TALLADEGA, Ala. — It was hardly an ordinary race day at Talladega Superspeedway, even before Sunday’s lousy weather.The normal hordes of partying fans were nowhere to be seen, and the Confederate flags were harder to find — except for a plane circling above the track with the message “Defund NASCAR” trailing behind the flag.Thunderstorms forced postponement of the Geico 500 after a more than two-hour delay. The race was rescheduled for Monday (3 p.m., Fox).It was a double whammy of change for the NASCAR Cup series race. Only 5,000 fans were allowed in because of the coronavirus pandemic, with up to 44 RVs — and the Confederate flags that once flew openly around the infield and stands are now banned. NASCAR has not stated how exactly it plans to stop fans from displaying the flag on track property, and none of the instances Sunday at Talladega were inside the facility.NASCAR allowed 1,000 military members to attend last weekend’s rain-disrupted race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays. Still, Sunday was odd for those in attendance.“It’s weird. It’s eerie,” said David Radvansky, 32, from suburban Atlanta, who brought his wife and boys, 3 and 6. “We were driving up and not seeing … we usually camp over here. There’s nobody here, and you can’t bring a beer cooler in. It’s going to be a little bit different.”Fans had to go through screening and wear face masks to get in for the race, though a few were walking around inside the facility without theirs on. Bathrooms had arrows directing patrons which way to enter or exit, and attendants held signs urging them to “please wear your masks.”Confederate flags were not absent altogether from the area, even beyond the plane flying overhead.A pickup with Confederate flags flying from the back tooled around Speedway Boulevard. Ed Sugg’s merchandise tent across from the track flew them prominently in a display alongside “Trump for 2020” banners and an American flag.“They’re doing very well,” said the Helena, Ala., resident, who has been selling an array of wares at NASCAR races for 21 years. “People are disappointed that NASCAR has taken that stance. It’s been around for as long as all of us have been. I don’t think anybody really connects it to any kind of racism or anything. It’s just a Southern thing. It’s transparent. It’s just a heritage thing.”Radvansky, who started coming to Talladega in the 1990s when his father parked cars at races, disagreed. He applauded the auto racing organization’s decision to ban the Confederate flags.“I don’t think there’s a place for it in NASCAR, to be honest with you,” the 32-year-old said. “That doesn’t sit well with all the good ol’ boys, but it is what it is.”Driver Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing were set to run with an all-black paint scheme honoring the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, with the museum’s logo on the hood. Sponsor FedEx won’t be displayed on the car.The addition of fans and the flag ban weren’t the only changes set to be on display in the race.NASCAR implemented new rules in response to Ryan Newman’s harrowing crash when racing for the win on the final lap at the Daytona 500 in February.The changes include the elimination of aero ducts at superspeedway tracks, a reduction in size of throttle body, and requiring slip tape to be applied along the entire length of the lower rearward facing surfaces of the rear bumper cover. Teams headed to Talladega without any practical knowledge of their effect.