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Rain not typically an issue at Daytona 500

Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:01 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 7:16 pm
 
Posted by Brian De Los Santos


Rain shortened the 2003 Daytona 500 -- won by Michael Waltrip -- to 109 laps (272.5 miles) (Getty Images)

The Daytona 500 has been very fortunate when it comes to Mother Nature. Only nine times in it's 54-year history has rain impacted "The Great American Race." It's only been rain-shortened four times and had never been postponed until this year.

1963 -- First 10 laps run under yellow due to rain

1965 -- Rain-shortened to 133 laps (332.5 miles)

1966 -- Rain-shortened to 198 laps (495 miles)

1979 -- First 16 laps run under yellow due to rain

1992 -- Laps 84-89 run under yellow due to rain on backstretch

1995 -- Red flag on lap 71 due to rain. Red flag lasted 1:44

2003 -- Two red flags for rain. 1st: lap 63; 1:08. Rain-shortened to 109 laps (272.5 miles)

2009 -- Rain-shortened to 152 laps (380 miles)

2012 -- Race postponed from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27 because of rain

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