Daytona 500 Postponed For First Time In 54-Year History

Cars covered in hopes of starting the 54th Daytona 500 - NASCAR photo

Cars covered in hopes of starting the 54th Daytona 500 - NASCAR photo

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For 53 years the Daytona 500 has gone on as scheduled.

Sure it's been shortened a few times but never postponed, never canceled, never rained out.

The 54th edition of NASCAR's season-opening Sprint Cup Series contest wasn't looking good when rain began in the morning and pummeled the track right at the time that 43 Sprint Cup cars should have been marauding around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval.

This forced an armada of 10 jet dryers into action as teams retreated to their garages and haulers.

Some took to tweeting, others to watching golf, while broadcasters looked for interviews throughout the grounds to make up the time allocated to Fox TV's schedule. It looked for a while like the skies just might cooperate, but no go.

The Daytona 500 is postponed--for the first time in 54 years--until the crack of noon on Monday. Will the weather cooperate then? The forecast is for more rain, with thunderstorms forecast for Monday.

Stay tuned.

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