Sights & Sounds: Waiting out the rain in Kentucky

Fans shelter from a rain storm in the garage area prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2014 in Sparta, Ky.

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4:00 p.m. ET — Kentucky Speedway is abuzz with action Saturday afternoon as teams, drivers and fans prepare for 400 miles of racing under the lights. However, Mother Nature has dampened the activities as rain showers are hitting the track. 

That certainly hasn’t slowed the teams from going through their pre-race checklists in the garage. 

For most drivers, they’re spending the time waiting out the rain in their motorhomes before heading out to hospitality appearances. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. even got caught up in some World Cup action, then received a confident text from crew chief Steve Letarte. 

4:15 p.m. ET — Joe Gibbs Racing has announced sponsor Dollar General has increased their commitment to the No. 20 car, while driver Matt Kenseth has also extended his contract with the team. 

5:00 p.m. ET — The mighty Air Titan 2.0 is out on the track attempting to dry the 1.5-mile speedway. It might get a little help from the sun, which is poking through the clouds above the track. 

5:15 p.m. ET — Take a look at the handout NASCAR gives each crew chief in the garage prior to the race. Note there will be a competition caution at Lap 30. The green flag has also been bumped up due to the weather surrounding the track. 

5:25 p.m. ET — Kenny Wallace is having fun in the FOX Sports Charlotte studio getting ready for NASCAR RaceDay. Watch the pre-race show at 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2. 

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6:40 p.m. ET — The rain has cleared and the track is dry! Drivers are getting ready to head to driver introductions to get tonight’s race underway. 

7:30 p.m. ET — The anthem has been sung, the engines are fired, let’s go racing under the lights at Kentucky Speedway! Follow all the action throughout the race with RaceTrax: http://foxs.pt/1q2gUeO