Rain washes out NASCAR weekend, races moved to Monday (includes video story)

Precipitation dominated Saturday and Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway, pushing back any track activity for the NASCAR Xfinity Series opener and the 66th annual Daytona 500 to Monday. 

While the Xfinity Series teams were able to take the track for qualifying when a window of dryness rolled through Daytona Beach, the rain returned and forced officials to push back the race until Monday at 11 a.m. It has since been moved further to 9 p.m.

For the Cup Series field, they are scheduled to go racing at 4 p.m. for the 66th Great American Race on Monday. Drivers took the track Friday evening for a practice session, where eight of the top 10 were from Toyota. 

The only races to run on schedule was the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Fresh From Florida 250, where Miami native Nick Sanchez captured his first career win.

“It’s definitely cool,” said Sanchez. “Even though it’s not in my hometown, it definitely hits home. I’ve come to Daytona many times. It’s in Florida. The scenery, everything about it is Florida, and it’s kind of like home for me.”

The Daytona 500 will run today at 4:30 p.m. with coverage on FOX. The Xfinity Series’ United Rentals 300 is scheduled for 9 p.m., following the cup race.

Kenneth Bueno is a junior majoring in the Digital Broadcasting field. He is a sim racing commentator for Podium eSports and aims to apply his love for sports into the sports broadcasting industry after graduating.