NASCAR officials have made the call to postpone the Daytona 500 until Monday, February 27 at 12:00PM EST on account of rain. This marks the first time that the 53-year-old race has been pushed back a day due to weather. The start of the race today was delayed by heavy rains, and while the weather did clear up long enough for track officials to break out their extensive fleet of track-drying trucks, the window didn't stay open long enough to run The Great American race. Carl Edwards will start on the pole when the race begins at noon tomorrow. Joining him and the rest of the field will be Danica Patrick, who garnered most of the attention the week prior to the race. This year's season opening race also marks the long-awaited debut of electronic fuel injection to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.


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      Hemihead90
      • 2 Years Ago
      No, they cannot race in the rain on tread tires. The speeds are too great and all of them would spin out by the time they got to the first turn. Tread tires only work on road courses. The Nationwide Series races in the rain whenever they go to Montreal.
      Carzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is NASCAR's style of racing unique compared to prototype, super, motogp? Yes Does NASCAR's style of restrictor plate racing lend to more "on edge" crashes? Yes Could NASCAR race in the rain with rain tires at Daytona? Yes Would there be more crashes than in the dry? Yes, of course. So why would they take the risk of racing with rain tires in their style of racing? Elmo, Mr. know it all, you can't postpone the race a week due to scheduk
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carzzz
        Uh reading comprehension much? I didn't say postpone just the race. I was talking about the whole season, moron.
          Carzzz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          You love arguing semantics. If there is an conflict in scheduling when pushing back one race weekend, then obviosuly there is going to be a conflict when pushing back a whole race season. There are more PR functions scheduled throughout the year than there are track days. And I would be dwindled down to calling everyone morons too if I had to watch the Rangers lose two world series' in a row, one to my scrappy SF Giants with no offense, and another to a wildcard team.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently, the 500 will be run at 7pm tonight.
      JDam4131
      • 2 Years Ago
      God must hate Rednecks.
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rain doesn't stop the V8 Supercars...jus sayin.
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      "This year's season opening race also marks the long-awaited debut of electronic fuel injection to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series." Wrong. The debut happened back at the Bud Shootout 2 weeks ago. Also, this is incredibly retarded. There's even a chance of rain in the afternoon tomorrow. So why can't they just postpone it for a week? This is a HORRIBLE decision. Now they're going to lose money because people have to work tomorrow and won't be going to the race or watching it on TV.
        vpat48
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Wow you do know they have to be two timezones away in Phoenix by Friday right? They will get in as much of the race as possible tomorrow. Postponing an entire week is not option for anyone who has a realistic understanding of the scope of operations.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vpat48
          I'm talking about postponing the WHOLE season a week just so they can race during the weekend instead of a weekday. Other races are ok. But this is the Daytona 500.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dam shame, was looking forward to see Danica start and Kyle Busch do his thing. Just won't be the same with empty stands and most people will be at work Monday won't get to watch it live. Kyle Busch by far the most entertaining and skilled driver I've seen lately in NASCAR, the way he saved the car twice from major wrecks in the Budweiser Shootout then go on to win the race, awesome to say the least.
        B_Rad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        Kyle Busch is neither entertaining or skilled. Overrated ******* is more like it. He saved the car mainly due to a combination of car design and luck. Those giant fins on the rear windows aren't for looks. They help straighten out the car in the event of a slide.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @B_Rad
          It was also the 31 degree banking and the flat apron that stopped his car from going any further around.
          Cruising
          • 2 Years Ago
          @B_Rad
          88 is overrated. Kyle may be also but he wins races through that aggressive attitude. The last lap when he came out from behind Tony and timed it perfectly to cross the finish you can not deny that took skill, god knows how tore up his car was underneath.
      Stevan Cartwright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow for the exception of Vpat48 you ppl don't know.. They don't have treaded tires for one and for the other they have to be in Phoenix next week. This is nothing like the V8 Supercars. Daytona is a 2 mile oval. 200MPH and seeing how the cars have been wrecking and drafting there is no way.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stevan Cartwright
        Read below. I'm not talking about postponing the race alone. I'm talking about postponing the WHOLE season a week so the race could be on a weekend.
          vpat48
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Wow Elmo are you really that ignorant? Did you have even a basic understanding of logistics? So instead of inconveniencing 100,000 people at Daytona, you would inconvenience millions? The people who booked hotels in Sonoma in June, in Homestead in November and in Richmond in September. You want to screw with all these people too? Sometimes its better to think once about what we are about to post.
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @vpat48, yous said it right! Elmo, stop already, you are wrong this time!
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          So they haven't inconvenienced people with postponing this? Because that's what you're implying.
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I don't know how your NASCAR works, but I don't think it's much different than Formula 1 and even the world unknown Bulgarian Touring Car and Hillclimb Championships in which I participate from time to time (depends from my financial state). Usually you get the racing series' schedule before the season starts and you make your schedule according to it. In my case I decide which races I'm going to attend, I hire mechanics for the certain dates for some of the races(locals so I don't pay for hotel rooms and traveling expenses for them), I make hotel reservations for me and my crew (by crew I mean a couple of friends) and I try to get some sponsorship deals with local companies. All this is bound with contracts for every single race. Now if necessary I don't think it'll be a big deal to postpone one race, but entire racing season is unthinkable even for me, let alone such a huge empire as NASCAR where the television and millions of dollars in sponsorship deals are involved. They will most certainly lose by racing in Monday instead in Sunday, but considering the loses if changing the entire schedule, it's a drop in the ocean.
          citidriver
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          If you really wanted the Daytona 500 run on a weekend and took reality into consideration, then moving the entire season down a week wouldn't enter your mind. All you need to do is to reschedule the Daytona and tack it on add it on the end.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          [blocked]
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh yay, seems like we might have yet another rain delay...
      JSH
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that they don't race in the rain to me shows that they take their fans for granted. Most of the people at that race travelled to get there. They spent a lot of money on tickets, parking, and very overpriced hotel rooms. Then it rains and NASCAR says: sorry, come back tomorrow, we will try again. So now those fans need to book another night in the hotel and try to get time off work. It reminds me of baseball. Why does major league baseball expect their fans to sit in the bleachers and get drenched waiting for the rain to stop while they sit warm and dry in the dugout? Every other major sport plays in the rain but baseball is too good to do the same? Do baseball players melt in the rain while football players can play rain, snow, and sleet?
        spdracerut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JSH
        Racing in the rain on an oval is suicidal. I doubt they'd be able to go above 100mph which actually probably would not be fast enough to keep the cars from sliding off the banking.
        JSH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JSH
        Elmo: I must have been imagining things at the last baseball game I attended. It started to lightly rain and not a minute later the players disappeared and the tarp came out. I can understand not playing when lightening is present but otherwise they should play and give the fans what they paid to see. spdracerut: As I and others have pointed out; other racing series race in the rain at Daytona. Both the Rolex Series and Superbike run a road course that includes turns 3 and 4 of the oval. They run well above 100 mph and don't slide of the banking. I just can't see myself paying hundreds of dollars to go to a race that might not happen if it rains. I know if I pay to see the 24 hours of Daytona that the race will run on the day it is scheduled. Likewise the Daytona 200 will happen on March 17th this year regardless of weather. I find it odd that NASCAR fans don't expect the same.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JSH
          Do you have an engineering degree? Just wondering, because it seems to me that you're assuming you know the physics on racing on ovals while it's raining. Rain makes things more slippery. NASCAR, for the Sprint Cup, made the spoilers on the back smaller. Smaller spoilers means lower downforce at higher speeds. This was done to end the "2x2"-type racing done last year. Therefore, even with rain tires, the cars will have to slow down in order to not spin out. It's entirely impossible. Just because the AMA Superbikes reach up to 200mph in the straights, doesn't mean they're actually doing those speeds in the turns.
      Blueyzfr6
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/417194_2682578956146_1606521101_32052156_9850990_n.jpg
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blueyzfr6
        Does MotoGP race on a 31 degree banked, 2.5 mile oval? Oh, they don't? Ok then. There's a bit of a difference between racing on an oval and racing on a flat road course in the rain.
          JSH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Does MotoGP? No. Does Superbike at Daytona? Yes. As I noted before, the road course used for the Daytona 200 includes turns 3 and 4 of the oval.
      JennyB
      • 2 Years Ago
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