag was scheduled to wave, moisture on the track brought out caution, instead, pushing the start back about 50 minutes.
When racing began around 4:20 p.m., it only lasted for 20 laps until more rain began to fall. Twenty Air Titans and 12 jet dryers tried to clear the track before announcing the postponement shortly after 6:45.
Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led all 20 laps ahead of Joey Logano and Tampa’s Aric Almirola.
This marks the second time the 500 has been postponed by a day. In 2012, the event was delayed from Sunday afternoon to Sunday evening, then early Monday and finally Monday in primetime. Matt Kenseth finally won the event, which memorably included Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into a jet dryer.