NASCAR doubleheader at Texas postponed by rain
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)For all the talk about green-white-checkered finishes in NASCAR this season, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races can't even get started in rainy Texas.
Persistent wet weather Sunday forced the postponement of a Sprint Cup and Nationwide doubleheader until Monday.
The Sprint Cup race was called Sunday about 75 minutes after its scheduled 3:16 p.m. EDT start because of persistent drizzle and the forecast for misty conditions until late in the evening. The race was rescheduled for noon EDT Monday and will be shown live on FOX.
"It is disappointing not to race, but this happens now and then," said Ryan Newman, who starts 10th a week after winning at Phoenix International to break a 77-race winless streak. "I think we are going to be good (Monday). We just have to live with it. It is part of racing."
Rain on Saturday wiped out the Nationwide race then. It had been rescheduled for Sunday night after the Cup race and will now be run at approximately 5 p.m. EDT Monday.
About 2 1/2 inches of rain fell at the track Saturday and Sunday. The forecast Monday calls for cloudy skies with only a minimal chance of rain.
When the races were called, there was still a light mist in the area and it would have been futile to try to dry the track until that stopped. Under ideal conditions, it would take about 2 1/2 hours to dry the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track. But with cloudy skies, temperatures in the 50s and high humidity, the process could have taken significantly longer.
If both races are run Monday, which is likely, that means 15 drivers face the potential of 801 miles behind the wheel - 501 miles in the Cup race and 300 more in the Nationwide race.