Rain Postpones Daytona 500 To Monday Afternoon

Ricky Stenhouse led the first 20 laps from pole. Then it rained
Ricky Stenhouse led the first 20 laps from pole. Then it rained

Mother Nature won out in Daytona Beach on Sunday.

The 62nd annual Daytona 500 has been postponed to Monday afternoon at 4 pm thanks to persistent rain showers over Daytona International Speedway.

The race only got 20 laps on the board before the skies opened up. The race will resume at 4 pm Monday afternoon.

Just as the competitors approached the 20 lap mark, the skies opened up over turn two of the 2.5-mile raceway, soaking the racing surface and leading race officials to bring the field to pit road under the red flag.

It's was the second stoppage of the event. The race was set to begin around 3:30 pm, but with the 40-car field about100 years away from taking the green flag, a pop-up shower broke out over the second turn. The field was brought to pit road without taking the green flag to allow for track drying.

After about an hour's delay, the field finally took the green flag, with pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. taking the early lead. He would pace the field for the first 20 laps until the rain returned, bringing the race under the red flag.

Just before 7 pm, drivers had been called back to their cars, but the skies opened up again with the hardest rains of the day coming down. Moments later, NASCAR officials made the call to push the completion of the race to Monday afternoon.

Joey Logano was running in second when the rains came, with Aric Almirola third, Ryan Newman fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson, Ty Dillon and Timmy Hill rounded out the top ten at the time of the red flag.

Red Flag Standings

POS CAR DRIVER LAPS
1 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20
2 22 Joey Logano 20
3 10 Aric Almirola 20
4 6 Ryan Newman 20
5 4 Kevin Harvick 20
6 2 Brad Keselowski 20
7 24 William Byron 20
8 48 Jimmie Johnson 20
9 13 Ty Dillon 20
10 66 * Timmy Hill(i) 20
11 36 David Ragan 20
12 17 Chris Buescher 20
13 21 Matt DiBenedetto 20
14 9 Chase Elliott 20
15 77 Ross Chastain(i) 20
16 88 Alex Bowman 20
17 42 Kyle Larson 20
18 1 Kurt Busch 20
19 3 Austin Dillon 20
20 41 Cole Custer # 20
21 34 Michael McDowell 20
22 8 Tyler Reddick # 20
23 12 Ryan Blaney 20
24 43 Bubba Wallace 20
25 27 * Reed Sorenson 20
26 52 BJ McLeod(i) 20
27 32 Corey LaJoie 20
28 62 * Brendan Gaughan(i) 20
29 37 Ryan Preece 20
30 16 * Justin Haley(i) 20
31 19 Martin Truex Jr. 20
32 18 Kyle Busch 20
33 20 Erik Jones 20
34 95 Christopher Bell # 20
35 11 Denny Hamlin 20
36 14 Clint Bowyer 20
37 38 John Hunter Nemechek # 20
38 00 Quin Houff # 20
39 51 Joey Gase(i) 20
40 15 Brennan Poole # 20

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