Today’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega has been postponed by rain, pushing the race to a 1 p.m. Eastern time start tomorrow. The race had not yet started, so it will start on lap 1 and run for the full distance if weather permits. The broadcast will air on NBC Sports Network.
The start was initially delayed by light rains and track drying throughout the day, but cars had begun to run some laps behind the pace car ahead of a planned late start at 3:50 p.m. ET when more rain showed up. NASCAR ran a few more laps in the rain before finally bringing cars down the pit lane. They were held for ten minutes before the race was officially delayed.
NASCAR was up against a marquee Sunday Night Football game on NBC later tonight, Tom Brady’s scheduled return to New England, and had a tight TV schedule to fit the race in on network television today. Additionally, the track at Talladega does not have lights, so even without the schedule issue the series would have been unable to race past 7 p.m. ET. Yesterday’s Xfinity Series race was called early when a red flag and a long flurry of cautions left the race still unfinished well past dusk.
NASCAR will be up against a chance of rain again tomorrow and may face the same issue all week. A race at Charlotte is scheduled for next Sunday and this is a playoff race, the second of the three-race Round of 12, so the series will try hard to get it in whenever it can (and at any length) in the next few days.
From: Road & Track
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