Start of Nascar’s Daytona 500 Delayed After Rain Soaks Florida Race Track

The start of the 54th Daytona 500 has been delayed because of rain.

Nascar’s season-opening race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, was scheduled to begin at 1:29 p.m. local time with Carl Edwards in pole position and his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle alongside him on the front row.

Danica Patrick is 29th on the grid in her first visit to the “Great American Race.” Trevor Bayne, who won last year at his first attempt a day after his 20th birthday to become the youngest champion, starts in 40th place.

Organizers didn’t provide a rescheduled start time for the race, which has never been pushed back a day because of weather, although it was shortened because of rain in 1965, 1966, 2003 and 2009.

The race will go ahead after nightfall if necessary, the Orlando Sentinel reported, citing Joie Chitwood, president of Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re prepared to turn on the lights if we have to,” the Sentinel cited Chitwood as saying.

Intermittent rain is scheduled in the area throughout today with more showers tomorrow, according to

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