NASCAR president Mike Helton says the Daytona 500 will start Monday night at 7 p.m.The teams have been down in Florida for two weeks and have to be in Phoenix next Sunday. That means the haulers have to get the Daytona cars back to the shops in North Carolina, empty and quickly reload the Phoenix cars, and then head west in time to get to Phoenix by Friday morning. Tough schedule. They really didn't need this delay.
Heavy rain soaked Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, forcing NASCAR to postpone the event for the first time in its 54-year history.
The 500-mile race initially was rescheduled for noon Monday. It was still raining Monday morning.
What I'm not sure of yet is if it will be broadcast on Fox, which would wipe out the network's regular Monday night programming, or will it be moved to one of the other networks that could cost them viewers. More info later.