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NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:12 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:52 am
 
By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The National Weather Service is predicting more rain for the Daytona area on Monday, which will hamper NASCAR's plans to run the postponed Daytona 500.

A 90 percent chance of rain and thunder showers is in the forecast until 6 p.m. this evening before the percentage drops to 30 percent tonight.

NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the sanctioning body has made the decision to push the hoped for 12 Noon ET start back to 7 p.m. Monday evening.

"Through the evening and as we collaborated this morning with all the stakeholders, (Daytona president) Joie (Chitwood) from the racetrack, weather experts and other industry folks, including the broadcast partners and other representatives, based on the weather forecast that everybody has convinced us of from here through mid-afternoon, 60, 70, 80 percent chances of rain, we're going to wait in announcing right now that the effort to run the Daytona is now shifting from noon until 7:00 p.m. this afternoon," said Helton.  "So we hope to have "lady and gentlemen, start your engines," at 7:02 and then warm up and go to green flag."

The unprecedented rain out the 500 for the first time in 34 years has thrown a monkey wrench into the start of the NASCAR season. In addition to the disappointment of having the first race of the year washed out - and the most prestigious - logistics of the Sprint Cup schedule are also a factior.

The series is slated to compete at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend making turnaround from a Monday - or possibly Tuesday race - difficult.



 
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Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:40 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

I just heard a rumor Danica beat Kyle Busch in a bikini mud wrestling match on the infield..........Micheal Waltrip was going to wrestle but he slipped and fell in the mud pit missing his chance to wrestle at Daytona....



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:32 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

maybe they should build a retractable roof :-)
such a joke of a sport.. it's like playing the super bowl on opening weekend



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:36 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

Go danica and The Hendrick boys too...hope anyone of them beat the rest of the field



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:05 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

On the bright side, Danica patrick won't crash until at least 7PM.




Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:03 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

Something to watch tonight...woo hooo



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:01 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

Bo Duke is gonna win this thing.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:40 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

Truckin, just because the date was set in February 2011 doesn't mean the NFL didn't have an affect. NASCAR pushed back the date for two reasons. 1. There was already talk last February that there would be a strike/lockout/something that could push the Super Bowl back. 2. NASCAR wanted to eliminate the early off week. Just because the Super Bowl was 3 weeks ago doesn't mean it was going to be then, or did you forget the NFL fiasco this past summer? I remember plain as day talk last summer that the Super Bowl could get pushed back 1-2 weeks if the NFL started late and still wanted to play a full season.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:51 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

Hey Teres, then we would need to fire Roger Goodell; what caused this to be pushed was the NFL Strike and the risk of Speedweek and Super Bowl week being the same. It is what it is ... a risk for any outdoor one time event. 



The Superbowl was 3 weeks ago and the NFL sched wasnt changed due to the NFL lockout. The Daytona 500 was moved only 1 week from its traditional President’s Day weekend and the 2012 sched was set in place Feb of 2011..... before the NFL lock out even started. If the normal date was kept, there still wouldnt have be a conflict. Stop trying to make something out of nothing.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:25 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

This is the curse of having Danica Patrick in your series. She's a walking-talking rain delay. Yuckers



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:14 pm
 

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

I'm not a NASCAR fan but it sounds like they should have it early enough so they can take a week off since the next race is so far away in Phoenix.

Based on this mentality, they should have a ton of off weeks, which isn't true. There has never been an off week after Daytona that I know of. The perfect storm just happened this year (and the NFL having an influence). They managed fine for several years going to California and going to Phoenix last year. Back in the day they went to Rockingham so that was nice, but they had to go and mess that up, though I do like Phoenix as the 2nd and 35th races on the schedule.


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