A 1st for Daytona 500: Rain washes out race for the day
Crew members move a race car down pit lane during a rain delay Sunday at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
February 27th, 2012
04:54 AM ET

A 1st for Daytona 500: Rain washes out race for the day

NASCAR will battle the elements again Monday - a day after rain postponed the Daytona 500 for the first time in its 53-year history.

After hours of intermittent showers Sunday, race officials decided to pull the plug and give it another try on Monday, rescheduling for a 12:01 p.m. ET start.

NASCAR officials will be battling the odds again Monday. The National Weather Service forecast calls for an 80% chance of precipitation along the central Florida coast.

Prior to this year, the Daytona 500 had a sparkling record with only four races out of 53 shortened by rain - in 1965, 1966, 2003 and 2009. None, however, had ever been canceled for the day.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. citizen

    The first flag to flag race broadcast by CBS happened in a year when the eastern seaboard was snowed in. This was the launch that propelled the Daytona 500 into the marketing maelstrom.
    Now on the rain delayed Sunday you saw drivers being interviewed outside their million dollar trailers and wonder just how red-neck can any of them be.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    So that race got rained out! It makes the neighborhood quiet and peaceful and dont have to smell all the foul stench of the exhaust fumes! Go away!

    February 27, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. AMERICA 1st

    And dont have all that deafening noise pollution as well!

    February 27, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Greek American

    Quit your whining and just watch garbage like American Idol or the Bachelor instead!

    February 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |