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Daytona 500 Postponed

February 27, 2012 by staff 

Daytona 500 Postponed, Following a captivating championship and the addition of Danica Patrick, the last thing NASCAR wanted was a glitch.

NASCAR’s biggest event of the year is now scheduled to get under way tonight at 6 p.m., a day after the much-anticipated season-opening stock car race was postponed by rain for the first time in its 54-year history.

The 500-mile race initially was rescheduled for noon today, but NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the change because it was still raining at Daytona International Speedway in the morning.

Carl Edwards, runner-up to Tony Stewart in last year’s championship race, will start from the pole. Former IndyCar star Patrick will make her Daytona 500 debut.

“I know a lot of race fans are disappointed and a lot of people at home on TV, but we just hope they tune in,” driver Greg Biffle said.

NASCAR officials spent more than four hours Sunday waiting for a window to dry the famed track, but it never came. When the latest storm cell passed over the speedway around 5 p.m., they had little choice but to call it a day.

The delay was a huge disappointment.

With several intriguing story lines on tap, NASCAR was hoping to capitalize on the success of last season’s down-to-the-wire championship race between Edwards and Tony Stewart.

The most significant of them all could be Patrick. The Daytona 500 is the first of 10 scheduled Sprint Cup Series events for Patrick, who left IndyCar behind for a full-time move to NASCAR. She will race for the Nationwide Series championship driving for JR Motorsports.

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