NASCAR 66th Daytona 500 postponed to Monday due to heavy rain

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Daytona 500 postponed to Monday

The 66th running of the NASCAR Daytona 500, often called the “Super Bowl of NASCAR,” has been postponed due to heavy rain in Central Florida throughout the weekend. NASCAR officials announced Sunday morning that they have decided to reschedule the race for Monday, February 19, at 4:00 PM EST.

This marks only the third time in the illustrious history of the Daytona 500 that the race has been postponed due to inclement weather. Previous postponements occurred in 2012 and 2020, with the latter also carried out on Monday.

The decision to postpone comes with the potential for significant rain in the area of a slow-moving front boundary at Daytona International Speedway. Officials have prioritized ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for fans, avoiding the possibility of delays and disruptions on race day.

This suspension creates a unique scenario at Daytona. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race, initially scheduled for Saturday, has already been pushed back to Monday due to weather. This makes for the first Monday doubleheader at the track, with the Xfinity Series race beginning at 11:00 AM EST, followed by the Daytona 500 in the afternoon.

On Monday, fans with valid Saturday grandstand tickets and Fanzone access will be granted entry to both races. Additionally, several drivers, including AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Suarez, and John Hunter Nemechek, will attempt to compete in both events, totaling 800 miles behind the wheel.

While the weather may cause delays, excitement remains for the Daytona 500. The starting lineup, determined by Wednesday and Thursday’s qualifying sessions, has Joey Logano leading the field to the green alongside Michael McDowell.

FAQs

Do cars race in the rain?

Cars can race in light rain with special equipment like wet weather tires. However, heavy rain is usually too dangerous, and races will be postponed or canceled.

Why is the Daytona 500 postponed till Monday?

Heavy rain forced the Daytona 500 to be postponed until Monday, February 19th, at 4:00 PM EST.

Has the Daytona 500 been canceled due to rain?

The Daytona 500 was postponed due to rain and will be held on Monday, February 19th, at 4:00 PM EST.

When was the last time the Daytona 500 was postponed?

The last time the Daytona 500 was fully postponed was in 2012. However, in 2020, the race was delayed due to rain but resumed the following day.

What happens if the Daytona 500 gets rained out?

 It will be postponed to the next available day, typically Monday. NASCAR prioritizes ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for fans and drivers, making the call to reschedule if necessary. Your ticket will be valid for the rescheduled race.

How does NASCAR handle rain?

NASCAR races on ovals cannot happen in rain due to slick tires lacking tread. If rain starts mid-race, it’s paused until the track dries using jet dryers. Heavy rain may lead to postponement or shortened races if halfway is completed. Road courses with proper tires can race in light rain.

Does NASCAR ever run in the rain?

NASCAR rarely races in the rain on ovals due to safety concerns and lack of tire grip. However, they race in the rain on road courses with specific tires designed for wet conditions.

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