Category: Rain Delay

Aug 20 2007

Rain Delayed Michigan Race Still Delayed

They still have not gotten the race at Michigan underway, they are currently trying to dry the track and have said they will try all the way up until Wednesday to get this race in as it will mess up the Chase entirely if they have to come back to it latter in the season.

Update: Just as soon as I posted this entry, they announced the race will start at 10am tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th of August.

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said the series would work to get the race in this week — perhaps going even as late as Wednesday if necessary — to avoid returning to Michigan later in the year. If more rain were to force the event to be pushed back until later in the season, it would alter the entire dynamic of the Chase.

The Chase participants, Poston said, are decided by rule after the season’s 26th event. If weather precludes the Michigan race from being run this week, it would be rescheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving. That would mean the Chase drivers would be decided not Sept. 8 at Richmond, but Sept. 16 at New Hampshire. And the championship would be decided not at Homestead on Nov. 18, but the next weekend back in Michigan.

The last Cup race to be postponed on consecutive days was the 1997 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Originally scheduled for Sunday, April 27, rain forced postponement until Monday. Then more showers forced NASCAR officials to reschedule the race for the following week, in order to allow teams to free up their haulers for a cross-country trip to Sonoma. The race was finally run on Saturday, May 10 — Mother’s Day weekend. Source: Rainy weather continues to plague Cup race at Mich.

This is the fourth rain delayed race of the season, joining Dover, Richmond and Darlington, the race in Pocono had passed the half way point so it was considered done when they called it.

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