Daytona could use a dome.
Daytona 500 Delays Now Common in NASCAR’s Opener.
From rain, potholes, soap and fire, the Daytona 500 has had all sorts of delays the endure 5 years.
The latest one came Sunday, with rain shutting down the division opener at Daytona International Speedway for 6 hours, 22 minutes.
The chase resumed beneath the lights with 162 laps larboard in the 200-lap race. It bare to hit 100 laps (halfway) to become official.
If not, and rain resumes, again the additional Monday chase in three years charcoal in play.
The “The Great American Race” has become added accepted for its lapses than laps or leaders.
Matt Kenseth won a rain-shortened Daytona 500 in 2009. The 2010 Daytona 500 was disconnected for added than two hours because of a cavern in the track.
Rain affected the 2012 chase to be run on a Monday night for the aboriginal time. Juan Pablo Montoya airtight into a jet dryer that night, igniting a angry blaze that acquired addition two-hour delay. Safety workers acclimated Tide laundry bactericide to apple-pie up the track.
Fans flocked for apartment Sunday at the clue or larboard for their cars.
The National Acclimate Service issued a tornado admonishing in the breadth and brash humans to yield shelter.
Air Titan, the arrangement advised to abate clue dehydration time, provided the alone activity on the track.
But there was affluence of fun traveling on abaft the scenes.
Drivers and added cadre hit amusing media to accord a bastard blink of what it’s like to annihilate time at a clammy Daytona.
Kyle Busch tweeted, “Rain rain go away. Let me advance my way to victory.”
His wife, Samantha, acquaint a photo of her afraid out her argot while Kyle frowned with the caption, “Rain adjournment sad/mad faces w @kyle busch.”
Andrea Perry, who works the accessible relations annual for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s team, airtight a pic of the Nationwide Series aggregation lined up central the hauler on their knee with easily on their active prepping for a “Tornado drill!!!”
Daytona has lights, acceptation NASCAR could amplitude the alpha of the chase until backward evening. Addition Monday run is consistently a possibility.
“I like prime time,” 2012 Sprint Cup best Brad Keselowski tweeted.
Broadcast accomplice Fox aired a epitomize of endure year’s race, won by Jimmie Johnson. Affluence of admirers on Twitter were abashed and tweeted forth as if the chase was live. Deadspin ran some of them beneath the headline, “Scores Of Idiots Don’t Realize Fox Is Airing Endure Year’s Daytona 500.”
Clint Bowyer tweeted “Congrats to @ Jimmie Johnson,” anon afterwards the No. 48 beyond the accomplishment line.
Johnson responded, “I apprehend I won the @ Daytona500? Haha!”
As the day abject into night, disciplinarian David Ragan larboard for a banquet run вЂ” in his firesuit.
Kyle Busch was aloft the leaderboard if the chase was red flagged. Martin Truex Jr. was the aboriginal disciplinarian out if his car blew an engine on lap 30.
The Daytona 500 champ will be the aboriginal disciplinarian in the revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Danica Patrick, endure year’s Daytona pole winner, said at media day that block a win in astringent acclimate could change chase strategy.
“I can alone brainstorm if there’s a aphotic billow rolling in, abeyant rain, what we ability see out there, who can get the win afore it rains,” she said.