Daytona 500 postponed to Monday

Rain has postponed the season-opening Daytona 500 for the first

time in the history of the event.

The race will be run on Monday at Noon ET at Daytona

International Speedway and will air on FOX.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup race was originally slated to begin

shortly after 1 p.m. ET Sunday, but rain ended the shot at a timely

start. NASCAR officials tried valiantly to get the race under way,

waiting out the initial rain shower and putting out the jet dryers

to prepare the 2.5-mile surface in an effort to start the race.

The effort was working in terms of drying the track as the

surface looked good at around 5 p.m. ET. However, rain started

again just a few minutes later. It takes at least two hours to dry

the Daytona track, and the rain was expected to continue until

around 8 p.m.

When the race does get under way, Carl Edwards will start from

the pole position with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle

also on the front row.