Daytona 500 Rescheduled to Monday Due to Inclement Weather

Daytona Beach, Florida – February 18, 2024

In an unprecedented move, NASCAR has decided to postpone the highly anticipated season-opening Daytona 500 until Monday, citing adverse weather conditions that have persisted over the weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.

Originally slated to kick off on Sunday afternoon, doubts loomed large over whether the green flag would unfurl on time, if at all. Heavy rain not only led to the cancellation of the final practice for the event on Saturday but also forced the postponement of the Xfinity Series race.

The rescheduled Xfinity Series race is now set to take place at 11 a.m. ET on Monday morning, preceding the eagerly awaited Daytona 500, which is now scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET.

Joey Logano, representing Team Penske, is poised to lead the pack from the pole position when the race eventually commences.

This marks a significant deviation from the norm, as the last time the Daytona 500 faced a complete day-long postponement was in 2012. In 2020, NASCAR managed to complete 20 laps before rain interrupted proceedings, prompting a continuation the following day.

NASCAR’s proactive decision-making on Sunday not only averted the disappointment of fans sitting in the rain but also echoes their recent flexibility demonstrated earlier this month. The exhibition Clash at the Coliseum was rescheduled with minimal notice due to impending poor weather in Los Angeles, showcasing NASCAR’s commitment to adapting swiftly in the face of adverse conditions.

As racing enthusiasts await the new race day, the Daytona 500 promises heightened excitement and anticipation, setting the stage for an unforgettable start to the NASCAR season.

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